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    So I'm traveling to New York for an interview in three weeks. It is an interview for a five year math teaching fellowship in downtown manhattan. needless to say i'm a bit nervous. mostly intimidated by the size of the city, traveling on a plane there, and getting around in the city. any advice for a first-time (post-sci) traveler and any advice on the city itself would be greatly appreciated. thanks a lot.

    Godspeed...
    Godspeed...
    freewheelchairmission.org

    #2
    avoid the freaking subways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can not stress that enough. just ask jack9166 about all the hassles we had with the subway. many tears were shed our first time there. we got stuck on a platform and no way to get out of the subway!

    enjoy new york. it was fun and ask the"who let the quads out" crew where to go get some barbecue.

    also all the busses are supposed to be accessible but many wont stop if they see you at their spot. best bet is, get in shape and wheel it, or take a taxi. those trunks are enormous and can accomadate 2 chairs.

    good luck and enjoy the trip, oh and if you can swing and extra couple hours, go see dr. wise's lab in new jersey. (short train ride and then short taxi) it is soooooooooooooo amazing! and what an amazing man he is.

    "who let the quads out."
    "insomnia sounds serious but i wouldnt loose any sleep over it"

    why must people validate themselves with praise from strangers online. the truth comes out.

    "you catch more with sugar than vinegar"

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      #3
      level?

      what hotel are u staying at?

      Where's the interview?
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        #4
        my level is around C6, i'm pretty capable in a manual chair.

        the interview is downtown, on Fifth ave.

        do you have any suggestions on hotels? I don't need anything fancy, it's only 2 or 3 nights. i also can get a reimbursment for the hotel to a certain price.

        Godspeed...
        Godspeed...
        freewheelchairmission.org

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          #5
          I've not stayed at a NYC hotel. I am there a few times a week though. Can you be more specific.downtown is big....below 34th Street?


          Will you be traveling alone?
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            #6
            the office is between 17th and 18th street, one block from union square.

            i'm hoping to not have to travel alone...hauling a bag seems like a pain. i think my dad will come with me.
            Godspeed...
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              #7
              First thing: deep breath. It'll be fine.

              Search the message board for advice about flying and travelling in general. There have been some really great, detailed posts on what to bring and how to manage stuff like B&B.
              Take a cab from the airport. Talk about an adrenaline rush! Heh.

              There's a bunch of people on this board who either live in/around or have visited NYC, so You'll get lots of good advice, but if you have specific questions, feel free to ask me directly (kevinpatrick79@yahoo.com). I live and in Manhattan. It's pricey, but I love it! It's 180 degrees from SoCal, so get ready to see stuff you never thought you'd see. That's half the fun! As far as the people: they may seem like pricks to you at first, but here's the big secret: they're the nicest people. They just try to act super-busy all the time 'cause that's what's cool here - go, go, go, and do, do, do! Actually, I take comfort in the fact that there are people everywhere 24/7. I'm very independent, but if I've ever needed help, there has always been a willing stranger around. Cabbies are usually nice about putting your chair in the trunk after a transfer, etc. 'Course it's always nicer to travel with friends/family for that stuff.

              NYC's not wheelchair heaven but it's totally do-able. Union square is close to Greenwich Village, Washington Square, and NYU, so it's a cool part of town. I agree with Becky - subway's not the best form of transport. If you wanna take it just for the experience, there ARE some stations with elevators (including the Union Square station). Go to the website (http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/subwaymap.pdf) and plan your trip carefully. Otherwise, just take cabs or roll. You don't have to go far to find cool stuff - you could spend a month within a 5-block radius of Union Square and never see the same thing twice. Hit the gym, man because your arms will be burnin' by the end of a day of sightseeing. There are great restaurants around there (accessible, even!) - Union Square Cafe, Cafe Spice (indian), choshi (sushi), La Mela in little italy (guess). There's this really cool show called "De La Guarda" right there as well. I can't describe it except to say it's like going to the craziest party you've ever seen for 1 hour. It's "standing room only" and level-access (via the stage door) so all the walkies will be jealous of you by the end of the show!

