We arrived on July 4th via the megabus to 7th and 28th then walked the few blocks over to food galley 32 which was basically a Korean food court. Luckily, we were travelling only with carry on bags so the trek wasn't too bad with luggage in tow. However, lugging it all up to the third floor seating area certainly was a pain in the rear. We ordered 2 plates of food which for $17 filled the 3 of us up plenty.
walking to the subway to connect to our hotel (country inn and suites lic) was also a gigantic pain. I was relying on my telephone gps for directions which for some reason I could not fully follow and the swarms of people was almost overwhelming. My son was extreamly frustrated, not with the length of the walk or with the weight of the luggage but with all of the people stopping directly in front of us. Once we were on the subway (with our 7 day unlimited passes) all was smooth sailing.
...a note about the subway pass...my son is ten, I would guess 54" or so...a normal sized ten year old...transit said he did not need a pass. He went under turnstiles and rode on public buses without any problem. I had expected to pay for him.
The walk from the train to the hotel was quick and easy. Our room, with its stunning view, was exactly as expected although we only saw it for the thirty seconds it took to set our bags down and head back out.
Already I had had enough of being teathered to the electronic leash my iphone seems to be so I stashed that in the room as well, picked up a paper subway map, used the sun to tell east from west and had a very very easy time navigating the rest of our trip.
we rode the subway to Roosevelt island and took the tram on over to Manhattan. The views were even better than I expected and the ride significantly less frightening. Getting off thetram and heading to Harlem, my husband spotted dylans candy bar. As a candy lover (and as a bigger shipper than I) we took a 5 minute stroll through it but neither of us were about to pay $14/lb for factory made candy. Besides, we were still munching on the pint of blueberries for $1.50 I had picked up from a produce stand.
I had planned on checking out the graffiti hall of fame next in Harlem but it seemed better to just be a little more laid back and less agenda tied for the evening. Instead we got off the subway on 110th or 116th and just wandered the area.
we all really enjoyed the area. It reminded us of the good parts of our neighborhood at home without all of the bad. Terns were doing pop a wheelies on 4 wheeler's up and down the street (a little odd for the city, I thought), we had a dance party at a hair weave salon, my husband browsed the sheraz market and banged on their djimbes. We just wandered the neighborhood, letting our son play with the kids in the area and chatted with parents and other passersby.
As it neared 7 pm, we grabbed a plate of lamb and rice from a halal fender for $4, shared it along with a few bananas we picked up from another produce stand.
the Apollo theater was incredible to see. Even our son got a kick out of the history there and loved the young performers. The show was great although the comedian was aweful. When the acts started in full swing though, it became too loud for my son and it was past bed time. We left at intermission giving our tickets to some folks passing by then returned to our hotel exhausted and eager for another day.