Manhattan is expensive no matter how you slice it. But North Cove is pretty much unique, in terms of location and facility. You walk over to the subway and that's it.
You don't need to check LIRR schedules or figure out when the last train runs, because the subway is 24x7. And way cheaper than RR tickets. You don't need to take the taxi to the LIRR, like Manhasset. You don't need to take the taxi or the bus or walk over and get mugged on the drag to the subway coming in from City Island.
It ain't cheap--but depending on how many people will be in the party, and how much you value saving an hour each way (plus fares) in commutes...it IS an option. And of course it means you make landfall literally AT the Battery
, instead of driving up the East River and into the Sound, which may or may not be en route
. If someone didn't plan to transit the Sound, they'd be wasting 5-6 hours each way getting up and down the East River again. Possibly more depending on the currents in Hell Gate that day.
So, there's the potential to literally save two days of nuisance transit time by staying at North Cove.
The Jersey marinas
offer you that same savings, but you're more likely to have problems with rocking all night, or water depth, and you still have to take something to the PATH train to the subway to get in. Or the ferry
. Sometimes...it pays to at least consider paying the piper and being done with it.
Besides, you might meet Dennis Conner. I understand he's part owner.(G)
On hotel prices in Manhattan...yes, they really can climb to $400 very quickly and easily. And that's just for two people. Same problem, if you stay in the outer boroughs or (gasp!) the Mainland...you can save money
but there's a cost to that too.
Now, if all the tourists and transients would simply GTF OFF MY ISLAND after Labor Day, things could be so much more reasonable. As I said to Citibank when they threatened to move their hq to Kansas, "Have a nice trip, and take your building with you!" (Damned carpetbaggers never left.)
BTW, I've lost
track of what they're doing at South Street Seaport, but their policy used to be that Seaport members could dock overnight for a not totally exorbitant fee. (Non-members are greeted with cutlasses and pikes.) It might be worth asking them what their current
terms are, although they had zero facilities to go with that.