My husband and I will be in NYC the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Our flight (not purchased yet) lands around noon-ish if all goes as planned, at LGA. The plan is to take a taxi to our hotel (Conrad) and check our luggage at minimum unless we are fortunate enough to do a full check in.
Three things on my "must do" list:
See the 9/11 Memorial (and hopefully the museum will be open by then)
See the SOL decently close - no need to do a pedestal/crown tour on this trip perhaps via the free Staten Island Ferry
See Times Square
Ideally, if I can work it in:
Top of the Rock
I know it's ambitious --and very ambitious on a holiday weekend. But is this possible? We can stay out as late as we want. We have to be at the airport the next morning at 8am for an 11am flight to South Africa. I am thinking after we check into the hotel (or drop/check bags) -- we do the museum first. It's close, closes fairly early, and if we only drop our bags, we can swing back by the hotel to check after we are finished.
After that, I say we walk (it is walkable, right...like 20 minutes or so???) to Battery Park and take the ferry to Staten Island. Get off so I can get some good pictures (hopefully) of the skyline and the SOL. Not spend much time there and board the next ferry back.
From there I say we take the Subway to Times Square. OR should we stop off in Little Italy and/or China Town first before Manhattan? And where does Top of The Rock fit in? I know I need to buy tickets for it, so I am trying to time this out. I have read much of the info on the Subway--and can likely put 2 and 2 together later if needed. But if anyone has recommendations on which location I visit first, if you could also tell me which Subway station and line/train? to use ---that would be helpful. If not, I can sort through the map and figure that out likely.
I am not sure on timing or how to ensure I get on the right place at the Subway (or right train? line?) I know there is also specific terminology that I am not recalling at this time, and I apologize if I am not saying it correctly. Then finally, we will need to return to the Conrad after that journey. And somewhere along the way, we will need to eat dinner. We aren't packing fancy clothes -so we will need a place we can get good food and drinks --but dress casual.
I appreciate all your input :)