Question: Is this a good time to visit New York City?
Answer: You bet it is, and here's why:
- You can show your support for the bravery New Yorkers have shown since September 11. A visit to Ground Zero is a moving experience, from the recently built Viewing Platform at Church & Fulton Streets, to the memorials and tributes in front of St. Paul's Chapel. To eliminate long lines, free tickets are distributed from a booth on Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport, at Fulton Street and the East River, a 10-minute walk away. Tickets are distributed from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., or until all the day's tickets are given away.
- Rates have dropped at many hotels, discount theater tickets are available for many shows, and restaurants are often less crowded. A wide variety of discounts are included in the Paint the Town Red, White & Blue promotion, valid through February 28.
- New York City offers endless activities, with a vast array of museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, theaters, and sports. Contact the New York Convention & Visitors Bureau for information. Forsake your car for the safe and reliable mass transit system (don't even think of driving in lower Manhattan); a one-day Fun Pass MetroCard costs $4, and allows you to ride the bus and subways at will. Manhattan neighborhoods you'll hear about include the Financial District at the southern tip; Chinatown, SoHo, Little Italy, Lower East Side, and TriBeCa; Greenwich Village, including both the East and West Village; Murray Hill/Gramercy Park between 14th and 42nd streets, east of Fifth Avenue; Garment District/Chelsea between 14th and 42nd streets, west of Fifth; Midtown between 42nd and 59th streets; Upper East Side between 59th and 96th streets east of Central Park, home to the Museum Mile; Upper West Side between 59th and 110th streets west of Central Park.
Gramercy Park: The historic and charming Inn at Irving Place is comprised of two adjacent 1830s townhouses. A continental breakfast is offered with The New York Times in the fireplaced parlors. The twelve guest rooms are decorated with distinctive antiques, plus such amenities as two-line phones with data ports and cable TVs.
Chelsea: The Inn on 23rd has eleven spacious guest rooms, each furnished with individual flair, from the quiet charm of the Bamboo room to the Art Moderne style of the Forties room. Guest comfort is enhanced by king-size beds, working desks with two-line phones, TVs, and an elevator.
Greenwich Village: The Abingdon Guest House is close to famous clubs, bars, coffee shops, theaters, and restaurants. Comprised of two neighboring 1850s townhouses; one is home to the Brewbar Coffee Bar, serving breakfast and lunch, with three guest rooms upstairs; the other contains six imaginatively decorated guest rooms of varied size, all with queen- or king-size beds, TV, telephones, and private baths (a few have private hall baths).
Upper West Side: Inn New York City is a restored 1890s townhouse, with four lavishly equipped, impeccably decorated apartment suites. Each has a kitchen stocked with breakfast makings; two have working fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Original wood paneling and stained glass windows are complemented by antique and country-style décor.
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