Call me crazy

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  1. Aliceacc

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    Over breakfast we were talking about the holidays, and about what fun it would be to have an office or hotel room overlooking Times Square.

    And I started thinking....

    about the possiblity of booking a room overlooking the Thanksgiving Parade Route.

    We wouldn't necessarily need a parade view room, just access to a bathroom and heat as necessary. We could certainly stand outside the hotel to view the parade, no matter how nasty the weather was.

    I just started looking; 2 nights would run about $1,000. Certainly not cheap.

    But we've been talking about returning to Mystic Seaport over Easter-- we could roll that money into Thanksgiving instead.

    Right now I'm just at the "thinking about it" stage; I haven't said anything to Peter or the kids yet.

    But it would be really cool.
     
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    Crazy! :p
     
  4. bandnerdtx

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    One of my friends did that a few years ago, and she had a blast! She said it was one of the best experiences she's ever had (it was her first time in NYC). I don't remember the name of the hotel in which she stayed, but I could find out if you want. I say GO FOR IT!
     
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    Sure, bandnerd, thanks.

    The parade route has changed in the last year or two, but I would love input from anyone who has done it.

    These years with young kids are so fleeting and precious. I'm pretty conscious of trying to build in some lasting memories. This would certainly qualify.

    We could do a cheap Thanksgiving dinner, and see the Tree, do lots of walking. Maybe even get tickets to some show as a birthday/mother's day/ father's day present...
     
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    I'm too cheap for something like that, but I will say that it's the only way to see the parade (with the bathroom and heat you mentioned).
     
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    Sounds like a great plan, Alice!
     
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    That sounds like crazy fun!! Wish I could do it! I loved NYC...hope to be there during Christmas time at some point :)
     
  10. Ms. I

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    Got for it! I've always dreamed of attending one of the Summer Olympics & if all goes well, I'll be going in 2012.
     
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    Beautiful idea!
     
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    Something like that sounds like great fun.

    I have a friend who works for the State Department in Washington, DC. They all go up on the roof of the building to watch the 4th of July fireworks on The Mall. It's great to have that vantage point.
     
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    Alice for years I have wanted to go to NY & spend a few days during Christmas. Every year I keep hoping will be the year. You have me thinking about pushing the idea to dh. I also love ur idea about Thanksgiving-- would luv that experience too.
     
  14. Aliceacc

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    For us, it would be either a train ride or a 40 minute drive, so getting there costs next to nothing.

    I can't even bring up the idea for a while, as the Christmas bills start to come in. But I think I'll do some homework and bide my time as I think about it.
     
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    And, hmmmm, the money I'm getting for Alicia's classe could go straight into the bank...
     
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    If you can, you should! As a kid, one of my fondest Christmas memories was just walking a block and a half from home every year to see the Toronto Santa Claus Parade... I still enjoy watching it on TV every year (though it's just not the same...)
     
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    I've been in to see the parade, though not since college.

    But Peter HATES crowds. So the "take the train in and just enjoy" thing wouldn't appeal to him. You have to get there early, and all that hot chocolate you chug becomes a bathroom issue with 3 kids.

    But having access to a hotel room just upstairs would make such a difference.

    His mom goes upstate to his brother's for Thanksgiving, and we usually join mom and my sister(s) at one of my sister's house, so it's not like we would leave anyone hanging.

    It's really just a matter of that money!!!
     
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    Thanks czacza; I'm looking now!
     
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    We paid $175 a night for a room with a view of the fireworks show at the Embarcadero in San Francisco. While everyone else stood outside in the cold and rain waiting for the fireworks, we sat in the hotel lobby and drank wine and ate pizza. Around about 11:55, we stepped outside and had the best view we could have possibly had. It was well worth it.

    We also get a room with a balcony that overlooks the finish line of the swim I do in the fall.
     
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    Alice, it would certainly be a memorable experience for the kids, and you and Peter too of course. I know you loved Mystic, but is sure would be cool to add this to the "things we've done as a family" list.

    Roll the extra money you're making into savings and hopefully you'll do freelance work this summer again, and maybe between those things, you can turn this into a reality.
     
  21. czacza

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    I'm glad the link is useful;)
     
  22. mmswm

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    Alice, that sounds like a wonderful idea. That's something I've always wanted to do, but could never afford. I also want to do the same thing for the New Year's ball drop.
     
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    mm, let's plan for that one year!
     
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    STG: I think it'll be more fun when J is a little older, but not too much older, maybe when she's 9 and W is 10 or so. We could have a great time! And, two years gives us time to save....
     
