Lost In New York

@moffittjc (43046)
Gainesville, Florida
April 8, 2017 9:46am CST
Well, not yet. I'm currently still in Florida, but over Memorial Day weekend the kids and I are going to visit the Big Apple, and I fully expect that we will get lost quite a bit while there. Although I've been to New York City hundreds of times, I still find it difficult to navigate the city's complex subway system, although I have had some fun and exciting (and sometimes) scary times taking a wrong subway. We'll be staying in Chelsea in Manhattan, near the High Line, and so navigating our way to the hotel from Laguardia will be quite interesting, since we'll be arriving at about midnight on a Friday night. I told the kids I want them to experience true life in NYC, so we're going to ride the subway everywhere we go. I plan on it being quite an adventure. My ex-girlfriend lives in Brooklyn, and she's going to meet up with us for a little while during our visit, but since we'll be in Manhattan, I can't exactly count on her to be our tour guide the entire time, given that it's about a 45-minute to hour subway ride for her to get from her apartment to where we will be staying. I told the kids that part of the excitement of the city will be getting lost and ending up in parts of Manhattan that we never intended to be. Although there is lots that I'm familiar with, there's also lots that I'm not. So flexibility and adaptability will be key to our fun adventure. Any of you myLotters experts at navigating New York City?
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@PatZAnthony (12657)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
10 Apr 17
Even our GPS is not expert in navigating New York City! Hope you have great fun.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Apr 17
I won't use it for navigating as much as I will for pinpointing locations I've been to. Along with that, I'll use it mostly for directional guidance. It will just help me get my bearings a little bit if I start to get confused about which direction I'm heading.
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@PatZAnthony (12657)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
@moffittjc It does seem it can be complicated even for those with experience.
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@pgntwo (21659)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 17
Never been, sorry. Have done similar in London, though. Enjoy the break and the freedom to wander the highways, byways and subways of The Big Apple.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Apr 17
I'm very familiar with most parts of Manhattan, but I've never flown into or out of Laguardia airport, which is located in Queens. Every time I've visited New York I've either flown into JFK airport in Brooklyn, or Newark airport in New Jersey. So trying to navigate my way out of Laguardia and over into Manhattan is going to be quite an experience, especially at midnight! It looks like it is going to be an hour-long ride by bus and subway to reach our hotel destination (yet, New York City is that BIG!).
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@pgntwo (21659)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 17
@moffittjc Whoa! Big! Mind you, getting from London's Heathrow airport to London's City airport can take an hour or so. Never mind London Gatwick, London Stansted or London Luton airport. I have used Newark as a transit point when flying to the US, but never had the chance to leave the airport other than on another plane.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Apr 17
@pgntwo I've been to both Gatwick and Heathrow before, so I know exactly what you're saying!
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@Gillygirl (17329)
• Sutton, England
8 Apr 17
I wish I could help. I'd love to go to New York. There is a certain amount of fun in getting lost but some cities have no go areas which I wouldn't want to walk into. Enjoy the time in New York.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Apr 17
Most parts of Manhattan are pretty safe, and since that's where we'll be spending the majority of our time, I'm not too worried. For as bad of a reputation as New Yorkers seem to have, in truth they are actually every nice and helpful. If I was visiting any of the other boroughs of New York (Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island), I would be a little more worried. I will be flying into Queens, but we'll jump right on the subway to travel over to Manhattan. I've also been to the Bronx many times to see New York Yankee baseball games, so when I take the kids there to see a game I will know pretty much where I'm going. My ex-girlfrened lives in Brooklyn, so if we venture that way she'll be able to guide us around.
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@Gillygirl (17329)
• Sutton, England
8 Apr 17
@moffittjc Most people I know who have been to New York have found the city friendly. As for London I would advise anybody not to go near Brixton.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Apr 17
@Gillygirl Now you warn me about Britton!!! I've actually been through there the first time I went to London, but that was many years ago. I'm sure it's changed a lot since I was there.
@HazySue (21364)
• United States
10 Apr 17
When I lived up in NJ I used to take a train into the city and from there a cab, I would have gotten myself so lost that I would still be wandering the streets if I hadn't let someone else do the driving. Have a great time.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Apr 17
Do you have any good suggestions for things to do or places to go while I'm in the city? We're going to do the typical touristy stuff, but I'd also like my kids to experience as much Manhattan culture as possible while we're there.
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@HazySue (21364)
• United States
13 Apr 17
@moffittjc Let me think about it. I'll try to get back with you.
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• United States
11 Apr 17
Sounds like fun! I've never been to NYC but I hope you all have fun! Getting lost would be fun I bet there! Did you tell your current girlfriend, you'll be seeing your ex-girlfriend though?
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Apr 17
Oh god no, I'm not going to say anything to her about it! lol She's not stupid though, she knows my ex lives in NYC. But if she doesn't bring it up, I'm not going to bring it up either! haha
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• United States
11 Apr 17
@moffittjc Well well, hopefully the kids won't blurt anything out accidentally, lol! But I am sure you two are just friends now
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Apr 17
@infatuatedbby As far as you and my gf know, we are just friends. haha
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@DianneN (78465)
• United States
9 Apr 17
My husband is an expert and I'm getting better. How exciting! New York City is my most favorite city in the world. You must take your kids on at least one taxi ride. Actually, NYC is one of the easiest cities to get around.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Apr 17
I definitely plan on taking them on a taxi ride. It will give a whole new meaning to the word "drive."
