Post # 1
I am planning our one year anniversary in July (yes i know its like 9 months away) but I want to go ahead & start on it so i can get deals & surprise my husband. His family lives in NY & he hasnt seen them in almost 4 years, which means I have never met them either. Which is why I want to surprise him with this trip.
So what I’m asking is, to my NY Bees or Bees that have traveled to NY a lot…what are some things we can do? I’m going to pruchase tickets to the Empire State Building & the Statue of Liberty. we are going to visit Central Park & of course go to Times Square. He has done all of this already, but since its my first time up there I want to make sure we have a fun packed week. I ask him random stuff about new york so I can get an idea of what he would like to do & where his family lives, so I’m trying to figure out hotels. Its really hard to do this all on your own when you havent been there.
After Christmas I’m going to buy the plane tickets, I’m giving him the tickets on Valentines day because I want him make sure he can get the days off from work. I wish I didnt have to tell him until we were leaving for the airport!
Post # 4
I’ll bump this too as I’m heading to NY in December, I need some tips as well! Love that you’re planning on surprising him, so sweet!
Post # 5
skating @ rockefellar? FAO Schwartz (GO PLAY ON THE BIG PIANO!)If you have time drive over to jersey and checkout carlos bakery (and take pics for me please)for food we REALLY enjoyed Gyu-Kaku (its a Japanese bbq where you get to grill your own food).. they have a couple NY locations.Checkout a show on broadway?we did a couple tours, including madame tussauds, kinda cool (I think Ripley’s believe it or not would have been better)there are lots of walking tours but if it is cold I wouldn’t suggest it.. BUT I would suggest a food tour, or one of the movie tours …
I’m sure I have more ideas.. but I’m at work and only giving this half my attention 🙁
ETA: since you are going in july, skating won’t work lol and the walking tours would be a good idea.
Post # 6
If you’ve never been to NY you have to see a Broadway play! There’s SO many to choose from. I particularly loved Mary Poppins. As far as hotels. . . staying in Times Square is going to be very expensive. I’m not sure where his family lives and how far they are from “the city” but maybe look for hotels near them and then travel to and from the city for your fun filled activities.
Post # 7
I lived there until just 5 years ago, so this is what I have to suggest:
I like to recommend tourists take a Circle Line Tour , you get to see a lot of awesome sites and attractions, and it is so much fun. There are a few different ones to pick depending on how much time you want to spend, and all are interesting. The Full Island tour will allow you to see a lot more, but it may be a little boring to your husband who has probably seen all of this stuff and more.
On the same line of thought (because the tours usually go past this area), a trip to Ellis Island would be a lot of fun if you haven’t been / have relatives that came over on the boat. It’s really interesting stuff, and totally worth your time.
The Intrepid museum is also really cool, and everyone loves it when they visit.
Aside from stuff like that, you have to grab some New York Pizza, take a visit to Katz’s Deli or Carnegie Deli (heck, both, but I think Katz’s is better) and maybe get some cheesecake somewhere.
Post # 8
I agree go to Ellis Island when you take the boat to the Statue of Libery.
We went for a few days and did one of the hop on/hop off buses for the city.
If you can afford the fast pass for the Empire State Building, it is great because you can skip all the long lines during the high tourist season.
Post # 9
If you like romantic walks don’t miss to go to battery park at the sunset. Breathtaking views of miss liberty and of New Jersey.
I also love the views at night of the Rockerfeller center, must do! going on the evening before sunset, and stay still the night, amazing views of the empire!!!
I love love love the outdoor rooftop bar 230fifht, breathtaking views of the empire, super cool and romantic!! you are going to love it!!!
And for dinner we enjoy having dinner at the TAO. Faboulous asian food in a romantic, beautiful, cool and not expensive restaurant!
Other way to enjoy new york is going to brooklyn and take a pizza on Grimaldi’s. Best pizzas ever (and I’ve been lots of time in Italy!). It’s a good idea to ask for a take away pizza and eat it in the little beach near the manhattan bridge. Best views of newyork and the two famous bridges for sure!!!
