I am thinking about going to New York for one month in 2008. I want to train at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.
I don’t have a great deal of money to spend and so I couldn’t afford to stay in a luxurious hotel. With this in mind, I decided to look on the Internet for reasonably priced accomodation. This is what I found:
It is the Twelve Towns YMCA and is located on Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn. Does anyone know this place?
The fact that it’s a YMCA puts me off. I hate to sound stupid, but are these places notorious for homosexuals? I mean, are homosexuals known to stay at the YMCA’s in America?
What about the area? Is this part of Brooklyn rough or dangerous? I’ve heard that Jamaica Queens is bad but I don’t know if this is the same place.
Also, Gleason’s Gym is located on Front Street, Brooklyn. Is this far from this YMCA. How long would it take me to get from the Twelve Towns YMCA to the Gym and would it cost a lot in a taxi cab?
What is the cost of living like in Brooklyn. I was thinking of taking around £800-1000 ($1624-2030) spending money with me for the month. Would I be able to live well on this money? Out of this I would have to buy food and travel expenses. Other than that, it would just be for having a good time.
Could you please give me some advice about New York City? I will be travelling alone and I could use some good advice. Even general information would be great, for example, what is the subway like? What areas should I avoid? Is there anything that you recommend seeing or doing?