Dates: December 28 to January 1st.
Place: staying with MrBeige. He is near the 116th street stop on the 1 subway line in manhattan, 120th and Amsterdam, NW corner of Columbia University. His room is the size of a dorm room (see blueprint).
Who: (you don't have to come the whole time) possible: mrclear, MrPink
- Let's limit it to 6 people for now, for space reasons:
MrMauve (JFK, arrive:1154, depart:1611, northwest via detroit)
lolex (JFK, arrive:1434 Dec 27th, depart: 0755, JetBlue from Nashville/to Houston)
- mssnowflake (LGA, arrive:1215, depart:1430, continental via houston)
MrGreen (JFK, arrive:1133, depart:1300)
- Let's limit it to 6 people for now, for space reasons:
- What is the ideal number of people? I'd say 4-5. How many does everyone else want?
Warning: This will involve many people living in close quarters with few comforts for an extended period of time. This could get difficult. We will probably have to use advanced techniques such as setting a daily schedule for sleeping/waking up/leaving and who will do household tasks such as cooking each day. Keep this in mind.... The exact details will be worked out later. (While sleeping and housing will have to be coordinated, during the day we can split up and do stuff separately.)
It seems that people are paying about $400 lately.
LaGuardia: Most convenient to Manhattan. There is a bus direct to the Columbia area for $2 (MTA) (one way), takes maybe an hour. There is no rail transportation the whole way, though. Only cities within 1500 miles can fly to it, so you can't get long distance nonstop flights. Bus runs 5am to 1am every day of the year.
JFK: ($5 for airtrain) PLUS (subway to columbia.) This will take maybe 1.5 hours total. OR ($5 for airtrain) PLUS ($7 ($5 offpeak) to get to midtown Manhattan via commuter rail) PLUS (subway to columbia). This will take about .75 hours if trains are running often. You can pick between subway and commuter rail after you get to the commuter rail station. Trains never stop running.
Newark: Costs $15 to get to midtown Manhattan (you can save $5 by making an extra connection), then subway. Maybe an hour or 1.5 to get to Manhattan
Long Island (ISP): $12 to $15 each way, and several hours (but on a nice train). But you can get southwest flights from here...
Philidelphia: $20 for njtransit, more for philadelphia local transit. 3 hours or more, but it will be a nice train ride.
- Note: Costs above don't include subway for the last leg of the journey.
In the city
$1.66 per ride if you pay per ride
$7 for a day pass, lasts until 3am the next day
$24 for a seven-day pass.
Stuff to do
Museums and "normal" things
- New Year's eve in the airport.
- Bronx Zoo
- American Museum of Natural History
- Guggenheim Museum
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- United Nations
- St. Patrick's Cathedral
- NYSE if mssnowflake or mrpink are here.
- Visit all locations and phenomena in Simcity music.
Various parks and things: Roosevelt island, Governor's island, Staten island, flushing meadows park (1939/1964 world's fair),
- walk across the bridges with good views.
- buy an illegal dvd from a street vendor and watch it
- buy other stuff from street vendors
- watch "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" the first day
- Midnight picnic on a subway (buy picnic food, enter subway at 1am, board train, eat!) (this isn't against the rules, I checked)
- build snow forts and have a snowball fight
- New Year's eve in the airport.
- Find a large flat expanse of ice. Have a fight on it. Go skidding. Human Bowling. Etc.
things to not do
- act like a yuppie
- spend lots of money on expensive things
- take showers
- This will be decided once we get there.
- Send requests to Richard for food to have already acquired upon arrival. Otherwise, there might not be anything until everyone gets there and things are decided.
- Ideas for meals
- cook ourselves (someone needs to plan on what cooking appliances to bring)
- eat groceries that don't require cooking ourselves (this will be good for breakfast)
- eat cheap pizza at nearby places
- go to a grocery store and buy picnic supplies to eat (good for lunches)
- muffins for breakfast from a grocery store richard knows of (good for breakfast)
- carts (but finding them near richard's place can be tricky at the times we'll be there)
- Thus far, we have lacked the organization to actually plan out what needs to be brought.
- Someone who knows something about food should marshal us into planning this.
- We shouldn't use Richard's roommate's stuff. Richard might have enough to eat out of, but there are no pots big enough to cook in.
- To understand the magnitude of the situation, we won't even have a microwave.
- It isn't cold at night if the window is closed (at least not by Richard's standards).
- Richard has hardwood floors everywhere. He can provide foam padding of various kinds. This will basically be equivalent to a foam pad when camping.
- If you have (sheets + a blanket), or (a light sleeping bag), you should be good.
- Richard doesn't have pillows. But then again, only yuppies or investors need pillows. If you are in these classes, you should bring one. Folded clothes will work. Richard can provide books or styrofoam blocks as well, both of which are things that Richard has used before.
- Bring your own soap/toothpaste/shampoo. (on the airlines, you can bring these as long as they are travel sized and in a separate clear plastic bag that you take out of your carry-ons and put on the tray separately.)
