Inauguration Prep

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Washington Post Staff Writer David Nakamura and blogger and freelance journalist Kashmir Hill talk about how plans for the inaugural are shaping up and what New Yorkers who are traveling to the festivities should know.


Kashmir Hill and David Nakamura

Comments [19]

Judith Rew from Montclair, NJ

I'm going down with a friend via Amtrak on Monday morning; attending a large party for Obama staffers and volunteers that night at a place called the Zanzibar; watching the inauguration on a big screen TV at my friend's law firm, a couple of blocks from the parade route; sleeping in my friend's guestroom in Arlington, VA. It will be crazy and I'm trying to plan appropriately. But I'm thrilled I can go.

Jan. 11 2009 12:20 PM
Scott Willis

If you're planning to go to the inauguration, but unable to book a train or bus, one alternative could be ridesharing. It's at least as cheap as the other two options, and it's of course the greenest way to go. One rideshare service (TripVerde) is offering to match folks traveling from the NYC/NJ area. They use personalized matching assistants to personally match riders and drivers. Plus, they offer an online calculator so you can see how much your trip will cost right away. Check out for more info.

Dec. 29 2008 04:35 PM
Kapil from Austin

Check out if you need a ride to D.C. from NYC or someplace else. If you are driving, you can take one of more people and make some money while you go Green to the Inauguration.

Dec. 20 2008 11:51 PM
Blue person in red state from College Station, Texas

Yes we're coming from Texas. It'll be worth the cold, damp, limited space, etc. to witness this fantastic event. Sorry to be an interloper on the NY blog !

Dec. 18 2008 11:22 PM
Paulson from Wall Street

Could we suggest that the tens of millions being spent for the Obama coronation be spent more productively for national debt reduction? Or to support efforts to combat terrorism?

Dec. 17 2008 12:29 PM
Neal Kellman from Brooklyn, NY

Oh yeah. Contact info for that ride is a little hard to see from the blog.

Dec. 17 2008 12:29 PM
Neal Kellman from Brooklyn, NY

Put the word out that there is an overnight bus ride from NY to DC selling seats as low as $175 per person. It's actually posted on the blog by Kashmir Hill (Brian's guest this morning). Hurry, because the prices change as we close in on the event.

Dec. 17 2008 12:23 PM
CH from Staten Island

If you want to get to DC on Inauguration Day, not spend the night and arrive fairly close to the Capitol Bldg, try AMTRAK. On election night we made round-trip reservations (NY Penn to Union Station in DC). If one traveler is 62 or over, the companion can go free. We got in quickly so our round-trip tix for 2 came in under $250. It may cost more now, but it's worth a try. Union Station is only a few blocks away from the Inaugural platform, but I don't expect we will get any closer than that on foot. Still, it will be well worth it to be counted among the numbers for this historical and much-needed joyful day.

Dec. 17 2008 11:59 AM
Tasha from Marietta, GA

My family and I booked our hotel rooms at the Marriott in VA in July for $1273 for 3 nights.

Dec. 17 2008 11:45 AM
hjs from 11211

what about the lifting of the DC gun ban, very bad timing

Dec. 17 2008 11:44 AM
hjs from 11211

I heard the secret service plans to ban shoes!

Dec. 17 2008 11:43 AM
James from Linden, NJ

I'd planned on going to the inauguration for a couple reasons - First, my birthday is on the 20th, and for once I feel like I have something other to celebrate than getting one year older. Second, the last 2 times I was in Washington D.C. was to protest the war in Iraq and I thought it would be nice to go to the capital for a celebration instead of a protest. However, I'll be sitting in my living room watching on TV that day with a group of friends. I think it will be more comfortable than standing out in the cold.

Dec. 17 2008 11:42 AM
Hannah Purdy from Lower East Side

I grew up in West Virginia, and my friend from Kansas and I were going to travel from New York down to DC for the inauguration. We were hoping to get tickets from our congresspeople in our red states, but even they have been inundated by requests. We have a place to stay on capital hill, but the idea of being in DC with 4 million people who all have to go the bathroom somewhere is not that appealing. We're thinking of having a dinner party in Brooklyn instead -- a local celebration in support of the green movement!

Dec. 17 2008 11:41 AM
kathy alagna from new jersey

the hotels are 1400+ a night and require a 4 day stay-- we really wanted to go, but that's rich!

Dec. 17 2008 11:41 AM
Sigrid from Montclair

We are heading down! I promised my 2 girls (10 and 15 years old) that we would be there if Hilary or Barack became president. Sleeping on a friend's couch. But lucky enough to get an invite to see the parade from an office building above Pennsylvania Ave. Can't wait!

Dec. 17 2008 11:41 AM
tash from les

We're leaving NYC at 1.45am on a greyhound bus, then coming home at 6.30pm from DC. It'll be a long day but it beats trying to find accommodation!

Dec. 17 2008 11:38 AM
hjs from 11211

i'd rather watch this on TV, but cause i'm working, i hope wnyc will broadcast

Dec. 17 2008 11:36 AM
Emma from D.C. (transplanted New Yorker)

Can you remind folks of 2 things.
1. People still live here. and it's going to be awful for us so please tell your listeners to remember some us will still have to go to work and move about our lives. and we are excited about the visitors but very weary about how they are going to treat us and our city.
2. it's going to be really really really damp--d.c. is always damp--and cold. so be prepared. and the just get on the subway and head north away from the crowds and you can find a nice warm empty cafe.

Dec. 17 2008 11:35 AM
rylee from nyc

This was the first year my kids (18,21)and spouse all voted together. Or should I say at the same time--(since we didn't pry about how they voted) Got our rooms the day after The Election.somewhaht pricey but worth it to me--now the hard part tickets to the event itself. I sent messages to Schumer and Clinton and my congressman --have heard nothing. Also, who gets to go to the Balls---I am not an insider just a citizen who voted....

Dec. 17 2008 11:05 AM

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