If you’ve never been to New York City before, and if you’re debating whether or not to attend the 2011 RWA National Conference in New York City, here are some of my thoughts.
Because the city is a major destination, it might be easier to find cheap flights; if you live in an area where it’s possible, it’s also very easy to take the train to Penn Station, which is close to the conference hotel. The hotel, the Marriott Marquis, is expensive, but unlike in some other cities, you won’t be limited to the onsite hotel restaurants; Midtown is crowded with restaurants with a wide range of prices. (Though take note, the Marquis has a cool revolving rooftop restaurant!)
Depending on your tourism desires, sightseeing can also be very cheap in New York, if you’re willing to walk and take the subway. (Cabs are reasonable as well, but sometimes hard to come by during rush hour or in certain neighborhoods). There are myriad guides and helpful websites to tourism in the city. And the people-watching can’t be beaten.
Plus, you can also attend the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Conference, which is piggybacked on RWA. One trip, two conferences!
so true! I can't wait!
I'd love to visit New York and it would be my first RWA conference and the other conference sounds great too! Pretty much all depends on, yep, you know it! Money!
For me, this one is actually a little easier because it's only a train or bus ride away. Though hotel cost is still a factor.
I had to cancel this year so I really want to go. Cheap flights and I've never been to NY.
i'd like to do both conferences too!
And remember, there's not just one airport to fly into, but several. You can even fly into Newark, if you're willing to figure out how to take the train into NYC.
And the hotel is right there on Times Square. I can't wait for some musicals.
Good point! Some flights into Newark are much cheaper.