Fantastic place to stay. Hosts Joanthan and Clement were marvellous. The pictures on their website are an accurate reflection of what you get. Clean, comfortable etc.. what more could you want. Gave it excellent as I think the location is more than balanced by the price. We had a toddler with us and managed very well with stroller and a back pack carrier. There are loads of baby changing facilities. Central Park easily accessible walking. Bus stop more of less outside takes you right into central Manhattan where the action is, Subway 2 minutes away. Only comment would be that perhaps they could give you a quick idiots guide to New York. Most streets/avenues the traffic runs only one way so if you go downtown on Lexington Avenue you need to come back on a parallel avenue on your return. Bus only takes Metro cards or coins, no notes even if you have the exact fare. Beware of subway closues. Make sure you know which are local trains and which are express trains or you may go flying past the stop you want to get off at. All that being said both have to be done. You would be missing out if you took a cab everywhere. There are no 'Tesco Express' type shops locally. We found a very good supermarket Fairway 240 East 86th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves). It is a little bit of a walk, but gives you a nice feel of the neighbourhood. They have a small section of English stuff if you are after Heinz beans and McVities digestives. Good range of products reasonably priced by American standards. Gourmet Garage is rather exotic, but does not have the range and is perhaps a little pricey. Leave the little shops nearby for emergencies, and the odd pack of beer. Subway is great for a sandwich, there is one just across the road. Meatballs all the way! Had take out from Joy burgers which was acceptable, I would give the chinese down the road a miss as the food is a little bland. Central Park not to be missed. Public toilets were DISGUSTING though, not sure how a park of this size is not embarassed by how bad they are. Try and stop for a coffee somewhere and use their facilities. Loved the Zoo. Doesn't look all that from outside, but appearances are deceiving. The tropical area has birds flying around your head. We did a bus tour but beware it's long. Sometimes 20 minutes wait between buses. Remember people are getting on and off so potentially on a busy day you may have to wait longer as there are no spaces. The ones with partially closed in roof means you can sit outside if is nice and inside if not. The downside is that the perspex roof is quite scratched so it obscures your view and you cant take photos. If its chilly but not raining site outside on the backseat. The engine will keep you warm. The night tour has no stops, but the lights are fantastic. Times Square and Broadway at night. Wow.The Apple Store is manic. Bloomingdales is good for a visit, but go to Macy's for your purchases. Levi's shop jeans about 70$ Macys from 40$. Had a bad experience in the Levis's store!. Empire State was fantastic. Loved the 1930 art deco interior as well as the views. Go early morning to avoid queues. Don't bother with Skyride it's rubbish unless you have young kids. Keep your ticket for 10% discount on Macy's shopping. A must is Ellen's Stardust Diner on Broadway. We did the Statton Island Ferry which is free to pass by the Statute of Liberty. Be prepared for 30 minute wait for the return journey. Ground Zero. Say no more....Got to be done. A very moving experience. You need to reserve a ticket but its free. Perhaps it's an idea to do that before you go and pick the tickets up when you get there.
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- Bubba And Bean (Bb) Hotel New York City