Cost: $2.25 for the subway
Now you are on your own until you catch your bus to base location. If you have time, you can go see the Highline and Hudson Yards (the Vessel) as well. If you are a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan like I am, you may want to go check out the apartment at Bedford Street and Grove Street crossing.
When I am in NYC, I prefer to stay at Chelsea Cabins. It is by far the cheapest place with the best possible location. It’s on 8th Avenue and Times Square is just a few blocks away. It is located between the Penn Station and the 28th Street subway, so it’s very well connected as well. Even though they say that only breakfast is complimentary, you will pretty much get something to munch on any time of the day. I was a bit apprehensive about the shared bath before my visit but was completely taken by surprise at the cleanliness. However, a disclaimer for people who care for such things:
1. This place is mostly for solo travelers, so do not expect a huge king size bed or other luxuries like TV, mini fridge, etc.
2. Do not carry big luggage, your cabin won’t have space for it. However you can use the common hallway to keep your belongings; it’s safe.
3. There’s a long staircase leading to the Cabins office and you have to climb the long stairs every time. If you are not fond of stairs, this is not your place.
If you do plan to stay in the Chelsea are, Chelsea Market, Highline, and Hudson Yards are at a walking distance and a must see. While Highline is free, you need tickets for the Vessel.