Just home from NY went there for a week from April 1st to April 8th, was the best holiday I ever had!! Want to go back already!
Friday 1st flight from Dublin delayed an hour, not too bad, flight was a bit long though nearly reaching 7 hours.
Arrived at JFK rang Carmel cars and they said a car was on the way, I think they were being too kind when they said "car" what can only be descibed as rust on wheels came crawling up the road, myself and girlfriend Brenda hoping it wasnt for us...but of course it was!!!! chap driving couldnt really speak englich or maybe was just shy not sure, but we didnt let this disappoint us, at least we got to the hotel.
We stayed at the Hotel Metro on W34th St, and we couldnt have picked a better hotel, it was clean and we were so close to everything, opening your window every morning and seeing the ESB is fantastic!! The only bad thing I would say about the hotel is the noise, at night we could hear everything, cars people, Garbage trucks were the worst, not sure if the floors above 7th are any better, but we soon found that the Duane Reedes store around the corner stocked ear buds, sleeping masks and herbal sleeping tablets so they helped!
Friday night went up the ESB, bad idea, we had already got the tickets online but the queues were over an hour and we had been awake 20 hrs now at this stage, but it was great when we finnally got out onto the observation deck.
Saturday was a bit rainy but managed to walk around constantly looking up at the size of the buildings.We were booked to do a helicopter ride on sunday afternoon but I had been checking out the weather and is was giving rain so I rang them up and asked them could we change to Tuesday which was supposed to be sunny, they said that was fine. Keens was just around the corner so managed to get a table for later on that night....oh my god, the food, especially the steak was one of the best I've ever had, what a great way to celebrate your birthday.
Sunday was rainy, but we got up early and bought tickets for the Grayline all loops bus tour, which we thought was really good and gave us a good perspective of where everything was in the city, although we got a bit of a soaking sitting on the open top bus even though we got our free white bin liner poncho's.
Sunday night we were booked into the River cafe, but we were a bit late getting back to the hotel so we rang them and asked could we be moved back 30 mins which was no problem, so got my suit on and grabbed a taxi, it was everything we expected and more, the food was great and the views were stunning and the service was excellent they even had some chocolate saying happy birthday on my dessert.
Monday we went to Central park then the Natural history museum which was great, especially the planitarium! we could have spent all day there, then back to times square for shopping and to Virgils BBQ, which was a great place to have a beer and some really nice food.
Tuesday morning the sun was splitting the stones, so we walked down to the heliport, we ended up getting on 30 mins early, this for me was one of the highlights, 15 mins seemed to go by just too quickly, but I loved it and would highly recommend it, we then walked up to the USS Intrepid which was good for something completely different. We then decided to walk down to get the ferry for the Statue of liberty tour, but after 15 mins walking decided that we underestimated the distance and got a taxi the rest of the way...just as well we did.
Decided just to visit Ellis Island and not bother with Statue of Liberty, Ellis island was good but didnt take too long to get through it. Then back and walked around Wall Street looking for a bar called the Irish Punt which a girl we knew worked in, after about an hour of not finding it we were just about to give up when we stumbled upon it, nice place.
Wednesday we went up to TKTS in Time square to get some tickets for a show, I went around to the schubert theatre to chance my arm on getting tickets for spamalot, but had no luck all they had was standing room only which I think would have been unfair to my poor feet who were already starting to give up on me. So we managed to get 2 tickets for the Producers for $100 which was good. Then over to the earthcam at TGI fridays to wave like an idiot at my family back home.
Grabbed a bite to eat, a shower and off to broadway, got there early enough and was delighted with the seats until I spotted to 6ft 300 pound guys looking for there seats and low and behold it had to be the 2 seats right in front of me, had to keep moving to see past their freakishly big heads but generally ahd a good view of the stage.The play itself was very good, Richard Kind was his usual funny self, Alan Ruck had the night off but his understudy was very good.
Then onto Carmines, now Ive hear people on here say, "dont go if there is only 2 of you, but I thought "how big could the portions be?" well when the waitress arrived with what can only be described as a trough full of food we couldnt believe it, 8 or 9 chickens and a bag of potatoes in a sauce, we got to halfway and gave up, very nice though.
Thursday was spent up the ESB again and doing some present shopping.
Friday I went off to get my Sony PSP, which I had ordered the first day we got there, and just about got it, then back to Speedys for some lovely food. Went back to the hotel to wait for Carmels cars to pick us up, this time we had a nice car. Flight home was grand only 5 hours.
We are already thinking about going back again before the year is up, it really was the trip of a lifetime...apart from maybe spending 2 hours looking at the same bra in Victoria Secret but I wont go into that!!!!!