Hi everyone! Just a quick review of our trip as you all have been so helpful in our planning.THANK YOU trip advisor folks!!!
Hotel check...broadway show tickets check....bus tickets check...restaurant reservations check...healthy family and approved days off from work check...only thing that could possible stop this trip is an act of nature. 22 inches of snow sunday into monday in NYC!!! Yikes...i knew the odds in December... alot of prepayed tickets with no refund policy.OK...I'm gettin this family there if I have to carry them there on my back LOL.Not quite.....Luckily we were able to get a later bus on Monday(2:10)and arrive at Port authority by 4:30.The streets and sidewalks of NYC a mess.Which thanks to warmer temps on tuesday became inches of slush and minimized sidewalk walking areas in what i assume is the most congested time of year!
We checked into Casablanca Hotel off of Times square and were off to 5 napkin burger for and early dinner before Elf. The restaurant was trendy...the food fast and delicious. Elf was adorable (teen girls love the movie). Back to the hotel,which by the way was immaculately clean ,centrally located for our events and very friendly. Would stay there again in a New York minute.
Tuesday,continental breakfast offered at Rick's cafe in the hotel very convenient and fresh.Off to Rockefeller Center for some sight seeing before the crowds. Pictures of the tree, rink, Saks windows etc. Then up to the Top of the Rock ..we had sunrise /sunset package.Right through the entry and up top in minutes. Spectacular views ..no crowds. We then spent some time in St.Patricks Cathedral.It was surreal.Afterwards shopping with the teens (anthropolgy,H&M,Forever 21 and Macys) We were having a large midday meal at Tony DI Napoli's as we were plannning cake and coffee after Wicked for my husband's birthday.Tony's was busy, noisy,festive but their chicken parm ,ceasar salad,vodka penne,and red sangria were flawless! Service at all the restaurants we ate were quick and effecient. By 4pm were back for sunset pictures at Top of the rock.This time it was looong lines and crowds.Yes,NYC is a late day crowd.Lights at night were worth the wait.We then attended Wicked at the Gershwin.Great show and nice theater!Back to Casablanca for birthday cake and bed.
Last day....Our kids wanted to go to Madame Taussads wax museum.OK...why not. We were pleasantly surprised...laughed alot at their poses with the wax figures.Cute 4d movie polar express showing there also. Took about 2 hours. We checked out of the hotel and they held our bags. We walked around Bryant park,looked at the shops,ice skated for an hour and took a tour of the New york Public library.What an awesome building.We had a late afternoon meal at John's at 44th st(great pizza) and back to Port authority to catch a bus!!! Thanks NYC...(other then wet feet) we have some incredible family memories.NYC at Christmas...off the bucket list :) Thanks again for all your help!!!