I have done some research and come up with this itinerary for our trip to NYC this Christmas (my husband, me and my 14yr old daughter). We are staying at Marriott Courtyard midtown east, (East 52nd) and wonder if it sounds realistic
Thur 22 Dec - arrive at hotel around 2pm (subject to no delays). Go and look at Bloomingdales and go around corner for McDonalds (my husband wants to experience one in NYC!)
Fri 23rd - take metro to Greenwich for my daughter to look at Friends building and have look round (any recommendations for cake/coffee shops? Then take Staten Island Ferry (don't think we will have time for museum) Does the ferry stop near Statue of Liberty?) and possibly see the Radio City Xmas show at 4pm, then dinner at Ellen Stardust which apparently is in walking distance
Saturday 24th - shopping day - get up early to look at Macys etc, Times Square and Broadway. Go to a diner maybe Tick Tock or Skylight. Go and watch light show at Grand Central Station (is there anywhere good to have dinner there).
Sunday 25th - go early to Empire State Building. Lunch at Rock Center Cafe and to to Top of Rock as it is getting dark.
Monday 26th - ice skating and wander round Central Park, Guggenheim, lunch at Boat House. Dinner at Relais de Venise
I think Essa Bagel and Katz are not far from our hotel for breakfast.
We would like to walk across Brooklyn Bridge and walk along Brooklyn Boulevard, but don't know if there would be time. Is there anything glaring that I have missed out, especially that a 14 year old girl would like? Also any ideas how much a cab would cost on Christmas day to take us to Empire State Building? Would also love to go to a Broadway show, but don't really want to book that as we may be so tired.
So many questions, I know, but this will probably be a once in a lifetime. I know what it's like when we go to London - always so much to see but that's only 2 hours on the train!
If you have taken the time to read all this - thank you so much and look forward to hearing comments.