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“6 day city trip in the best city of the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of New York City

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Antwerp, Belgium
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41 reviews
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“6 day city trip in the best city of the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2009

Hi, we are Suzanne and Joe, a Belgian couple from Antwerp, and this review is about our 1 week vacation in New York City in August 2009. We hope you find here some useful insights to plan your own trip. I could not find the time until now in December to post this review, and some of the exhibitions and shows are not current, but you can easily replace them by similar events at the same locations.

NYC is really wonderful!!! Most of the things we did, we planned thru reading our travel guide (we used Trotter), or by browsing the magazine Time Out NY (“TONY”) and the NYC free weekly magazine The Village Voice (“The Voice”). The latter can also be consulted via their excellent website http://www.villagevoice.com. TONY also has a website (http://newyork.timeout.com), but in their case, the paper magazine seems to have more information then the website. By using these 3 sources, we were able to spend our time at a mix of the classic tourist spots, and at things the New Yorkers would do (or at least we thought they would do…).

Overall, we had a super great vacation, and we would certainly recommend that you follow our footsteps. But don’t forget your credit card and cash!!! Some things like shopping and eating are really cheap compared to Europe, but some of the fun stuff, cost a lot of money... :(

Most of our time we spend in Manhattan, one of the 5 NYC boroughs, and where most of the action is, but we also set foot ashore in Queens, one of the other NYC boroughs. We will indicate with *’s what were the high points. *** means “not to be missed”, ** means “worth the detour”, and * means “worth of noting”. If there is nothing, well… then don’t bother ;). Success, and enjoy the reading!

Wednesday August 5

Arrived in Newark Airport around 12.30 PM. Newark Airport is much more convenient then JFK, closer to Manhattan and faster to get there. Customs are a pain in the [--]: mug shot, finger prints, questions about what you’re coming to do,… Luggage came relatively fast, waiting lines for taxis were none when we arrived, and there was almost no traffic, so we were in Manhattan at 2pm! For the first 3 nights, we had a room booked at Hotel Gansevoort (***). The main reason we took this hotel, was that we saw in the guide it had a swimming pool at the rooftop. This indeed turned out to be a lovely spot. We were lucky with the weather, every day a nice 25ºC and sunny. Around happy hour, the pool and bar next to it, attracts a wide range of people, and is one of the hot spots of the Meatpacking District (***) where the hotel is located. This continues to be thru the rest of the night, to the extent that every night a waiting cue forms at the hotel entrance. Which gives you as a hotel guest a nice VIP feeling because you can bypass the cue when you show the hotel key .
After a shower we walked from the hotel (on 14th St & 9th Av) toward Union Square (**) following 14th St (*), one of the busiest cross streets of Manhattan, on the way lot’s of smaller shops, bars etc. on Union Square there is a fresh market 4 days a week, great atmosphere and good shopping on the market and the shops around. Barnes & Nobles (**) is a great bookstore there, you can take a book, take it with you to the café and read in it, and as long as you do not damage it, just bring it back where you took it…
From there we took the subway to 6th Av & 43rd St to live a first cultural moment on our trip and see the exhibition Avedon Fashion (***) in the International Center of Photography (**). Great pictures and I couldn’t resist buying the catalogue. Obviously as you read this review, the exhibition will have changed, so check TONY what’s on, but the place is recommended. Time for, so we headed towards 6th Av between 43rd & 44th St to the International Center of Photography (**) for one of the exhibitions there.
From there a walk to 8th Av and back to the hotel by subway, just in time to join the crowd at our rooftop for aperitif. For dinner, we had made reservation in Markt (*), a Belgian restaurant that serves great moules with Belgian fries, just to not feel to far away from home on the first night ;). After dinner we walked back to our hotel and had a last drink in one of the many bars in Meatpacking, and by 12 we were ready for bed, tired from the long trip. A promising half day to start.

