New York City
First Stop -New York City (Sept 2001)
Rating- 5 paw prints
Things to do: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walk, Walk some more and when you are done do more walking. This is the best place to just stroll the avenues and stroll through Central Pak and drink in the atmosphere. Don't miss a trip up the Empire State Building (fast and efficient) and although it's always a disappointment you should probably do the carriage ride through Central Park. Tour Radio City Music Hall but when you meet the Rockette don't ask her how old she is. Oops! Buy a little something at Macy's (their prices are pretty good) and maybe go skating at Rockefeller Centre. You can go on a double decker bus tour or the Circle Line tour around Manhattan.
Things you must do because Alistair Bear says so: When I think New York I think Broadway so hit as many shows as you can. My favourites this year are "The Full Monty" with Annie Golden and Elton John's "Aida". Take the ferry over and see the Statue of Liberty. You can climb her if you want but it's exhausting and the view is poor, still it's nice to say you did it. If they are running tours at Lincoln Centre it is also worth doing. I must say New York is a better place now, people are friendlier and they certainly appreciated our business in September as the theatres and restaurants were empty. I believe they are in good shape now but go and support those shows anyway, we don't want Broadway to struggle again. Go grab an ice-cream at Pier 17 and just sit outside and enjoy the peaceful and relaxing view of the river.
Alistair Bear onboard the "Peking"
Places to eat: Sardi's (we enjoyed it, great service and the food's good too). If you must then go to Tavern On the Green, the food is overpriced and average at best. If weather permits sit outside, I didn't care for the inside decor. I enjoyed Ellen's Stardust Diner for a quick meal before a show (it's all waiters singing Broadway tunes and I'm a sucker for diners), I also enjoyed Ruby Foo's at 1626 Broadway. And don't forget to have some original New York Cheesecake at Lindy's. For cheap eats and shopping there is a good mall with foodcourt by the Pennsylvania Hotel, almost across from the Empire State Building. Also there is Pier 27 with lots of shops and great food. You can always get cheap eats in New York if you go to a food court.
Places to stay: Best value and location is the Edison (228 West 47th Street) or you can usually get a good rate at the Pennsylvania Hotel (across from Penn Station on 33 St. If you stay at the Pennsylvania Hotel get a room on a higher floor, otherwise you'll never get on the elevator going down (trust me).
Updated March 14, 2002
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