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“Manahttan, NYC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010

If you planed to visit Manhattan, you will not regret it your decision. There is so many things to see! Plenty of places to eat and have a drink. From my experience if you would like to know about this city visit: www.moving2manhattan.com There are very useful informations and safe places where you could book your attractions. So, enjoy your trip to Manhattan NYC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hong Kong
1 review
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“A short report on our first trip to NY”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2010

Just back from a 4-day trip to New York in early May. My wife, my six year-old and I landed in Newark Int'l Airport from San Francisco on Mother's Day night. Took a taxi to Hilton Garden Inn at W 35th St for $80 including tolls and tips. There was traffic when we reached the tunnels before entering New York City around 10:30 pm. We thought it was probably because of Mother's Day. The drive took about 50 min, which from what I read on the web should take around 30 min.

Check-in was smooth and quick. The lady at the front desk was very polite, professional and said thanks, which somehow was hard to come by in this town. We booked the hotel on its website 'cause its price was lower than the other booking sites. We paid a little over $200 per night on one of its packages. Our room was at the 29th floor right beside the lift. But it was not noisy at all as we were afraid of. And no view to the Empire State Bldg, but the other side of Manhattan, which suited us fine. The room was spotlessly clean. It had a super powerful toilet, a little fridge, a mircowave oven and free Internet. Water in the shower was not as strong as we wanted, but it was ok. No waters and mini bar were provided. I read some of the reviews which said the room was small. But it was actually ok to us. The aircon was a two-in-one, floor-mounted type with the little humming sound coming out while it was running. Ok, we could still sleep at night. Overall, our stay at this hotel was comfortable. Its location was very convenient as it was just less than a 20-second walk to the subway station (Herald Square) to the right of the hotel. With a rate of $200+ and a location like this in New York City in May, I would recommend this hotel to others.

We went out for a bite after a late nite check-in. Saw a Korean restaurant right next to the hotel. It was open 24 hours. The food was good and the service marginally ok. Paid the bill and left a small tip at the cashier. When I turned and was about to leave the place, the waiter stopped me and said the tip was not enough. Not sure if it was part of the culture in the Big Apple. But it was certainly the first time in my whole life that such thing happened to me. Didn't bother to reason with him and paid the exact amount of tips that he suggested and left.

Day 1: We went out for breakfast at a place called Herald Square Market which was just right around the corner of the hotel. There was a large selection there including pre-cooked and made to order items. We had the regular, i.e. french toast, omelet, sausages, etc. Avg cost was about $7 per person. I know this is perfectly reasonable in New York and other cities. But we are from Hong Kong. A $7 breakfast is a little expensive in our small city. We bought dinner and fruits at this place the next couple days. Some travelers on this forum went to the place right next to where we ate, which was called Pax Wholesome Food (correct name?). We didn't try this because the selection was somehow not to our (actually my) liking.

After breakfast, walked to the Bryant Park, followed with a visit to the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Ctr, which was spectaular. Standing on the roof of the bldg, enjoying a 360-degree view of the entire New York City was quite an experience. There were long lines there, but they moved very fast. We had hotdogs for lunch. Went to the Time Square afterward. NYPD was all over the place. We saw all kinds of NYPD vehicles around. So many officers were on the streets. Security was very tight. We felt everyboby was vigilant as if they were on the lookout.

Day 2: Glad to know that Star Buck in New York was cheaper than in Hong Kong. Hopped on a ferry and off to the Liberty Island. Walked up the 300+ stairs to the crown of the Statue of Liberty and had a closer look at its internal structure as we walked. The view from the crown was not as open as we thought because the windows of the crown were very small. Nevertheless, it was worth every penny.

Took the ferry back to Battery Park in the afternoon and straight we took the subway to Wall Street. Grabbed a quick bite at a Japanese food stall. Same as in Time Square, we saw NYPD on the entire Wall Street. We even spotted an officer in full SWAT gear, standing guard outside a building. Coupled with road blocks and a local ABC news channel van parked on the curb, the atmosphere was tense. Before we called it a day, we visited the 911 construction site.

Day 3: We woke up late. Light rain lasted most of the day. Took the subway to the Grand Central Terminal. It was such a big station. The hustle and bustle we felt every time we took a subway at a different station was in no compasion to this place. No wonder it is called Grand Central. We had lunch at the food court in the basement, Chinese food. Can you believe that? The food was good. My wife disagreed.

Afterward, we took the subway to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall. Instead of walking to Brooklyn Bridge, we got lost and entered China Town, which was nearby. Strolled along the streets and discovered there were so many Hong Kong-styled cafes in China Town. For those who have never been to Hong Kong and want to know what the local Chinese food tastes like, that might be a quick substitute. Continued to wonder around the streets in China Town and reached the Little Italy. After having a coffee and a cake at a cafe there, we were headed to Brooklyn Bridge, finally. Although it was still raining, we still enjoyed the view there overlooking Manhattan Bridge.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped by Pen Station and hung out in the area and enjoyed a BBQ beef in bread on the roadside.