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    Eek. No. You really don't want to do the ball drop. Dh's niece came down from east nowhere last year and said it was an experience but she'd never do it again...
    Parades, yes. I've done the Yankees victory parade down the canyon of heroes. Standing for hours nuts to butts in freezing temps with many drunk and disorderly people and no guarantee you'lL get back to your chained in, roped off square foot. Eek. No.
     
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    cza~we'd stay in the room!! There's no way I would be actually on the street for that!

    mm~good point!
     
  27. mmswm

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    CzaCza...is there a hotel nearby, where we could watch from the lobby? That's what I was thinking...when the boys are all teenagers. The parade, I want to go in the next 2-3 years, when the boys are still fairly young.....
     
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    I LOVE the Marriott Marquis....
     
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    Mental note....the Marriott...now, how many years am I going to have to save to afford one room on New Year's Eve??????
     
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    Right now, it's about $500 a night for a non-parade view room.
     
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    Plus travel for me...I could swing it once....if I lived very frugally to save for it....that's doable....
     
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    I'm not sure whether or not there's a minimum number of nights you need to stay... I haven't gotten that far yet.

    Of course, it's bound to be a lot cheaper if you stay OFF the parade route, a few blocks or so.
     
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    Yeah, but what's the fun of doing it at all without instant access to the hotel room! Besides, if STG and I split the cost of a suite....
     
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    Here's what I have so far:

    http://gonyc.about.com/od/thanksgiving/a/parade_hotel.htm


    http://www.nyctourist.com/macys_map.htm

    http://www.nytix.com/Hotels/articles/thanksgiving.html

    http://www.nyctrip.com/Pages/index.aspx?PageID=83


    http://travelingmamas.com/hotels-on-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-route/

    November 23-25 2011:

    New York Marriott Marquis
    1535 Broadway • New York, NY 10036 USA
    AAA Advance Purchase Rate, AAA card required required, prepay in full, non-refundable if cancelled more than 1 day after booking, no changes, see Rate Rules
    Starting From 424.00 (USD)

    424.00 (USD) per night
    Rate rules
    Guest room, 1 King or 2 Double Room details

    AAA rate, AAA membership card required
    Starting From 499.00 (USD)

    499.00 (USD) per night
    Rate rules
    Guest room, 1 King or 2 Double Room details



    Crowne Plaza Manhattan - Compare Prices
    1605 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019
    Phone: 212-977-4000; 800-243-6969
    Fax: 212-333-7393 has rollaways

    AAA/CAA Rate
    $449.00 USD
    Average Nightly Rate
    PLAZA CITY VIEW 2 DOUBLE BEDS NONSMOKING



    $469.00 USD
    Average Nightly Rate
    CROWNE TOWER ROOM 2 DBL BEDS NONSMOKING



    $479.00 USD
    Average Nightly Rate
    CORNER 2 DBLS PANORAMIC VIEW NONSMOKING

    czacza, I've only stayed at the Marriot Maquis once, and it was a billion years ago. Can I assume that they have rollaway beds?

    But I'm thinking that corner room, panoramic view at the Crowne Plaza sounds gorgeous!!!
     
  35. czacza

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    They probably have roll aways...I went on a romantic getaway last spring with my sweetie...no rollaway needed!;)
     
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    So I'm guessing you didn't bring along 3 kids then???
     
  37. Teachling

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    Alice I ran the Thanksgiving thing/idea to dh & he appear to agree. For us, it wouldn't be too hard given our phase in life. I'm starting to get excited. Would love to share that experience with dh. I hope that it can be realized for me & you.
     
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    One of my friends did it this year, for just the one night...don't remember where she stayed...

    It's cool because you can see them blowing all the balloons up the day/night before. We've gone in for that before when I was a kid..you get to be right up there with the balloons, and the crowds aren't as bad. Then we wouldn't put a damper on Grandma's Thanksgiving by being late.

    Is yours and the kids schools closed the day before Thanksgiving next year? Ours was this year, but my mom's wasn't.

    Then you'd be in NYC for Black Friday too! Shopping! Shopping! Shopping!
     
  39. Irishdave

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    Let Peter go up to Oswego to watch a college Hockey game in the new Campus Center and you watch the parade, it is a win-win, at least I think so. :whistle:
     
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    I don't know what it's like for Thanksgiving, but I have a friend who went to Times Square for NYE 1999 (going to 2000), and she had to make reservations about 4 years in advance. Granted, that was a kind of special year, and it was NYE, but still...
     
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    Wow... four years!?

    Alice, you're not crazy!! It seems like a fun idea!
     

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