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going to new york city alone on vacation

8 months ago

have traveled with son for many years (single parent). He just graduated from High School and is in college and has his own interests and will not be going with me on this trip. Will be my first trip by myself to New York City, and first time traveling alone. Will be going for four days. Anyone else ever travel alone and what to see in New York City?

41 replies
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8 months ago

I've vacationed alone. The first time it was a little strange, the second time I looked forward to it because the first time wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, after that I loved it. Sure it's great to travel/vacation with someone, but alone you can make your own adventures.
I have never been to NY City, that is one place I would love to go. You will enjoy yourself very much.
So, go have a great time, enjoy the city but be careful and be safe.

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8 months ago

Hi, I've lived in NYC for many years both by myself and with my partner. NYC is a wonderful place and you will love it! If you are staying in Manhattan and you like to walk you can get around quite easily. The subway also runs very frequently and is quite safe. It is the cheapest and quickest way to get around. If you are there to sightsee then try to map out what you want to see. Go to one area and see the things you'd like before moving on. Or spend one day downtown (Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Wall Street), a day in midtown (Times Square, Broadway. Rockerfeller Center ), etc. Be organized and you will have a great time!! And walk if you can - its the best way to see all of NYC's great neighborhoods!

Japan
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8 months ago

The Statue of Liberty has three hour-long lines. Walk everywhere and do what you want. What are you interested in? Chances are it’s happening in New York. What is there to see? What do YOU want to see? Answer the question for yourself. Enjoy the greatest liberal democratic city on Earth!

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8 months ago

The subways are a mess. Brooklyn next to BAM is amazing. Look at the area. Fly into JFK. Use Mapquest in Manhattan. Do a one-day city tour to get your bearings. Hang out in Times Square to see stars. Walk down Fifth Avenue in an out of museums. I am over 80, female, and solo and go several times a year.

Japan
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8 months ago

Elisabeth: You rock! What’s “BAM”?

United States of America
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7 months ago

Brooklyn Art Museum

United States of America
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17 days ago

Brooklyn Academy of Music world clas theatre dance opera Avante garde shows

United States of America
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5 months ago

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United States of America
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3 days ago

Hello Elizabeth
I am a 70 year old woman who consistently travels alone. I am gathering information about the experiences of older women traveling solo. I find that restaurants and hotels have a tendency to give you the worst tables and less desirable rooms. Have you experienced that? I would love to hear from you.

Colombia
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3 days ago

No, I traveled alone.I've been to New York many times and that's not how it's gonna happen. Because ysted has every right to ask for change because he's paying the same price.

United States of America
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8 months ago

I prefer to travel alone and NYC is the best place in the world to do it. There is a certain luxury and freedom afforded by the anonymity of a big city and it means that YOU get to decide what to do and when to do it. Don't shy away from all the great dining either - about 80,000 business people travel solo to NY every day and have to eat somewhere - New Yorkers are used to that and won't bat an eye at solo diners in even the finest restaurants. Get a guide book or borrow one from the library and make a list of things that interest you. Plot those points on a map to group them by area and day to save travel time. Enjoy.

Brazil
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7 months ago

Já fui 4 vezes,estou indo passar o Réveillon esse ano.Amo NY é fantástica a cidade.Sempre vou acompanhada.Estou procurando um lugar para assistir a queima de fogos e poder fazer uma ceia.Alguém conhece lugares que posso passar com minha familia ?

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7 months ago

Born and raised in NYC and now living elsewhere. Why did I move? I visit once a year. Lower Manhattan is the best place to walk around. And when I say lower, I mean the tippy tip. You can start out by riding the Staten Island Ferry and seeing the Statue of Liberty. Always a sight to behold. Then you can walk up Broadway and stop by Wall Street, the South Street Seaport, or the Westside where the World Trade Center Memorial is. Then you can walk up further to the Brooklyn Bridge and walk across to Brooklyn. Central Park is a must and I love stopping by Strawberry Field's around 72nd Street Westside, across the street from where John Lennon use to live. It's a great place to listen to live Beatles music and people watch and who knows, you may even see Yoko. She's been know to stop by every now and then. My favorite place in the whole world is the American Museum of Natural History. That is an all day affair in itself. Then there's the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa). If you still have time, take a trip uptown to the Bronx and visit the Bronx Zoo. In my opinion, the best zoo in the world.

