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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    Hey folks! Lend me your ears!

    It seems I'm taking the plunge and hopping that annoying little puddle in March. I'll be spending a couple of weeks in NYC first, and then venturing god knows where. Probably with guitar in tow, and looking for places to play/sleep/huddle.

    But first point is, I'm looking for a reasonably priced hotel in NYC, and recommendations are more than welcome. I realise this is a bit short notice, as we'd like to get the reservations done this weekend...
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    I know nothing about NY but if you happen through Cleveland or Akron look me up.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    "Reasonably priced hotel in NYC" is . . . problematical.

    You might want to look into getting a hotel in an outer borough, near a subway station.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    Seconding StefanJ's. Also, if you want to use Kayak or Expedia or some shit and start looking now, you might find something good!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    And please don't leap into anything. If you find what looks like a good deal, post the hotel name and address here so natives can give you an idea about the neighborhood and access to transit. A place near a laundromat and supermarket would be great, eh?

    Again, anywhere near a subway is gold.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    Aye, anything 1-3 subway stops outside manhattan are going to be gentrified & decently safe. Go deeper & you should definitely query us.
    A lot of people have been having success using airbnb as a way to sublet for a time. I like the idea of it, just because food is SOEXPENSIVE unless you live off 5/$1 chinatown dumplings always, which I think has some kind of surgeon's warning against it. But yea, keep in mind that you'll save money if you can prepare foods for yourself in your living space, especially if your reservation is spanning a couple of weeks.

    For places to play, check out Goodbye Blue Monday - they're pretty open to new folks coming into town. It's a little deader during the week out in Bushwick, but there're some fabulous little places that might be keen on having you come in. Bushwick has some shady areas still, use caution when deciding where to go.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
     (10449.7)
    I can vouch for the Holiday Inn Express near Penn Station. It is the cheapest 'real' hotel in Manhattan with a great location. Web deals can be had for weekend rates. It might be a good place to book your first couple nights while you check out sketchier locations.

    I also reeeeally want to check out the Pod Hotel sometime. It is a japanese-style 'coffin bed' hostel.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    Exception to the 1 - 3 stops outside of Manhattan rule: In northern Manhattan there are some pretty skeevy areas. Not as many as there used to be, but there are some places in Harlem and Spanish Harlem that are... not so savory.
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      CommentAuthorAgitpunkt
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
     (10449.9)
    I'm going to recommend this:

    http://www.sleepinndowntown.com/specials/

    A friend of a friend stayed here and had no complaints. It's fairly cheap rate with something like 20% off if you're coming in mid-march.
    It's close to where I live which puts it right between the Gowanus and South Park Slope areas of Brooklyn.

    Pro's:

    It's just a few blocks to the R which will put you in Manhattan in 25 minutes or so.

    The walking area (between 3 and 15 blocks in a couple of different directions) has fantastic restaurants, bars, and places to see/play music.

    Con:
    It's off 3rd avenue which definitely isn't dangerous, but it is kind of gross. It's major ave for traffic and it has more than its share of porn stores. But, honestly, you can stay there the whole time and never actually have to cross it for any reason. Everything you'd want is up on 4th-7th avenues.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
     (10449.10)
    Thanks, gang!

    Airbnb seemed like the best deal/location we could spot; $60 a night per person, in NoHo. Looks like I'll have the pleasure of sleeping on a couch, but meh. I've been touring, I've had worse. :)

    I'm already twitching. I've missed the city SO BAD you guys it's fucking ri-di-cu-lous.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    AHHHHH TAPHEAD IN NEW YORK
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
     (10449.12)
    I KNOW, RIGHT? And, wait for it...

    ... a slight update, we managed find an adorable place (on airnbnb, again) in Williamsburg. South 4th street and Bedford, looks like. 50 bucks a night with free organic coffee and donuts! We're not even allergic to hipsters, so we should be fiiine.

    For those of you who've been drooling at some of the food photos I've occasionally posted, one of my fellow travellers is the guiy responsible for most of the really glorious ideas. And we'll have a kitchen at the place. Tee hee.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    TAPHEAD YOU ARE GOING TO BE STAYING WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF MY APARTMENT.

    THAT IS ALL.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    I'm glad that Glukkake pointed you to airbnb, it really is the best thing for staying in NYC. Having a place where you can make coffee and toast a bagel makes a huge difference in terms of the cost of staying here. Now all you have to do is figure out what you want to do while you're here.

    If you want to laugh (or cry) at how bad a hotel in NYC can be check out the Chelsea Inn. One of the reviewers wrote this huge thing years ago about how it was fine if you brought your own sheets, towels, earplugs, and a can of mace but wouldn't recommend it otherwise. It is one of the last remaining waterfront fleabags in NYC.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012 edited
     (10449.15)
    Christ, that sounds like the hotel version of The Mars Bar...

    ETA: And yeah, airbnb is pretty awesome by the looks of things, so thanks for the heads up about that one, glukkake! 50 bucks is incredibly cheap, the place looks really nice and the location is just about perfect.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    $50 for a hotel in downtown Manhattan that serves organic coffee?

    I'm picturing a scenario involving a sinister hipster cult, and being bundled up in blankets and dragged down into the island's CHUD-infested underground warrens.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
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    @StefanJ - No no, this place is in Williamsburg. Which of course increases the likelyhood of the hipster cult, but I trust the Whitechapel UrbEx Commandos will come to our rescue, should we go missing for a long time. Right? Either that or you'll see us roaming the streets with a permanent derisive smirk and terrible accessories.

    And yeah: APARTMENT BOOKED AND PAID.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
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    COME TO TORONTO.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
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    My idea would be: NYC - Boston - Montreal - Toronto [- Detroit - Chicago - Minneapolis?]. I think AT LEAST Toronto and Minneapolis would warrant longer stops, on account of a) The Toronto Chapter and b) Bryce Midas. (I would, of course, be more than happy to meet folks elsewhere on the itenerary as well...)

    Time to start trawling for funds...
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
     (10449.20)
    Suggestion: Keep this thread, and turn it into Taphead's Travelogue.

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