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.