We recently returned from our first trip to New York. To give a bit of background we are a married couple from the UK in our early 30s. I didn't ask many questions on the forum but I read it every day and found a lot of info.
Wednesday - we took a Delta / KLM codeshare flight from our local airport with a 2 hour lay over in Amsterdam. The flight and connections were fine. I was a bit worried about our luggage making the connection but no problems there. The Delta flight reminded me a lot of the now defunct Zoom airlines if anyone on here remembers them i.e. no frills but otherwise fine. We were only slightly late arriving at JFK and we got through customs in around 30 minutes. It was pretty funny when the official thought my hubby was born in Thailand....Bangor Wales does not equal Bangkok Thailand!! We took the airtrain and subway and finally arrived at our hotel around 5 pm. We got a bit lost when we came out of Canal St. station but a friendly local stopped to help us (typical of many people we met on our trip). We were staying at the Hampton Inn SoHo (a recommendation by NYwhiz) which turned out to be a great choice. I'll write a full review later but free WiFi, breakfast and complimentary tea/coffee and cookies were bonuses. We were tired when we arrived so we unpacked, nipped around the corner to the Vandam diner for a bite to eat, then had an early night.
Thursday - we were awake early so after breakfast we bought our 7 day metrocards and headed uptown to the Intrepid museum. We had booked on the Concorde tour which worked out well as the weather was miserable. We would highly recommend the tour, as well as the museum and hubby loved it too. After we had finished up at the museum the weather had cleared up, so we grabbed a hot dog then went for a stroll around midtown, taking in Times Square, Rockerfeller, St Patrick's cathedral, library, Grand Central, Macys and ESB. We were going to go up TOTR but the guy on the door said leave it until another day as the visibility was poor. We headed back to the hotel for a rest. That evening we ate out in an Italian restaurant, Aurora, which was a short walk from the hotel. We had good food and there was a nice cosy atmosphere.
Friday - we headed downtown this time to lower Manhattan as we had 10 am tickets for the 9/11 memorial. Most people there were respectful although there were a few groups of tourists who were giggling and posing for group shots which I hate. We had a bit of time before our 1 pm statue cruise so we visited St Paul's Chapel which wad incredibly moving. It really brought home the personal loss, with the photos, the fireman's boots etc. We stayed there a while to reflect before wandering down Wall St, past the Federal building, the bull, Bowling Green, then we grabbed a quick lunch at Cafe Deli Plaza near Battery Park. It didn't take too long to get through security before boarding the ferry. We didn't bother getting off the boat at Liberty Island, we took a few photos from the boat, instead we went straight to Ellis Island which was fascinating. I never knew 'the sound of music' was a true story! After arriving back at Battery Park and watching an impromptu dance show we headed back to the hotel for a rest.
That evening we had a reservation at Tribeca Grill, again we walked there from the hotel. Both the food and service were excellent and the wine list wad amazing. I couldn't quite finish my main but I was saving room for desert.
To be continued...