Hi, I'll be traveling for the first time to NYC and I wanted to see as much as I could in the 9 days I will be there.
Here is what I have in my itinerary. Please be honest, is this unrealistic as far as how much I have planned?
Sat. June 28 - Arrive at LGA; take public transit to Grand Central Station; lunch; check-in at hotel; NY public library; Times Square
Mon. June 30 - Early trip to Carlo's bakery in Hoboken; Museum of Natural History; meet up with friends
Tues. July 1 - Early walk in Central park; the Met; 9/11 Memorial and museum in the late afternoon
Wed. July 2 - TKTS; Broadway matinee show; Union Square and Greenmarket; concert in Central Park
Thurs. July 3 - Ferry day; trip to Staten island then to governors island; dance party in the evening
Fri. July 4th - I have blocked this entire day off for the fireworks show. I'd like to get a good seat off near the Brooklyn bridge. Is this necessary, you think?
Sat. July 5 - Cloisters; Galleries and dinner in Chelsea Market; Greenwich Village
Sun. July 6 - Breakfast and check out of hotel; fly out of LGA.
Notes: not all meals I've planned, obviously. I figured I'd live off of food trucks and whatever is nearby. The theme of my trip is cultural but inexpensive. I have no desire to pay to see tops of buildings so SOL, TOTR and ESB are not really something I'd like to do.
1. Do you think this is all doable? I'm concerned about lines and wait times.
2. On my last day, I have to check out at 11 and leave at 4:30 in the afternoon. About how much time should I give myself to get to LGA from Grand Central? I thought of visiting Queens or somewhere close to the airport, but what could I possibly do with bags I'll have to lug around? Suggestions?
3. While I don't want to see SOL, I am on the fence about Ellis Island. How long would it take to visit? Is it worth it? I heard Hurricane Sandy kinda messed it up. Would an 8:30 - 11 trip be enough time?
Thank you for all of your help!