Thursday August 6

We got up early around 8 and from the hotel took the subway downtown, to spend the morning in the Financial District (**). We started with a breakfast in one of the many bars you find there. Around that time, business people all over that buy a coffee, breakfast or lunch to take to their office. We continued at Ground Zero (*), the spot itself is just a construction warf, and nothing special, except that being at the place itself and the memory of what happened there, makes it worth of passing by. Right next to the construction, in Liberty St you will find the Tribute WTC Visitor Center (***), an impressive collection that testifies of the tragedy of 9/11. It opens at 10am, and count at least on one hour of visiting time.
From Ground Zero and Liberty St, we walked and headed for Wall Street (**), heart of the Capital Markets. Note the security all around, especially the anti-bomb-vehicle walls in the pedestrian zones! If you think about well in advance, and if you are an extremely organized planner, then think about requesting to take part in the Federal Reserve guided tour and visit the Gold Vault (**). There is typically a 3-4 week wait for tickets, so call once you've finalized your travel dates to secure your tickets, something we (unfortunately) did not do…
From Wall Street, we continued further down to cross Battery Park (**), the southern tip of Manhattan and a lovely place to take a cool breeze on a hot summer’s day. Note the monument The Sphere (*), that originally stood at the WTC, and was moved to Battery Park after being damaged but not destroyed in the 9/11 attack. In Battery Park, we walked to Clinton Castle (*) to take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty (**) and Ellis Island (***). It is one and the same ferry that stops at both locations, but because of the long waiting lines and our limited time, we decided not to visit the Statue of Liberty Island. The views from the ferry of Statue and the skyline of Manhattan (***) are impressive. The missing WTC is like a scar on a beautiful face… The museum at Ellis Island is a wonderful place to be and learn about the immigration of so many millions of people that arrived there in the past 2 centuries from all over the world! Count at least 2 hours there because the amount of information is overwhelming. The ferry goes like every 20 minutes, so easy to adjust the visit to your own needs.
Back at Battery Park, we took the subway to Canal St (*) to arrive in the middle of bustling China Town (***). After strolling for some time around the typical Chinese streets east of Columbus Park, doing some occasional shopping for sporting goods, shoes, electronics, sun glasses etc, we decided to take lunch there in one of the many Chinese restaurants. Most of them serve excellent food, for low prices. We lunched at Fuleen Seafood (**) in Division St, and had a great meal for not even 25 USD. We finished lunch around 4, the right time to move from China back to the old continent, by simply crossing Canal St at Mulberry St to arrive in Little Italy (**), the place to be to enjoy a latte or cappuccino on one of the terraces.
Walking further uptown we entered the area known as Lower East Side (*), once one of the less nicer parts of Manhattan. It has traditionally been known as a lower-class worker neighborhood and often as a poor and ethnically diverse part of NYC, there is also a Jewish community. Nowadays, the area offers a surprising mix of fancy boutique stores, small bars and restaurants, nice hotels and art galleries, as such making it one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan.
From Clinton St, we took a taxi back to the hotel, just on time to get there for the happy hour at the rooftop swimming pool. There couldn’t have been a better place that afternoon then at The Gansevoort’s rooftop (***), to enjoy a margarita in the setting sun, overlooking the Hudson River.
Since we had a quite heavy lunch earlier in China Town, we decided to skip dinner. We decided to go to a musical, and were lucky enough to secure tickets for Jersey Boys (***), the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Because – one again – we did not plan well in advance, we could only get very expensive premium tickets. You have excellent seats then – we were on row G – but with a little upfront planning, you can tickets a lot less expensive with still good visibility of the stage. The show itself was worth every penny, what a great spectacle, and certainly a recommendation and a first absolute top moment in our city trip.
After the show, we had a drink at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway. The hotel is famous for its high-tech elevators and atrium lobby rising 45 stories to The View (**), New York's only rooftop revolving restaurant.
From there we took a taxi back to our hotel area. We had some more drinks in one of the bars across the street, before getting back to the hotel. To find out that the swimming pool had now turned into a trendy club packed with party people!!! Quite a pleasant surprise :). We were able to escape around 2am, totally exhausted after a wonderful day and evening!

