-'cos you can never have too many! I loved reading others so thought another take on how to spend your first ever 5 days in NYC might be of interest to others.
We LOVED NYC, like so many before us, even though my husband at least was dubious beforehand. We were accompanied by my 20 yo daughter. We found New Yorkers, especially those in the service industries who naturally we encountered the most as tourists, so friendly and helpful and interested in what we thought and where we came from and the city itself seemed so very accommodating for locals and tourists alike-brilliant subway system, tables and chairs in every square and vacant space to plonk in, wifi in all the parks, public artwork, excellent fresh food...OK I'll stop gushing-suffice my daughter now wants to work in NY if she can after she finishes her Uni studies.
I will post each day as a separate post. Day 1 Sun 3 July we flew in late arvo from LA having had a couple of days break to recover from the red-eye Pacific flight. Quick customs at JFK but bit of a wait for bags. Caught a taxi from the line but it was raining and the freeway was jammed so we all agreed he should rat run (as we call it in Aus) - saw some interesting views of Jamaica (I loved the Dutch-style houses) and Queens as we certainly twisted and turned our way around the streets! We stayed at Chelsea Pines Inn on 14th st and we can't say enough complimentary things about this place and the wonderful owner-operators and staff -see separate review.
After checking in we ducked out for a quick bite heading towards the river and came across Bills Burgers and Bar-ended up being pretty average burgers actually-but filled the spot and then wandered down to the river as the rain had eased. Saw our first misty glance at the SoL and then walked a stretch of the High Line til heavier rain drove us homewards for an early night. Had grand plans to come back and walk the length of the High Line as loved how they have landscaped this and the views down to the cross streets but regrettably ran out of time-story of the entire trip-ah well. Next time.