First and foremost a big thank you to everybody who posts here. I used this forum to plan our trip and had all my questions answered. Initially we had planned to stay in an apartment in Brooklyn Bed Stuy, but changed our plans after strong advice on the forum.
We are a family of 6, mam, dad, 16yo, 12yo, 9yo sons and 14yo daughter, also my mother 79yo came with us. The reason for this trip was my husband had a life long wish to march in the St Patricks day parade, so we combined this with a family holiday. The first hiccup was before we left when I realised that the St Patricks Day Parade was on Monday 17th and not on the Saturday as my OH had told me when we booked the flights, consequently we were booked to travel home on March 17th late flight. It was too late and expensive to change. Also originally my mother was not travelling but decided to come when her 83yo friend told her she was heading to Australia, she reckoned she could manage 6 hours on a plane if her friend could handle the trip down under. so we ended up heading to New York on March 10th-17th, staying in The Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square. We used last minute travel club to book the hotel and got a good deal.