Jazz on the Villa Hostel

12 W 129th St & 5th Ave, New York City, New York, 10027, United States
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day trip

by alasmom

HI All,
my friend and I will be travelling to the city for the day to see an afternoon show at the al hirshfeld theater. How far is the theater from Penn station? We have about 3.5 hours between arrival and the show. We were hoping to get to either Rockefeller Center or Times Square. We also have 2.5 hours after the show before we need to catch our returnign train. Would we be able to get all of this done? Are cabs our best option for travelling between these places? Anything else in the area that we should try to take in?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Re: day trip

by nicolaitan

you have all the time you need. from penn station to the theater on w 45, just take the a train subway (north, direction 207 st) one stop to w 42nd. if you exit near the front of the train you will be at w 44 just a block from the theater.

times square is a block east of the a train on 42nd street. from times square to rockefeller center go one more block east on 42nd and then turn left on 6 Avenue for a few blocks.

Re: day trip

by 10028

If the weather is good, you can walk to the theater. However, you have much more time before your show, so that would be a good time to walk over to Rockefeller Center to see the tree, maybe zip up to the Top of the Rock observatory. You can have a nice lunch at either restaurant overlooking the rink, Blue Fin or the Rock Center Cafe. Brasserie Ruhlmann, which is at street level, doesn't have a view of the rink, but the food is delish. Lunch time is very busy though, there could be a long wait for a table. There are lots of take-out dining options in the Rock Center Concourse Level, and lots of table seating.

If you're heading to Rock Center from Penn Station, take the Uptown #1 two stops to 50th Street and Broadway, and walk over the two blocks to Rock Center.

It's a short walk from Rock Center to your theater, but it could take 15-20 minutes because of the huge crowds in midtown.

Re: day trip

by keith750cc

I recommend the Rockefeller centre, just returned and the view from the top is stunning, the Rockefeller ice rink and plaza with the tree all decked out are special too.

Re: day trip

by clareabee

as the other guys have said i would too recommend top of the rock at the rockerfeller centre - the tree all decked for the holidays is magical - the atmosphere is great. We didn't have the queue when we went up to the top - it certainly wasn't as bad as the Empire State building!
You can then walk to the theater from there...after your show you could have a look around times square - you can't go to nyc without a look!

Travel Tips for New York City

Navigating the city

by toonsarah

New York consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. On this visit we spent almost all our time in the first of these, as most visitors do, although we set foot briefly on Staten Island (see my Staten Island Ferry tip) and spent an hour or so in Brooklyn. Last time round we also went to the Bronx, where there is a world-class zoo and lovely botanical gardens.

The districts of Manhattan are usually described as being either in Uptown, Midtown or Downtown. In the first of these, above 59th Street, you’ll find Harlem, Washington Heights, the Upper East and West Sides, and Central Park itself. Midtown starts at the southern edge of Central Park and covers Times Square and the Theater District, the Flatiron District, Herald Square and the surrounding Garment District, Chelsea and Midtown East and West. Downtown begins below 14th Street, where the grid pattern of streets breaks down. It has arguably the most varied districts, with leafy Battery Park, the skyscrapers of the Financial District, low-rise Soho and Greenwich Village, and colourful Chinatown and Little Italy. Each of these districts has its own character and it’s a matter of taste which you enjoy most and choose to spend your time in, but do try to see as many as possible. I loved more the relaxed atmosphere of Central Park West, where we stayed, and laid-back (by New York standards) Greenwich Village and Soho; but also the dramatic skyscrapers of Midtown and the vibrancy of up-and-coming areas such as the Meatpackers’ District and the ethnic mix on the Lower East Side.

Much of the city is laid out in a grid pattern, with Avenues running north to south and Streets east to west. The exception to this is Broadway, which starts on the West Side in parallel with the avenues but suddenly veers off on a diagonal at about 71st Street and ends up near Battery Park. The system also breaks down totally south of 14th Street, so that in parts of Greenwich Village, for instance, streets cross each other rather than running parallel to each other. The numbering system for the streets also disappears, though not completely, so you’ll find Christopher, Bleecker, MacDougal, Spring, Houston, Canal and numerous other street names.

Where the grid system is in place it makes getting around very simple. Blocks are consistent in size, so you can easily estimate walking times and distance, and building numbers reflect their block, with each 100 being a block from Fifth Avenue, or from Central Park. The numbers below 100 are on the first block, 100-199 on the second, 200-299 on the third and so on. For example, our hotel was number 117 79th Street W, indicating that it was in the second block west of the park. Many locations are described according to the nearest junction - taking our hotel as an example again, its location can be given as “79th Street West and Columbus”, but bear in mind that this means it is near that junction, not necessarily right on the corner. Downtown this system doesn’t really work, so get out your map or simply enjoy getting lost!

Stand Still

by davidlop

After the deep impact on people's lifes, all around the world, of the Sept. 11 atack, things slowly start to recover... and even after that big destruction, some things kept even still, against all odds and nonsenses. This monument was laying between the twin towers, and almost survived to the disaster. Now it keeps the memory of what happened, not far away... as people keep living their lives, not the same but toward the future anyway...

The Oyster Bar below Grand...

by dogears

The Oyster Bar below Grand Central. There's a 'whispering vault' in front of the restaurant, above the new food court, where you can whisper in one corner and hear it perfectly on the opposite corner. Huge selectioon of oysters, the vaults inside the big room make it noisy. Hidden New York : Empty parapets, seldom visited workrooms in the Brooklyn Bridge anchorage, stores and bars with no signs. Lost New York : The Cloud Club in the Chrysler Building and the Rainbow Room, the Automat............. and others......

Touch the sky from the Empire State Building

by Bigs

You must get on top of the Empire State Building. You will be the king of the world !! It´s really high up there!!! I really liked the lifestyle and athmosphere. It´s different to the rest of America I think.There are so many things to see and explore, and I liked the multinational flair of it!

The Race to the Finish

by mrclay2000

In the global race to build the world's tallest buildings, the New York skyline has been almost exclusively the world's premier racecourse. From the Park Row Building, to the Singer Building, then the MetLife Building, then the Manhattan Company tower, to the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, to the World Trade Center and its proposed replacement, New York has been a world leader in stretching its achievements skyward. Despite the forest of skyscrapers, most buildings have distinctive looks and special features, and what better . . .when your head is in the clouds?


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