United States of America
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7 months ago

Agree about the Natural History Museum.

United States of America
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6 months ago

Does the Bronx Zoo have giraffes? The National zoo in DC didn't have any last time I went!

United States of America
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7 months ago

The Whitney Museum is also interesting. Broadway is nice, too. You can get some bargains for Wednesday matinees if you go to the box offices that morning-ish. Just be aware of where your wallet/purse are. Have fun!

United States of America
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7 months ago

Not safe

United Kingdom
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7 months ago

I'm British, female, 42 yrs old and have travelled to NYC solo 4 times over the past 9 years - 5th time this coming November. I always leave knowing there's going to be a next time! I've stayed in hotels in mid-town Manhattan, Airbnbs in Harlem & Brooklyn.. I try to stay somewhere new each time so I'm able to experience different neighourhoods - next trip, a hotel on the lower east side. It's easy to get around, there's so much to see and do, and I always feel totally safe. I'd recommend it to anyone!

New Zealand
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7 months ago

This is so good to read. I am divorced and live in Christchurch NZ. My solo travelling has just started. I went to Sydney and Melbourne in April and am off to San Francisco and Vancouver in October. Looking to maybe do New York next January. I soon got used to being by myself. Not quite confident to eat dinner out by myself. Will work up to that !

United Kingdom
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7 months ago

Admittedly, eating out for dinner solo is probably my least favourite part of solo travel. Breakfast and lunch is always fine but dinner always feels tricky. Places where you can sit at the bar to eat feels a little better but to be honest it’s not something I’ve been able to master yet. Hope your travels go well!

Mexico
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5 months ago

It's funny, I never feel weird at dinner or eating alone on trips, I think it's funny, I watch everyone, and curiously there's always someone who makes me talk, always because I do everything alone, even go to the movies.

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6 months ago

New York is great

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6 months ago

BAM is actually the Brooklyn Academy of Music (performancesand movies). The museum is just the Brooklyn Museum.

United Kingdom
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6 months ago

New York is great I’ve been there twice and I am going next month alone can’t wait. When are you going?

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6 months ago

Did you get to NYC yet? Maybe a informal tour guide or conceirege feel free to contact me via email or by apps. WhatsApp Google Hangouts or here

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6 months ago

going back on August 8th for four more days. Did not get to see everything I want to see. Absolutely no problems getting around Manhattan. This is just a great city, my only regret is waiting until I was sixty to go there. However in great shape and can walk everywhere. This time Statue of Liberty, Joyce Theatre,
another Broadway Show, Brooklyn, and Joes Pizza. right after that next single trip to Washington DC in October.

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6 months ago

Paul Hackney, I live in Connecticut, but I am constantly going on vacation alone to Rhode Island, especially Narragansett and Block island, and Massachusetts. When I did go to New York, it was with someone. In the past I have gone to a Broadway show, ate at great restaurants, gone to Times Square, I went to the making of a Robert Redford show (?Quiz Show I think), We've walked, drove, took the subway. I went to an Italian restaurant instead of Planet Rock or whatever that chain is. Going alone is fun! You go where you want, when you want, eat what you want, where you want! I want to go to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty, haven't gotten around to it yet!

Mexico
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5 months ago

Do you have any Italian restaurants you recommend?

Mexico
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5 months ago

Is it true that it's three hours formed for the Statue of Liberty?

United States of America
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6 months ago

Paul Hackney, I live in Connecticut, but I am constantly going on vacation alone to Rhode Island, especially Narragansett and Block island, and Massachusetts. When I did go to New York, it was with someone. In the past I have gone to a Broadway show, ate at great restaurants, gone to Times Square, I went to the making of a Robert Redford show (?Quiz Show I think), We've walked, drove, took the subway. I went to an Italian restaurant instead of Planet Rock or whatever that chain is. Going alone is fun! You go where you want, when you want, eat what you want, where you want! I want to go to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty, haven't gotten around to it yet!