Friday August 7

Despite the jetlag, we did not make it to breakfast until 10am. It was a beautiful, sunny morning, so excellent conditions to have breakfast at Pastis (**) across the street from The Gansevoort at 9th Av on the corner with Little West 12th St. Around 11, we left to walk up to 6th Av to take a subway to get to midtown Manhattan. We got off at Penn Station, and made a short visit to the building right behind Penn Station, the NYC Post Office (*). Our main goal that day however, was to visit the Empire State Building (***). The 102nd floor observatory offers breathtaking views of NYC. You can visit during day and night, and while both moments offer spectacular view, the day views are unbeatable when the weather was as clear and sunny as we had. Once again, planning well in advance can save you the long waiting times, we spend more then 1.5 hours in the queue, so we did not finish until around 3pm.
From the Empire State, we took a taxi downtown to SoHo (**). Originally an industrial area, the neighborhood became associated in the 80s and 90s with arts and galleries. Since then, it became increasingly more famous for both shopping and restaurants, mainly clustered in the northern area of the neighborhood, along Broadway and Prince and Spring streets. The sidewalks in this area are crowded with tourists and with vendors selling jewelry, t-shirts, and other works. The southern part of SoHo, along Grand Street and Canal Street, retains some of the feel of the earlier days. There are even a few small factories that have managed to remain. Canal Street at SoHo's south boundary with Chinatown, contrasts with the former's posh shopping part in offering cheap imitation clothing and accessories.
From SoHo we started walking back to our hotel, crossing Greenwich Village (**), another Manhattan district, famous for its 60s hippie scene. The Village is still a lively area, although it lost its bohemian character. Second hand record shops and some bars are practically the only links where you might find some remains of that spirit. We passed by lovely Washington Square (**) where there is always some street performers entertaining the crowd.
Because it was getting late, and we did not have anything significant to eat since breakfast, we decided to pick one of the restaurants in our hotel area to have dinner. We were able to make late reservation at Paradou (**) at 8 Little West 12th St, to enjoy a superb French cuisine dinner. Without much energy left after another great day, we left the rooftop party in our hotel for what it was, and went to sleep around midnight.

Saturday August 8

Day 4 started around 9 at the Chelsea Market (**) on 9th Av between 15th & 16th St. Chelsea Market is an enclosed food court and shopping mall built within the former Nabisco cookies factory. The urban architecture is amazing, and so are the food stores especially the many exclusive bakeries and the impressive fresh fish and seafood market.
We then checked out from our hotel, to move from there to the Grand Hyatt (*) in midtown. We had decided to spend our 6 nights in 2 different hotels, mainly because of budgetary limitations :(. The Grand Hyatt is decent, well located, but there is hardly anything fancy about it, and the Gansevoort by far was the better hotel of the two (for a rate twice as high of course…).
After check-in, we visited Grand Central Station (***), right next to the Hyatt, NY’s main train station with an impressive architecture, famous from a.o. the shootout scene in The Untouchables and so many more movies. We then decided to spend the day dedicated to some “Sex-in-the-City”-style midtown shopping. We started at Bloomingdales (**) on Lexington Av between 59th & 60th St, and then walked west to famous 5th Av (***). We first walked up to the end on Central Park, at the corner is the beautiful Plaza Hotel (**), the ideal moment to take an early lunch in the hotel’s top restaurant The Oak Room (*). After lunch we continued in the downtown direction to stroll over 5th Av passing hopping in and out the stores. On a Saturday this is a great experience as many of them have DJ’s that bring you in the right mood. Some of the places can get quite crowded however, that’s a clear downside. On the way, you pass famous landmarks like Trump Tower (*), Rockefeller Center (*) and St. Patrick's Cathedral (*).
To end the afternoon with some culture, we visited the Museum of Modern Art, better known as the MoMa (***), at 11 West 53rd St. This is one of the top museums of the world, and besides the great permanent collection, there are always interesting exhibition that usually last a couple of months (at the moment of our visit, we could admire the works of James Ensor).
Around 5 we were back at the hotel to take a fast shower, and then took the subway to Long Island in Queens. Located at 25 Jackson Av at the intersection of 46th Av, you find there the MoMa branch P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (**). Every year in August, they organize the so-called Warm-Up (***) parties, where you can dance in P.S.1’s courtyard to the tunes of NYC’s hot DJs. We had a great party there, great music, ambiance, nice people, really fun to go out there. We took the opportunity to view the exhibition with picture from Jonathan Horowitz during the party.
Around 9, we left for Jackson Heights, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in NYC, and home to large numbers of South Asian, East Asian, South American immigrants, as well as a sizeable gay and lesbian population. At the moment we were there, most activity was closed however, so we did not stay and returned to midtown. We wanted to stay in the exotic atmosphere, and decided to look for a Mexican restaurant. That’s how we ended up in Mama Mexico (**), a great place at 244 East 49th St. Try the tequila shots! No surprise, we slept well that night…

