Smyth Hotel - A Thompson Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

85 West Broadway, New York City, New York, 10007, United States
Smyth Hotel - A Thompson Hotel
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visiting New York in March with parents

by rickyblue

Im heading to New York in March for 4 days with my folks, Im concerned about how good the bus services are as my dad doesn't really want/cant walk that far. Are the buses in particular reliable? New York does look a bit of a maze so Im doing all the research I can about finding the easiest way round the city.

Re: visiting New York in March with parents

by jeanfinney

The city is not a maze, it is a grid (except for the West Village) so it is easy to figure out - North and South there are lots of subway lines, if you are very near a stop that is helpful - if where you want to go is on line - Changing lines can require walking - East-West there are lots of buses but of course with traffic that can be slow - I would advise you to first figure out what you want to see and do in those four days (that doesnt require a lot of walking, like parks and zoos) then find a place to stay that is near them - maybe limit yourself as much as possible to the neighborhood that is more your style - there are always taxis too!!

Re: visiting New York in March with parents

by 10028

The buses are the way to go if your dad has mobility problems. Buses are at the mercy of traffic, so can be slow. But New York's buses all "kneel," that is, the front steps lower to make it easier to board (sometimes you have to ask the driver to lower it though). Also, although passengers are asked to use rear doors to exit, it's also perfectly o.k. to use the front door, since it's easier.

Here's a bus map of Manhattan:

It looks like a plate of spagetti, I know! But most of Manhattan conforms to the grid. Buses run uptown/downtown (north-south) along most avenues, stopping every few blocks, and crosstown (east-west), stopping along most avenues. There are Local and Limited buses on the avenues -- Local buses make all stops, and Limited buses skip many stops.

The best way to get around New York is to ask. We love giving travel advice, it's almost a competitive sport! Don't worry about finding an "official" person to ask directions, just stop whoever is next to you on the street.

Re: visiting New York in March with parents

by jeanfinney

I have heard good reports about the helpfulness of NYorkers which makes me very happy! good for you! I used to live there so I knew my way around (and as I said, it is not hard at all - also almost everything goes by numbers plus direction - like East 34th - so it is superbly logical - Of course we are talking about Manhattan here - dont even think about the boroughs with your dad!

Re: visiting New York in March with parents

by rickyblue

thanks for your help, appreciated!

Re: visiting New York in March with parents

by rickyblue

thank you for your help!

Re: visiting New York in March with parents

by krismsong

If you have an Android phone, you may want to download a free app called NYC Mate. It has a map of the City including all bus routes and subway lines. If that is not your speed, it would be a good thing to either pick up a free map from one of the manned booths in the subway or to buy a laminated map. Like folks are saying, the City is a grid and fairly easy to navigate. Buses are very reliable and frequent, but can be time consuming.

This city, however, is very accessible to the disabled and elderly in my opinion. I hope you and your parents have a marvelous time.

Travel Tips for New York City

Street art

by marielexoteria

One good thing about art is that it can be created to make seemingly ordinary things beautiful, and sometimes with little hassle.

Picture 1: look how someone decorated this fence, on a construction site by South Seaport pier.

Picture 2: this man is playing the violin on a beautiful day in Battery Park, hoping to get some bucks. He started playing "The Addams Family" theme song and then some other tunes.

Pictures 3 and 4: my personal favorites, these cranes somewhere along the East River, on the Brooklyn side (and can be found around Newark airport as well) made me think of "trojan horses".

walknyc - Private Walking Tours

by Leester

Last time I was in NYC, I looked up walking tours (always a good way to get to know a piece of the city better). Since my travel was in November, most of the sites that popped up on google were not offering tours (they operate in the summer, basically). I did find, however,
WalkNYC is run by a young couple and they have a very large array of walking tours to choose from. You can email them or call them, let them know when you'll be in town, how many people you are, and voila - your walking tour is set in motion!
James was our guide and the tour we did of the Upper West Side was very informative, fun, funny and enlightening.
Highly recommend it to anyone. Check out their web site for more info. My fondest memory of the walking tour of the Upper West Side was James's theory on why the accoustics are so good at Avery Fisher Hall (it has to do with selling more CD's and the occupation of the designer).

New York City is one of the...


New York City is one of the biggest cosmopolitan in the world. There are lots of places to see but my recommendation in NY first of all to gain a NYC visit hand book which you can provide it free. This guide has all details and addresses of the places where you should go and see during your visit in NYC.

Anyway..the heart and soul of NYC is Manhattan. You can meet every kind people that came from different parts of all over the world. ONE BIG UNITED NATIONS!! When you are in Manhattan you must definitely go and see 42nd street-Times Square especially at night. Times Square is one of my favourites in Manhattan although it is always crowded. But crowd is the other name of NYC, don't forget that..:))) NYC SUBWAY
There is also another big city under ground. Welcome to NYC Metro. I can never forget my first experience in this big underground city when I was trying to get Manhattan from Bronx (another part of NYC). It was in the weekend and you cannot imagine how all these huge ten subway cars become massy full with people that try to get their jobs in the morning. Rush hours of NYC and NYC metro are always and always within a crazy hurry. Myself, was trying to get downtown Manhattan from uptown (Bronx) with 6 train and also trying to get familiar everything around while glancing huge metro map on my hands.

Go to the top of the Empire...

by Nelski

Go to the top of the Empire State Building.
The view from here is magnificent, the best time to go here is at dusk when the city lights are just coming on. But be prepared for the queues as they can be long. My fondest memory is of walking around Time's Square at 2.30 in the morning. As the saying goes 'the city that never sleeps' how true.

"9/11" and the Sanctuary nearbye

by Pawtuxet

We ventured down to the site of "9/11". It's an enormous hole in the ground, really. You can see how much damage was done to the buildings surrounding the towers as well. There are layers of things underground which are being worked on.....the entire area is fenced off...and you can walk through caged walkways on a couple of sides to see the construction that is underway. It's a chilling site. Can't imagine being in the area at the time it happend. We were with Gosia in Warsaw at the time. We had just seen films of the bombing of Warsaw during WWII and then we came out to learn of this disaster. The whole thing is mind boggling.
There is a St. Paul's Chapel that sits so close to Ground Zero....i t's a wonder that there was no damage done to it. It's a lovely little church with some very moving displays inside. During the weeks and months that followed September 11th. there were enormous numbers of volunteers who came forth to provide physical, spiritual and emotional care to the rescue workers. "Among the tragedy and chaos, this ministry became a symbol of the power of faith and resilience of the human spirit." See my travelogue for more.
Trinity Church is one of the oldest churches in the city...founded in 1697 and one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in America. One of the signers of the Declaration of Independance is buried in the church yard here. Many notables have passed through the portals and are remembered at the site. It's a bit of a history lesson to wander through the yard as well as visiting the church itself.
another pic in my group shows a flag sent by school children....the stripes are a series of hands . Banners and photos and all sorts of memorabilia are on display all over this church which was a peaceful and helpful oasis in the swirl of work and horror.


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Address: 85 West Broadway, New York City, New York, 10007, United States