My husband and I stayed 5 days for the NYCC and a few days of sight seeing. We followed Marie's instructions for storing our luggage at Schwartz since our flight was pretty early; it wasn't far from the Port Authority. ($10 per luggage/bag). We followed her instructions for the local bus; buy your tickets from window 23 (Cash only - $2.75 per ticket each way... we bought 16; 2 tickets per person per day. If you pay on the bus it'll be $3.25 cash). Once you're ready to head to the apartment, find bus terminal 51. You'll want to tell the driver to drop you off at the FIRST stop; Park Avenue. It just so happens that it's the first stop going into New Jersey and the last bus stop out. Only get on the 51 bus. There is a 56 bus that picks up at the same bus stop in New Jersey...but they do not take your tickets. The 56 Bus will still take you into NY; we had to pay in cash. When sight seeing, we did the whole Hop-on Hop-off bus. I recommend you stay on for the whole round so you to see everything and hear all the info they have to tell you...then decide where you want to get off and venture to. Places we recommend to eat: Carnegie Deli - the Ruben will feed a small army Rocco's Bakery - The best cannoli you'll ever eat Katz Deli - Pastrami on rye with Swiss and mustard Places to see: The Water Taxi is a great way to see the Brooklyn Bridge/Statue of Liberty/The NY & NJ skyline Rockefeller - you can get your tickets to come back at a later time Empire State Building - The line was CRAZY!!! We skipped it. If you want to go, get your tickets early and see about doing a "skip the line" thing if there's an option. Get lost and have fun :) Communication with Marie was good. The key was hidden and she told us exactly where to find it. The apartment was very clean, organized and comfortable. It was in a nice part of town and we felt very safe. There is a post office a few blocks away, also a Dunkin Donuts. There is a washer and dryer on the property; $2.00 for each load and $2.00 to dry. Since we packed light, we managed to get quarters while we were in town. Getting quarters is like asking someone for their first born; if you can bring a roll with you, that might save you a little bit of a head ache. Added tip: Bring lots of $1 dollar bills; we brought $50 worth and glad we did. Great place to stay.... if we get back to NY we will def see if this place is available for us.
The Bear Cave - 10 min to NYC