In preparation for my family's trip across in September, 4th - 9th, I've been drawing up an outline of what we might do each day, trying to group things together for ease etc, and would love any feedback/suggestions or even criticism to help make things go smoothly ......
4th Sept: We dont arrive from the UK till 2.40pm, so imagine that by the time we get from JFK to the LES, it'l be 4.30/5pm, we'll perhaps just settle in, take a stroll and find somewhere to eat/drink locally, we'll be bushed i'm sure.
Then we have 4 full days, which i'm planning as follows, - in no particular order......
911 Memorial & Museum - 3/4hrs ?
Statue Cruises to see Ellis & Liberty Isl. - possibly Pedestal too, Crown visits full :-(
Battery Bark too ?
Grand Central Station (30 mins ?)
Times Square 1hr ?
Central Park - + Bikes...... 2/3hrs ?
Rockafella Centre + TOTR perhaps at Dusk......7pm.
- but perhaps we've got time for a lot more too that day ?
Day3. (- have applied for a Big Apple Greeter for this day hopefully......)
Lower East Side exploration - are the 'Free Tours by Foot Co' any good ?
Little Italy/ Chinatown.
Subway to Brooklyn - explore Dumbo & Brookly Park - great views ??
Walk back across the Brooklyn Bridge - again good 'Free !' Views of skyline.....
& Day 5 - we have until perhaps 4pm before we fly home.....
Other things to pack in ?
Meatpacking District ?
The High Line ? - worth doing ? Says 3hrs , but only 1mile long ?
Financial District/ Wall St - is there much to actually see apart from lots of sharp suits !?
Harbour Cruise all the way round manhattan ?
Staten Island ? I've seen comments that unless you're going for a reason, just take the ferry there & back ?
I'd imagine with busy days, by the time we've refreshed back at our digs, some of the nights we'll just stay locally in the Lower East Side, which seems to have a great choice of places to East & Drink ?
We wont be eating elaborately, - would just like to find good honest food at reasonable costs, perhaps the standard Pizza/Mexican/Steak/Pastrami & Beer kind of places, without ommitting the Classic US Burger somewhere along the way.....or 2 !
What have I missed out or am planning wrong ? :-)