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Trip Report NYC with an 8-year old

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My 8-year old daughter and I went to NYC last weekend.

We flew into LGA arriving late on Friday morning. We went to get a cab and there was a gigantic, long line. We were trying to find the end of it when a nice local told me there was another line up a block down with no line. I wasn't sure whether to believe him or not, but figured we didn't have much to lose and a lot to gain. We walked a few doors down and sure enough there was no line. So, look around if there is a long cab line!

We stayed at the Omni Berkshire on 52 and Madison. We checked in and headed to the American Girl Doll store. Ugh. But, this is what we gave her for her birthday in may. We had lunch in the café. To me this is a bit like Disney. It isn't my thing, but they do it well. DD loved having a fancy lunch with her doll. We did a little shopping and came out with a new American Girl Doll. I had hoped that by doing this first thing, I wouldn't have to hear about it all weekend. Instead, I got constant requests to bring the new doll on our adventures. I squashed them all, knowing full well that eventually I would be the one carrying the darn thing.

We went down to catch the Staten Island Ferry. DD wanted to see the statue of liberty, but was easily convinced to do it from the ferry, instead of a tour. It was a nice afternoon. The ferry was fairly crowded, but she got a good view. On the return trip we sat inside. We met up with dad at the Imagination playground. He was working downtown for the week. DD is getting a little old for playgrounds, but she hasn't quite recognized that yet. We had dinner at Barbone (186 Avenue B). It was really good and we got to sit in the back garden. Our favorite dish was the pappardelle braised short rib ragu.

Back at the Omni we recognized that our 3rd floor room was not a good draw. There was a big truck outside our window that was being loaded with furniture. Workers were throwing furniture in and the banging and clanging was really loud. I would fall asleep and then be jerked awake again. We were hoping that eventually the truck would be full and things would quiet down. Unfortunately, another truck came to take its place. My husband called the front desk to see if we could move. They offered a room on the 16th floor that was down a bit. So, we packed up and carried DD up to the new room. It was nice how they handled the problem, BUT, they were aware of the noise problem when they put us in the room. It would have been better to have started in the room on the 12th floor.

Saturday we had bagels at Ess-a-bagel. We then spent the morning and early afternoon at the Met. DD and I got the audio guide and did the kid's tour of the Egyptian section. It was nicely done. We just ate at the cafeteria before leaving. We walked through the park, stopping at various playgrounds and ended up at the zoo. DD was excited about it. There isn't that much there, so the good news is that it didn't take very long. We stopped off at the food court area under the Plaza hotel. Wow! What a nice looking selection of things. Dad and DD went to get ice cream. They came back with the biggest monstrosity I have seen. I just got a lemonade. Next up was the top of the rock. It was nice to do something that didn't require lots of walking. It was a lovely evening and the view was great. We had dinner at the Peking Duck House (236 E 53rd St).

Sunday we got sidetracked by the Puerto Rican Day parade. We watched it for an hour or so before heading down by NYU. We walked around (went to a playground) and had lunch at a Cuban place. We got back in time to change so DD and I could go see Cinderella. It turned out to be Carly Rae Jepsen's last performance as Cinderella. Fran Drescher was her evil step mother. I thought parts of the show dragged, but DD loved it. We were especially intrigued by the magical dress changes that took place for Cinderella. After the show we walked to Pio Pio (604 Tenth Avenue), a Peruvian restaurant. The chicken was great. DD ended up enjoying dinner, but thought it was too loud and too dark. She is a bit picky about ambiance!

Monday we went to the MoMA. It was raining and quite crowded. Dad had the audio guide on his phone so DD did the kid's version of the top two floors. This gave us lots of time to see what we wanted to see. We grabbed a quick lunch at the Café on the second floor, and headed to the airport.