We were tired and didn't want to have dinner far away from the hotel. So we tried out the Irish Pub on the same street of our hotel. The food was alright, but the service was poor. The attitude of the waitresses was so cool. Their body language made us feel as if Asians were not welcome to the place. No smiles and no thanks, until we left tips on the table. Only by then the waitress started smiling and even waved good-bye to my son.

Day 4: Took the subway to Central Park South. It was simply huge. We only stayed there for a couple hours or so and left for the United Nations Headquarters at 1 Ave. Again, NYPD was everywhere. This time there were over 20 or 30 NYPD patrol cars parked on the both sides of the curbs. My wife walked up to one of the officers and asked her why. She said the President was in town and they were about to escort him to another place (NYPD headquarters may be).

We took the subway to the Greenwich Village. We mixed up with the routes in the subway and took us quite awhile before we reached the place. It was a very nice place, indeed.

We had dinner in the Korean Town to round up our trip, which was just several blocks from our hotel. We chose to eat at a Japanese restaurant. The food and drinks were regular stuff and the bill was $100, including tips. I think we should try somewhere else next time.

My overall view to New York City:

a. It is a vibrant city. People walk very fast and are constantly in a hurry. But frankly, we didn't see people smile very often. They looked tense and worried to me. My wife said New Yorkers looked miserable.

b. Subway is very convenient and rocky. People always liked to force themselves into the trains when the doors were closing and the trains were leaving. Spitting on the rail was a common scene. The trains were very crowded in the morning and evening. But it was very quiet on the train because we didn't hear people talking.

c. Service culture in New York City is absolutely different from the rest of the world. We were surprised to experience this in the restaurants, ticket windows and shops.

d. Some of the New Yorkers were mean based on our experience. A young lady was sitting in a train with a large shopping bag next to her. My son sat next to this lady and acidentally touched her shopping bag several times when the train was stopping. She gave him a killer look and it was like she wanted to stand up and leave right away. There was another time when we were in a deli one night. My son was looking at the colorful packages of the milk and pops and started touching them. A lady next to him said to him, "Don't touch! You touch, you buy!" Apparently she was not aware we were around.

e. On the other hand, some of the New Yorkers we bumped into were very nice. For one, the NYPD officers were very friendly. When we talked to them, they smiled back. One time my wife swiped the Metro Card at the turnstile. The fair was picked up by the machine but somehow she didn't get passed the turnstile. And my son and I were waiting on the inside and trying to figure out what to do. A black lady in business suit came up and explained to my wife the problem. She even swiped her own Metro Card and let my wife pass. And then she swiped again to enter.

f. We didn't feel it was unsafe in New York City. But the presence of a large no. of law enforcement officers on the streets and the regular broadcast on the subway and in the airport that urged people to speak to the authorities when they saw suspicious objects did make us feel somewhat a little uncomefortable.

Regardless, it was a very good experience. We enjoyed the trip very much. The Big Apple is a great city!

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18 reviews
7 helpful votes
“City that never stops fascinating me”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2010

New York is a place that interests me - Why ? Because its a city that never sleeps. The energy of that city inspires me. There is so much to see and learn in and around New York. THe best that I have enjoyed in New York is the city tours and Walking around in the city. Newyorkers are very helpful and its easy to get around the city with a map in hand.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
105 helpful votes
“So good they named it twice!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2010

You cannot prepare yourself for your first visit to NYC- it is big -bigger than you ever imagined it would be. And people - so many people!!
New York is one of the top cities to visit in the world and I would recommend that everyone go at least once in there lives.
Times Square is vast and you will be shocked at how small it is and how many people can fit in it at one time. It is full of deli's, gift and souvenir shops, restaraunts - you name it it is there.
Take a good pair of walking shoes as you will do a lot of walking while you are there.
The weather is variable. We were there in May and it was freezing cold at the start then went hot, rainy and hot again by the time we came home. Take a lightweight raincoat or jacket.
The only way to travel is by subway. Buy a metro card when you arrive. We got the 14 day unlimited ride for arount $50 dollars each but it was worth it. Keep your senses about you at all times and you will be as safe as anywhere else. Dont have valuables on show and be extra vigilant at night.
Buses are very slow in the heavy Manhattan traffic so avoid at all times unless absolutely necessary.
The famous yellow cabs are everywhere and all have the same rates-most of them have a small screen in the back which has a map and tells you what the costs are. You can also pay by credit card with a swipe facility. Take instructions and maps if you are going to anywhere as a lot of the drivers will ask you where it is so be prepared.
Canal street is a bit like China town with a hidden twist. You get a lot of traders coming over to you asking if you want to buy 'bags or watches'. There is a lot of replica goods sold there but alot of them are off the main street and the traders want to take you there or get someone to meet you. If you dont feel right dont do it otherwise grab yourself a bargain! Beware - we were warned before going down there that there are a lot of pickpockets about the area.
For shopping Century 21 cannot be beaten. It is far better than Woodbury Common and you can get some real bargains.
For a feeling of the great outdoors try Central Park which is massive. There are lots of people who will cycle you round in a rickshaw like vehicle or if you are really splashing out try a horse drawn carriage (state owned and are $50 for the first 20mins then $20 every 10minutes onwards)
Manhattan Marvelous Tours is a must for travellers in a hurry. See all the top sites and attractions from the comfort of a mini coach and the driver Steve is fantastic.
If you do go to the WTC site visit St Pauls chapel which was at the back of the towers - it is very moving.
Try the CircleLine sight seeing cruise. We did the 75 minute one and it was just enough time. You get a good view of the Statue of Liberty without queing up for 4 hours like some tours did just to get in it. They do longer cruises but people told us the 3 hour was just way too long and boring.
Try to plan your route before hand so you dont stand in the street with maps looking puzzled as you look like a tourist and can be the target of muggers or opportunists.
For food you cant go anywhere better. Try the Carnegie deli for the famous Woody Allen sandwich which is huge. Ess a bagel do the best bagels for a morning breakfast and Juniors do great sandwiches and the cheesecakes are better to none.
For something more formal Upstairs at Club 21 takes some beating.
Try and keep dollars and loose change as everyone here expects you to tip them .
For some great photo opportunities with people who dont have vertigo try the Empire State Building (86th or 102 floor observatory) or the Top of the Rock at the Rockafella Building . Try to do one at night to get a view of the city lit up.
All in all NYC is a fantastic place- so good they should have named it 3 times!!!

