New York Tourist Tip:
Eat in neighbourhood coffee
shops, (in midtown, East side, close to the United Nations, these are on
First and Second Avenues, where breakfast is $3 for two eggs, potatoes
and toast, not $12 or more in the hotel tourist traps. There's a 24 hour
supermarket on the corner. Walk to First Avenue between 53rd and 54th
Street and you'll find all the Sutton Place regulars tucked into the
comforting diner booths at the
all nighter Madison coffee shop, or a few clicks down
at Tal Bagel, where the tofu scallion spread on an Everything Bagel is
actually just as delicious as the cream cheese. And so good for
You don't want to stay in a cheap cheap hotel
in New York. Ever. But if you can be clean, safe and private, in an excellent
neighbourhood, why pay more? Three of the best are here, and they're gems.
The Pickwick Arms Hotel
A great clean, recently renovated cheap hotel on the East Side (230 East
51st Street) in a snazzy midtown residential neighbourhood. Walk home,
singing and dancing, from the Broadway shows. The rooms won't win any
design awards, but it's all immaculate, safe, and you've got a TV and a
sink in the room. High rollers can book the rooms with private baths or
showers. Budgeteers can use the sparkling showers just steps down the
hall. More Pickwick info?
The Excelsior Hotel
We have a big soft soft for the old Excelsior Hotel. It's on Central Park,
so there's air there, too. What a concept! Unsurprisingly, Jerry Seinfeld,
Tony Randall, and lots of celebrities, if you care about that sort of
thing, live nearby. The Excelsior is located directly across 81st street,
opoosite the new Planetarium, which looks stunning and awesome on the
outside and is crushing and horrible on the inside (more on that
disappointing debacle later). Just stay in celestial splendour at the
historic Excelsior, where galaxies of wonderful sweet space scientists
wander around in circles, jabbering to themselves, gawping at the
beautiful blue ball glow eerily at night. There's a good coffee shop, and
a subway and bus stops on the corner.
Righteous, and still under 200 clams per night!
More info here
You get more than a room when you stay at the Y. You'll find
recreation, a concierge /tourist desk, swimming pools, and fitness
facilities. And a cheap hotel. In New York City: Yes! Y not?
Wise guys use Ys.
You can stay at the Y in Hong Kong, Delhi, Athens, Bangkok, London and
even New York.
Get a free brochure by writing to:
The Y's Way International
224 East 47th St.
New York, NY 10017 tel 212 308 2899. And lest we
forget, click here