I am generally a lurker on these boards, over the last couple of weeks I have picked up quite a few tips and I just wanted to make sure 1) everything on my itinery was do-able, and 2) any other things that I might be able to build in.
It will be my 4th time in NYC (1994; 2005; 2009) and my other half's 2nd visit, this time my 12 year old daughter will also be coming with us. I know that the City has changed over the years, we are not that fussed about doing things that we've previously done - I'm quite excited to see my daughters reaction to the city. I also have family in upstate NY, the Bronx and New Jersey, so it will be nice for evryone to meet up.
I asked my daughter what she most wants to do and she said - go to Central Park; visit the statue of Liberty and eat Chinese out of a box (which I thought was quite funny as this is something that is readily available in the UK!!)
We arrive in to Newark just before 12 on the 22nd, this time we have opted to get the Newark Airport Express to Port Authority - hopefully this should be okay roadworks permitting! - any recent experiences of this would be welcome. Followed by a short walk to our hotel (the Belvedere) - we wanted to stay near to Times Square (but not right on top of it).
I 'm hoping we will have dropped our bags off to the hotel no later that 3pm. The plan is to go and explore and hit some of the shops on our list - B&H Photo; Macy's; Converse; Niketown; Abercrombie; M&M world (just to see) - we're going to get the M&M's and a crate of water from Duane Reade. We are not into fancy desinger brands just functional everyday wear - so any other suggestions will be most welcome.
We plan to grab a snack from Shake Shack (daughters request!) before heading back to the hotel for an early night.
Breakfast at the 'Red Fame Diner'
Top of the Rock (already booked) - Both of us have done the ESB before and the queues were a killer so we decided not to go through that again!)
Walk across town to catch a water taxi from Pier 79 - stay on until Brooklyn.
Visit Juliana's for pizza before walking back ober the Brooklyn Bridge toward Manhatten
No plans for the rest of the afternoon/evening - but suggestions are most welcome!
Breakfast at George's (Greenwich St)
Tickets to SoL pedestal / Ellis Island - 11am - Tried to get earlier but they were all gone, I'm hoping that it won't be too crazy down there - not sure whether it being Memorial weekend it will be quieter or busier?
Visit 9/11 memorial - this is something that we have all grown up with, I can remember going up to the observation deck in WTC back in 1994 and on 9/11 trying frantically to contact family members who worked there - so we feel it is important to go and pay our respects as a family.
Hard Rock cafe reservation for dinner (daughters request!)
Go early to Grand Central Station - grab something for breakfast on the way
Catch the Metro North Hudson Line to Cortlandt for a big family BBQ - I'm quite excited about this as some of my cousins I haven't seen since 1994.
Grab some breakfast before meeting for the 'Free Tours by Foot' Soho, Little Italy & China Town Tour - this is something neither one of us have done before so quite looking forward to it.
Hopefully we'll be able to get some Chinese in a box for my daughter!! (again any suggestions most welcome)
Central Park in the afternoon
Dinner at Tony's Di Napoli
No plans as yet - but suggestions most welcome
Our flight is at 19:20 so we would want to leave no later than 3pm for the airport (hopefully avoiding rush hour). We are undecided about whether to get to bus back to Newark - I've read some mixed reviews about the return journey - so any thoughts would be welcome.
The other option is to ask to concierge to arrange a car - presumably the cost should be on par with Dial-7??
I don't think we are going to do anymore that 13 journey's on the subway each (as we'd prefer to walk) so we were going to get one pay as you go Metro card for all of us and just load it up initially with $50 - does this sound okay?
Well that's it - any suggestion, tips would be most welcome! I will also post a trip report on my return.