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“24 hours in New York City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2010

We took our teenager on his first trip to NYC in May 2010, Friday evening to Saturday evening. It was a great success!

Our schedule and hotel were planned around Saturday matinee tickets to "American Idiot", as well as a full day of school on Friday and an early Sunday soccer game. After much searching and thought, we found the Doubletree on Broadway a short walk to our show and near the subway. A king suite gave a king bed in a separate room, and fold out sofa in the LR for the teen. About $300 with taxes, prepaid rate. We could see the Broadway screens from both rooms... Awesome. Asked for late checkout, 1:00; could store luggage with hotel to pick up on way out of town.

Driving to the Hamilton, NJ station, took NJ Transit train to Penn Station. We purchased Metrocards with about $10 each, (about cost of three roundtrips) and took the subway one stop up. Checked in the Doubletree. Hotel is very clean and comfortable. Bathroom is large. Made both tea and coffee in the room.

Dinner was at Planet Hollywood. Easy walk through Time Square after dark--Very exciting. Restaurant has interesting Hollywood memorabilia covers the walls and ceiling. No reservations unless a large group. We had a five minute wait. Food ok. Not boring for the teen.

Subwayed to Empire State Building. More wow. At 102nd floor, the top, view at night is sensational. Some wait in line, 5 minutes here and there. About $100 for three to the top. Teen's architecture project in school gave more interest to detail of building.

Back to the hotel for the night. Scoped out before trip breakfast/bagel, Evergreen's across from hotel. Will deliver to hotel. Hubby ordered and picked up breastfast for us... opens at 6am, phone order. Leisurely ate in room as rotated through shower.

9:00 reservation on Statue of Libery / Ellis Island Ferry; purchased at home prior to trip; if want Crown tour--plan many months ahead. Meant to leave hotel at 7:45; didn't leave until 8ish. Dropped time slot for going to restaurant since could pick up, and forgot to allow subway time to Battery Park. Subway schedule changed from printed--lines combined, etc. More stops gave us an additional 5 mins. Arrived before 8:30. Beautiful views of waterway and gardens. No signs directing to ferry. Meandered. I think the building was couple hundred yards to the right of the Homeland Security building. Right on the water. Single storie pre-fab looking building--think it was tan in color. Immediately get in security line. There's a left and right line. We were sent to left. Probably 15 minutes. Guess summer crowds a lot worse.

With 2:00 show tickets, antsy about time. Didn't get off at statue; got off at Ellis Island. Since we were first ferry; only a couple of dozen other visitors on the island with us. Went to genealogical area==volunteers very helpful. Spent time researching and did further searches at home. If your family arrived prior to 1880's, or not New York, they will give you other website references. On a subway back to hotel.

Showered and walked to great pizza--John's... real close to St. James Theater. Show is really, really good....

Walked through Rockerfeller Center, had snack at Friday's--AC seemed out. Enjoyed 5:30 Mass at St. Pat's... teen's eyes actually opened wide. Picked up bagels from shop near hotel to take home; picked up luggage. And subwayed to Penn Station.

Was delay on NJ train-- high winds blew out power to all trains on route in that area. Several hours later, back on train to Hamilton. Could write too much about that delay... didn't get home until almost 2:00 am.

Worked out to be a great, short, trip. Adding up all the costs, hotel and show tickets, easy to spend a lot of money; about $700. Subway and Ferry, meals were comparatively inexpensive.

Great experience!

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