Sunday August 9

What can you do better on a Sunday then go to church? And in NYC, this definitively means to go to a service in one of the churches in Harlem, NYC’s major African-American residential, cultural, and business center. There are various services you can pick from, but some of them are organized to accommodate visitors and tourists. We picked the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ at 132 West 116th St and attended the 11am service (***). Be prepared to arrive on time, say 10am to secure a good spot. You have the option to attend the service downstairs, mixed with the locals, or upstairs on the balcony, a place occupied by tourists only. If you attend downstairs, the condition is that you do not leave the service before it ends, in order not to disturb. We decided to stay downstairs, and indeed the experience was very intense. Great singing, great preaching, socializing with the locals, ... We immediately felt at ease and part of the community. For the first time in my life, I spend 3 (!!) hours in church without being bored a moment.
When we got out around 1pm, we spent some time in Harlem, mainly on Malcolm X Blvd, but there is not that much activity on a Sunday. We took the metro and headed for Central Park (***). At the corner of 7th Av and 58th St, 1 block away from the south side of the park, you can find Central Park Bike Rentals. We both rented a bike for the afternoon to explore the park, which is too big to do by foot. Don’t miss the Dakota Buildings (**) located on the northwest corner of 72nd St and Central Park West, the place where John Lennon lived and was shot dead, and the Strawberry Fields memorial with Imagine Mosaic (**). It’s great to spend the time on a Sunday summer afternoon in Central Park, just lying on your back on the green grass and watching the Manhattan skyline from there, is superb.
After returning the bikes, we walked down 5th Av to the hotel, where we showered and dressed for dinner. From TONY, we picked an Italian restaurant called Lupa (**) at 70 Thompson St in the Village. Great dining experience again, and we returned to the hotel as happy people :).

Monday August 10

Our last full day in the Big Apple unfortunately. We decided to make it a cultural day and headed for Museum Mile, the lovely stretch along 5th Av next to Central Park chock full of museums and other fine arts institutions. Impossible to do all of them in 1 day, so we picked the Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as The Met (***) and the Guggenheim Museum (***). It is impossible to describe the collection and exhibitions in both museums, but both are top in the world. Consult your travel guide! In between, we took lunch at the Boat House (**) in Central Park, overlooking the lake, and giving you the impression you are in an English gentlemen club of the 19th Century.
For the last evening, we had been able to buy tickets for a concert at Beacon Theatre (*) a couple of days earlier. Steely Dan (***) played that night live their album Royal Scam, followed by a kind of greatest hits. Amazing concert in a wonderfully restored art-deco theatre.

Tuesday August 11

Not much to say about this last day, the morning we spent mostly on buying stuff like sporting goods, electronics, clothes and souvenirs, enjoying the dollars weak exchange rate vs. the euro :).
So this is where our city trip ended. We hope with this review, we can give you some good ideas, and make your visit to NYC as enjoyable as ours!!! Cheers!

17 Thank Guy L
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Level Contributor
26 reviews
17 helpful votes
“Big City - experience it least once - then you'll want to go back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2009

Normally, my husband and I like to go to places where we can get away in the wide open country but thought it a good idea to experience the Big Apple just once. Now I'd like to plan a future trip, we had such a good experience.
We stayed in the thick of it so we could experience the night life of Times Square and see some shows. During the day we did some tours, had a great time with our "Big Apple Greeter" and also toured on our own. Highly recommended are Brooklyn Bridge Walk, Trinity Church, New York City Library, Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, Ellis Island, and experience an evening Broadway show. Pick out a deli where the office workers pop into for lunch.
A busy and bustling city but not as unfriendly as it had been said to be. Put your walking shoes on, take the subway or ride a taxi - there's plenty to see and do and it's all very assessible. Always felt safe and it was clean. I was impressed and will be planning another trip in the future.

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Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2009

What a place. The pace, the faces, the buildings, GPS signals going wonky in Wall Street, ruins of the once great financial giants, power suits, hideously expensive restaurants, the seedy subways, Times Square, pizzas at Grewich village. Musuems, stores, central park. Oh, this is the life.

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Las Vegas
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5 reviews
19 helpful votes
“Going to New York for Bike New York?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2009

My girlfriend Christina and I recently went on a one week vacation to New York City for her birthday. We centered our trip around attending the annual Bike New York Race. It was one of the most memorable trips of my life. I am somewhat of a native of Las Vegas and she grew up in New York which made her pretty much my tour guide on the trip.

