NYC with kids part 1-where to stay NY or NJ

New York City is one of my favorite places on earth. In this series of posts on NYC, I’ll not only talk about what we did, but give you travel suggestions as well.

Not long after school go out, I took the girls to NYC for a week and then to Boston for a week. Ravi stayed home to work.

This was a huge deal for me. My health has been so shaky over the past years that solo parenting so far away from help has been a no-go. I wanted to take the girls to Disney alone last year, but even that seemed dangerous for want of a better descriptor. But my medications have stabilized my condition (especially because of medical marijuana–a post for another day, Singapore readers), and for the first time it was realistic that I could travel with them.

We flew into and stayed in New Jersey. This is significantly cheaper than staying in the city–about half the cost in our case. However, we stayed far enough away (East Rutherford, NJ) that we had to drive into the city every day. However, this was also a good physical accommodation for me, as it meant I could always park in a convenient spot to minimize the amount of walking we did. If you want to stay in New Jersey, but don’t want to drive into the city, I suggest staying in Jersey City (which, if I recall correctly, has a good Doubletree) near the PATH train, which will take you into the city.

If money isn’t a barrier or you’re traveling during a low travel season, you can stay in the city. Anything in the theater district/midtown is going to be pricey year round, but it does carry the benefit that many tourist destinations will be within either walking distance or a short subway ride. We didn’t use the subway on this trip, but it is safe and convenient. Get a multiday card and explore not only the city but the other buroughs as well.

If you do elect to drive into the city, be aware that during certain times of day, a thirty minute drive will double or more, especially if you’re entering the city via the Lincoln Tunnel or the George Washington (GW) Bridge. This is really where taking public transit is a plus if you’re coming in from a further distance, like Jersey City. We handled the long drive times by generally traveling as off peak hours-wise as we could and by letting them use their tablets while I listened to podcasts and contemplated how much I missed my *real* car.

Further, depending on where in the city you go, expect to pay between 40 and 50 dollars to park. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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