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Isafari
23-07-2012, 12:39 AM
Well, after a few mishaps and two damaged planes we arrived in New York this afternoon. We were through security in record time and, just as we got to the conveyor belt our cases were there. Went for the taxi and only one other couple were in front of us. I knew we had arrived because within two minutes our driver had been honked at and shown the finger!

Will always remember our very first sight of NY skyline, pointing out the Crysler and Empire State building etc. We arrived at the Hotel Metro in no time on a lovely warm sunny day. When we got to our room they had taken into account my requests - top floor with view of ESB. We are only two blocks from ESB. Room very adequate with complimentary soft drinks and water in fridge. Also free breakfast in the morning and free wifi - typing this ever so slowly on PlayBook.

Lights have just come on at ESB.

We just had a walk around today as we are pretty tired. Went to Maceys and looked in a few shops. Had photo taken with Smurfs (as you do) and a lovely police officer who was taken with my accent! The Naked Cowboy was strutting his stuff to the amusement of giggling ladies and Mickey and Minnie were also out - although not the original mice, these characters had pointy noses!

Big disappointment in Times Square. It is tiny.

DH took loads of photos already.

We had a very entertaining evening meal at Ellen's Stardust Diner. Aspiring actors serving your meal burst into song and dance on tables. Most of them have very good voices and are great to chat to. Food was good although not hot enough for me when it arrived.

On the way back to the hotel we walked past the library - WOW! It was closed but we plan to visit later in the week.

So, early night for us. In the morning we are heading to Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, memorial/Trinity Church and Top of the Rock.

Beccaberry
23-07-2012, 04:10 AM
So glad you've arrived!! Fingers crossed the weather stays lovely for your sightseeing tomorrow!

Ellen's! Very entertaining place, and though I seem to be forever disappointed in the food, I always enjoy the servers ;-)

Times Square is somewhat small, but look at it this way - that's even more "interesting" places to visit off the beaten path!

Enjoy your day tomorrow ;-) pay no mind to all the dirt around Lady Liberty - she is really getting a good sprucing up!

Have fun!

Britchick
23-07-2012, 06:32 AM
Re: Live from New York with Isafari day 1

Glad you're having fun! Can't wait to hear more

daveann
23-07-2012, 06:36 AM
Re: Live from New York with Isafari day 1

Yay your there finally but wow did you pack a few things into day 1 :)

Kate
23-07-2012, 07:36 AM
Re: Live from New York with Isafari day 1

I love live TR's!!

Sounds like you are having a great time so far - cant wait to read more!

Watchinherskip
23-07-2012, 02:37 PM
Re: Live from New York with Isafari day 1

Have a great visit Diane! Taking in a Yankees game? Think their MLS soccer team is in town...My brother and his family went this weekend. A bit confused as my nephew was wearing a Chelsea jersey?:unsure:hmmmmmmmmm

uscwest
23-07-2012, 10:52 PM
Re: Live from New York with Isafari day 1

Glad to hear that you finally got there safely Diane. One of these days I may be able to talk Donna into going. Have fun.

montymouse
24-07-2012, 07:13 PM
Re: Live from New York with Isafari day 1

NY is one of my favourite places in the world. Have a fab time xx

Isafari
24-07-2012, 07:46 PM
Found I have no time to write trippies so I will just pop in and out with some updates until we get back home in five weeks time.

Yesterday we started off at Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Having prebooked was a blessing.

We then went to the 9/11 memorial.

Then, on to Top of the Rock. We arrived in daylight and stayed until after dark to get both views.

TGI for a meal before walking back through Broadway.

Johnie
24-07-2012, 07:56 PM
I can't believe you managed to do all of that in one day!! I absolutely love the statue of liberty and could have spent the whole day there alone

BUTTERHEAD1
25-07-2012, 06:12 AM
I can't believe how much you were able to do in 1 day. I have lived in NYC all my life and I have never been to the Top of the Rock nor have I been to Ellis Island. I haven't been to the statue of liberty in over 30 years. The 911 memorial is something I will do in the future, still too painful. Hope you have a great trip.

Dawn
25-07-2012, 06:45 AM
Broken planes??!! :thud:

Beccaberry
25-07-2012, 11:36 AM
Is the Statue still closed, Issy?