DAY ONE: (Arrival)
We flew in on a Friday morning in order to be able to take advantage of the weekend and for me to be able to see what NY is like on a weekend. We stayed at a Howard Johnson in Jaimaca, Queens which was in the same neighborhood where she grew up in. I Google Earthed it beforehand and I was concerned that it was in a high crime area. The neighborhood turned out to be pretty decent and I felt safe. Also, the hotel was suprisingly pleasant. We rented a car which I was unsure of doing after reading many reviews that said you didn't need a car in NY and that it could actually be a burden getting around with in. I found that although, you can manage in NY with just taking the subway the car was more convenient. We went all over NY and at times there was traffic but it was seldomly at a standstill. Driving in NY is an experience just by itself. It's not unusual for a car to suddenly pass you, pull in front of you, and stop in order to parallel park. If you slow down needlessly or don't go when a traffic light turns green your immediately honked at. Most importantingly IF you can find a parking spot on the street you better check the street signs to see what time you have to move your car otherwise your guaranteed to receive a ticket or even a tow. Don't worry there are plenty of parking lots around the city that will let you park there for about $20+ a day.

(Top of the Rock Observatory)
(Times Square)

There are two places to get the best views of NYC either the Empire State building or Top of the Rock Observatory. I chose the Top of the Rock. We were able to find the only parking spot at a meter on a nearby street (the only time during our entire trip). Parking was about $2 but the ticket we received for being 5 minutes over time was about $65 (the rental company held us accountable). Even though I've never been to the Empire State building It's pretty obvious once you see where the two buildings are located in relation to each other that the Top of the Rock has the better view, besides you'll prefer to have the Empire state building as a part of the skyline in your pictures. This is a must do event. We also went to Times Square. Now it should be noted that I am from Vegas and the strip in Vegas is about 10 miles full of lights. So when we went to Times Square I have to say that I was not impressed. We did go to the multi story Toys R Us there. That was somewhat worth it. Also, we rode the NY subway and walked around. I didn't know where we were most of the time but we walked and rode the subway for hours. That was fun. It's a NY thing.

DAY THREE: (Bike New York 2009)
For those of you who don't know Bike New York is an annual bike race held in New York. The race starts in Manhattan and takes you through the five borroughs of New York ending in Staten Island. The NYPD closes off the streets along the route and the event involves thousands of participants. I don't think there is any better way to see New York. This year it rained during the race which made it very uncomfortable since we dressed for cold weather and not rain. I took dozens of photographs during the race but none of them really capture what it was like to see NY in this way. If you decide to participate in the race make sure you rent a road bike with gears. The race is several hours long and the bridges are steep. Also, make sure that you rent your bike from a company that allows you to return it to them at the race's finish line in Staten Island. Otherwise you have to wait in a separate line for persons with bikes in order to get on the Staten Island ferry that takes you back to NYC. We were able to get on the next ferry that arrived (30 minute wait) whereas other people who had bikes with them had to wait in a line with literally hundreds of other people. Did I mention the rain.

DAY FOUR: (Rest Day)
We figured we would be sore after Bike NY so we designated this day for rest. Suprisingly, I wasn't sore at all. The race was more enduring than strenuous.

DAY FIVE: (Statue of Liberty)
There was no way that I was going to NY and not see the Statute of Liberty. All the reviews I read said to plan accordingly because this was an all day event. I bought the tickets online which reserved an arrival date and time for us. It also gave us an option to upgrade to a self guided audio tour which I did. When we arrived we had to pay about $25 for all day parking, of course. We spent only about 20 minutes going through the first security checkpoint to get on the ferry that takes you to the island. Once you arrive at the island you can take the self guided audio tour through the museum located at the base of the statue or go directly to the second security checkpoint that lets you into the statue area itself. We did the audio tour and walked through the museum. It talked about the history and building of the statue. It was okay if you like museums. When we arrived at the second security checkpoint the line didn't look very long however, everyone had to go through bomb sniffers. This took about 2 to 3 hours. When we finally got into the statue area we were relieved. At the time they weren't allowing anyone to go into the crown of the statue so we were a little disappointed but you can clearly see how cramped the stairs leading up to the crown are (one way only) and that would have probably meant alot more waiting which I don't think we were prepared to do. We took more photographs than we needed and had lunch at a cafeteria located on the island that was very overpriced. We then took the ferry back to NYC and chose not to go on an optional exended tour which takes you to a historic building on a nearby island. The Statue of Liberty was worth going to and its hard for anyone visiting NY not to go to it. If you don't like visiting museums or visiting parks you may want to skip the extras here and go straight for the Statue itself and back.

