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post #1 of 14 Old Jan 2nd, 2012, 2:16 pm Thread Starter
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Planning a ride for this summer from Ohio, to Shanksville PA, then over to New York City and then down to Washington DC.

Question is where to stay at a bike friendly place close enough to New York city that we can spend the day visiting sights, but not interested in riding my bike into the city. Will take a train or other public transportation.

I have ridden in DC, but NYC scares me.

Any ideas would be helpful.

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Hello All

Planning a ride for this summer from Ohio, to Shanksville PA, then over to New York City and then down to Washington DC.

Question is where to stay at a bike friendly place close enough to New York city that we can spend the day visiting sights, but not interested in riding my bike into the city. Will take a train or other public transportation.

I have ridden in DC, but NYC scares me.

Any ideas would be helpful.

Thanks
Glen
Riding in downtown Manhattan is no better and no worse than riding in downtown DC. Truthfully, it's rather entertaining. If you'd prefer not to ride in the city, I'd suggest looking north towards White Plains or Tarrytown. There's such an extensive mass transit system surrounding the city that it's easy to get in.

But I'd still suggest riding it.

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post #3 of 14 Old Jan 3rd, 2012, 11:27 am
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I wouldn't hesitate. I live just north of the city and ride to the bike show at Javitts as long as there is no snow on the ground. Just avoid rush hour when it's really crazy. (crazy being a relevant term for NYC traffic!) Most hotels have parking so that's not an issue either, or you might try Manhattan BMW to arrange storage for a few days.

If you don't mind staying outside of Manhattan the White Plains recommendation is a good one. It's only 30 mins or so to NY Grand Central Station on Metro-North. If you are a member of BMWMOA you can reach out and maybe someone will offer garage space or a place to park while you stay in NYC.

Also, since it looks like your doing a tour of the 9/11 attack sites, if you're on the job you could check with PD or FD for parking, either in NY or the burbs.

Are you coming with the whole trailer rig or just on motorcycle?

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I have relatives in Darien CT, which is a great town. Service to Grand Central Station is on the New Haven line and takes under an hour from Darien Station to Grand Central. Hotel prices in Stamford, Darien or Norwalk will be more than enough less than in the Big Apple to pay the train fare. That said, staying in NYC is part of the total experience and especially if you want to try a new restaurant or catch a play, staying in the City is the way to go, If you are staying in Manhattan, you could probably rent a motel room somewhere up the New Haven line and leave you bike there for the night with a room rate less than the cost of just parking in NYC.

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Thanks for all the suggestions, I will be traveling with my youngest daughter 29, and will be leaving the trailer at home. I like the idea of staying on the outskirts and taking the train into the city. Grand central station would be nice to visit. And Ive heard the water taxi to the Statue is good?

We plan on visiting the 911 memorial and a few other sights, but we may try and ride into the city after the traffic dies down or on the way to DC, my daughter loves looking up at the buildings even here in the small Cleveland downtown, she would love looking in NYC. She has been working on this for several years now and it's time to make it happen!

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I hate riding in this area because of the traffic

Be sure to order your tickets to the 9/11Memorial in advance of your trip.

Yes, the ferry ride to Ellis Island and the Statue is great. If you wanted, you could stay in Jersey City and view the large Tear Drop Memorial and catch the ferry too.


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Sounds like a neat trip, Glen. Let us know how your trip goes.

I've always wanted to do that NYPD escorted ride through Manhattan; I think it's in October. Some day...

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You can go to the Statue of Liberty Island, but the Pedestal/Museum end the Crown passage are closed for renovation through 2012. So if this is what your daughter wants to do, she will be disappointed.
You can have very good views from the Statue simply by taking the Staten Island Ferry from the South Ferry Terminal. You just hop on the Ferry, go to the front, right hand side, and you'll have beautiful pictures from the Statue. At Staten Island, you hop off the ferry, make the tour in the Terminal and hop on again, back to Manhattan. Furthermore, this trip is free. It is one on the rare things free in New-York...

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Glen,

Send me a PM so that we can exchange e-mail addresses. I live in Westchester Co. about 20 miles outside of the city. Maybe I can help refer you to lodging etc.

Good luck with the planning and trip!

Ride Safe,

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Having driven into the city and taken the subway, I'd never ride a bike there unless it was the fate of the free world.

There are a lot of good locations outside of the city that are within walking distance to the subways that go into the city. The subways are pretty easy to navigate.

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Riding in Manhattan is not all that bad, just watch out for the 1 foot plus deep potholes, they'll separate the mirrors from the bike and the cabs that drive like crabs- moving at 45 degree angles. Oh and pedestrians that will cross the road at any time and any place. I lived in Manhattan for four years and rode everyday when there was no ice or snow on the road. Actually, the most dangerous time to ride in Manhattan is when the traffic is light because then you've got the taxis and others trying to take advantage of clear roads to drive at warp speeds. During the normally heavy traffic, vehicles move more slowly so there is more time to react. If you're comfortable in heavy traffic and somewhat chaotic situations, give it a try. Riding in Manhattan is way better than riding on the Cross Bronx Expressway (minefield)-that's the worst! On second thought, maybe the suggestion to stay in Westchester County (upstate for someone in Manhattan) might be the easiest solution. Then you don't have to worry about parking. Only about a 1/3 of the garages accept motorcycles. And parking on the street is really iffy because the drivers park by the brail method, they stop when they tap whatever is parked in front or behind them (no kidding). If you have more questions, please ask.
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And parking on the street is really iffy because the drivers park by the brail method, they stop when they tap whatever is parked in front or behind them (no kidding). Scott
That is no exaggeration.

I have watched it and to the driver who is taping the car in front of him and in back, perfectly normal behavior!

Hate to see what would happen to a bike. I'll bet that there is a Youtube video of it.

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In response to Paul's post regarding the Staten island Ferry, it is totally free. It used to be 25 cents but suit was brought against the city because in the original city charter from 1600 something, it states that all residents of the city shall have unencumbered access to the city offices. There are 5 boros in the city and Staten Island is the only boro that is not connected to Manhattan, where city hall is, by a pedestrian bridge and hence the encumberance of having to pay the 25 cents for the ferry. Removing the ferry fare was apparently the cheapest solution. This is the way I heard it anyway.

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