OWETB wrote:We stayed in Hells Kitchen, on 42nd street.
Get a subway pass for a week, unbelievably good value - think it was $29 and the only restriction is you can't use it for 20 minutes after entering a station, this is obviously to prevent it being passed back through the barriers. Mate of mine lives over there and he said use the subway through the day but taxis at night.
Central Park is great, catch the red train to 110th street, enter at the north of the park and wander through it, 110th street is in Harlem but it is completely safe. There is fucking loads in there to do/ look at, it took us six hours and we didn't bother with the zoo or museums. Be careful of the coffee shops/ cafes in there, fucking well expensive 2 x coffee & 2 x (very small) ice creams came to £25! What I would suggest if you're going to spend a massive part of the day in there is to take a picnic. Where we were there was a co-op type shop, so everything is available and pretty reasonable anorl.
Grand Central station is an absolute must, it is the most beautiful building I think I have ever seen, utterly stunning. Over the road from here is the NYC Public Library, this is where the first ghost scene in Ghostbusters was filmed, however, there are no books.
The whole city just feels so familiar, it seemed that every corner we walked around, we recognised another famous building/ landmark.
Try to avoid eating at the touristy spots like Times Sq, just a rip off and poor quality. Do not eat from the street vendors, the look nice and smell delicious but we were told to only eat from them if we wanted to lose weight very quickly.
When are you going Phil? I'll keep adding to this thread as and when I have the time and when I remember stuff, are the kids going too?
OWETB wrote:Blackwhite wrote:Think my last (current) ESTA was fourteen quid.
$14, that is the current cost.
Phil LUFC wrote:Empire state building
Phil LUFC wrote:New York booked, 5 nights in August. Also booked a 7 attraction explorer pass each for £224, seems great value. Penciled in for that are:
Empire state building
Liberty/Ellis island ferry + tour (2 separate things)
Reckon we can add to that with some of: central park, highline, SoHo, little Italy, little China. Going to be a busy week!
FER wrote:Phil LUFC wrote:Empire state building
The people I've spoken to who've done the Empire have said that it's mega busy and you queue for hours to get in / up. Might be worth checking on less busy times (if they exist). You doing 1WTC?
dirty leeds wrote:Thinking of doing a little cave diving in Thailand. Anything to watch out for?