For the easter holidays, we had friday off so i got 3 days together and in this short time , i had planned to visit new york city. Time was a constraint and so was the budget. I had booked a hotel in Roger Williams hotel, http://www.hotelrogerwilliams.com/, which is 4 star hotel in mid town new york.
Since i am from toronto, i found some of the facts interesting in newyork. First they have devided the city which is a tiny part of whole of USA , into 3 parts
i have been told any where above mid town is NO NO land :). Well do i agree to that, it depends.
So my hotel was in the MID town part of the city which lies between 57th and 42 street. Oh yes, they use the numerical system to name streets and follow a grid pattern for streets so its easy to locate parts of the city.
Then you have the Down town which is core tourist area of the city…
So my trip had 2 days, i started friday morning around 7am and i had to come back sunday by 7pm
Leaving early morning was an advantage since the traffic flow at the border was quiet OK. I had used a TOMTOM ONE XL gps, which screwed on the way, when i was THIS close of reaching the city.
Another point, always have US currencies , because, even though on the way you have tolls to pay, which by the way accepts canadian currencies at 25% markup. once you reach the city, you need US bills to enter lincoln tunnel or george washington bridge.
These are the 2 bridges linking with the manhattan. It took atleast 1hr to cross the tunnel, once i did that my GPS was pretty much useless. It cannot triangulate my location, may be because streets were too close to each other. It seemed as if the mayor of the city were trying to pack as many streets into mahnattan as they can.
Once you enter through lincoln tunnel, you are entering through downtown manhattan, and you have to swim and find you way till mid town, which isnt too far from downtown. So by 7pm friday i reached after all this, for an expert it will only take 8hrs but since i am not it took 12hrs to reach the hotel.
So after an hours break in the hotel, which by the way was way smaller than the typical 4 star hotels. And everything in the room were price tagged from bottle of water to toothbrush ranging between $5 to $10
Just in case you get thirsty, you will be billed $8 for a 500 ml of bottle water…They were kind enough to offer a bathrob for customers, but if you feel like taking it home, they will charge a whopping $75. I had used the valet parking which was $50 per day, since i drove 12 hrs i dint want to waste any more time looking for a parking.
But above all this, hotel was located right at the center, walking distance to everywhere…well not everywhere
places to see:
So we stepped out of the hotel, which was located at 32nd street and 6th street. We had laid down a road map of places to see and things to do, which follows like this, starting from 8pm
- start with empire state building, get on top of that, which will be open till 2am midnight
- madison square garden
- then go to time square, which usually is busy till 12 midnight, then the crowd gets rough
- then go to rockafeller center and
- if possible visit madam tussuade wax museum
- Start around 9am go to UN headquaters
- See the Donald Trump Tower (because i loved THE APPRENTICE)
- Go to Bloomingdales
- Go downtown, see wall street
- the raging bull at NY stock exchange
- Ground zero at World Trade Center
- New York Museum
- Statues of Liberty and Ellis Island ferry
- If possible go to greenwich village & soho
- Getting back to Mid town, to see worlds largest store, Macy’s
- go to hackensack, new jersey to visit my cousin