This city is amazing, I am totally in love !! We went two years ago to new york and we stayed there during 2 months so I now the city pretty well! Don’t hesiate to ask!!
Post # 10
Wow thank you for all the wonderful ideas! im googleing everything now. Yay I cant wait to go.
This family actually lives in Greenwich CT, which is like at the state line of NY. but we will be staying right outside the city & i think i might book a hotel in the city for 3 nights so that way we wont have to take so many taxi or train rides.
Post # 11
How about a baseball game?
Post # 12
@sweets35: hmmm i dont know, never thought about it. I know he told me that he once went to a yankees game. I guess I can look and see what they have in the week we are going.
The hard part is that its so far away that I cant plan that much ahead of time. But im not purchasing anything until January. Mostly I’m just writing ideas down & searching prices. Thats why im keeping an open mind on everything. I want it all planned out before we go.
Post # 13
When Darling Husband came to visit me (I lived in Manhatten for a summer internship) – we walked the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. Very romantic. 🙂 And free, so you don’t have to book it ahead of time.
Post # 14
@s.renea9: I live in Philly and I go to NYC sometimes 2 a month.
YELP- all restaurants and places to eat; the reviews have never done me wrong. Make reservations a head of time, for the places you want to go out to eat.
read blogs and NYTimes about shows, museums etc that are going on while you are there.
Also, venture to Williamsburg, Brooklyn- easy public transportation ride. Regading transportation, I have an iPhone and Google Maps works GREAT with maneuvering through the city.
Post # 15
I live in NYC, and just hosted my sister and 2 of her friends on her friends’ first visit to NYC. Some things they did and loved were- WTC memorial (please treat it as the hallowed ground it is and not like a tourist trap– it drives me nuts to see tourists smiling and taking silly photos with it as its backdrop), Broadway show, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Central Park (the park is huge, by the way, so wear comfortable shoes and alot plenty of time, and stay out of the way of runners and cyclists), MET (people also like the Natural History, but that wasn’t part of their plan). I also took them on a walk across the Brooklyn Bride after sunset. This is part of all of my NYC tours. I make them promise not to turn around until I tell them to (we leave from the Manhattan side), and don’t let them turn around until they are halfway across so they take in the skyline all at once. They really liked it. They also liked just walking around the various neighborhoods. The West Village has a very different feel from Chinatown, expensive shopping strip on 5th Ave., etc.
Food: avoid eating at any chain restaurants (you can do that at home, and you’ll pay much more in NYC) or anywhere tourists frequent (my sister really wanted to go to Serendipity, which we did, but everyone seemed underwhelmed, I actually thought her Frozen Hot Chocolate tasted like a very high caloried, fake flavored, gritty Slim Fast shake). So no eating in Times Square or Little Italy. Little Italy is the only place in Manhattan that you can get bad Italian food (because the tourist turnover is so high, they don’t have worry about attracting regulars or having good food). I took them for dim sum in Chinatown on a Sunday morning, and they got a kick out of that. The food carts are fun too. They really liked the Waffles and Dinges truck. Japanese food in St. Marks can be fun too. They also like the NYC pizza at Lombardi’s (get there early since they are very popular and don’t take reservations) and dessert afterwords at Rice to Riches (lots and lots of flavors of rice pudding in a fun atmosphere). I took them to Magnolia bakery so they could have that experience, but they were all unimpressed and much preferred Crumbs. Get a cookie at Jaques Torres and Levaine bakery.
Post # 16
Go to Brooklyn, there is this place called “SEA” its a thai restaurant. Go there if you’re feeling like eating at rave – it’s loud and dark and it has very delicious and cheap food. After that, take a walk at the board walk on the Hudson – at night it is so calm and you see the whole Manhattan skyline. We live there and it still takes my breath away. We sit down on one of the benches and just take in the view and whisper things to each other before we almost fall asleep and have to go home.
EDIT: Also, try and watch a Cirque du Soleil show, they are so magical.