Thank you to all who gave me the fantastic advice for my family's trip 22-28
October - it was really helpful and added to the build up. Brooklyn Mel; Cocklegrove; Red White and Blue; and Queens Boulevard - you are so kind and knowledgeable I can't thank you enough.
It was our first trip and an 18th birthday surprise for our son.
I laughed out loud when we approached manhattan in a yellow cab (avoided the touts as advised!) - when I saw the sign for Queens Boulevard - reminded me of trip advisor!
Our days briefly included
China Town, Statue of Liberty Crown which was incredible, passed by the sphere and paid our respects. That evening had great meal at Ninja - magic show and special 'fire' dishes were a big hit with our teenagers (and us!).
Day 2; Macys - blown away with the view of empire state when we emerged from the subway. Then back to china town and Wooster Ink where my 18 year old spent all his birthday money on a much awaited tattoo - great group of people. The shop was spotless and he is delighted with his tattoo - we get the show in England and he had photos taken with the artists. Had a Chinese in a cafe/supermarket place but can't remember the name. Then back to base wash n brush up then times square and how to succeed - would highly recommend, in fact the best show we've ever seen - we still occasionally break into song 'if I can't take my coffee break.......' ha ha!
Day 3 - Top of the Rock 10.30 am pre booked on Internet, no queue - can't describe the feeling when we emerged from the lift - unbelievable, in fact we had considered a helicopter ride on this trip but didn't need to - view from here was awesome and you could stay as long as you wanted. Had frozen yoghurt in NBC store which we'd never had before - lovely! Saw Ice skaters, went to Fao Swartz and bought a snow glove from saks - walked back along Park Avenue to Bedford Hotel. Then out again to Times Square that evening where we met some friends from Uk.
Went to the memorial which we felt was very respectfully done, said some prayers, filled up with tears many times. We paid our deepest respects to all those involved.
Went to Federal Reserve and did the tour which I would highly recommend - saw the gold bars!!
Nipped into Century 21 which was madness!! Then walked through occupy wall street - what an experience, our boys-loved it! Then exhaustion Took over and my planned Brooklyn bridge walk was boycotted by our boys - can't say I blame them we were worn out - went back to base for an early night. And enjoyed watching the news about occupy wall street!
Day 5. - hired a car and drove to Nazareth to do the Martin Guitar Factory tour - trip was superb and we loved Nazareth. So different to NYC, great to see the houses decked out for Halloween. Then back to NYC, quick rest then times square Bubba Gump which was a good meal then madame toussauds (I know!); and finally empire state at 11.00 pm to see new York in lights - again unbelievable, who needs a helicopter ride?!
Last day up and out to Central Park had a snack at Tavern on the Green, being from Liverpool wanted to see Dakota and Strawberry Fields, saw the skaters and Bethesda Fountain and had a hot dog, it was wonderful and the colours were starting to change for fall. Got a Manicure on the way back and left for
the airport at 4!
We loved the subway and the random singers who appeared, the steam coming from the man holes, the taxi's and NYPD, the hooting of horns; the cheap deli's with great food, the chilli dogs from the vendors, the New York accents the sky scrapers and the different feel of neighbourhoods.
Most of all the fantastic people of New York who were wonderful - we felt safe and welcome - the Best holiday ever - and more so thanks to this site.
New York we you!!