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Thread poster: Nedzad Selmanovic

Nedzad Selmanovic
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Aug 20, 2004

Dear all,

I am about to depart from Bosnia to Central America in a few days and I am required to stop at JFK in NYC for one night and catch the next available flight on the following day. It could be highly appreciated if anyone knows about any good and affordable room rental facility there. Web links are more then welcome. If anyone knows something related, please do not hesitate to answer.

Best regards.

Nedzad


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xxx00000000
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Make sure you have a proper visa Aug 20, 2004

People transiting (or rather, trying to transit) through U.S. airports have been arrested, handcuffed, detained and, finally, deported - and not necessarily to their country of residence or the the country they had just come from. So make sure you have a visa allowing you to transit through the U.S.

Best,
Esther


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
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What Esther mentions might be what you need Aug 20, 2004

it's a bad joke but it's true. My brother (Chilean) was going to visit us from France to the Dominican Republic with his French wife and child. He had several hours in transit in Miami (I don't remember whether it was 6 or 8 ) before his other plane. He was "arrested" (the policemen refused the term), while his wife could walk in the airport. If you're ready for that, you wouldn't have to pay for the hotel.

Claudia



[Edited at 2004-08-20 16:14]


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Dinny  Identity Verified
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Agree Aug 20, 2004

Better have them papers right!
I once had JUST to change flights at Chicago Airport - going from Denmark to Vancouver in Canada as a TWOW (traveller without visa)- and I can assure you the Chicago airport police was not in the mood for any kind of welcoming! I wasn't handcuffed, but they didn't take their eyes of me for one single moment, and that was for sure not because of my (then) young blonde Scandinavian look!!! And I was personally escorted to my next aircraft...

OH! but as for overnight accomodation in New York, sorry... I don't know.

Good luck!


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xxxIreneN
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Mr. Ted Kennedy had problems getting on the plane recently:-) Aug 20, 2004

I would strongly suggest to listen to what colleagues say re. papers.

There are more links if you check Google for "JFK Airport hotels". Here is a couple of them.

http://www.ratestogo.com/default.asp

http://www.hotels-and-discounts.com/New-York-Hotels/new_york_hotels_JFK_airport.html

Unfortunately, NYC does not fit the on-a-budget city description. Anything under $100 might turn out plain scary.


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Nedzad Selmanovic
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VISA Aug 20, 2004

Hm, I think that I did the right thing obtaining the visa(s) for this trip. Knowing that US authorities are on increased level of watch for criminals and terrorists after 11/09, the very first step I made was to get the visas. However, I am still facing a lack of information regarding the overnight stay. It is also good to know about experience of other people. I am really sorry for bothering anyone of you this way. I tried to get some info through google but was not so fortunate, and one my home country fellow working and living in NYC is on annual leave staying somewhere in Bosnia.
Any potential information that anyone can send is really more then welcome, because, the clock is ticking.


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xxx00000000
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Republican Convention Aug 20, 2004

In a few days, it's gonna be the Republican Convention in NYC. It's going to complicate everything. If you can afford it, book a room at the Ramada on the airport grounds.

http://new-york-city.guide-to-hotels.com/ramada-plaza-jfk-hotel.html

Have a nice and safe trip!

Esther

[Edited at 2004-08-20 21:26]


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Maybe... Aug 21, 2004

One night in 1966 I just spent the night right there in the airport, slept on a seat near a ticket counter and went down to the employee cafeteria when i woke up, had some coffee and breakfast and caught my flight out.

After midnight it was very quiet at JFK, no flights in or out. No security at all.

Of course this is 2004, not 1966, but even though you are from Bosnia, thank God at least you are not Ted Kennedy.


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xxxIreneN
United States
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Also Aug 21, 2004

Nedzad,

I'm not sure how familliar you are with the NYC and US settings in general, but please be aware that you will not find charming ladies offering B&B in a bucolic environment - tiny yet cozy room, crisp sheets and a coffee in a private house for 25-30 euros/night, like you can in small Euporean towns, especially in a former East European countries. This is a tough crazy city, one of the most expensive in the world. Oh, well, I'm sure you know that, didn't mean to patronize. It's just that for lodging there is no other side, modest but nice. Cheap roofs will be leaking and can be dangerous. Just to get around might cost you nearly the same as 1 night in the nearby hotel.

I'm sorry for being so "cheerful" but the airport lounge or airport hotel are your best bets, IMHO.

