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Old 07-08-2012, 09:34 AM   #21
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I know this is a little off topic from the original question...

Given that we would absolutely prefer to be in a state or national park - or boon docking, we would go back to Liberty Harbor Marina in a heartbeat. Felt safe, totally great location.

I will admit that the first time we went there I was a little skeptical while driving through Jersey City, thinking what have we done. Once we got there we were thinking awesome! We took the ferry (literally right from the marina) into the city, and biked around Liberty Park (Statue of Liberty etc.). As long as you know about the prices and the fact that you are basically in a parking lot - not exactly a wilderness, you will be good here.

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Old 07-08-2012, 09:49 AM   #22
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Just to dot the i, we happened to stay at Liberty Harbor on the 4th of July several years ago, and from the campground (maybe 20 feet from our campsite) we watched the fireworks going off over lower Manhattan AND on the Jersey side near the Statue of Liberty at the same time. OMG, unbelievable. Pictures do not do justice.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:28 AM   #23
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To add some local clarification of what Gene said - the Garden State Parkway is Airstream friendly from top to bottom. Regarding the GW bridge, when towing you must stay on top level in both directions.
Thanks for the clarification. I believe the tunnels to Manhattan are also unfriendly to trailers. I think the Verrazano Narrows Bridge is ok and may be the easiest way to Long Is. from the west and south. Before traveling to the area, best to check online because rules change. There are more rules in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states than most other places.

I guess there is no campground on Staten Is. or we'd would have heard about it by now. The nearest one to NYC on Long Is. seems to be in Old Bethpage which is a slow drive into Queens where you can take the subway the rest of the way.

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Old 07-08-2012, 10:35 AM   #24
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Floyd Bennett Field

For a little while I have considered boondocking at Floyd Bennett Field at Gateway National Park in NYC. Not only is the location ideal for touring, the Park itself has some great ammenities.

No hook ups yet, but this would be great for a couple of days.

Anyone ever visitied here? Might make for a great rally.
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I guess there is no campground on Staten Is. or we'd would have heard about it by now.
As of Friday there is! Overnight camping comes to Fort Wadsworth - Gateway National Recreation Area But it's not Airstream ready just yet.

However, the National Park Service does have an area for RVs nearby @ $20/night. Camping at Gateway - Gateway National Recreation Area
It's in Brooklyn, near Coney Island, JFK, and about a 1/2 hour away from WTC. Mass transit makes stops at the Ranger Station.
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For a little while I have considered boondocking at Floyd Bennett Field at Gateway National Park in NYC. Not only is the location ideal for touring, the Park itself has some great ammenities.

No hook ups yet, but this would be great for a couple of days.

Anyone ever visitied here? Might make for a great rally.
Yes, we've stayed there twice now. Only 6 sites available for RVs, as of now. I'm sure it'll expand in the future but I think they're trying to figure out what they have there first.
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It appears that you basically are given a piece of tarmac for a campsite! I bet you could fit several hundred RVs without distubance.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:28 PM   #28
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Three years on since this thread started. FWIW I thought I would give a bit of an update pertinent to camping at Liberty Harbor. If anything, the neighborhood is getting even better. They have built several high rise "upscale" apartment buildings on Marin Blvd (the street that takes you back to the RV park/marina). These buildings are almost adjacent to the facility. As a matter of fact, I kind of worry that the park will be turned into a site for another building as it would certainly be a prime location. We feel even safer now walking back and forth to the PATH train station than we did just a few years ago. Like any urban area, anywhere, no matter how "nice", you should always keep your "radar" up and running and be alert to your surroundings. BTW if you don't feel like going into the city, say in the late afternoon right after you have arrived, please be aware that there are some really cool restaurants in Jersey City (it's getting gentrified) along with Hoboken, which is just a short light rail ride (the LR station is about a block from the RV park) away.

If you go to Hoboken hit Carlos (Cake Boss TV show) Bakery. Their stuff is really good (although the lines can be long) I strongly recommend the "Lobster Tails"! You could hit Hoboken for some baked goods in the a.m. and then catch the PATH there into the city for the day (the LR station in Hoboken is also the PATH and Jersey Transit station).

One other tip if you are not familiar with riding the PATH trains, please be aware when you go in the station to head into the city you will have 2 choices, the train up to mid town 33rd st/Penn Station (you come out by Macy's near the Empire State Building), that train also makes a number of stops on the way to 33rd. Or you can take a different train that goes over to the World Trade Center site/station in lower Manhattan near Wall St etc. Both of these trains will come through the same station/tracks at the Grove St. Station. Also bear in mind that during rush hour the trains can get very crowded, so it is best to schedule your trips around those peak times. Please note that you can download maps/schedules for the PATH trains.

You can also download a free app for your phone with info/maps for the NYC subway system. I won't get into that whole deal except to say it's a great way to move around the city, if you are going to be there for a few days/week you can by an "unlimited" pass for the NYC system, that makes it very handy. A couple of NYC subway tips: 1. figure out which train (A,B,C, 1,2,3 etc.) that you want before you get into the station, it will be much less confusing for you because at some stations a number of different trains arrive on the same tracks, but go to different destinations (just like the PATH trains in Jersey City), 2. be aware that some of the trains are "express" trains and don't stop at every station (been there, done that"). So make you you get a the correct one. One other note, if you get confused as to whether or not you are on the correct train, most New Yorkers are very helpful. Too me nicer in those situations that many "small town" folks (and I live in a "small" town/city). In any event, good luck and have fun!
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Thx for the nice update of information. I also worry it will be gone before we get a chance to use it. I used to live just up the block from there in Weehawken.
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Hittenstiehl, last time we were there, the two places next to us were inhabited by folks from AZ. Nice people. Hope you get to visit, just as I hope to head to the southwest in the not too distant future!
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Note that the PATH trains can be very, very late. When the century old tunnels under the Hudson River were flooded by Hurricane Sandy, the salt water got into the concrete and is corroding the electrical and signal cables. There have been more and more problems with signals failing to work and trains stalled. People recently have been two hours late to work in Manhattan. The tunnels need to be completely redone but cannot be because they are at capacity. A new tunnel was supposed to be built, but the governor refused the federal billions because he said NJ would have to pay a lot too. NJ is now paying a lot because the tunnels are deteriorating. It will take 12 years to build a new one once everyone can agree what to do and how to pay for it. The governor now thinks he should be president though few other people seem to agree. Amtrak also uses them and if the tunnels fail to be usable, commuters will have a big problem and NYC will be without passenger service along the east coast. The CG in Jersey City certainly has an appeal and appears to be the only place near NYC were you could use rapid transit into the city and have your trailer nearby, but the PATH train problem may be an issue.

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Good points Gene and LOL on the Gov. It is stupid that the tunnels along with a lot of other infrastructure in this country isn't being updated and or improved, but that is as far as I will go on that here on the Air forums ;-) . I can say that we have only had minimal delays in using the PATH, sometimes it seems they have to wait for other trains to clear, but it is just a few minutes. They also seem to have to slow down a good bit when they use the river tunnel. No doubt though that with the old infrastructure that problems can and do arise. That brings up another note, that there is commuter ferry service that leaves from the adjacent marina that also can be used by tourists. It's doesn't run as late or as often as the trains do though. It's worth noting that right behind the campground is a huge parking lot that is used by commuters. I remember backing up to the fence in the afternoon, going to bed in the evening, then waking up i the a.m., looking out the back window and seeing a car just a few feet behind the Airstream. Then looking out over the sea of vehicles that arrived in the early a.m while we were sleeping.
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