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Please review NYC itinerary - 2 adults and 3 kids starting Sunday

Please review NYC itinerary - 2 adults and 3 kids starting Sunday

Dec 13th, 2007, 12:41 PM
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Very well said nytraveler. Weespxx, you "sound" fairly educated thus you should "know better" than to make that kind of statement. If your niece and nephew live in a bubble, then you had better warn them before coming to NYC that they're going to come into contact with a VERY diverse population. Are they going to be ok with that?
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Dec 14th, 2007, 08:00 AM
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Not sure I can write anything that won't further bury me in this very large hole that I find myself in now.

Thanks for all of the tourist advice and eating suggestions.
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Dec 14th, 2007, 12:33 PM
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Weespxx-You apologized for what you said so don't worry about it. Most of us know that what you said wasn't racist or bigoted but unfortunately for you it came out the wrong way. I actually do commend you for trying to open discussion with your niece and nephew about other cultures and religions. I am just not sure that walking through some neighborhoods to stare at the occupants is the best way.

I would also suggest that you skip the Lower East side tour. If you have the time to do the Tenement Musuem Tour that would be nice but I think the kids would get alot more out of Ellis Island. I finally had the opportunity to visit the Tenement Museum this summer and really enjoyed it. But some of the younger kids in the group seemed pretty bored. The other thing is that the tenements you visit are just that. No heat, no AC. I was there in Aug and we just about died from the heat in the apartments. Of course, that made it very realistic. So if it is cold and snowy outside, the tenements could be very cold and uncomfortable. I really can't imagine young kids especially a 6 yr old spending hours on a tour of the Lower East Side.

Again, I think your intentions were good. If you visit Ellis Island, talk to the kids about the immigrants that came to the US long ago and the immigrants that are here now. This should open a good discussion and then you can take advantage of seeing the different cultures as you walk around the streets of NYC.
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Dec 14th, 2007, 01:07 PM
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Paula, thanks, in more ways than one. I just re-proved to myself how important it is to read one's written word very carefully before throwing it "out there". It's supposed to be very cold Monday so maybe Ellis Island is a good choice, if we can survive the boat trip over!

Thanks again
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Dec 14th, 2007, 02:47 PM
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Weespxx, it isn't just the boat ride over -- although much of "Ellis Island" is indoors, a fair amount is outdoors, too, plus you have to line up for the return boat. I'm not sure I'd want to do that if it's bitter cold or precipitating!
Dec 14th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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If you are interested in introducing the children to Jewish culture, there is also the Jewish museum in NYC.
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Dec 15th, 2007, 01:30 PM
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The weather is going to be very bad tomorrow, with snow/ice/rain and strong winds. So before you leave for the airport, check to see if your flight is still on schedule. LaGuardia is awful during the bad weather months, LOTS of cancellations and delays.

Instead of doing Ellis Island you might want to do the Staten Island Ferry, which is all indoors, and is a lovely ride. You go right by the Statue of Liberty, and since the ferry is so large, you really won't even feel like you are on the water. The ferry seats something like 2000 people on 3 decks (there are also smaller boats, the larger ferries also ferry cars and are used during the week mostly)

One more museum, but not sure if it would be of interest to the kids is the Holocaust Museum which is close to Battery Park. The museum is only a few years old and is very well done, with some inspiring exhibits.

Once on Staten Island you go back into the waiting room and head back across the harbour. The ride is free.

Also there is Battery Park just a short walk from there. YOu might walk up Broadway to see some of the sights (Trinity Church, Wall St, Ground Zero). The customs house which is the large building just to your left as you start your walk up Broadway is home to the American Indian Museum, which may be of interest to the kids.

From there you might walk up to Chinatown, which is always a hit with kids, or head down Wall St to the South St. Seaport, also a big hit with kids, (tall ships and all). There is also a food court there and seveal restaurants and shops the kids might like.

In Chinatown, walk down Mott St and you will find lots of shops the kids will want to look at, and some good restaurants. Mandarin Court which is just south of Canal St is one of the best Dim Sum restaurants, and the kids might get a kick out of the carts bringing food and they can choose what looks good, (hopefully they like fish)

From there you might walk up to Little Italy and get some desert and walk through the neighborhood to get a feel for what the city looked like more than 100 years ago. Also you can look in the windows at some really yummy deserts.

That would be my tour of lower Manhattan, and I have taken lots of visitors on that tour of the city over the years.

Uptown, the Museum of Natural History is a big hit for kids (Central Park West and 77th St, B and C trains stop right under the museum)

5th AVe from 34th to 59th are where most of the holdiay windows can be found and you might consider a walking tour to see all the lights.

ToysRUs in Times Square and FAOSwartz at 59th and 5th are the big toy stores but Manhattan Mall (33rd and 6th) has a couple of toy stores as well and is all enclosed.

I'd also suggest taking a cab from the airport as the price to your hotel will be around $20 and take 20 minutes and the bus will cost you $10 for all of you and will take well over an hour, especially in this weather.

Have a great time while you are here.
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Dec 16th, 2007, 03:23 PM
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I'm in the flight path of LaGuardia, and just heard the first plane of the day, so I'm guessing that the airport was closed for a bit today.
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Dec 24th, 2007, 12:21 PM
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Thanks for all the (last-minute) advice. Air-Tran, our carrier, let us fly out a day early so I missed the last-minute tips . We actually arrived on Saturday evening and had a wonderful four days. Loved the Affinia Manhattan for ease and size fo the rooms.

Some of the great things we did: walked through Central Park on Sunday morning in the snow; some of the store windows; ice skating at Bryant Park; an Improv Comedy Show (what a blast!); an amateur league hockey game at the Chelsea Piers (sure beat the $100 + Rangers tix); FAO Schwartz; ferris wheel at Toys R Us; wonderful walking tour through Chelsea-Chinatown-Little Italy-Lower East Side- West Village; Economy Candy; Katz Deli; wonderful Italian at Sette in Chelsea; Radio City Christmas Spectacular; pizza; Staten Island Ferry; subways galore and meeting many wonderfully helpful New Yorkers!

We had a great time and I appreciate all of the wonderful tips and advice from this forum.

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