Trip Report - Apologies for the length!
Wednesday Evening 22
We arrived around 1:30pm at JFK airport and used the Go Airport shared shuttle service – this was ideal as we could relax and see some of the area whilst dropping other passengers off. Eventually we arrived at our hotel The Royal Hotel, Upper West Side and were impressed with the welcome and the room given.
We then headed out and bought the customary pizza slice followed by purchasing a 7 day subway pass (fully recommended for ease and for the mistaken exit!) and getting on the subway on 96st to Times Square. It was so bright, hot (30 degrees) and busy so headed to Dave and Busters bar for a well earned Blue Moon beer ☺ The service was really good and the nachos we had were huge. We then went for a little walk getting lost near 5th Ave and 7th Ave and admiring the Chrysler building and the architecture. Feeling the jet lag we then called it a night.
We started the day with breakfast at Manhattan Diner close to 96st station, I had bacon and pancakes – yum! We then caught the no.1subway to South Ferry and boarded the Staten Island Ferry. Everything was close by and the view of the statue of liberty was great, on the return journey we swapped to the other side to see the Manhattan bridge and skyline. After we took a walk down Wall Street and did a little shopping in Century 21 followed by visiting 9/11 memorial at 1:30pm. There was about a 15 min wait to get in and once inside the fountain area it was really nice to reflect on what had happened and take in the huge size of each towers foot print. After we visited St Pauls chapel and walked towards Brooklyn Bridge. About half way across a storm caught up with us and the heavens opened – we were soaked to the bone with no shelter close by! Note to self to take the weather forecast more seriously! With a reservation at 4:45pm at Peter Lugers we did not have enough time to change so headed to the restaurant wet. The food was absolutely fantastic and the best steak I have ever eaten but would leave the chips. The chocolate fudge Sunday was also nice, we particularly enjoyed overhearing a conversation between the waiter and a local which was very curt and different to how we brits speak. We then headed back for an early night and put on some dry clothes!
The weather was dry with grey clouds so we tried our luck and walked through central park down the right hand side towards 59th st. This was one of my favourite memories of our trip, watching runners, dog walkers, seeing the lake, Belvedere Castle and a small turtle balancing on a rock in Turtle pond. The park was such a beautiful and peaceful place and such a contrast to the high rise buildings.
We then headed downtown on the subway and enjoyed a dougnut and coffee at Doughnut Planet. We then did some shopping and got some bargains on 5th Ave and
Visited the central library – the husband a Ghostbusters fan loved the lions.
We then went to Jean-GeorgesNougatine restaurant at the bottom of Trump Hotel. I fully recommend the pre-fix lunch menu, the chicken was great and the pudding the best I had on the trip. A reservation is definitely required and we felt very underdressed in jeans and t-shirt beside businessmen and graduation families – oops!
We then continued shopping and before heading back to the hotel stopped at Grays Papaya for a hotdog and fruit drink – yum!
After changing we went to the Majestic Theatre to see The Phantom of the Opera – this was good however I am ashamed to admit I fell asleep during some of the long songs – blame it on the jetlag!
We then went to Don Antonio’s for pizza before calling it a night around 12am.
We started the day with a salmon and cream cheese bagel from Lennys Bagels and went to Columbia University so the husband could look at more Ghostbusters scenes.
We then went back to do a little more shopping and I was treated to a Tiffany charm bracelet – the store is fantastic and felt I couldn’t leave NY without one!
We then visited the The Museum of The City ofNew York – this was $15 on a Saturday – the museum was just the right size for us and had a nice collection of war and modern history exhibitions.
We then walked back and stumbled across Shake Shack! I had a Rocky Shack, which was delicious and the husband had a milkshake. Feet feeling very achy we headed back to the hotel for a little rest.
We then headed to Tribeca so husband could see Hook and Ladder Ghostbusters HQ! We then went to Greenwich and were put on a waiting list for a table at the Spotted Pig. As it was very busy and we wanted to explore Greenwich a little more we decided to head to another bar, to our delight we came across Baynards Ale House – this was a cool bar/pub similar to back home with a huge selection of draft beers and really friendly staff/clientele.
After waiting an hour we headed back to Spotted Pig and were shown to our table, the pub/restaurant was very quirky with lots of pig ornaments! We ordered olives and Roquefort cheeseburgers and shoestring fries – the food quality was great and service was great and the food price reasonable – but alcohol was expensive!
After feeling a little tipsy and full we bought a cup cake for pudding in a cute little shop near the subway and then headed to the Empire State Building. It was about 11pm and the sky was now clear but windy, there was only a little queue and we headed up to the observation deck. The view at night was phenomenal but it was a little hard to get your bearings and the wind made the experience a little uncomfortable – I swear the building was moving or I had drank a little too much Blue Moon beer! The husband then dragged me to Planet Hollywood for a cocktail and to get our collectible shot glass (we have a few now from different cities!).
Our last morning ☹ We got up early, the sun was shining and we headed to Top of the Rock – I enjoyed this more than Empire State, the lift experience was fun and the view immense! There was no queue at this time and we could take as long as we liked.
After we visited Grand Central Station and then made our way to Katz for a well-earned breakfast! The pastrami sandwiches were scrummy and it lived up to our expectations! It wasn’t too busy at 10ish but when we were leaving at 11am there was a queue and a group of tourists arriving.
We then headed back to 5th Ave for last minute shopping and so I could visit the glass Apple store and buy my much wanted Ipad ☺
We then rushed back to the hotel and made it just in time for our pick up!
We were really sad to leave and absolutely loved the city – this was a once in a lifetime trip for us and we hope one day to return!
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Trip to New York City
Getting prepared and ready to explore something new is just minor compared to the actual adventure for a senior anticipating the departure of their school trip. I was a member along with 30 other classmates of the co-curricular group called Business Professionals of America, a club organized through our school. Our teachers, club officers, and all of the members had been planning and fundraising for our trip to New York City for months. The excitement grew more and more as each day got closer to take off. All of us were anixious to see The Empire State Building, "Ground Zero," a Broadway play, and the spectacular views of gorgeous ocean sunsets. We had all been told and were aware of the different surroundings of the…show more content…
Personally, I was seated next to a tall and fairly hefty African American man who was wearing a Subway uniform on his way to his job who asked me, "Soo.. What do you have planned for the night?" My friend Maria found an empty seat next near the back and was seated next to a younger man. As the bus continued on he eventually had the nerve to say, "Hey, I have some really good pot and I can hook you up if you want." All of us immediately learned that for the next five days we wouldn't be in the comfort of the surroundings, or culture we were used to back at home.
Once we got to the hotel to unload the things we had packed for the trip, we had a few hours to go out and explore the sights on our own. As my friends and I hurried along the busy sidewalks we were so amazed at everything surrounding us. The buildings and high rises filled the sky to a point where the tops couldn't be seen from the ground level. From a distance the high rises gleamed from the light reflecting from the gorgeous sunset making it impossible view the beauty in awe. The billboards and news programs that filled the sides of huge towers were unreal. They were huge pictures of underwear or name-brand models and television screens broadcasting the nightly news or popular television programs, the size of a three story house just on average. The sight of huge