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Hi there,

I'm new tohere and would really appreciate some help. Me and my partner are going to New York this November, and im hoping it will be a fabulous once in a lifetime trip. I've put together an itinerary that i think suits us, but was wondering if anybody would be kind enough to check it over and point out any logistical errors or things ive missed/other suggestions! It is both of our first time to the city and we are both in our mid-twenties.

Day 1 - arrive JFK at approx 20.00, get back to the hotel (midtown west 35th street) settle in and acclimatise!

day 2 - statue of liberty and ellis island trip, walk through wall street on the way back. return to hotel and change, then dinner somewhere and empire state building

day 3 - walk around central park, ice skating at wollman rink, possibly eat lunch at the boat house, then visit the met museum and then walk down 5th avenue and window shop. back to the hotel and change, dinner somewhere and then visit times square and walk down broadway

day 4 - world trade centre memorial site, Train to brooklyn and walk down brooklyn heights promenade, then back across brooklyn bridge at approx 16.30 (which i think is the approx sunset time in mid/late november) back to hotel and change. then dinner in and a walk around china town

day 5 - walk around a bit day - see grand central station, new york public library, Chrysler building, more 5th avenue/park avenue wandering (plaza hotel). Possiblly a carriage ride in central park if havent done it yet. Then go down town to make it for a 16.00 departure for the semi circle cruise. back to hotel and change, then out for dinner

day 6 - check out of hotel and store luggage. visit the highline and greenwich village (may do the food tour here as have heard it is very good) and then the intrepid air and space museum (partner is in the military and interested in this sort of thing). back to hotel to pick up luggage then to be at newark international airport for a 21.15 departure flight

does this sound feasible? I want to fill my days but not do to much so we feel rushed. most lunch and dinner restaurants are still undecided. I havent included a broadway show as we ave seen alot in london recently and feel this is an expense we can spare. Any feedback would be really greatly appreciated - id much rather find out now that something doesnt work!

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    This is a pretty good itinerary. Most days seem well-paced, so I just have a few suggestions.

    1. I much prefer Top of the Rock over Empire State Building, which I feel is a rip-off in terms of time (and money, but TOTR is also getting way too pricey, so it seems unfair to compare them on that basis). Superior views and experience at TOTR.
    2. The Statue of Liberty is closed right now and is opening up again soon. If you don't have tickets, it may be sold out. Try to do that immediately for your dates to see what's available. You need to arrive first thing in the morning to avoid wasting too much time, but you'll see not be back until around 2pm, so that may affect how much else you can do that day.
    3. Get Intrepid tickets in advance. I've learned a harsh lesson about the lines there, which are monstrous now that they have a space shuttle. Tickets are timed and don't cost any more to reserve in advance.
    4. The Plaza is a great place now for lunch as it has a wonderful upscale food court. The Apple flagship store is across the street.
    5. I'd skip the carriage ride in Central Park, but that's just me.
    6. If you don't do a food tour around the Highline, know that there are a LOT of good restaurants in West Chelsea (it's not really in the Village or that close). Consider having a real sit-down lunch at one of them the day you go to the Highline.
    7. If you're not too tired, have a late dinner and see Times Square at night on your arrival day. At night is the best time to see the area, and there are quite a few decent restaurants nearby, particularly west of 8th Avenue. It's not a long walk from the hotel area around 35th.
    8. Make time for some Broadway shows and buy tickets for that now, especially if you want to see something newish. Discounts are available at Broadwaybox.com and are also listed at Playbill.com. You can do the TKTS booth, but you can often get the same discounts and get your seats in advance without having to stand in line. Or buy tickets at the box office after arrival to avoid ticketing surcharges.
    9. Since you're staying on west 35th, consider having dinner at Artisanal, a great French bistro. It also serves divine fondue if you like that (and fondue and champagne make a great weekend brunch).

    I hope these suggestions help.

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    <<<Since you're staying on west 35th, consider having dinner at Artisanal, a great French bistro. It also serves divine fondue if you like that (and fondue and champagne make a great weekend brunch)>>>

    I hate fondue in concept but agree the fondue at Artisanal is fabulous!

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