              Hmm . . . what else - spend time in Central Park! Go down to the south end of the island and check out the Statue of Liberty, South Street Seaport. Times square, of course. Chinatown (but definitely take a buddy there - it can be a challenge in a chair).

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                #8
                There are not a lot of hotels around Union Square (the Chelsea area) and the ones that come up from Orbitz.com are kinda pricey. There were a couple (like the Ramada New Yorker Hotel) around 34th St. I suggest that you ask the people that you're seeing where to stay since they know what the budget is too. New York is great and you should see part of the city while you're here. As previously said, stay away from the subways, but the buses are definitely OK. Taxis work (especially from the airports) , but are relatively expensive. Check the Travel Forum for "flying" suggestions and for NYC info too! New York in the winter will be a real shock for a Southern California person. If your father can come that should be a great help.
                Good luck,
                Carl

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                  #9
                  you may be able to try price watch.com, however i think if you need a accessible room/bath/shower
                  they dont guarantee that. 3 weeks from scheduled stay is the best time to start bidding , from what i have read bid about half of the advertised internet rates.. but if your going to be reimbursed , you may do better straight up with guaranteed room
                  cauda equina

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                    #10
                    Call the hotel you'll be staying at and "block" your room (if you're looking for a roll-in shower)
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Liz321:

                      Call the hotel you'll be staying at and "block" your room (if you're looking for a roll-in shower)
                      Do most hotels have benches for these showers? i've been to one before and they had a bench i could transfer onto.
                      Godspeed...
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                        #12
                        I go to new york at least once a year and love it. There is no truth about new yorkers being rude, there are so many people on the streets someone will help.
                        I was told i would have a roll in shower but got a tub shower, no bench...their fault, i took the chair from under the desk in the room, dragged it to the shower and transfered on to it, the uphosterly kept me from slipping off.
                        You need to be tough, after lots of beer in McSorelys, ?I discovered the bathromm was not acessable, my choice was to piss myself so i cathed at the table and left it on the floor, no one said a word
                        I went to a restaurant in little italy, a step up, the waiters and staff gladly picked me and my chair up to get in
                        have fun, but dress warm, very cold compared to southern cal. the buildings block the sun
                        brian

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                          #13
                          Joey,
                          i'm a c4 sci individual who has worked and lived in manhattan for the past 15 years. there is a 'W Hotel' right at 17th st which is relatively new. i have never been in their rooms but i would suggest calling them. also ask the people you are meeting for other nearby hotels. try www.citysearch.newyork.com for a list of hotels in that area and give them a call. buses work well, subways are not accessible, and i have maybe seen 1 accessible taxi van during my time in nyc. if you are flying into newark or jfk they have a new sky train to manhatthan. i do not know anything about them but i would look into them as a way in if i were you. i would be willing to bet 'epva' would have some suggestions for you. if you want to talk email me your contact info at hgsiiinyc@yahoo.com.
                          hope this helps

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Joey:

                            Do most hotels have benches for these showers? i've been to one before and they had a bench i could transfer onto.
                            You must ask. Speak directly to the manager , get his/her name and the room #.
                            Have them go to the room, if necessary, and give you a call back.. Explain what you need in detail.

                            The "W" hotels are quite lovely, again, I have only been in the lobby. [img]/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img]
                            Get involved in politics as if your life depended on it, because it does. -- Justin Dart

                            I shall not tolerate ignorance or hate speech on this site.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Tuesday:

                              if you are flying into newark or jfk they have a new sky train to manhatthan. i do not know anything about them but i would look into them as a way in if i were you.
                              The JFK Sky Train can take you to Jamaica where you can switch to the L.I. Railroad which can take you to Penn Station (NYC). From Newark the Sky Train does not yet go to Penn Station, (Newark or NYC) and I'm not sure about accessability once you get where it does go (check the website for a phone no.). Since it is normal for your future employer to pay for transport, they should pick up the taxi or car service cost. The "W" Hotel sounds perfect, but check their rate and your reimbursement $.
                              Good luck,
                              Carl

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