There is nothing like the city that never sleeps. Fanya and I spent 5 days in New York for a mini vacation. I had been to New York about 6 years ago in the winter so was excited to see it in the summer. To see all my New York photos go to the galleries section at http://www.rickochetphoto.com/newyork
Rockefeller Plaza – the observation deck is pretty cool
How to succeed in Business Without Even Trying (starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame)
Yankees-Devil Rays game – saw Derek Jeters 2998th hit!
The famous Halal Cart – best food deal in New York!
The Shake Shack – awesome burger!
Times Square – never gets old
Staten Island Ferry
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge at night – highly recommended!
Trying to watch the July 4th Fireworks
Some of the negatives in no particular order:
Humidity of the subway stations – although the cars were airconditioned
Taking the subway in rushhour – don’t know how they do it everyday
The prices at Yankee stadium – thieves I tell you!
Missing our flight in Toronto
My thoughts on parts of our stay in New York:
Brand new W hotel called the Aloft in Brooklyn. www.alofthotels.com/Brooklyn Only $117/night all in which is pretty good for a brand new hotel in New York although it is in Brooklyn. The staff was helpful and friendly and love the Brooklyn accent The rooms were clean and actually pretty good. Not much of a view but you could walk to the Brooklyn bridge in under 20min. The only thing I didn’t like was that we couldn’t figure out how to control the aircon. The hotel was only a block away from the nearest subway station and then only a 20min ride to midtown. Pretty central all in all. So I would definitely recommend the Aloft in Brooklyn if you can get it for under $120/night.
How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying:
This musical starred Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and John Larroquette (of Night Court Fame). It is based on the book of the same name by Shepherd Mead from 1952. The show was actually quite good and I would definitely recommend it although make sure to get the discounted tickets at TKTS. At $90 a pop, it was at the upper limit of what I was hoping to spend. I thought John Laroquette was brilliant as J.B. Biggley. Daniel Radcliffe was good but to be honest, I think the singing and choreography stretched the limits of his theatre abilities. His name alone definitely brought people into the theatres but I think many talented up and coming actors could have played the role of J. Pierrepont Finch with the same success and probably better. I just think for premium prices, one should get premium talent and not just a premium name.
New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays:
This had a chance to actually be a historic game. Derick Jeter was going for his 3000th hit. He only needed 3 more. It would be awesome to witness the yankee captain and future hall of famer achieve one of the most important milestones in baseball. Alas, it was not to be. He doubled in his first at bat to get our hopes up but then went hitless the rest of the night. He did get his 3000th hit the next game though. So close!! Other than that, I was actually a bit underwhelmed by the new Yankee stadium experience. It was modern but didn’t really capture my imagination. I had been to the old yankee stadium and after that, most stadiums are a bit of a let down I guess. I know it is New York but I thought the prices were rediculous. From our bleacher seats which were $100 a pop to the $12 watered down beer, the whole thing was a bit of a rip off. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the experience and there is nothing like watching a baseball game in New York but I don’t know how a family can afford it.
So all in all it was a good trip, did lots of walking and the weather co-operated except for make us miss our connection in Toronto. Even though we had 5 days and we had both been there before, it still wasn’t enough time to do everything we wanted. I guess there is always next time.