Washington Square Park is another historic district of New York. This is the area where the gay rights movement started. The Stonewall Monument is just a stone’s throw away (get the punt?) and it makes for a relaxing walk (watch the video for more).
There are various sex shops here and what I found weird is that parents were peeping through the windows with their kids! In front of one of the sex shops was a Dunkin Donuts where I had breakfast so I could observe the goings-on.
The Washington Square Arch has been a staple of the park since 1889. Designed by Stanford White the arch was first built out of wood and plaster to commemorate the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration.
The Meadowlands Econo Lodge
I checked out of the Fort Lee Econo Lodge on the Wednesday morning but decided to stay another day in New York. The receptionist was going to charge $110/night, up from $58/night which is how much I paid for the first three nights.
I showed the two proverbial fingers and looked for another place nearby. I know, you will say I am so “brand loyal”…
The truth is Choice Hotels offer truly great value for money. The service is exactly the same, and sometimes better, than in the pricier hotels and the locations are pretty convenient too. Not to mention free parking at many of their units.
I spent two weeks driving up and down the West Coast (link here to US page) of the US and stayed exclusively at Choice Hotels. They ran a special promo called “stay two nights, get one free” and so it was worth sticking around.
Luckily they had the same promo in New York. So staying at the Econo Lodge in Meadowlands meant I had accumulated three free nights, including some points left over from the West Coast trip.
Getting into New York
As it turned out the location of the Meadowlands Econo Lodge was far more convenient than the one if Fort Lee. Just outside the lodge there was a bus stop, taking passengers directly to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in 25 minutes! The 161 runs regular services and the express only stops at one intermediate station. This compares with about an hour and a half to Fort Lee.
The Econo Lodge Meadowlands was much quieter and had an inner courtyard so the traffic noise didn’t enter the room.
As soon as I checked in I got on the 161 and went to town. The trip from PABT to Washington Square Park is super easy: take the A, C, E line to the station named after the square.
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