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5 months ago

Omg it will be a blast! I stayed at the Roosevelt hotel, 2 or 3 blocks from Times Square!
Catch a show!
If you have time... Niagara Falls !
Subway right across the street! Love love love NYC!
I had a fab time riding the subway everyday! Down to waterfront and took a ferry to Staten Island! I just came right back but it was fun!
Definitely pay for the front of line passes at the popular places! Lines are pretty long. I think I used Viator for my passes.
Also at the Moma they have a fab view from their outside deck a must do! Awesome view about Central Park.... breathtakingly beautiful! You might meet someone special! Great people!
Go to a hip Happy Hour and just enjoy a little snack and people watch!
I wish you a fabulous trip!
Also I enjoyed Grand Central Station! It’s a city within itself! Tons of shops, food and fun.
Have fun! Proud of you! 😊

I stayed there alone a few months ago just for four days, and it was some quick visit but, enough to know the main places in Manhattan and enough to plan another visit in the future too. I think the best way to know a city is by walk, If you travel on weekend be careful, some subway stations are closed, so, maybe you will have to walk or take the bus or Uber, etc. In four days I could visited: The MoMa, Times Square, The outside of Rockefeller Center, The financial district, The Bull in Wall Street, The 9/11 Memorial, Tribeca, Soho, Little Italy, The Meat Packing District, High Line, Chelsea Market, The Met, Central Park including Strawberry Fields, and the Outside of Madison Square Garden, all of this starting the days early and finishing after midnight. Prepare a comfort pair of sneakers and enjoy your visit! Have a nice trip!!

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5 months ago

Brooklyn Museum is wonderful and just steps from the Subway. The NYC Public Library Main Branch is a wonder to behold and the price is free. Take the Staten Island Ferry (cheap or free) for a fantastic view of the City. Dine at Faunce's Tavern like George Washington did! Go to the Red Lion in the Village for Big Ed's Monday Night Blues Jam (cheap). Hang out in Washington Square Park. Have a drink at Tavern on the Green. OYSTERS at Grand Central Station!

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4 months ago

NY born and raised also a solo
Traveller. Most recently Berlin. Next place Nola.
I am so shocked no one said Groupon for deals on things to do, where to eat etc. also FaceBook has an events section you can look and see what’s happening and buy tickets.
I did Broadway roulette for a show but it picks for you the day of. Can’t change but you can tell them what type like Musical etc.
I’d get a metrocard.
They have tourist package deals online where you can do hop on hop off for or major landmarks.
Diff parts of the city for diff reasons. Union square, west village, Times Square, The Cloisters is nice uptown.
Brooklyn is nice although not as bourgeois as manhattan. All
The areas between bedstuy and downtown Bk.
Brooklyn also has cheaper prices for everything.
Airbnb is ok but https://booking.com gives good rates on rooms.

United States of America
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1 month ago

Best place to discover authentic New Yorkers is the neighborhood of Flushing, Queens, which started as a Dutch village in 1645 and is now an international destination for people from around the world. You can find the best regional cuisine from China, Korea, and Malaysia as well as destination shopping and historic landmarks. For more info, check out my recommendations on www.flushingfantastic.nyc

Colombia
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27 days ago

I traveled alone in 2019, the best thing that has ever happened to me, that wonderful city, before travelling, is better to have an itinerary, there are many activities free of charge or at cost (Youtobe videos) just one day in the city will not be enough to know all that this beautiful city has. The subway is super easy, there's no loss, that's if you don't use the casual transport. The delicious food, the shopping, the rumba, the city tour. Anyway, there's too much to do. The only thing I didn't like was the short of my vacation. I'd come back once and many more times.

Iran
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12 days ago

Thanks

United States of America
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12 days ago

I have now gone twice, stayed in mid town and next time in Chelsea with son for his high school graduation trip. Now considering staying at Harlem Lofts in Harlem or maybe in Brooklyn to stay somewhere new. Does anyone have any opionion of each place? Going march 12 through the 16th. Next trip after that maybe London? trying to figure out the time change and best time to leave Florida to arrive there and what area to stay in. Is it worth taking a train to Paris. so much to do

Colombia
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9 days ago

What to do in washington dc?

United States of America
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8 days ago

OMG, all of the smithsonian musuems are free, also the zoo. You can fly into ronald reagon airport and take the subway anywhere in the city and also suburbs. Do not need a car. Georgetown is only area where subway does not go. You can spend four or five days just at the Smithsonian. I like to stay at Foggy Bottom area, there is a lot of restaurants and also whole foods.

Colombia
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9 days ago

Good clean and affordable lodgings in New York, who can recommend me? Thank you.