The Memorial is a beautiful spot, I find the sound of the water so peaceful...did you also visit the museum (over by the firehouse)? It's quite moving as well.

Isafari
25-07-2012, 09:29 PM
Is the Statue still closed, Issy?

The Memorial is a beautiful spot, I find the sound of the water so peaceful...did you also visit the museum (over by the firehouse)? It's quite moving as well.

Yes, the actual statue is still closed. We did visit the museum/shop

Johnie
25-07-2012, 09:39 PM
Well the best part of her is the outside in all her majestic glory. I have a crush on an inanimate object lol

Isafari
25-07-2012, 09:40 PM
Ok, yesterday we went to Central Park Zoo via the Apple store! A small zoo so didn't need to stay long. We then wandered through the park itself. It was yet another glorious day. So much so that a young and busty lady was sunbathing in only a g-string.

We got the subway back to the hotel where we showered, changed and went to watch Wicked at the Gershwin theater. Front row seats were great and we both really enjoyed the show.

Beccaberry
25-07-2012, 09:40 PM
Ok, yesterday we went to Central Park Zoo via the Apple store! A small zoo so didn't need to stay long. We then wandered through the park itself. It was yet another glorious day. So much so that a young and busty lady was sunbathing in only a g-string.

We got the subway back to the hotel where we showered, changed and went to watch Wicked at the Gershwin theater. Front row seats were great and we both really enjoyed the show.

Love that show :)

BUTTERHEAD1
26-07-2012, 02:17 AM
I saw Wicked a couple years back and loved it, my wife took my daughter a couple of months ago and she hasn't stopped asking to see it again since that day. Central Park Zoo is tiny but if you ever get a chance to see the Bronx Zoo you will love it . I am quite impressed with how much you have seen and done on your trip so far.... Keep going and I hope you have a fabulous trip.

Watchinherskip
26-07-2012, 04:50 PM
Wow Diane! That is a full platter to be sure. Glad you are having a great time. There is so much to do and see in NY. Never did a lot of those things you did. Ellis Island is big on my bucket list. Would love to see what my ancestors saw for the first time coming here from Ireland and the Ukraine. Would love to see it through their eyes.

catrancher
26-07-2012, 04:56 PM
Glad you're having a good time Diane! :thumbsup:

Pop in whenever you can and keep us updated on your "doings". :yes:

Tom (:macwave:... I wanna go see Wicked!)

Isafari
27-07-2012, 01:45 AM
Yesterday (wednesday) we started off at the Empire State Building just a block away from our hotel. The express passes saved us hours - up and down in no time bypassing any queues for the lifts.
We stayed about 90 minutes and I preferred the views from the 86th floor (or was it 84th) rather than all the way to the 102nd as the lower floor had no windows.

We then jumped on subway to the American Museum of Natural History. Stayed for about 6 hours but didn't get to see it all.

Back to hotel for shower then we went to see the new Cirque du Soleil show Zarkana. Managed very front row seats for this too. It was as expected - amazing.


Central Park Zoo is tiny but if you ever get a chance to see the Bronx Zoo you will love it . I am quite impressed with how much you have seen and done on your trip so far.... Keep going and I hope you have a fabulous trip.

Today we caught the subway to Bronx Zoo. Very impressed and got some fab photos. Got there for opening and stayed until closing.

Subway back to times square where we took a night tour over to Brooklyn. Tour just finished when the rain started so we got subway back to hotel and bought take away for dinner which we have just finished.

Isafari
28-07-2012, 03:39 AM
Last full day in New York today. We first went to Chinatown but didn't stay long. Then to have a look at Central Station. We had a mid afternoon meal at an Irish pub which was not worth $92!
We then walked to Times Square again followed by a wander around the shops and a look at the library. A week in New York and I haven't spent a single cent apart from food and drink. Nothing at all has taken my fancy not evens trinket.

Hotel to shower and change then we went to watch Phantom of the Opera. Once again we were very front row centre. I knew well in advance which shows I wanted to see, before they went on sale so every lunchtime at work i would check the availability until they became available and it was worth it - three shows, all front row.