Thanks to everyone on TA for always being so helpful, and patient.
I just got back from my trip and I am exhausted!
My son and I traveled by bus from Montreal to NYC, and were lucky to get new, clean buses each way. There were no delays at the border.
Once in NYC, we walked the few blocks to our hotel, the POD 39 on E39th and Lexington ave. I posted a review of the hotel.
Since we arrived early in the morning, our room was not ready, but we had expected that. We freshened up, stored our luggage, ate a hearty breakfast at Scotty's diner ,bought our 7 day subway pass, and headed off to Brooklyn to visit the flea market.
The weather was brutally hot and humid, but we were able to buy water bottles from street vendors. The flea was amazing, so much to see and buy. By noon it was jam packed with shoppers, and we really liked the Brooklyn vibe.As my son said, it felt like home.
Next, we got on the subway and went to the movie prop store on President st. Fun , interesting store, got a lot of pics.
We then headed over to DUMBO, and wandered around the area, enjoying the incredible view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. As it was Saturday, there were several bridal parties having their photos taken. We got some ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, and attempted to eat it before it melted and dripped down the cone. Boy was it hot!!!! We decided to take the East Side Ferry back to 34th st. which was a great way to relax and cool off a bit.
Our plans for the evening included a comedy show at UCB, wondering around LES, and stopping in at the Meatball Shop for a delicious meal. Again, love the vibe of the nabe.
Day 2: Stuffed from eating bagels, cream cheese and lox at the Bagel Express on Lexington, around the corner from the hotel, we headed over to Williamsburgh to visit the flea market. The breeze off the river helped a bit to cool off, from the again brutal temperatures. We shopped, listened to some street musicians, ate Maple Bacon cupcakes as an appetizer( I am a Canadian afterall), followed by an amazing lobster roll and plenty of water. My son had the sausage/hotdog. Both incredibly yummy. We again wandered around, taking in the sights and sounds of the area.
Next we headed over to the Seaport, as we had tickets for the SpeedBoat. We had a great time, got soaked, and got great pics with the crew. We ate supper at a nearby restaurant, Il Porto,I think.............worst service, rip off prices, including a 16% tip automatically added to the bill(we were only a party of 2).
Day 3:Breakfast at Delmonico's. I love the idea of food stations, great prices, and big portions. Coney Island!!!!!! Nathan's, Wonder Wheel, SKEEBALL, Freak Show, and the beach. Great day!!!! Enough said!!!!
Purchased advance tickets to Speigelworld:Empire, and loved the show!! Raunchy, entertaining, athletic!! Times Square for some people watching,shopping, as well stopped to get some burgers at Five Guys!!! Those are the juiciest burgers I have ever eaten!!
Day 4: Breakfast at Galaxy Diner. Good food, quick service. My son is into history and war stuff, so next on the agenda was the Intrepid Museum. Even with purchasing advance tickets, the lines were quite long, but well worth the wait. Educational, fun experience.
Shopping in Soho, with a planned visit to the Volcom store, as my daughter gave me a list of items to purchase. Mission accomplished. Tired from shopping, we stopped in at Lombardi's for an excellent meal of traditional bruschetta and pizza. The added meatball toppings were to die for. I never tasted anything so delicious before. Service was impeccable!! Walked around the side streets, found a Steve Madden outlet kind of store and got an amazing deal, 3 pairs of boots for $80!!!!, and then caught a movie at the AMC theatre on 42 ave.
Day 5: Sony Wonder Lab,Pax Wholesome Foods for breakfast, Rockefeller Plaza, Top of the Rock, Lego store, 5th ave, Lord and Taylor, Dumplings in Times Square.
As for the evening, we saw "Silence:The Musical" at Elekta theatre on 8th ave. Great seats!! Plus, it was hilarious. Ate at SHAKE SHACK.......once again yummy, yummy!
Last day: Checked out of hotel, stored bags. We made one last trip to LES to visit the Essex st Market, and eat at the Shopsin's General Store, a small kiosk with limited seating, and an extensive menu. We sat at the counter, and finally decided on Mac'Cheese pancakes, and Tiger Paws. We washed everything down with a Mocha Nutella milkshake served in an old fashioned tin cup. All I can say is creatively delicious. We even got to chat up the owner.
Last minute shopping at Economy Candy, best candy store ever,back to Soho, designer cupcakes by Melissa, Dean and Deluca,and walking all the way up to Union Square.
We returned to the hotel, got our bags , and grabbed a taxi to the Port Authority.
We didn't get to visit Queens, but you know how we "forget" things, as a way of returning somewhere. I'm sure we will be back soon.
People of NYC were always helpful, and really do love giving directions.We were lucky one day and met a family from NJ/Australia who sold us their Top of the Rock tickets for $25(half the cost). Best buy is the unlimited subway pass......a real life saver. Only used a taxi a couple of times(during rain storm, and getting to the Port Authority). We ate well and cheap this time around, averaged $25/meal for the two of us. Goldstar saved us money too, for tickets to the various activities we attended. All in all, a great vacation. Thanks NYC!!!