Quick travel diary in case it helps anyone.
We didn't post much to the forum but read all the advice a lot. Thank you for all the kind posts with great NYC advice.
Trip was mid Jan to early Feb 2014.
3 friends mid 20s to early 30s.
Left kids and hubbies at home.
All flew from Bris to NYC separately. One via Korea. No complaints from any route. Met at Airport and shared Taxi to UWS accom 'Beacon Hotel'. Loved this place. Staff so friendly, suite had lots of room & great location.
Late night drinks and cocktails at Brother Jimmy's BBQ. Cheap and yummy.
First morning woke to snow. Excitement plus for 3 girls who just flew from 37 degrees Celsius in Qld. Went shopping for suitable boots and jackets. Then went on an epic trip amidst Polar Vortex weather to see the Daily Show taping. Had to take cover at a few bars and diners along the way, and had to line up in the snow for almost an hour. Show was hilarious though and we all loved it. Shopped our way back going a lot nuts in Sephora and just enjoying seeing NYC at night in the snow.
Next day woke early for a jog but was just way too cold so had to stop instead for hot chocs and coffees! Did some more exploring and eating around the UWS and then made a mistake on the subway and ended up in Queens. Made our way back and couldn't get into any restaurants around Lincoln Centre without booking so had drinks and treats at Epicerie Boulud instead (holy yum!). Went to the Ballet at the Lincoln Centre to see Jewels. Was so amazing. We managed to get $29 seats a few months earlier, and although the seats were not together, it didn't matter as the show was breathtaking. We met some lovely locals too sitting apart and got some great tips for week ahead for making the most if NYC in the snow.
Next day we were up early and headed out to climb to the head of the Statue of Liberty (pre-booked tickets). It was beyond freezing. The climb was really special though. That night went to watch the Rangers play at Madison Square Garden. Was a total highlight for me. Sat next to some awesome locals and got into the game. Ice hockey makes Aussie footy look like ballet. Tip for Madison Square Garden, take your passport if you want beers. They do not accept our Aussie drivers licences for 18+ ID. Had beers at the Flying Puck sports bar up the road. Waitresses were terrible but still a fun place to drink on game night.
Next day off to Museum of Natural History. Was unreal and we all loved it. One of us went back 3 times the next week! Lunch at Shake Shack was amaze. Peanut butter shake was to die for. Got makeup done at Sephora and headed to Daniel for dinner (thanks to suggestion here on Forum!) It was a total splurge for us but totally memorable. Food was like nothing else we gave ever eaten and the service really special. Then headed to Mandarin Oriental for a cocktail and on to Empire Hotel for dancing.
Next day went for a lovely look at Plaza Hotel and had High Tea there. We all loved it and just adored the hotel. The snow covering Central Park this night was so pretty.
Next day, got up early to compete in New York Road Runners Fred Lebow Half Marathon. Had pre-booked entry before leaving Aus. Race was 21km so 2 and a half laps of Central Park. Temp was so low sitting around minus 8-11 degrees C, so the absolute coldest ever raced in for us. But it was the BEST way to see Central Park!