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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by anderson (03 Feb 09 16:36)

There is so much to see and a day is not enough but you could pick the bones out of this lot and enjoy NY. Go shopping or browsing on 34 St. and 6th. Avenue ……Macy’s etc Work your way east down to 33/34 Street and 5th. Avenue to Empire State Building (Don’t try the Skyride it is apparently a total waste of time and money). If the queues (lines) are ok go up now or if they are long come back later if you want to go up. Walk up Broadway to Times Square then on to Broadway theatre area. ¼ Mile over to the east is the Rockerfeller Center good for art and a coffee and muffin. (In this area is 5th. Avenue, Park Avenue and Grand Central Station). Get the Subway and go to Bowling Green and then decide whether to go to Battery Park and get the ferry cruise to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (also decide whether to get off on the island or not) or if the queues are lengthy go the other way and get the Staten Island Ferry, for free, and see the views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline from there. Look for a restaurant in Greenwich Village, Little Italy or Chinatown and just enjoy people watching and a beer whilst you wait for your meal if you can get a table al fresco. I don’t like bus tours hop on and off or whatever but many people do it’s a personal thing. There are plenty of maps and subway charts on the www. So you can prepare and preplan quite a lot …….Neil.

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Tim Eyre - Answered a Question by anderson (03 Feb 09 13:15)

Hi Mr/Mrs Anderson. Firstly, the Hilton hotel is in a fantastic location in New York so you've picked a good hotel that will allow you to explore the "usual" places on foot such as Times Square, Central Park, Macy's and The Empire State Building. If you prefer to pack as much as you can in, I suggest you take a 'Grey Line Bus Tour' - tickets will be available at the hotel conceirge desk in reception. Essentially, this is a double decker bus that goes all around New York - to all the major landmarks (places I've just mentioned) and shopping districts including Brooklyn, Chelsea, The Upper East Side etc., etc., The cost is around $50 for Adults and $35 for children. This appears expensive but the bus runs the route all day and you can get off where you like and then get back on again when the next one comes along meaning that you can explore the areas that interest you in more detail without feeling that doing so will leave you stranded. In regard to the faciilities for you daughter, it is my understanding that the various clubs and activities aboard QM2 for Under 16s are first class and I suspect your daughter will want to stay on for another 6 days! Have a wonderful time -I've done the same trip 5 times now and love every minute of it. Tim.

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Rollins - Answered a Question by anderson (03 Feb 09 22:50)

Take them on a sight seeing bus trip. we did this and it meant we saw everything. And get off and take them up the empire state building...only one day means you need to get in as much as possible and this way is an easy going way to do it.

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