New York Itinerary what do you think?

Old Sep 30th, 2013, 04:23 PM
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New York has some great neighborhood markets if you are interested in eating a lot of fruit. We picked some yogurt and fresh fruit for one of our breakfasts and ate in our room and got coffee at a coffee shop. Lots of wonderful salads as well in these fabulous neighborhood markets. Download an app for subway info. Worked great for us as we never had to carry a map!
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Old Oct 1st, 2013, 07:18 AM
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Egads. There's a PT Barnum phrase apt for this.

Wendy, look here for some events, there are other sites too:
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We are not really into museums either but on our trip to NYC last November we did one of the tours at the Tenement Museum and loved it, we also walked the Highline, which is an old railway track above the city, that has been converted into a beautiful walk. We enjoyed this too. We have done Top of the Rock and Empire State Building, if you do the ESB go early, we went about 9am and there was no waiting around.

Staten Island Ferry do Statue of Liberty though. I really wanted to go to Niagara Falls but couldn't fit it in.

Have a great trip, wish we could do it again this year!!
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Just want the OP to be aware that the Statue of Liberty is now closed due to the government shutdown. I certainly hope this will be resolved quickly and it will be open by the time of your visit. As an American taxpayer, I apologize to you for the idiocy of our politicians. Welcome to the US.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2013, 07:10 AM
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Thank you everyone.

I have been watching fox news to try to understand what is going on and while I am disappointed that we won't be able to go to the Statue I feel very sorry for the people who are not able to work and who won't get paid. I hope that this will get resolved soon to so that the people can get back to normal

I have added the Highline to our plans now and the Museum of natural history
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Give it a rest - she's from the UK, from which such luminaries as George Galloway come.
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We have already paid for ferry tickets to SOL for Oct 18 - hope its open by then.

Sounds like your plans are coming together!! and HAPPY 50th!!
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>> . . . and who won't get paidBigRuss: >>Give it a rest - she's from the UK, from which such luminaries as George Galloway come.
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I haven't read all of the comments but I've been to NYC as a tourist recently, spending money on food, enjoying pretty much the stuff you like, and skipping what you aren't much into either. Since you got two days to go, you might still catch that.

Friday: I can't tell about Ellen's really, and as much as we enjoyed a bike rike through CP, I feel walking the lower area, having a small picnic there way off the bike/car trail would have been so much better. So, besides your carraige ride you should include some time for walking, too. And if you like fruits, organic stuff etc., you could get into the subway, go to W 72nd, get really good fruits at a reasonable price at Trader Joe's, step into Levain's Bakery at 74th and buy cookies for dessert and then head into the CP. Time Sq at night is awesome, probably any day of the year.

Sat: If you are into some fun, and want to have the best view onto the Statue of Liberty now that there's no cruises to it, I can only recommend The Beast Speedboad tour - you get to see Ellis Island as well and WAY better than from the Statan Island Ferry. You'll also have amazing views onto OneWTC and the financial district from a totally different perspective. Grab a cab to Eileen's Cheesecake for a treat, been there, loved it. Then exit to your left and enojy Little Italy for a while. Next take the Green Line (4) and go to Wall St. to get to the 9/11 Mem. The charging bull is easy to find but might still be a bit crowded even though it's Sat. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge if you like, however, make sure to see the sunset from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. It's a 30 min walk starting in Manhattan! Like Pizza? Go to Julianna's at 19 Old Fulton St. afterwards - you won't regret it. All of your stuff is easily doable.

Sun: Don't miss ESB, make sure to enjoy some fruit at Bryant Park on your way to Grand Central. Stepping into the Public Library (directly next to the Bryant Park) is an option. Grand Central is lovely, St. Patrick's was being renovated in the beginning of Sep. Check their website for updates. With the renovation going on, it's not even worth stopping by. I can't really comment on the rest.

Mon: I would definately skip the Staten Island Ferry. The view in Brooklyn is a lot more intriguing, especially if you opt for the Beast and get very close to the Statue of Liberty. Besides, you could easily do the High Line instead, grab fresh food at the Chelsea Market at the very end of your walk.

Tue: Seems it's booked already and not changeable. You absolutely MUST do the Maid of the Mist boat ride. If you have any say in the trip, do the American side first, cross the bridge, enjoy the fallsview, do the Mist and then walk all the way up to the Canadian Falls. Don't go for any buffet or big hotel restaurant. It's way better to grab a sandwich or buy food before actually arriving at the Falls.

Wed: Do ToTR for sunset or at night for a mixture. Great views, less crowded especially the later it gets. Bikes are ok for CP, still do some walks/picnic as mentioned earlier. For shows, try TKTS for discounts to see if your show pops up there.

Other than that, have fun and enjoy, you gonna love it.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park! Yes, yes, yes.
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