Re: New York City for a day
Two summers ago, my family went to NYC as part of a Northeast road trip. We were in NYC for 24 hours, and here's how we played it. Keep in mind that my two kiddos were 7 and 8 at the time, so that limited some of our choices.
1 PM: Drove into New Jersey, stopped off at Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty. Round trip on the ferry took about 3 hours. Couldn't get into the Statue, because all the tickets had been given for the day. Kind of a bummer.
4 PM: Drove our blue Saturn into Manhattan. Only car on the island that wasn't a Yellow Cab. Only English speaker as well--most drivers were very familiar with their horn, however. A little noisy, extremely stressful.
5 PM: Crashed at our Days Inn digs in Manhattan. Fairly small, about $225 for the night--but the room came with a discount for the parking garage across the street. Only $25 for overnight parking!
6 PM: Headed for the subway, and up to the Bronx for Yankees/D-Rays. Bleacher seats are $12 (and you could bring in your own food), and the natives were extremely kind (much to my relief) once they saw the kids. Looked on us as a bit of a curiousity, since we were Reds fans. Casey Fossum dominated the Pinstripers (shockingly).
10 PM: Returned to Manhattan on the subway. Not a bad trip.
8 AM: Hiked to the Empire State Building at its opening. Short lines in the morning, but the haze kinda killed any opportunities at great photography. Still very cool.
10 AM: Subwayed a few blocks to Central Park for a walk around. Gorgeous.
11:30 AM: Raced back to the Days Inn, just in time for the noon check out.
12:30 PM: Had lunch at a deli, just outside the hotel. $5.50 for a sandwich, drink, and chips. That's a great deal.
All in all, had a great time. And ended any stereotypes I had about New Yorkers. Very friendly and helpful. Even walking around Manhattan late at night, I never felt unsafe. Go, but leave the car somewhere!
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