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NYC: Help me make lemonade out of this lemon of an itinerary!

Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:19 PM
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By the way, ALL the complaints from trips with groups of kids come from the chaperones. If you are are a chaperone, you are working. Food will mostly be fast food type food. It satisfies the kids, but you do get complaints from the adults. The adults forget that the trip is for the kids. The kids always have a blast!
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Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:19 PM
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By the way, ALL the complaints from trips with groups of kids come from the chaperones. If you are are a chaperone, you are working. Food will mostly be fast food type food. It satisfies the kids, but you do get complaints from the adults. The adults forget that the trip is for the kids. The kids always have a blast!
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Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:21 PM
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Oops sorry about the duplicate posting. Fodors went down for a couple of minutes and somehow I accidentally posted twice.
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Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:55 PM
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LK1 - not always. We did two trips to NYC - one just the band and one with the band, choirs etc. for a competition. Both times we were in Jersey and both times much of the time was spent on buses to get into Manhattan and back to the hotel. The Lincoln tunnel is not fun. All told we spent more than 4 hours a day on buses going back and forth and such. Did the kids complain? "You betcha" as someone from Alaska once said. On one of the trips, the kids got to Rockefeller Center for about an hour, the Empire State Building for about an hour and a half, Statue of Liberty for half the morning and dinner at a place in Little Italy. That was it. It was a 3 night trip. There was no free time at all, although we had plans.

BTW being a chaperone is a good experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did the first trip because my son was in the band and undergoing chemotherapy at the time. I went along to make sure he got his oral medications and to flush his broviac catheter 2X/day. The second trip was when DD was in the band - I went because it was a great experience the first time getting to know the kids. Actually they were no trouble other than griping about the bus time.
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Mar 2nd, 2009, 07:26 PM
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Do not take the 22 bus--it stays in chinatown and never goes near the Village. the best bus from Chinatown to reach the village would be the 103 which goes up Park Row and then the Bowery to Third Ave; or the 1 on Lafayette St. For either one, get off near 8th St/St Marks Place and walk east for East Village, west for central and West Village.

Actually, from chinatown, if you walk north on Mulberry St, you'll walk right along the main drag of Little Italy. by th time you've passed Little Italy, you almost at Houston St and at the southern end of the Village anyway.
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Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:38 AM
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Thanks, all, for the additional insight. A special thank you to basingstoke2 for the positive comments, as I was beginning to get very pessimistic about this trip. (Like most Fodorites, I am normally not a bus-tour kind of person.)

We will be leaving our NJ hotel right after breakfast and not returning until after dinner, every day. The charter bus will be driving us from stop to stop. Now I expect that the 3-hour blocks of time are just very loose estimate. By the time we make our way through traffic, they may be shortened considerably, so I'll have contingency plans.

I'm assuming the subway thing is either a liability issue, or an overprotective parent issue? Sadly, Southern California kids don't have a lot of experience with public transportation.
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Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:50 AM
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All I know is a lot of the kids come in on tours now where all transport is done on the subway due to the very slow NYC traffic which makes a motorcoach not practical. After you arrive, things might change.

Many of these trips have schedules that no one looks at after you arrive. Hopefully you will have a great tour director/guide. He or she will speak with the teacher and suggest some options. I do this sort of work regularly in DC and occasionally elsewhere. The teacher will set the agenda.

Don't worry and have fun!
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