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Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

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Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

Installment #1 - OVERVIEW

After this, subsequent reports will include:

#2 – This and That

#3 - How We Saw Six Discounted Performances in Five Days

#4 – NY Neighborhoods and Teens

#5 – NY Shopping and Teens (with a smidge of middle-aged shopping)

#6 - Food Choices by Non-Foodies and Cash-strapped Teens (food carts included)

Maybe #7 - Museums

OVERVIEW: I returned recently from four nights in New York with five (!) 17-18 year-olds (all friends, not siblings) and one other mom. Both travel days were sunny; the middle three days were rain-drenched. The kids are all very interested in theatre, which was our priority. They also wanted to roam “young” neighborhoods. We did very little touristy stuff. I take that back: MUCH of what we did was touristy, but we didn’t do tour buses, observation towers, Statue of Liberty, etc. Except for museums, we avoided admission costs.

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Installment #2 – THIS and THAT

HOTEL: Because of our daily theatre diaspora, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Times Square North, on Eighth Ave near 51st St., at the north end of the theatre district and a few blocks south of the park. Seven of us had two large rooms with two queen beds each. Each room averaged $235 per night, including my AARP discount. (Don’t be vain. Get it the day you turn 50.) A mostly-cold-items breakfast was included - plus apples and hot drinks all day, and afternoon cookies. While not a neighborhood I prefer, it suited our needs perfectly and was sufficiently removed from the madness. I would return.

TRANSPORTATION: We got seven-day unlimited MetroCards ($27). Even with all the walking, we got our money’s worth (at least 12 rides each) in five days. (I forgot to give our cards away when we left, which I usually do.)

SAFETY: No! I’m not questioning it! I’m confirming it exists! (Yes, some of you DE’s scare me…) All of us frequently went to plays alone. We all walked. The kids had no problem finding their way – they often returned alone at 11:00ish.

REGRETS: 1. The weather. 2. Having to cancel my private “Escape to Brooklyn,” a mostly outdoor adventure scheduled for the rainiest, blusteriest day. 3. Not making it up to the Cloisters (again!) 4. The phenomenon by which 18 year-olds (who assert their “adulthood” loudly and frequently) can turn into whiny eight year-olds in unrelenting rain.

PET PEEVES: 1. Theatres (some, not most) that list their ADDRESS on the ticket, not the intersection. If New Yorkers can’t figure out addresses, how am I supposed to? 2. Cab drivers, hailed at 5:00 pm, who profess they don’t know how to get to LaGuardia (perhaps cause their shift is ending?). 3. Cell phones (plural!) ringing in theatres. 4. Umbrellas (plural!) that fall apart in the wind.

MY BADGE OF HONOR: Walking, in stages, from DUMBO (Brooklyn) to 51st and Eighth on a day that I never ONCE was able to put away my umbrella (while carrying several purchases). The rest of the group retreated – one by one – to the nearest subway entrances. WHO, I ask you, persevered?? That would be I, the card-carrying AARP member.

FUNNIEST COMMENT: “It never rains like this in Chicago!” (They were dead serious.)

BEST MEMORY: The only teen boy, a fabulous tap dancer, doing a spot-on Gene Kelly while walking the Brooklyn Bridge. The song and dance? “Singing in the Rain,” of course! (“I’m laughin’ at clouds…”)

I WOULD BE REMISS: Thank you to all the posters – DE’s, regulars and travelers – for sharing their wisdom. My hope is that I can return the favor in some small way through my reports. (If you can wade through them. Oops, pun NOT intended.)

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Next Installment: #3 – Six Discounted Performances in Five Days!

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2. Re: Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

Awesome! Just from your first installment, I would've bet it was you that trekked from Brooklyn to midtown!

More, please.

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3. Re: Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

Love your trip report!! I wish you had videos of the Gene Kelly moment (as if you would have been able to stop and take a video while shepherding five kids across the bridge in the pouring rain!!) Looking forward to the rest of the report.

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4. Re: Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

Glad you all finally made it - Rain and all - would have loved to see that Gene Kelly moment as well! Now start reading about Chicago!

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5. Re: Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

This is great so far. I can't wait to read more!

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6. Re: Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

what a great mom you are! Kudos to you, sounds like lots of fun, were these guys, gals or mix?

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7. Re: Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

Great Stuff - Keep it coming.

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8. Re: Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

Glad I have some time off this week to read - thanks for sharing :)

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9. Re: Trip Report with FIVE TEENS

This is starting out wonderfully!!! I am taking DD and her two besties for her sweet 16 in June, and I will be using your trip as a guide - they are all theatre/dance obsessed!

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Answer: Four girls, one boy - all "theatre kids" at their school. Their long-anticipated senior-year trip to NYC with the school choir was cancelled because of the economy, so the other mom and I volunteered to escort them.

Question: ztaks: Guide me, please. Couldn't find anything about Chgo on your link (but the NY Saunter intrigued me...)