Hello! My mom and I are going to be in NYC for a week in early January. This will be our first trip to the city and I have some questions on different topics:
We are arriving at Newark Airport and we will be staying at Econo Lodge Times Square, so we are planning to take the AirTrain to Penn Station and then take a bus since the hotel is just down the avenue. Is there a place where we could buy Metro Cards near or at the station? So we buy the 7-day metro card before taking the bus.
The FAQ says we have to tip the housekeepers. I didn’t know that. We never did when we went to Disney World years ago. Is it really 15% in restaurants? We are on a budget so mom says we will only order take-outs/fast food so we don’t have to tip. In Lima, we only leave $1 or $2 average no matter the total price, unless it’s a really fancy restaurant.
If we pay suggested donation for the AMNH, can we attend an exhibition at the Hayden Planetarium or would we have to pay the general admission plus one for $25? Is there a single price for an exhibition? A general admission costs $19 with no exhibitions and a ‘plus one”, $25 which includes one exhibition so one exhibition costs $6 then?
Most museums close at 5pm. Is this for admission and people inside can stay longer, say 8pm or would they ask us to leave?
Is a whole day (10am – 4pm) at Bronx Zoo too much? Seeing as not all the attractions will be opened in winter.
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Where can I buy merchandise (scarves, beanies, keychains, etc)? Is it true the WB Studio Store closed? Also, merchandise from The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Game of Thrones.
I’m planning to buy a MacBook Pro with Retina Display because it’s cheaper over there. Where to buy it? Apple Store, J&R or B&H? Is it better to buy at the Apple Store when there’s only $10 difference with J&R/B&H?
Thank you in advance!