I've realised that I posted originally on the New York forum not New York City, sorry.
We're a family of 4 (children 14 and 11) visiting NYC for two nights at the beginning of August. I'd really appreciate it if someone could look at my itinerary and see if I'm being realistic. We want to see the iconic sights of New York that we've seen in our favourite films and TV programmes.
We arrive at EWR at 12.15 on Friday 1st and our travel agent has already organised transport to our hotel, The Giraffe (in NOMAD?). We are booked onto a New York TV and Movie Sights Tour on Saturday 11am -3pm, and also have tickets for the Empire State Building. We fly from EWR at 14.45 on Sunday so I assume we'll need to be getting a taxi at about 12.00 -12.15.
On the Friday I was thinking about doing the return trip on the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty at about 3-4pm then going on to the 9/11 Museum for about 5pm. I need to book tickets once I've finalised my itinerary.
A lot of Saturday is taken up with the tour, which finishes at 3pm, I think at the bar from How I Met Your Mother, so I thought about either shopping afterwards (Bloomingdales / Macy's / is it FAO Schwartz in Home Alone 2?) or alternatively we could go into Central Park for a couple of hours. I thought of trying to eat at Ellen's Starburst Diner then walking back through Times Square. Would later on Saturday night be a good time to go up the Empire State? Or too busy?
We only have about 3 hours on Sunday Morning so we could go to Central Park then instead then have brunch. Or would that be a better time to go up the Empire State? Because our time is short I really want to minimise queuing time.
Also, at any time are we near enough to the Empire Diner or Katz deli to allow us to get a snack there (if either place does snacks)? I can't get a handle on some traveling times. We'll try to use the subway where possible but I don't know how long it takes to change lines.