- Bring your own towel.
- The toilet has a 50% chance of clogging when you go #2. If you are doing a significant #2, flush partway through. If it doesn't flush properly, use the plunger. Sometimse it takes several tries. If it doesn't work, tell us, we'll let it sit and then try it again later. (there is a public bathroom in the building, too.)
- Bring enough for four days. Depending on your hippie/yuppie balance, this could vary.
It's looking like it won't be too cold, however, it could very well change and some days could be colder. If we are outside for long times, you'll need more stuff, too. Plan for barely below freezing and wind'. Then, we'll be happy when it's better than this most of the time.
- Richard's recommendations: normal t-shirts, then one (sweater or fleece) and a heavier outer coat.
- Normally just jeans work, unless you are standing still for extended periods. Richard would use two pairs of pants if it was really cold.
- Hat and maybe scarf would be good.
- Since it's looking like it won't be very icy or that cold (most of the time), shoes aren't as important, but don't bring something that you will get too cold in.
- An umbrella if it rains is good enough. Richard has a waterproof jacket that works well combined with an umbrella. But if it's raining too much, we will duck into somewhere.
You can buy a $24 week-long unlimited pass at any subway station. Richard hasn't yet seen a way to do it at airports. There are big vending machines, which you can use a credit card at. If you can find one, it is pretty self explanatory (English -> buy new metrocard -> unlimited -> 7-day is are approximate instructions.)
- If you come from LGA, you will probably need to pay $2 in cash for the bus (be sure you have exact change), and then buy a unlimited metrocard once you get to a station
- If you come from JFK, you can buy an unlimited metrocard after you exit from the airtrain, at the subway station there.
- Everyone should pick up a subway map ASAP. You can do it from any subway station. You have to ask the station attendant, and they will give you one for free. This map is by no means perfect, but is a pretty good navigation aid.
Plans for the first day
- Meet up at Richard's place (120th and amsterdam ; 434 W 120th street) (the cross-streets are always the important information.)
- As soon as you land, call lolex to let us know. We will probably be around the city and need to get back by the time you arrive.
- In general, Richard has given up on making plans for people to get to his place. You should make your own plans with anyone else who may be arriving at your airport.
- Look under FAQ for more detailed instructions for each airport.
Suggested packing list
- four shirts + one worn
- one pair of pants + one worn
- sturdy shoes (worn)
- sweater or fleece jacket
- thicker, windproof outer jacket
- socks for four days
- toothbrush, toothpaste, soap
- (sheets + blanket) or light sleeping bag
- cooking equipment, like pots, if we decide on it
- backpack, or we'll share backpacks.
- (add any other items you can think of to this list.)
During the day
We should make some plan when walking in tourist-infested places like times square, or else we will get split up.
- We can split up, too
- We'll decide once we get there.
What will we do for transportation in the city?
We'll get a $24 all you can ride MetroCard (lasts a week, longer than we are there. $24 = 14 single rides). This gets us unlimited subway and bus privileges, which is all most people use. The only thing excluded is regional rail, but that isn't used a lot by us.
What do I have to know about taking the subway?
- Follow the signs. Some subways stations are easy (stations with only one line), but others are impossible to figure out. But they label everything well. Know what you are looking for, and follow the signs to it. Be aware of the "uptown" vs "downtown" bound trains distinction. In some stations, there are separate street entrances for different trains
What are the most important subway lines?
- #1 goes to columbia at broadway. It runs local all the way through downtown. General wisdom is that you always want to transfer, if you're going to an express stop. But sometimes express trains aren't running as often as you'd like, so it's a toss-up.
- the A(B/C/D) line goes to 125th street in Harlem, and is about as close to Richard's apartment as the 1 line. It runs express all the way down, which is ideal. Richard likes to take the A.
What if I got lost ?
- Ask someone how to get to a subway station, go in and look at the maps to figure it out.
What other advice did you get when you got there?
- always look both ways before crossing the street, even if it's a one way street. (note: i've never see anyone going the wrong way)
How do I get from LGA to Richard's place?
- Richard hasn't done this via bus before. Follow signs to ground transnportation/MTA NYC transit. You want the M60 bus. It drops you off in Morningside Heights area. I'm not sure exactly where the stops are, but I think you want to get off at 116th/broadway (the bus might announce a transfer to the 1 subway), you can walk to the apartment. Check the maps.
How do I get from JFK to Richard's place?
Follow the signs to the airtrain. You can transfer between terminals for free. You want to take the train bound for "Jamacia" to get to the city. At the Jamacia transit center, you will pay $5 to exit the airtrain terminal. Then follow the signs to the subway. You want to take the E line (runs express to midtown.) Get on the train, and stay on until 42nd street. Then get off. You have to make a choice now: take (an uptown A), or (a uptown 1), or (and uptown (2 or 3) and transfer to an uptown 1 at 96th street). You decide. Look at maps and make plans. If you get lost, ask someone how to get to (Columbia University/116th street 1 station) Check http://onnyturf.com/subway/
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