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By Jane Means

Jotted By Jane

Your IFPA board of directors just completed a very productive in-person meeting.  As you know, we generally have a conference call each month and get together for a multi-hour meeting three times a year.  This past weekend we chose to meet at the Westin Jersey City Newport Hotel, the same hotel you’ll be experiencing in September. 

We wanted to see just “how easy” Jersey City is to New York City. You’re going to love it! The hotel overlooks the Hudson River, directly across from the financial district, not too far from the Statue of Liberty.

If you are flying in, Newark Airport is by far the most convenient. From there you can get the Lift or call Uber.  The Westin has connections with a driving service; you might call 201-222-9505 to ask for a car to pick you up at the airport – I do not know the charge, but it will be around the same price as Uber. If you drive in, as you pull into the hotel driveway, you will be greeted by a parking attendant who will ask if you’d like to valet park or self-park. Either is equally as convenient.  

There are plenty of hotel amenities! Indoor pool, spa tub, fitness center to name a few. Gary Rudy has negotiated for YOU to get an extremely nice hotel for a very moderate price – I met up with a family friend for Sunday Brunch and mentioned to him that our group rate for this recently renovated Westin was only $189 a night … he was shocked at that great rate.  This may be your only chance to enjoy NYC at such a low cost … and take home a few money-making ideas with you! (It seems every time I talk with another publisher, I walk away with another way to make money or save money – and I particularly like when I’m around lots of publishers at a conference. Cha Ching.)

If you are not a NYC person, no problem. You’ll like the idea that all the hustle and bustle will be across the Hudson River. There is a lovely park across the street from the hotel that is in the foreground of some pretty nice boats.  The 3-story Newport Mall (with four anchors) is less than a block away and even has a shortcut walkway for Westin guests. There are several restaurants within a couple of blocks as well as in the hotel.

For those of us who love NYC, Douglas Fry showed me a great techy trick on the “Maps” app on the Smartphone. Merely enter where you want to go and click on the Public Transit icon, that app will help you plan your route. The subway is very complete and can get you fairly close to most any destination.

There are options as to how to get into the city. You can call for Uber or easily take the PATH, a subway train that accommodates Jersey City. The last stop gets you to 33th St ready for a simple 12-minute walk to Times Square and the Broadway theatre district. Taxi’s galore and Uber is everywhere! One day we took PATH, and then connected directly onto the subway that took us to Central Park. Super Easy.

With sheer luck we discovered the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island delivers guests to both sides of the Hudson River. We began this adventure in NYC after enjoying lunch at Grand Central Station. Walked around the Statue and hopped on the New Jersey Ferry to arrive in Liberty Park where an Uber took us back to the hotel. Perfect! 

Let’s meet up and go to Ellen’s Stardust Diner to enjoy great food and their World Famous Singing Waitstaff! 

See you in New York!