After much preparation & a few days via Honolulu to get over jet lag before we got here we arrived on Friday very early in the AM. The flight was on time and we were panicking because our ticket only allowed us 25 minutes to change planes in LAX. It was close but we made it as the gates were right next to each other. Phew....The steward on the Honolulu connection was surprised that we were allowed to book a connecting flight with that tight time frame. But all good so far! We got our bags fairly quickly & I rang the number for Dial 7 & waited for our pick up. And waited and waited! Finally after 50 mins the driver arrived, just as we started to load our bags into a cab. The driver said that they had been really busy & appears they overbooked. I was disappointed after all the good recommendations on this forum especially as there were tons of cabs lined up but we felt that we should wait as we had booked. When I rang to say we had landed they said it would be only 10 mins. Anyway, got to the hotel by 2am. Next morning there was a message from Big Apple Greeter to say that they could not accommodate our request for a greeter this Monday despite me booking in July. Again another disappointment but thankfully I was able to book a couple of walking tours with Free tours by foot. What a fantastic option. Just completed the all day one today covering Brooklyn. Our guide was Onel & he was great! In spite of reading all the warnings about making sure you had comfortable shoes & thinking I did, my feet were not talking to me after 6.5 hours on them. Still the pain was worth it. REALLY cold on the Brooklyn bridge, what a magnificent structure. Had dinner in Chelsea tonight at a cute Italian restaurant after we couldn't get into 'the meatball shop' which was nearby.What a great name :) oh forgot to mention that yesterday we walked Central Park in what felt like a blizzard. I DID say I wanted a white Xmas. Tomorrow we have a tour of Harlem scheduled. Time is going too fast already but thankfully we do have another 11 days. Well that's about it for me. Don't want to bore you all too much.