Hey guys! Just had to drop everyone aline to let you know that our New York trip could not have been better! All of the great advice from you guys was well received and VERY helpful.
Despite a few set-backs (Our departure from N.O. was delayed due to Tropical Storm Cindy AND our departure from N.Y was delayed due to Hurricane Dennis!) we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The storm even caused us to extend our time in New York by 2 whole days! What a treat!
Way too many things to mention, but a few highlights are:
- DEFINITELY TAKE THE AIR TRAIN! My husband and I rode for $7.00 each from JFK to Manhattan. You can't beat it! No lines. No traffic. No crazy drivers. I would never go any other way. I think they also have one that leaves from Newark Airport.
- DEFINITELY GO SEE WICKED! Rarely have I ever seen a performance live up to the hype that surrounds it. This show is one that can be enjoyed by all ages, making it a timeless treat. You'll leave the theatre humming the songs and with an armful of souveniers!
- DEFINITELY TAKE THE SUBWAY! We got the 7 day pass for $24 each, and we must have ridden the bus or subway 3-5 times each day! A "must" for those doing NYC on a budget.
- DEFINITELY BRING A GOOD PAIR OF SHOES! One day we walked from Brooklyn to Chelsea Pier. (And yes, by the way we are crazy!) Never would have made it throughout the trip without those sneakers!
- DEFINITELY VISIT ST. PAUL'S! This was my first trip to NYC, so I was very anxious to see the site of the World Trade Center. I had never seen the area when the towers were still standing, so to see the gaping whole in the landscape was powerful, but I still felt so small b/c I could not relate to what was there before the attacks. Once we walked across the street to visit St. Pauls chapel, that feeling of loneliness metled away. I saw how the entire community rose up to help in any way they could. It helped me realize that the efforts I made back home, small though they might have been, connected me with these courageous people in some way. Fewer places can provide a more profund sense of pride in your country.
DEFINETELY GO TO BROOKLYN! This might not be tops on your list of places to visit, but let me tell you. You will not see a better view of the city skyline than from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Amazing brownstones, a beautiful view, and the walk FROM Brooklyn TO Manhattan (don't do it the other way around...walk towards the city) made this my favorite day in NY.
A few other places we went that I have to recommend: Serendiptiy 3. You WILL wait, but it's worth it. Bruxelles in the Village. Great Belgian! Swizz in the Theatre District. Pre-show fondue and chicken cordon blue, excellent! Lombardi's for pizza. Not too bad at all!
Some things you do NOT need to do:
- DON'T bother worrying about your wardrobe. Nobody cares what you're wearing. Don't try to blend in. Just be comfortable!
- DON'T be afraid to ask for directions. I was so amazed at how many FRIENDLY New Yorkers we met! I was expecting the worst, and now I know they've got a bad rap.
- DON'T stress if you don't stick to your itinerary. Inevitably, it will get tossed out the window. Just hold onto it so you make sure you hit all of the places you want to see.
I'm happy to be home, but I can't wait to go back. You guys have a wonderful city, and you truly are the melting pot of America. Farewell New York!