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I have been to NYC several times and decided to surprise my daughter who has never been and take her for her 18th birthday to do a little shopping. I let her invite a friend to bring along as well. We are not wealthy by any means and wanted to get the most bang for our buck and we certainly did on this visit!
We flew in on Friday afternoon into LGA. We were supposed to fly into JFK, but our airline was delayed and overbooked and offered for volunteers to take another flight that would arrive at the same time- so since we were not checking bags we gave up our 3 seats. We arrived around 145- jumped into a taxi and were at our hotel by 215 or so. Taxi was $28 with tip.
Checked into the hotel right away- Hampton Inn SOHO- Staff was so welcoming and friendly and I appreciated that especially since I work for Hamptons and get a substantial discount. Many times when I am traveling on an employee rate I receive less than desirable service and rooms. This was not the case and we had adjacent rooms on the 16th floor and they could not have been more accomodating.
After getting settled we decided to head to TS before getting our Rush tickets for Fuerza Bruta at 6pm. We walked around and they some shopping at Forever 21 and a few other places. Enjoyed the sights and loved seeing her face as she was amazed at every turn. She was just overwhelmed in a good way.
Headed down to Union Square to get in line for tickets- there were already a handful of people in line and we arrived a few minutes before 6. They said they would sell 30 Rush tickets that night. We got our tickets and by this time the girls were starving and tired and did not care where we ate- so we walked across to Heartland Brewery. I had a nice wheat beer and fish and chips which was really very good. Service was good- and the server apologized when it came time to deliver our check and said the computers were down and had to ask what we had to eat to ring up the check. No problem- things happen and she returned and comped one of the entrees! Totally unexpected and appreciated!
Headed to Fuerza Bruta and they really did not know what to expect. It was a great show- full of energy and perfect for teenagers.
Went back to the hotel and crashed ready to get a full day on the next day...Part 2 to follow