(Metropolitan Museum of Natural History)
(NY Mets vrs Philadelphia at CitiField stadium)

We started this day by going to the Metropolitan Museum of Natural History (AKA The Met). Parking starts at $18. CAUTION! This is a VERY large museum. I can see how they could make a movie set here (Night at the Museum). I never thought you could spend all day walking around a museum. This place is endless. I didn't like the fact that alot of what you see are not actual artifacts but just displays (ie. replications, models, period paintings). Also, the space planeterium movie was kinda disappointing (low quality projection equipment). I guess you would get more out of the trip if you brought a child with you that you wanted to explain and show everything to otherwise i'd place this event on the standby list. Did I mention that my girlfriend Christina is a huge Mets fan? So obvioulsy we had to go see a Mets game at Citifield. It was quite an experience. The stadium was new and very beautiful. Luckily our seats had a slight overhang above us so we were able to stay dry when it started to rain.

DAY SEVEN: (Cruise Bateaux)
When I was planning this trip I wanted to do something special for my girlfriend on the last day we were there to wrap it up. I didn't tell her that I made arrangements for a luxury dinner cruise for us until the day before. This turned out to be the best decision of the trip. When we arrived at the pier we had to pay $20 for parking, of course. Check in was simple and boarding was a breeze. The cruise was about 3 hours long and it travelled around the NY harbor. The ship itself was a luxurious single level completely glass enclosed vessel called the Bateaux. I upgraded to private seating which gave us our own table and just happened to place us in an optimal viewing area of the city. The crew was friendly, the food was well presented, and the atmosphere was romantic. It was daytime when we left the pier and night time when we returned so your able to see NY all lite up. Also, your able to go to the outside deck and take in the full scenery where there are crew members nearby more than willing to help you take pictures. The only criticism I have was that the cruise ended.

This pretty much completes our trip of NY. I had much of it planned out but as we went along I discovered other things there that I wanted to do but we didn't have time to. NY is quite a wonderful city with alot of scenery, cultural diversity, and history. Even with all its negatives it's clear why people choose to live there. The people in NY have a reputation for being rude. During my trip I did not meet a single rude person (driving incidents excluded). Also, no one ever bumped into me and walked away without saying anything. In NY it is crowded and everyone lives in a fast paced lifestyle where everyone is in a hurry. This became even more evident to me when I returned home. Some of the things I noticed were how wide the street travel lanes were compared to NY, how easily I was able to find a seat at a food court, how I didn't have to pay for parking, how I didn't have to pay high food prices, and how people were not in such a hurry. I definitely recommend NY as a viable vacation spot but know what you want to do and be prepared to spend some money.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
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“great location; decent hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2009

I travelled to NYC from RI with my mom on November 21. We took the train in to Penn Station, smooth trip, worked on some homework and watched a movie on my portable DVD player. Arrived in Penn close to 11 a.m., walked right across the street to the hotel (excellent location!). Check in was quick and easy. Our room wasn't ready at the time, so we left the luggage with the bellman in a locked room. Went down to Times Square (about a 10-15 minute walk). Nice weather for November, just a tad breezy. Ate lunch at McDonald's, walked around the Theater District for awhile before heading down to 53rd Street to see Shrek: The Musical (matinee, 2 p.m.) Very enjoyable musical (I am a fan of musical theater!), worth seeing, great seats (Orchestra Center, about 14 rows back), very entertaining. A shame this is closing in January. After the show, we walked up to Jeckyll and Hyde. TERRIBLE restaurant, bad food, very expensive and not worth it. Taxied back to Madame Tussaud's, which is quite worth it. Very fun time spent there. Back to the hotel around 7:30, room is ready. 17th floor. And we can still hear the traffic! Room faced MSG/Penn and was loud til around midnight, when Cirque du Soleil got out. Watched mom's favorite TV special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Shower: water pressure okay, not bad and not good. No soap in our shower, though, which was odd. Still, small bathroom, but adequate. Beds very comfortable, 2 queen beds for 2 people, many many pillows (I had 4, mom had 6). TV small but fine, plenty to watch at night and in the morning. Woke up early, finished homework. Mom ran to Dunkin' Donuts, which is right next door to the hotel. Went for a nice morning walk to Times Square, still nice weather. Came back, hung out in the room for a little bit, checked out (very quick, again), back to Times Square for lunch at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. MUCH much better than our meal at Jeckyll and Hyde, fast service, much cheaper. If you like seafood or Forrest Gump, go to Bubba Gump's! Back to Penn for our 1 p.m. train home. Overall, good hotel, great location. Very good if you are taking the train. Close to Times Square and Macy's (THE Macy's). Lots of taxi's outside of Penn during the day, should you need one. Recommended! :)

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