*This may be long sorry*
After spending a couple of days in L.A then 11 days at Turks and Caicos as part of my 30th birthday holiday we were ready to hit NYC!
May 31: we arrived at JFK half an hour early and got through immigration in about 20min after expecting to be waiting for at least an hour I was very happy. We quickly collected all our bags and found our way to the Dial 7 pickup point and waited and waited and waited......... Dh ended up ringing them again to be told that the driver was there so we waited some more and eventually spotted him..... 40min after we first called, but at least we were finally on our way, all be it slightly irritated but at least we had the stroller for dd to sit in and I had some snacks for her to have. I did request a carseat but We didn't get one so luckily I had borrowed my neighbours booster seat.
We arrived at Hotel Newton at 8pm to a warm welcome from there lovely staff and all my irritation from earlier went as I was finally here!!
We had a lovely young guy from the hotel help us with our bags taking them up to our room we were about to tip him but he left our room so quickly we didn't get a chance, but I don't think he was the regular doorman so we were a bit confused and we didn't see him again to give him something.
We left our bags in the room had a bathroom break (as any parent knows you don't want to be stuck somewhere with a child that has to go to the bathroom RIGHT NOW and not know where any are. ) and we were on our way to Times Square and our first attempt at using the subway.
I come from a small town 2hrs away from Brisbane so I barely even see a bus so I was slightly nervous using the subway but it was really easy. Especially when I knew that our hotel was classed as uptown and everywhere we wanted to visit was going to be downtown. It may sound silly to some but just remembering that helped me work out which train to catch.
We left the stroller at the hotel and carried dd who spent most of the time on her dads shoulders. With the plan that if it became too much for her (or me who hates crowds) we would just leave, but given that she thought turbulence on the flight over was fun I thought we would be ok. And she loved it all except the people dressed as the Statue of Liberty (but they even gave me the creeps)
We were amazed by it all and stayed there until 11.30 before going home. Although figuring out which subway entrance to go to confused us a bit but we just asked someone and finally found the right platform.
Off to bed ready for our first full day.