New York curlies, can I get some help?

DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
I'm planning a trip to NY this fall, but this is going to be a budget trip, so I've decided to stay at a hostel.

I made a reservation at a hostel in Amsterdam Ave, but I just saw that there's one in Queens (44th av) that looks interesting. The rooms have fewer beds (only 4 per room) and private bathrooms, and from looking at a map, it seems like it might actually be closer to the core of Manhattan where most touristy attractions are. Any tips? I'm mostly concerned about safety and quick access to transportation, especially if I have to be on my own at night.

Needless to say, I would love to meet up with any of you. I will also spend a couple of days in Montreal.

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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Registered Users Posts: 12,231 Curl Connoisseur
    Hi Deda! How great that you are planning to be in NYC this fall. When you are ready, pm me your cell # and I'll pm you back so that we can meet, if you'd like that.

    I'll try to help as much as I can. Queens is usually very safe, but find out how close to the subways your hostel is. If you are out late at night, the safest thing is to take a taxi home, and they are easy to find in Manhattan, but taxis are expensive. You need to find out if the subway is close to your hostel in Queens. If the subway is close to your hostel, it would be fine to stay in Queens but if you would have to walk alone from the subway back to the hostel late at night and it is even 2 or 3 blocks away, I would recommend staying in Manhattan instead. I'm just being extra cautious.

    I hope I'm not confusing you! During the day you are very safe either in Manhattan or Queens. There are many people and although we all seem to be in rush, just ask for directions. I always stop rushing around (LOL) and help people when they ask me. There are many, many, tourists in NYC so we are used to that. Carry your wallet and other important items (ID, credit cards) in a CLOSED purse - not some open tote bag.

    At the hostel, you will of course meet other young people and that is always fun and keeps you even safer. There are so many wonderful, interesting attractions in NYC. The Metropolitan Museum is amazing - unforgettable. It has more than art - for example, it has the Eygptian tombs and artifacts from many fascinating cultures.

    I hope other NY curlies chime in.
    ETA: Find out if there is a bus back to Queens that stops very near your hostel. That is a fine alternative to the subways.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
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  • scrillsscrills Registered Users Posts: 6,700
    I agree with CurlyPearl. While there may be a subway next to the hostel in Queens, staying in Manhattan will give you more transportation options, including walking. you may be close enough to where you are going that you might just end up walking. There will also be more subway lines that will put you in walking distance from where you are staying. You may not have that option on Queens. Going back and forth between boroughs can be time consuming.

    Do you know the cross street for the hostel? what and Amsterdam?

    (oh yeah, and i don't stay in NYC, but I've visited enough to have this same issue myself. My cousin lived in Queens. I stayed with him for a week and it took forever to get back and forth.)
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Registered Users Posts: 17,898 Curl Virtuoso
    It really depends on what you're doing and where you need to be. Are we talking about Amsterdam Ave. all the way up in Harlem? Or lower? Count how many stops each train ride will be to get you to where you need to go each day and how often the trains run. Some neighborhoods in Queens are horrible AND desolate at night so it might come down to where you would feel safer. IDK Queens very well. Maybe keep looking for another hostel closer to where you need to be? I would be leaning toward Amsterdam Ave., all things equal but that's bc I'm more familiar w/ it than anywhere in Queens.

  • DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
    The one I've already booked is on the corner with W 104th St (close to Frederick Douglass Park).

    Here's the one I spotted in Queens:

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    The accomodations seem better, but safety and transportation are a bigger priority.

    I should probably stick to the first one.
  • DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
    Another question...I want to go from NYC to Montreal by train. However, Amtrak's website, frustratingly, won't accept my credit cards because they are international and don't have US billing adresses.

    Do you think it's safe to buy the train ticket when I am already there directly from Penn Station, roughly one week before the day of departure? What are the odds it will be fully booked? From what I've seen, there's only one train that departs early in the morning and it's known to be a very scenic ride, especially in autumn, but at the same time, I can't imagine too many people would prefer a 10 hour train ride over an only slightly more expensive 1 hour flight.
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 10,904 Curl Connoisseur
    Only a guess, but I think you'll be ok for the train.

    Rou (this is where that tagging feature would come in handy!) might have more insight, but I've heard prices drop a lot for Via rail days before they depart.

    She should also have some good Montreal suggestions!
    I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
    Audrey Hepburn
  • AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
    I would not stay in Queens if transport is an issue.


    I would think the train is unlikely to be full. I did that train ride a few times and it was never full. There are also buses if for some reason it is.
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  • DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
    That puts my mind at ease.

