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The Lucerne in Manhattan, NY

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The Lucerne is a petite boutique hotel in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York. It is located in a posh neighborhood about a block away from Central Park and close to a plethora of museums, restaurants and shops. At first glance the hotel doesn’t look accessible with multiple stairs in the front, but a doorman is always there and will bring out the ramp to side entrance real quick. When wanting to leave the hotel you can notify the doorman or front desk, so there is never any worry about opening the door. Inside is the lobby...

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Montreal, Canada to NYC Train Travel Accessibility

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Using Amtrak you can take the train to travel in between New York City and Montreal, Canada, which takes approximately eleven hours. The Amtrak Adirondack Train Route is one of the most scenic train rides in the world, especially in the fall, which makes the time go by a little faster. Booking Some disabled passengers may be able to receive a discounted train ticket, see this page for details. Passengers can make an accessible reservation online, over the phone or in person at the station. When making a reservation online, be sure you select “Passenger with Disability (PWD)” using...

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Access on Amtrak Train: New York to Washington D.C.

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As I prepared for a trip to Washington, D.C. from my home on Long Island, NY, I debated which method of travel would be the least stressful. It didn’t make much sense to go through the trouble of taking a plane ride when the flight would be less than two hours. Plus, the thought of being separated from my wheelchair to board the plane makes me anxious, since you never know what could happen once it becomes just another piece of luggage in the cargo. So, I decided to try taking Amtrak for the first time, and I’m incredibly...

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NY Transportation: Get Around New York with a Wheelchair

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New York City is a giant metropolis with lots to do.  You can go see a Broadway show, watch the ballet, listen to a symphony at the Lincoln Center, visit a museum, or take in some jazz at a jazz club.  There’s something for everyone and the city never sleeps.  There are a ton of great restaurants and foods to try.  Because the city has older buildings, some restaurants have one step or some stairs to get in.  You should double-check by calling the restaurant or do what I did, use Yelp and hopefully find a picture of the...

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15 Wheelchair Friendly Attractions on Long Island, New York

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1) Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center – If you’re looking for a lovely way to spend an afternoon, the aquarium is the perfect place for a little adventure. You can admire beautiful sea creatures, see live sea lion shows, spend time with butterflies, and take a river tour by heading down to the dock and boarding an accessible boat. Feeling particularly brave? Then why not schedule a shark dive? Also, don’t forget to check the website while planning your visit to get an idea of the daily event schedule. Of course, there’s a café if you’re hungry, and...

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Long Island, NY Accessible Transportation Options

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As a born and raised Long Islander, organizing transportation for even the smallest local adventures is something I’ve had to do throughout my life. Populated by widely spread out suburban towns, most Long Island destinations are rarely within wheelchair rolling distance. This meant that as a child, I had to figure out which of my friends’ parents had the most accessible vehicle for me to climb into, or I had to rely on my father to drive me everywhere. As an adult, the situation has been much the same, and will be changing only because I’m now a licensed...

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Top 15 Accessible Attractions in New York City

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If you’re getting ready for a trip to New York City, get excited because there are tons of fun things to do! The city is full of adventures waiting to happen and even though I’m a native New Yorker, I still enjoy getting on a train and spending afternoons discovering new places. That being said, as a wheelchair user, it can be a little challenging to be spontaneous when roaming around NYC because of accessibility issues. Lots of places have steps and narrow doorways, but with a bit of planning ahead, there are plenty of options for an amazing...

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Accessibility of the New York Subway System

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Though I’ve been a New Yorker all my life, I grew up feeling quite uneasy and hesitant about venturing into New York City. Yes, I know it’s shocking, but not all New Yorkers are city residents! I live in a big but relatively quiet suburb of Long Island, and because I use a wheelchair, my only convenient mode of transportation for several years was the backseat of a vehicle. In fact, I experienced airplane trips and boat rides before ever taking a train to the city next door. I had been driven into the city for various events and...

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Yotel Hotel in Times Square New York, New York

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Yotel is a very clean, modern hotel located a few minutes walk west of Times Square.   When you enter the hotel you will immediately notice two things. The first is the very large claw like arm behind plexiglass. This contraption will take your luggage and store it for you.  We did not actually use this but it did look very cool! The second thing you will notice is the row of computer screens. This is where guests are asked to check in.  There are however, staff available to help check you in if needed  The ones I met  were...

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A Special Trip to New York City

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“New York City” roars Becky, 27, in absolute delight as she basks in the sunshine in Central Park. For Becky, visiting New York City has been a lifelong dream and today it became a reality. Becky, who lives with Cerebral Palsy and Arthrogryposis, faces travel challenges due to her dependence on an electric wheelchair. These challenges include her need for around the clock support, medication/personal aid, transportation issues, accessible airfare and lodging. All of these can be a burden to tackle alone. So Becky, with the help of her mom Susan, reached out to Hammer Travel for help. Hammer...

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