Good luck,
Irina


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Abdellatif Bouhid  Identity Verified
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Henry's advice is the best if.... Aug 22, 2004

new security concerns and practices haven't cancelled that option. The next best is a room at one of the airport's hotels (they all have free shuttles from/to the terminals that can save you the taxi fare). Forget about a night in Manhattan. the taxi driver (who could be a former Bosnian turned New Yorker) could give you a long and expensive ride all the way through New Jersey before dumping you downtown. The very best alternative would be to avoid the transit through JFK altogether.

abdellatif
(former JFK area resident in mid-seventies)


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NancyLynn
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sleeping in the airport Aug 22, 2004

It all depends.

In February of this year, I noticed on a 3-hour layover at Heathrow that a lot of people simply stretched out over the bench seats, using their carry-on as a pillow, and slept.

In 1987, a late-running train brought me and my (female) friend to Maastricht at midnight, meaning we had missed our connecting train south, and had to wait till 6 a.m. I thought we could just camp in the deserted train station (after all, some transients in Montreal seemed to me at that time to have moved into the Voyageur bus station permanently); but there was a security man there, and he would have none of it. We were two cute 20-year-olds from Canada! A nearby inn wanted to charge us 70 guilders, so we spent the night walking the town, stopping at a pub to while away the time.;-)

In other words, without knowing what to expect, but in light of 9/11 and more recent events, booking a room at the airport hotel is your more comfortable, safer choice.

Update us when you've lived it, and let us know what happened!

Good luck!

Nancy


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pascie  Identity Verified
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East Village Bed & Coffee Aug 22, 2004

For USD$ 85.00
Or you may look around the airport (within 1 and a half mile).
For this check on Expedia.com
Another spot for affordable accomodation in Manhattan is Lexington Avenue. You are very central, close to everything.
I hope this helps.
Cheers


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Pablo Roufogalis
Colombia
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Are you nuts? ;-) Aug 23, 2004

You come and you have the oportunity to spend some time in the best place in the whole world and you plan to sleep in a crummy hotel????????

Leave the bags at the airport (check them in early if possible) and go to the city in a bus (less than 10 dollars) and spend the time in Manhattan.

Just walking Manhattan (cheap!) is a wonderful experience.


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Jennifer Baker  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:44
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airport hotels Aug 23, 2004

I travel regularly to NYC and have tried all the airport hotels. I suggest the JFK Holiday Inn Express. Free shuttle, clean new rooms, and a decent breakfast included. I don't have the link but you can easily find them on the net and get a price quote and/or reservation. If you have time to get into the city you can walk or take a bus or cab to the Queens subway and ride in for $1.50. I've also stayed at numerous hotels in the city and would be glad to share my experience with you.
And I definitely agree with Pablo's comments. After making it through the immigration hassle, NYC is the ultimate walking city. A great way to shrug off jet lag!
Buon viaggio- Jennifer


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Nedzad Selmanovic
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after the trip Aug 29, 2004

JL Baker wrote:

I travel regularly to NYC and have tried all the airport hotels. I suggest the JFK Holiday Inn Express. Free shuttle, clean new rooms, and a decent breakfast included. I don't have the link but you can easily find them on the net and get a price quote and/or reservation. If you have time to get into the city you can walk or take a bus or cab to the Queens subway and ride in for $1.50. I've also stayed at numerous hotels in the city and would be glad to share my experience with you.
And I definitely agree with Pablo's comments. After making it through the immigration hassle, NYC is the ultimate walking city. A great way to shrug off jet lag!
Buon viaggio- Jennifer


So, I am at final destination now, and I use this opportunity to thank you all for thanking your precious time to answer at my enquiry. However, my flight from Budapest was a little bit late, and I stayed at the airport, especially because I had to register my boarding ticker with AA and then to check in. I walked around the airport and met really nice people, who were more then pleasant and useful providing important information on where was what and how to reach desired points. Also, custom agents and police officers did not bother me much and have been very nice. I must say that now I am in debt to some New Yorkers for treating me as their own brother. It was really nice trip and I am looking forward to meeting my new friends again. It would be nice if I could meet with all of you folks who gave me nice advices indeed.
Please accept my best regards and know that I am very grateful for your assistance.
P.S. 1966 or 2004 (with a smile on your own face it is always the same)
Yours sincerely,
Nedzad


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