NYCC 2019: The Good The Bad 411

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Next week is the annual party in New York City where the comic con runs all night long. Reedpop’s New York Comic Con hits the Javits Center on October 3rd to the 6th and there are some star studded events including the a Hobbits reunion from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and more.

There is some basic 411 you have to be aware of especially in the city that never sleeps.

The Jacob Javits Center is located at 429 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001. It is accessible through subway, bus lines and taxi/Uber/Lyft. Be aware that the front of the convention center is on a main street so traffic may make it difficult to drop off right in front of the building. You may want to arrange a spot across the street or a block away to avoid delays.

Always plan for alternate routes especially if you are staying out of NYC. Trains break down, Buses aren’t on schedule and this can make for a bad day.

The subway will take you a few blocks away from the center (its a bit of a walk) so make sure you are headed in the right direction. If in doubt, follow the scores of people walking with badges or costumes.

Badge pickup is in front and there is a bag search and security scan before you enter the show floor. As soon as you enter there is the lobby and then a mezzanine where you can go up and see a great view of the front of the con.  If you go up another floor, there is the Cosplay area where you can change into your costumes, repair, cosplay panels, and most important of all BATHROOMS!

The show floor hours are as follows:

  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM*
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM*
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM*
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

It’s advisable to plan ahead as panels do fill up quickly and if you intend on getting an autograph or photo op, they are paid. You can purchase one of these opportunities on NYCC’s webpage here: https://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Guests/Buy-Autographs-And-Photo-Ops/

Some of the notable guests this year are Tom Hiddleston, Paul Rudd, Sean Astin, and more. NOTE that photo ops and Autographs ARE SEPARATE OPPORTUNITIES. I made this mistake and ended up with less than I expected.

There is a food court with a good variety at convention prices. If you dare to venture out of the building, walk up one block from the center aned there are quite a few places with more variety.

Some of the panels are outside of the Javits Center. You may be traveling to one of the theaters or Madison Square Garden. Be aware that these places are NOT close and make some time for walking and standing in line.  If you can’t be there on time BE EARLY.

 

Hope you enjoy this year’s con and we will be posting more info as we venture the halls!