Background – 1st Trip, 8 days/7 nights. 40th Birthday Trip – 2 Mum’s and 3 Teenagers (17, 18, 18). Stayed at the Salisburys (Check out full review on My Reviews Page -- Only recently posted so might not be up yet).
Day 1 – Wednesday
Our flight was due to leave from Heathrow at 8:50am from T5 with BA. This was out first time flying with BA, and everything went smoothly no luggage lost -- Woohoo! We arrived at JFK around 11:30am local time, immigration was easy and the queue went quickly. Even though they have made the ESTA mandatory, we still had to fill in the green forms! -- Why?
We collect our luggage, and followed the signs towards the AirTrain, and boarded the Train to Jamaica. Once at the Jamaica Station we brought our tickets for AirTrain ($5 each), and our 7 day unlimited metrocards ($25 each for all subways and local buses – though we did manage to get on express buses!).
At Jamaica we boarded the E train to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike; we had a bit of trouble getting our luggage through the ticket turnstiles/barriers, but we got them through! We transferred to the F train, and stayed on until 57th St.
The ride was easy and quick, and we would recommend to anyone, and only $7! FYI when you get on the subway remember whether you’re going uptown or downtown. When we boarded the E at Kew Gardens, we were just making our way down the stairs, and just rushed on to the train that was waiting at the platform. Then it jumped into my head is this the uptown or downtown, we needed the downtown. The locals piped in, and we quickly rushed off the train, and waited on the other side of the platform, before it departed – Phew!
As everyone is says the locals are so friendly, they are! We were dragging our luggage up the stairs and a nice man helped us get our luggage up. Throughout the week, we had many more encounters with locals helping us out, and generally just being friendly!
I will never forget our first sight of NYC, after hauling our luggage up the last lot of subway stairs. There it was New York City!!! It was amazing the vibe, the sounds, everything. We found our hotel (The Salisbury), not 2 minutes down the Street.
We checked into the hotel, had a fax waiting for us from the BAG’s. One of the Two Lifts was already broken when we arrived, the bellman took our bags and we may our way up to the 8th floor. The room was huge! -- Plenty of room for the 5 of us, we weren’t living on top of each other. The only real fault was only one bathroom, which for 5 girls can be a bit of a pain, but we managed. The beds were firm and very comfy, not what I was expecting. We had a little kitchenette, which worked well for teas and coffees in the morning and the evening. The hotel had a subway station at either end of the St, very convenient. We never tried the $4 breakfast the hotel offered.
It was about 2pm now, so we dumped our bags, freshen up and headed out, to check out the sights of Midtown.
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