    I just got back from the American embassy to get my passport. The visa was approved, so that's great news!

    I've decided to stay in the Upper West Side, as originally planned. So I'll share a room with 10 other women...I am young enough and up for the adventure. Plus with all the walking I will be doing, I'm positive I'll sleep like a log.

    Thanks for the tip about Rou. I'll be sure to pm her. ;)
  • Kitkatcute20Kitkatcute20 Registered Users Posts: 8
    Welcome to New york! Manhattan and Queens is a pretty safe neighborhood..I live in bushwick/williamsburg, brooklyn and its OK for the most part..would love to hang out with other new yorker curliess
  • DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
    Wonderful!...we should definitely set something up. I arrive October 1st and leave on the 8th early in the morning. However, my friend who's in Canada is flying over on the weekend, but otherwise I'm flexible.
  • DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
    Kitkatcute and Curlypearl, I have sent you pm's.

    Kitkat, my friend and I are taking tours of Brooklyn and Williamsburg on Sunday, so we'll be hanging out in that area and have lunch there in between the tours (one is in the morning and the other starts in the afternoon).
  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,169 Curl Virtuoso
    I'm jealous. I hope you have a great time, enjoy!
    3b in South Australia.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Registered Users Posts: 12,231 Curl Connoisseur
    Hi Deda, I answered your pm. I hope you have great weather! Welcome to the Big Apple - take a huge bite. :thumbup:
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
    Curly I pm'd you back. ..I'm sorry I thought that was an old message because the CurlTalk app aparently doesn't visually differentiate between read and unread messages. Gosh!

    Sent from my GT-I8190L using CurlTalk App
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Registered Users Posts: 12,231 Curl Connoisseur
    Dedachan, when I call your phone number I get a message saying that it doesn't work! I'm going to pm you. Hope you arrived safely and happily in New York and that we get to meet soon.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 10,904 Curl Connoisseur
    I hope you guys get to see each other!!!!
    I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
    Audrey Hepburn
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Registered Users Posts: 12,231 Curl Connoisseur
    Dedachan, my phone rang but it hung up before I could get to it. Can you try again tomorrow morning or leave a message where I can call you back?

    I hope you are having fun and it would be great if we could get together.

    Anyone in touch with Deda, please alert her to this message.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
    I was in a middle of a long text when the browser jumped to a different page....ugh!

    I'm really sorry we couldn't meet. I was scared of activating my phone abroad because my sister paid quadruple her phone bill when she went to Spain, so I was doing all my communicating with phone apps and wifi, as I had explained to you. It didn't occur to me that would be a hindrance.

    Highlights of the trip to NYC: Central Park, Staten Island Ferry, Museums (Frick Collection, Met, Whitney, Natural History Museum), Highline, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Williamsburg, 5th avenue, Times Square...and watching Late Show with Stephen Colbert live (did that on my very first day there!). I was eager to try out niche perfumes and came back with a Serge Lutens and a Guerlain.

    Montreal was gorgeous with the fall foliage. I saw the historical center, a Rodin exhibition, the St. Joseph Oratory, climbed Monte Royal, good a badly needed foot massage over at Chinatown, saw the latern festival in their Botanical Garden and visited the Biosphère and the Jean Drapeau park.

    My feet still hurt a bit and I was a bit scared on my way because back, my legs got bloated during the flight back. Once I got home I had to keep my legs up for a bit and make sure to move around, despite wanting to do nothing more but rest, but it made for a lovely afternoon walking in the park with my boyfriend, who I missed (sadly he couldn't travel with me).
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 10,904 Curl Connoisseur
    Glad you had a good time!!!
    I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
    Audrey Hepburn
  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,169 Curl Virtuoso
    I'm pleased you had a good time, seems like you managed to see and do plenty. I'm still jealous!
    3b in South Australia.
  • DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
    Starmie, you should definitely visit NYC if you are able to. It's an amazing city.

    I wouldn't mind visiting Australia....maybe some day. I have two cousins in Sydney.
  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,169 Curl Virtuoso
    One day, hopefully.
    You should visit here if you get the chance, especially if you have relatives in Sydney, stunning city.
    3b in South Australia.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Registered Users Posts: 12,231 Curl Connoisseur
    Deda, I'm really, really happy that you had a great time!!!! I wish we could have met, so maybe next time. Here's a cyber hug that I would have given you in person if we had managed the meeting {{{Dedachan}}}.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • DedachanDedachan Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Curl Neophyte
    Awww, curly, right back at you!

    (((HUG)))

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