Just returned home from our exhausting but wonderful trip to NY. I am 65 and my daughter is 45 so we did rather a middle of the road thing to please both of us
Fri 20th April Landed form UK to JFK at 1.45pm, caught a cab at the flat rate (thank you) to our hotel Comfort Inn, Chrystie Street Chinatown.Dropped off our bags and walked along The Bowery which was the next srreet behind us. Had a coffee and was directed by a lovely and helpful assistant to the shopping area around Canal and Broadway. About 7pm realised that we didnt know where we were,at that point we hadn't looked at the map! Came across Little Italy and had a wonderful meal in the garden at Bonna Note. 5 mins to hotel and in bed for 9.30pm. We wanted an early start the next morning.
Up at 7am. Our hotel room was fine all mod cons and our room was overlooking Sara Roosevelt Park so we could watch the kids playing football etc. The hotel served a help yourself breakfast so after cereal, croissants and a coffee we headed out.to Grand St subway which was 2 mins away. Got our 7 day metro pass which saved us a fortune by the end of the holiday and as we knew we wanted to go uptown we headed to the platform. We decided we needed the B train, 3 D trains came which we let go, then as we were the only ones left on the station we thought that maybe we had got it wrong. The next D we got on and it took us where we wanted to be 42nd Street .That was our one and only mistake of the week after that we could get anywhere.
Decided to do a Downtown Tour and then an Uptown Tour so that we could see if we wanted to go back anyplace special. The Downtown was great, saw all the places of interest. Got off and went for lunch at the Food Market Deli. What a wonderful salad choose your own toppings, good for us as my daughter is a vegetarian.
The Uptown Tour was informative and we saw the districts we had only heard about, Harlem, Central Park, Dakota Building.
Did some shopping in Times Square, wanted to get a Central Perk mug but apparently not been around for about 3 years so grand daughter will be disappointed.
Went to Hardrock Cafe for a pick me up: The Rolling Stones 40 Licks tour red wine- comes highly recommended
Caught the subway on 42nd to 2nd Ave and walked back to hotel. Dropped off the shopping and headed out again at 9.30 for dinner.
I know New Yorkers dont rate Little Italy but we had all but one of our evening meals there and were never disappointed in the food, thw price or the service. Had lasagne at Vincents and it was good.
It started to rain whilst we were in there so had to make a dash for hote only 5mins away but we were soaked. Knew we should have packed an umbrella. !!!!
Took the subway to Tmes Square started to rain slightly so decided to do Rockefeller Centre on the tour bus as we knew it passed by the what we didn't know was that it was almost the last stop. We sat in our yellow plastic rain macs for 30 mins till we were so cold and wet we had to get off. Bloomingdales was right there so we went in. Passing by the cosmetic counter we were stopped by a young lady who gave us a make over. very nice.
Took the subway to Rockefeller, had lunch and then went to go up to the Top of the Rock only to be told that visibility was nil.
Wanted a shopping day so decided we may as well do Macy's. Only managed 4 of the 9 floors we couldnt walk any more. Got a bargain of a dress in the sale reduced from $179 to $71 so worth it.
Wanted a drink but couldnt find a bar perhaps because it was Sunday, it was still raining so went back to hotel. showered and changed and went out 9.30 to eat. The rain was lashing down and the roads were like rivers. Ate and then went back at 11.30 and went to bed hoping that the next day would be drier.
Out at 9.30.Had our timed passes for the 9/11 memorial at 11.30 so made our way on foot to Cortland Street. Very moving place, it was so sad to see al the names of the victims and also the women and unborn children. People had put flowers by some names and I wonder if they are the relatives.
Left there abd had a coffee in an Irish bar on Broadway before making our way to the Statten Island ferry and our first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. Did the round trip and then went to a deli for a salad lunch box.
Did a tour of the Financial District, saw the bull, photo opportunity.
Caught the subway to the Meatpacking district and walked the Highline Park from W12th to the end on W20th.
Made our way back to the hotel at 4.30 as we had a restaurant booked for 8pm in the West Village a Mothers day present from my son. One if by Land, Two if by Sea which was the signal for when the British invaded what was then New Amsterdam .
The restaurant was lovely, subdued lighting a pianist playing softly and the staff were very friendly. The food was to die for. I had fried belly of pork, beef wellington and rhubarb cheesecake. A very nice man at the bar escorted us to a cab stand and we made our way back to the hotel at midnight.
Left hotel at 10am Subway to 47th to Rockerfeller. Got ticket for 11.25 so went round the shops in the Plaza till it was time. What an amazing view. So glad I went up I was really frightened at the thought of being 70 floors up but it was something I will remember for ever. The view over Central Park and the Empire State, Manhatten and the river. Wonderful.
Left at 1.00 for lunch at Planet Hollywood but not the enjoyable experience we thought it would be. It was like eating in an amusement arcade but the food was ok although the air con made it cold before we were halfway through.
Had a walk back to Macy's but were not in shopping mode so went to our favourite bar Hardrock where we stayed and listened to the best music ever till we caught the subway downtown and had our usual Italian.
Last day so got up very early and packed. Checked out of hotel.
Went to Chinatown and had a walk around. Yes we did go with the lady on the street corner although we would noit have dared if we had not read about it on here. Very secretive and we had to follow her to a shop which had a false door in the wall, a secret passage and then lo and behold a room full od American ladies all buying bags too. Got 2 Gucci copies for $40 each so we were moreb than happy.
Took the subway to mcy's (again) to get a souvenir shopping bag then lunch at a deli off Times Square. Called in at hardrock for a last drink.
Back to hotel at 3.45 ready to be collected by Dial7 (another thank you) to go to the airport for 5.20 ready for our flight back to the UK at 7.20.
Although I made a list of places to go I only realised when i got home that I missed Grand Central Station and that was a place I really wanted to see.
Still always another time as they say.
Thanks to every one who answered my original post, we had good feedback and enjoyed every minute of our stay.