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CookiM0nster's picture

It seems like we have two separate sets of ideas as to how to organize this fest. There are those who don't want anything to do with NYC, but are interested in hanging out in more bucolic settings, perhaps taking a cooking class, and skipping the fine dining experience. There are others who would rather see the City, skip any classes, and have some time on the town. In order to put this event together it's important to know how many people are interested in dong what.

So, please, if you're interested in attending, state your preferences.

One issue is where we would all stay. Personally I don't have a problem with NYC, as I think we should be able to come up with reasonably discount rates through Priceline and such. On the other hand, I also know that there are those who really, really don't want to stay there. Looking at the map, New Haven might be a reasonable alternative - close enough to Newtown for a day trip, yet on the Metro North line to NYC, and large enough to have a few decent sites and dining destinations.

Adele's picture

(post #56811, reply #1 of 106)

I'm map challenged.  I'm not sure where the closest airport is? 


Hell, lets go to Vegas!  


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #2 of 106)

LOL!

I'm not sure where the nearest airport is either. Li, do you know?

KyleW's picture

(post #56811, reply #4 of 106)

New Haven has an airport of its very own. It looks like Delta nad American fly into New Haven. Other than that it's likely to be Hartford, Weschester or JFK/LaGuardia.

 


At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

KyleW's picture

(post #56811, reply #3 of 106)

 Personally I don't have a problem with NYC


And we'd love to have ya :-) I would love to attend if it's here in Gotham City. As to New Haven, the train to NYC is anywhere from just under 2 hours to nearly 3, depending on time of day.


Stamford may be a little further from Newtown but the train to NYC ranges from 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours. I suspect that Stamfor may also prove to be slightly more bucolic than New Haven.


Just One New Yorker's Opinion


 


At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #7 of 106)

"I suspect that Stamford may also prove to be slightly more bucolic than New Haven."

Good point!

MadMom's picture

(post #56811, reply #5 of 106)

Cooki, I'm probably in the group which would love to hang out in a bucolic setting and attend a cooking class.  Having said that, I would just love to see everyone, so if the vote is for NYC, I'll be there.



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MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56811, reply #6 of 106)

My preference is CT.  I want to meet the GODDESS.

Adele's picture

(post #56811, reply #8 of 106)

HeeHeeHee!  Not me!  (Meet the goddess, that is)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

MadMom's picture

(post #56811, reply #9 of 106)

Ooooh, I'll bet she's just dying to meet you.  Can I sell tickets?



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NanaC's picture

(post #56811, reply #10 of 106)

Chef Robert and I would Much rather take the bucolic route.  We hate NYC.  Smaller cities are no problem.  BTW, It's my understanding that inner New Haven is a cesspit... very high crime rate.  That may be just certain areas, though.  Anyone know for sure?  Anyway, I'm sure not far outside is fine.

Fran


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KyleW's picture

(post #56811, reply #11 of 106)

>>We hate NYC<<
>>inner New Haven is a cesspit..<<

Don't hold back. Let us know how you really feel :-)

 


At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

shoechick's picture

(post #56811, reply #12 of 106)

We have an office in Shelton, CT, when I have to go there from Canada, I fly into Hartford and drive down.


I spent a day in New Haven on my last trip, I thought it quite charming.


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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #17 of 106)

"I spent a day in New Haven on my last trip, I thought it quite charming."

That's how I remember it, though admittedly it's been years since I've been there. It does have an impoverished inner city, but then so do most U.S. cities.

KarenP's picture

(post #56811, reply #13 of 106)

>>We hate NYC<<


 Last time I was there I had an upper floor suite at the Palace. It was spectacular.   Saw two broadway shows and the stars that went with it both in the audience and sitting next to us, a night of dance theater, the MMA, MOMA, walked for miles and ate well...whats to not like about that?  I'm smiling all over thinking about it...and to think you folks do that every night!!

KyleW's picture

(post #56811, reply #16 of 106)

>>and to think you folks do that every night!!<<

Some nights we just watch TV :-)

 


At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

Adele's picture

(post #56811, reply #14 of 106)

We hate NYC.  Smaller cities are no problem.  BTW, It's my understanding that inner New Haven is a cesspit... very high crime rate


Wow.  :( 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

NanaC's picture

(post #56811, reply #25 of 106)

Chef Robert and I would Much rather take the bucolic route.  We hate NYC.  Smaller cities are no problem.  BTW, It's my understanding that inner New Haven is a cesspit... very high crime rate.  That may be just certain areas, though.  Anyone know for sure?  Anyway, I'm sure not far outside is fine.


[Removing foot from mouth]  Woohoo!  I must have been in a very bad mood when I wrote that.  Please accept my apologies!  I certainly did not mean to come on so strong, nor to offend anyone. 


We'd love to see you all, no matter where, but our preference is still to stay outside the big city, and take a cooking class.


Fran


"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!"

Fran

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!"

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56811, reply #26 of 106)

Here is my take on the situation.


We are all going to be there for a couple of days.  To me, staying in NYC is an OK thing, but  it speaks of not much being together.  Everyone will want to do something different (not that this is bad) but we will likely not spend too much time as a group.


