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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:27 PM
Hello my good brothers and sisters. I've dropped a few hints and comments in various Beacon threads, but I figured I'd start an "official" thread on the topic.

I'll be making my first trip to the Beacon this Spring, for the shows on Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st. I'm looking into flights now, so first a simple question - do I want JFK or LaGuardia? I know little of NYC geography.

Assuming I'll be able to find my way to the theater for the shows and the Beacon Hotel for the parties and general tomfoolery, my main question is, where to stay.

I'll start by saying this trip is being given to me as a gift by someone who's not all that loaded herself, so I'd like to go as easy as possible on her pocketbook.

So, I'm ready and willing to consider all options.

1) Are there a few other folks who would like to chip in on a room in a decent place nearby?

2) Does somebody already have a room and would accept a contribution from me for the privilege of rolling in a cot or setting up an air mattress in a corner?

3) Does somebody live nearby who would perhaps be willing to accept an arrangement such as in #2?

4) Does somebody perhaps have a reservation that they won't be able to use, in which case I might arrange something like #1 above?

5) When I look on expedia and similar sites, I see lots of "hostels." Are these recommended? Are they safe? Which ones are close by?

Thanks in advance.

Peace,

And I'm sure as hell looking forward to meeting a lot of you in March.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:31 PM
Newark is prolly your best bet as far as flying. Laguardia is ok if need be. Avoid JFK, thats quite a haul.

Cant wait to meet ya dude

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:37 PM
Okay, one good piece of advice already, thanks, Wharfy!

Meet me, hell! You might not be able to get rid of me! My fall-back plan (heck, maybe even my primary plan) is to attach myself to you as early as possible and just go where you go, hoping for the best.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:40 PM
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Okay, one good piece of advice already, thanks, Wharfy!

Meet me, hell! You might not be able to get rid of me! My fall-back plan (heck, maybe even my primary plan) is to attach myself to you as early as possible and just go where you go, hoping for the best.


I would not recommend that

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:42 PM
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Newark is prolly your best bet as far as flying. Laguardia is ok if need be. Avoid JFK, thats quite a haul.

Cant wait to meet ya dude


Sorry but I would disagree. If the prices to fly are comparable, I'd fly to LGA. 20-30 minute cab ride and you're in the city. You hafta take a train from Newark and that only goes to around Penn Station I believe. Then you gotta take the subway all the way up to the Upper West Side. It might be cheaper, but it takes a lot longer to get there.

 
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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:42 PM
Oh boy...
 
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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:44 PM
I've always used LaGuardia with no problems.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:46 PM
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Newark is prolly your best bet as far as flying. Laguardia is ok if need be. Avoid JFK, thats quite a haul.

Cant wait to meet ya dude


Sorry but I would disagree. If the prices to fly are comparable, I'd fly to LGA. 20-30 minute cab ride and you're in the city. You hafta take a train from Newark and that only goes to around Penn Station I believe. Then you gotta take the subway all the way up to the Upper West Side. It might be cheaper, but it takes a lot longer to get there.


Duly noted

Newark is cheaper if that is an issue though..

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:47 PM
I got a $39 fare on ATA. Goes in LaGuardia. Bus from there to upper west side. The number 60 I think. Sleeping is expensive.
 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:49 PM
Droog - another 1st timer. My friends and I (3 of us) are flying from O'Hare to LaGuardia (shortest distance and appears cheapest cab ride into city) on 3/30 (haven't booked the flight but looks like there are a few - we'll look for leaving Chicago between 8-9 arriving NY 11-12). We got reservations at Milburn - much cheaper than Beacon and used by many attending the ABB shows (couple of blocks away). My understanding is that Milburn will provide roll-away for 3rd person in one of the smaller suites (arrangement I've got with my fellow travellers) so if you can find someone here who has one of these rooms booked and doesn't yet have a 3rd, maybe that would be a possibility. Good Luck!
(PS - you're welcome to share our cab in if you're in LaGuardia at same time we are)

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:51 PM
Droogie please report to the PM booth

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:54 PM
Wharf: Done

Lola: I'm flying out of O'Hare, too, so we very well might meet up.

Peace.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 12:54 PM
Droog can not wait to meet you, I will be there the 30 and 31st. Driving from Boston. I will worry about sleeping when I get back. JK still working on that myself.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 01:04 PM
two more cents . . . . . .

I have flown into JFK the last couple of years, the shuttle buses and taxi cabs drive right by La Guardia on the way to Manhattan. The fare is restricted, meaning the ride to or from JFK to Beacon is a flat $45 ride. The shuttle bus cost $17 but as was explained earlier, you better not be in a hurry, cuz you will be stopping along the way several times. But it is a great way to see the city.


 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 01:08 PM
got this off the beacon hotel site.

jfk 15 miles
newark 16 miles
lga 8 miles

i took a cab to the hotel last year, which went smoothly. i'm not a new yorker, but i believe the earlier you can get to where you're going the better due to heavy traffic congestion that starts around 3 pm or so. can anyone else comment on taking buses or the subway to the beacon area? how much walking is involved?

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 01:16 PM
Bus from Newark is $12, train is $14. I like Newark better than LaGuardia.....


Maybe it's because the terminal I flew out of LaGuardia one year was trashy and had vomit in it.....

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 07:03 PM
I always fly into LGA.

Last year, when I went up for Lee Roy Parnell's cd release party in March, I took the Super Shuttle from LGA to my hotel. It cost less than $30 roundtrip and that included the tip that I had booked online. (I had a $3.00 discount coupon each way). The Super Shuttle takes you and others to Manhattan hotels. You'll be stopping to let people out along the way to your hotel so dont be pressed for time to get to a show. The Super Shuttle promptly picked me up at my hotel for the return to LGA. Be sure to have them pick you up at a time that will allow you the 2 hours that you may need to get through security. I was alone and felt safer doing this than taking a taxi. Plus y'all know how my taxi rides were during my first Beacon...

supershuttle.com

If you take a taxi from LGA, ask them to take you via the 59th Bridge...no tolls...quicker...and less expensive. If you dont ask, they will take you the longer way.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 07:07 PM
bluefox - Thanks for the excellent info you've been providing re: transport to NY, getting to/from airport, etc! Good to know info for this 1st timer (and just booked my air tix using one of the sites you provided earlier).

 

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Bus from Newark is $12, train is $14. I like Newark better than LaGuardia.....


Maybe it's because the terminal I flew out of LaGuardia one year was trashy and had vomit in it.....


Kinda like the Beacon Theatre, eh?!

Droogie, I look forward to meeting you

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 07:40 PM
Vomit only bothers me if I step in it or smell it.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 07:41 PM
My pleasure....I remember how it felt being a Beacon virgin...LOL!!

 

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Vomit only bothers me if I step in it or smell it.


What about if you hurl it???

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 07:43 PM
then it bothers the rest of us?

[Edited on 1/9/2007 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 08:25 PM
What about if it's your own?

Being a Beacon virgin myself I have no idea how to get there and stuff but I'm sure I'll work it out and be about 6 hours early for the first one.

I'm pretty much ready to head there now!

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 09:44 PM
If you are still looking to book your flight, check out farecompare.com

 

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