Now that I've been back for a few days, I figured I would write my trip report to give future NYC travelers some insight.
Firstly, we LOVED our trip and already can't wait to go back. This was the first time either of us (my husband and I) had ever been to New York. To give other newbies an idea of how much you will walk in New York, I'll put each day's Fitbit results also (to help you decipher, 10,000 steps is about 5.0 miles). Anyway, here is the daily break down:
Monday: Arrived at JFK around 1:15PM and took a Carmel car (that I had pre-arranged) to our hotel. We stayed at 36 Hudson Hotel in Hell's Kitchen (36th St.) and other than the too-soft bed, we enjoyed our hotel and its location. After taking some time in the hotel to unwind from traveling, we walked to Midtown just so I we could start enjoying the sights and get a look at everything. I had booked tickets for around sunset at Top of the Rock, so we headed to Rockefeller Center for that. It took us a while to find the right entrance, but a helpful doorman showed us the way. Of course it was crowded at the time I chose, but the sunset was beautiful and it was a great, easy first day activity to see the city. We were too tired to walk back so took an Uber back to the hotel for the night.
Daily Fitbit Steps: 15,308
Tuesday: Walked to Best Bagel and Coffee on 34th and got an everything bagel with cream cheese and an iced coffee for breakfast. Highly recommend! Then took subway from Penn Station to South Ferry to start the day. Took the Staten Island ferry to see the SOL, Ellis, Governor's etc. Beautiful and amazing to see in person. Then we walked around the Wall Street area and saw the bull which was swarmed with people already. Walked next to the 9/11 Memorial and saw the Station 10 Firehouse as well. We got pizza for lunch at a place not too far from the firehouse. From there we walked all around Lower Manhattan, just exploring, including a pop into the Smithsonian American Indian museum to look around in some air conditioning. Started walking north and found a really cool skate park under the Manhattan bridge and walked up through the China town area just taking in the sights. Took the subway back to the hotel to relax for a while, then went down to Times Square just to see it at night and walk around Midtown some more, getting snacks here and there. We got tired of the rain (had been raining lightly since dark from Jose) so we headed back to the hotel for the night via subway.
Daily Fitbit Steps: 23,254
Wednesday: Walked to Dry Bar Hell's Kitchen to get my hair done, then took subway to Columbus Circle station. Got breakfast from a food cart, then headed into Central Park. Stopped for a little bit at a nice waterside bench with a view of Bow Bridge and the row boaters, then headed to the Shake Shack behind Natural History Museum for lunch. After lunch, we spent a few hours at the museum, which we both enjoyed. Afterwards, we walked to Levain Bakery for some cookies then took the subway back to the hotel to get ready to go to the Broadway show I had tickets for.
We went to the 7PM of the Play That Goes Wrong, which was very funny!
Daily Fitbit Steps: 20,788