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@DianneN (78465)
• United States
9 Apr 17
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Apr 17
@DianneN So what train in Manhattan would I have to get "accidentally" lost on to go see you in Connecticut?
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@Courtlynn (66133)
• United States
9 Apr 17
Not at all. I've only been once and that was when i was 12 years old for a field trip.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Apr 17
Did you have fun on the field trip? Seeing such a big city at such a relatively young age can be very daunting.
@Courtlynn (66133)
• United States
10 Apr 17
@moffittjc i remember having fun lol. We fod the wax museum and trip on boat arounfmd the statue of liberty
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Apr 17
@Courtlynn My daughter has already made it perfectly clear that she wants to see the wax museum. Luckily, it's right across the street from Ripley's Believe It or Not! We want to see that one too!
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Apr 17
I'll bet there are some here that can help.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Apr 17
So far, no one here has offered much assistance! I can't believe there aren't at least a few native New Yorkers on myLot who can give me pointers and advice!
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Apr 17
@moffittjc Apparently, people in the Big Apple are too busy to write here. I know that @GreatMartin lived there.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Apr 17
@JamesHxstatic Well, NYC is a pretty happening place, so if I lived there I'm not sure I would have time to write on myLot! lol
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@sjvg1976 (18386)
• Delhi, India
16 Apr 17
I have never been to NY but from your post it seems it's better not to go there.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
16 Apr 17
That is not true at all! New York City is one of the most amazing cities in the world, and I highly recommend that everyone visit it at least once in their lifetime if they can! It is truly an amazing place! I've been to major cities all over the world (London, Paris, Tokyo, etc), and New York is by far my most favorite!
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@sjvg1976 (18386)
• Delhi, India
16 Apr 17
@moffittjc I don't have enough money to go abroad.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
16 Apr 17
@sjvg1976 Yes, it would be a very expensive trip from India to New York! But you live in a big city too, so you know what city life is like!
@RubyHawk (25455)
• Atlanta, Georgia
12 Apr 17
I've never been to New York City so I'm afraid I would be no help at all.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Apr 17
Do you want me to stop in Georgia and pick you up on the way to New York this Memorial Day weekend? It's on the way! I'll just ask the pilot of my plane to make a quick pitstop to your house so we can pick you up! And then we'll have a crazy fun time in NYC together!
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@RubyHawk (25455)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Apr 17
@moffittjc Now that would be fun. What time can I expect you.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Apr 17
@RubyHawk About 10:00pm on Friday, May 26th I'll be there to pick you up.
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
9 Apr 17
I have only been in the city a couple of times, a few times with my mom before I left home for college for shopping pre-Christmas to see all the decorations. In College before I met my husband I dated a guy from New Jersey and we went to some jazz places in NYC, met some famous people too - all musicians (so was my boyfriend) I would not know where to go....I hope you and your children have a blast.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Apr 17
Luckily, I've been to NYC enough times to know my way around most of Manhattan, and a little bit of Brooklyn, so we should be okay for the most part. Sometimes though, when I come out of subway tunnels and back up to street level, I lose my bearings and can't figure out the correct directions. When you have so many tall skyscrapers around you, it's hard to tell if your walking north, south, east or west!
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• Canada
10 Apr 17
@moffittjc take a compass with you or will your cell phone tell you directions...I get turned around easily too so I would be completely lost...
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate Definitely will be relying on my cell phone for directions! I have a really good GPS app that I use whenever I travel, and it has come in handy on more than one occasion to help point me in the right direction!
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@Corbin5 (106592)
• United States
8 Apr 17
Sounds like a real adventure is ahead of you and the kids. Should be fun and interesting! I have never been to NYC. I have enough trouble with the city of Chicago.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Apr 17
I've only been to Chicago once, to see the Yankees play the Whitesox. I was pretty much lost the entire time!
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@marlina (73881)
• Canada
8 Apr 17
This future trip to New York City sounds exciting. I have never been to N.Y. myself.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Apr 17
Out of all the cities I have been to in the world, it is my absolute favorite!
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
8 Apr 17
That sounds like a lot of fun. The whole trip. Make sure to take pictures of all the places that you end up lost in.
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Apr 17
Definitely! I'm sure most photos I take of places I am lost in will be of local pubs, bars and breweries. I figure if I'm going to be lost, I might as well stop and have a drink! haha
@sol_cee (15535)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
8 Apr 17
Go meet some myLotters from NYC!
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@moffittjc (43046)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Apr 17
I'm hoping there are a few native New Yorkers on this site!
@Shellyann36 (9645)
• United States
9 Apr 17
Enjoy your trip. I have never been to New York City but I have visited upstate New York a few times. I am sure the trips along the subway will be quite entertaining for your family.
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@MALUSE (40322)
• Germany
9 Apr 17
My husband and I were in NY for two weeks many years ago. We always used buses and the subway and *never got lost*! Seems we can be proud. I remember a great tour around the city by public transport including a ferry ride to Staten Island. What I found fascinating was how the people changed according to outward appearance and languages who got on and off while we were comfortably sitting on the bus. And it's cheap compared to organised tours. Recommended!
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