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huddie
January 25th, 2005, 06:35 PM
hi everybody ,could do with some advice , on visiting your big city, we are arriving from england , landing at jfk have a week booked in the catskill mountains but would like to see the sights in down town manhatten, we have a hire car booked from jfk and have a day to kill to see the sights and then can come back anytime in the following week.
my question is can i drive into manhatten and park the car or is it best to use taxis etc , when driving from the catskill mountains to new york where is the best place to leave the car, where best to avoid ,
thanks mark

ZippyTheChimp
January 25th, 2005, 07:34 PM
We could use a bit more information.

What day of the week will you be arriving at JFK?
Will you be staying overnight before going to the Catskills?
When you return to Manhattan, where will you be staying?

Since you are driving to the Catskills, you should drive the car from the airport to Manhattan, but use taxi, subway, or your feet to see the sights.

scraperfan04
January 25th, 2005, 07:52 PM
Downtown manhattan is parkable on weeknights after 7pm and weekends. Soho is very easy to park in on weeknights after 7, but very difficult on weekends. Tribeca is your best for finding a spot downtown on weekends, but it is very tricky to drive around there. There are places to park, you just have to know where to find them. That takes a well knowledged Manhattan parker.

ablarc
January 25th, 2005, 08:25 PM
If you want to get out of your car, park in one of the dozens of parking garages all over Manhattan. They may seem a bit expensive but they provide the certainty of a spot. Don't leave anything in your car, including the trunk (boot).

Since your stay will be so short, you might consider just cruising around all day to get a feel for the town from your car. Just follow your nose; you won't be bored. And if you need to stop, park in a garage. See Manhattan in depth on some other visit, and allocate a week. Then you won't have any use for a car.

I find Manhattan is easy to drive in because most of it is a numbered grid.
Getting lost is: a. difficult; b. desirable.

Just don't get flustered.

NewYorkYankee
January 26th, 2005, 08:33 AM
The downton "grid" is confusing. We've got lost 3 times downtown.

Gulcrapek
January 26th, 2005, 12:27 PM
Well, lower Manhattan is the only part without a grid, really... it's from when the city started.

Kris
February 9th, 2005, 02:44 PM
Parking Facilities in New York City (http://nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/parking/pidpindex.html)