A trip to CT will be a nightmare.  How do we all get there and how do we get back to the city if we are all hammered in the wee hours? Do we stay the night in Ct?  But the whole deal is just a couple of days.


I used to live in New Haven.  There are some fabulous restaurants, but it is not that close to Taunton.  It is not near the cesspit as Detroit, Newark or Bridgeport.


I just see this as ending up as one big #### unless there is some meeting of the minds.


Are we going to be with each other or are we going to have our own vacation with some ancillary contact with each other?


Discuss


CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #27 of 106)

At Tracyfest we broke up into smaller groups during the day and everybody did the things that most interested them, and we reconvened in the evenings for dinner. I thought it worked well.

I've been assuming that a trip to Taunton would be more of a day thing, stop by, see the facilities, then head somewhere else for supper. I don't know what anyone else had in mind.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56811, reply #29 of 106)

I still think that, given we will be there only a couple of days, a trip to Ct will be a logistical nightmare.


One suggestion for those who want to be in NYC is to stay in or near the Sheraton Tower.  things within walking distance: MOMA, Lindy's, stage and Carnegie Deli, Central Park, Times Square, theater district.  NO taxis required.  We stayed there last summer and never had to use any transportation to occupy 3-4 days.  Cab rides can easily eat up whatever hotel savings staying elsewhere.  I guess it really depends what people want to do.


As a former New Yorker, I still question the logistical nightmare and expense of a day trip to CT.


KyleW's picture

(post #56811, reply #31 of 106)

I would be happy to serve as a local guide for those who wish to come to New York. There is good and bad here and hopefully I can help tip the scales in the right direction. The Union Square Green Market, The Chelsea Market, Chinatown (you will think you are in Asia!) Sullivan Street Bakery, Joe's Dairy (fresh mozarella to die for) etc.


There are one or two cultural things to do here as well.


I agree with Meanchef that the logistics can be a challenge. I do know that NYC has a fairly robust public transportation system. We wouldn't all have to do the same things at the same time. When I was a kid, and my family went skiing, we would divide up and go our seperate ways. At designated times, like lunch and the last run, we would meet up with plenty of time to discuss the day.


Just one man's opinion!


 


At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

MadMom's picture

(post #56811, reply #32 of 106)

I would probably drive, so that's one car, but if we stay in NYC, parking could be a nightmare, so that's another consideration. 


To answer MC's question, I go to the fests to meet other people from CT.  Sightseeing is nice, visiting places I might not normally see is great, but the real draw is meeting the people.  I think a trip to Taunton would be neat, see the mother ship, but don't want to spend two days getting there.  Is it close enough that we could drive there in the morning, take a quick tour, eat lunch nearby, and drive back?  The idea of a class is neat, perhaps those of us who want to take a class could split up and the rest go back to the city?  It's hard for me to grasp distances; remember I'm from Texas, and by the time I get to El Paso, I'm halfway to California, LOL.  I've spent a lot of time on Long Island in the past ten years, but haven't spent much time in the city.  As someone suggested, though, if we aren't going to Taunton, perhaps we should consider some other place entirely.   




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Li's picture

(post #56811, reply #33 of 106)

Taunton is about an hour and a half from NYC. So a visit can be done, but not without a few vehicles.

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PeterDurand's picture

(post #56811, reply #52 of 106)

An hour and a half? Hell, that is the time it takes me to get to work and back. Piece of cake.

 

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56811, reply #35 of 106)

If you are going t be in NYC, YOU do not want to have a car. Your parking could be as much as your hotel.


Except for a trip to taunton there is absolutely no need or reason to have a car in the city.


Wolvie's picture

(post #56811, reply #58 of 106)

true enough - if the main destination is NYC, a car is the last thing I'll bring. I love the city, never lived there, but have spent considerable time in and around in environs. The train to Danbury sounds like the best thing, for those that want to go, yes?


hmmm - I suppose I could park my car in Danbury and take the train in.


Are you planning on coming?


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MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56811, reply #59 of 106)

Yes I am planning on coming if I am still alive and ambulatory

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #34 of 106)

"As a former New Yorker, I still question the logistical nightmare and expense of a day trip to CT."

As a former NYer whose father lives on a Metro North line, I promise that it really isn't that hard. You go to Grand Central station. You get on the train. The catch would really be the time - it's about an hour and 40 minutes to Danbury.

If we did this I'd suggest setting aside Friday - travel up there in the morning, hang out for lunch, then travel back for supper. Saturday and Sunday could be for NYC.

Or, we could stay somewhere closer, but where?

KyleW's picture

(post #56811, reply #37 of 106)

You go to Grand Central station.


There's even an upscale food market in Grand Central Trminal!


Parking could be a nightmare.


Not could, would! Meanchef is right about that.


 


At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56811, reply #38 of 106)

Let's assume we have two full days in which we can do CT and NYC.  I think it would be far less expensive to stay in CT and make a day trip to NYC than the other way around.


I don't really care one way or the other, but I think you guys are under estimating the logistical implications and the cost of trouping 15-20 people to Ct and back for a day from NYC.


Also, if you are left with only one full day in NYC, any one of the suggested stops like MOMA or a Broadway play will chew that up completely.


Having lived there, I know what I am talking about.  I just think that there needs to be some realism.  I know you country folk think all of this is no big deal, but believe me it is.