New York City - next 5 days

Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
Trip End Jun 09, 2013

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Saturday - did our hop-on, hop-off bus tour today, went Downtown, Uptown & over to the Bronx, basically covered all of Manhatten. Had bought tickets yesterday to see Jersey Boys on Broadway, because it was Saturday night it was a full house, fantastic show & not expensive. Had enquired at one place & were quoted $160pp, ended up going to the theatre itself & got some for $62 each, a big difference. It was a really long day, think we didn't get home till midnight.

Sunday - did the Brooklyn area in the morning on our bus tour. Went to Grand Central Station & walked around a lot onen did the night tour where you see the city lights & they take you over to Brooklyn & through Times Square with all the lights. Before we even started they came round with ponchos & said it was expected to rain in 1/2 hour, luckily we didn't get any as the buses are all open air. Another late night, only slightly earlier than last night.

Monday - woke up this morning & it was drizzly rain, had planned on doing a cruise round Manhatten but didn't think it would be too crash hot with the drizzle, so did indoor things. Went to the 9/11 Memorial Centre, needed our ponchos on there as it was outdoors then went to the 9/11 Tribute Centre, both very moving. To lighten things up a bit we then went to the Museum of Sex - Ray's choice. The drizzle had cleared by now so from there we went down to the pier to find out about the cruise tomorrow & ended up catching a water taxi to the southern pier on Manhatten. Walked from there back up to the WTC & walked around the waterfront there & investigated. On the way back to the RV park stopped in at a pub we walk past every day & had a drink.

Tuesday - did the cruise that we were going to do yesterday this morning, 3 hours right around Manhatten, it was a beautiful day to do it, lovely & sunny. It gave us our only close look at the Statue of Liberty, that & Ellis Island are both closed at the present because of damage caused by hurricane Sandy, late last year. They hope to have the Statue reopened by 4th July but Ellis Island may never reopen.
In the afternoon we hired push bikes & rode around Central Park, there's no way we would have seen it all on foot. We had the bikes for 3 hours so it was a good ride, the park was beautiful with all the blossom trees in bloom & spring plants all out, spring has sprung. From there it was to the Rockefeller Centre to do a tour of NBC Studios. We had about an hour to kill so went to the Top of the Rock, which gives you a 360 degree view from the 70th floor outdoor deck. There are 3 stories of views, absolutely spectacular & a great day to do it, very clear. Only trouble was, it took a while to get up there as there were a few queues along the way & as we had to be back for the NBC tour didn't spend as much time as we would have liked. In hindsight, should have ditched the tour as it was nothing special. After dinner we went to the 86th Floor Observatory of the Empire State Building, a beautiful night view but very chilly.

Wednesday - did a tour of the Rockefeller Centre which proved to be excellent, it was a walking tour with headsets & the guide was excellent, really knew his stuff. From there we caught the subway to Chinatown & walked around all the back streets. We ended up having lunch there, it was very cheap, only $4.50 each for rice & 3 choices, genuine Chinese. Unfortunately, we sat just across from all the seafood & that's all I could smell, especially the crabs & wasn't entirely sure what I was eating, it didn't bother Ray though, he finished mine for me.
After lunch we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, they have been painting the bridge so had a lot of tarps up along the side but was still a good walk. By the time we had done that & got home we were absolutely knackered. It has been a really busy week & we haven't stopped all week.

Before we came over we bought our tickets for the hop-on, hop-off bus tour which was over 2 days. In conjunction with that we bought a City Pass which gave us free entry to over 70 attractions & that was over another 2 days. It was one of the best things we did with regards to our time in NYC. When you consider that it's $25 a pop to go up the top of the Empire State or Top of the Rock it was well worth it, we had 4 days where we didn't have to outlay any money to see things.

The next best thing was buying a weekly pass for the subway. It was $31 each but we could hop on & off the subway & buses all day, considering some days we would be on 3-4 trains or buses in a day it was good value.

There is still quite a bit of damage from hurricane Sandy evident, especially in the southern section of Manhatten. It was the only time in NY's history that the subways have not been operational for a number of days. Some of the buildings are still using huge generator units & some escalators are still out. There was a huge police presence in the city at all times & the traffic has to be seen to be believed. It's the only place we have seen 2 police officers on the majority of intersections directing the traffic even though there are traffic lights
We loved our time in NYC but come away exhausted & in need of a good
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Lorna and John on

Hi Guys, NOW I am very,very jealous!! I would love to go to NYC. Boy, did u have a busy time there. So glad u are enjoying it. This could be us next year, (may be) Stay safe. ENJOY.

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