Hello there and Happy Thanksgiving to the NYC regulars. Have been reading quite a few of the Top questions, and a few pages of the forum posts before posting.
We're a family of 4 including 2 teen boys visiting around Christmas. We've been there before when the kids were young and I don't think they remember much. I've been there many times but on work and one hardly gets time to see the sites. Our teens are into sporting activities, one of them will go to see the closed doors of Citi Field for obvious reasons -- wished they had holiday tours.
In any case we're there for 6 days staying at a mid-town hotel and will visit the usual touristy sights. Have booked Wicked and looking at Spiderman perhaps, our dinner restaurants are set and we are just waiting for some of the reservations to open 30 days in advance. That's the background Here is my dilema
we are city dwellers used to walking around, taking buses and streetcars but we consider 30 degrees to be freezing so we're wondering what the best way would be to visit the touristy places for an overview. Here in SF, we suggest people do a highlight tour and then check out the places they want to spend time in. We are getting the metro card so we will go around most of the days by bus or train. here are my questions
1) It may be cold by our standards 25 or 30 degrees will be cold so would you suggest using the HO/HO tours (we've read the reviews) or one of those half day guided tours to see Manhattan and Brooklyn ? If so which ones ones do the regulars see here often as the better ones ? I can see us freezing as we wait 30 mins for a HOHO and not looking forward that ?
2) We specifically chose Christmas day to visit the 911 Memorial and we're looking for a lunch spot relatively close by with a regular menu -- we'll would have pigged out with many pre-fixe dinners by then - we just won't be able to eat another one. i know my family ? Any suggestions around that area. We've checked out eater and opentable -- we saw bouley but it just has a pre-fix.
3) As it is not baseball season, where can we take our sons to see anything Mets related ?
4) Besides the great museums, central park, The Rock, SOL cruise given its closure, christmas lights, are there any other places, sites that regulars take their teens during the holidays ?
Thanks so much for all your help in advance.Edited: 21 November 2012, 16:56