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Kids in Times Square

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A January 2000 trip to New York by barbara

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Quote: My son is vibrant, alive, and full of surprises. Just like NYC---his favorite place to visit on Earth.

Kids in Times Square

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Overview

The City's Lady Photo, New York, New York
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Watching my son have his first taste of Broadway was a wonderful experience. It is very important to me that he grow to have an appreciation for the performing arts, and who puts on a better show than NYC?Fun Facts for Children:1) The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States as a birthday gift in 1886. She weighs 225 tons. She stands on an island in New York Harbor, and she is one monument that the whole world recognizes as American.NOTE: Since the 9-11 attacks on the United States, the Statue of Liberty and its museum has been closed to public access. You may still walk around the base, but don't expect to walk to the top. Hopefully this will change in the future. 2)...Read More

Courtyard Times Square

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Hotel | "Marriot Courtyard Times Square South"

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The Marriot Courtyard has generic, large-chain-hotel rooms that are a little worn but very clean and safe. The view from our room was non-existent, but we didn't spend a lot of time looking out the window. Room service was available, and free gourmet coffee was always brewed for guests in the lobby (nice touch in frigid January). The staff was friendly and accommodating. The doorman was always happy to hail us a cab when we got tired of shivering on the corner. He could step right out the door and with one shrill whistle a yellow car would appear as if out of nowhere. Amazing! The NY Marriot Marquis a few short blocks from the Courtyard has much more luxurious accommodations if that better sui...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2000

Courtyard Times Square
114 W. 40th St.
New York, New York 10018
212-391-0088

Hilton Newark Airport

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Hotel

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We flew into Newark from the UK for a one-day layover. With an early flight out the next morning, we opted to stay at the Hilton at the Newark Airport. It was convenient and comfortable, allowing easy access to New York City.What were the facilities like? We took a complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel. As we were checking in, I noticed a restaurant, bar, and gift shop off the lobby. On the tenth floor, our room felt especially spacious after Europe with two double beds--fine for two adults in one bed, two kids in another. Neutral yellow wallpaper and black and white nature photos on the walls were generic Hilton: tasteful and nice. The heavy green and yellow window tr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2005

Hilton Newark Airport
1170 Spring Street Elizabeth
Newark, New Jersey
(908) 351-3900

Mars 2112

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Restaurant | "Mars 2112 NY"

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Mars is built to look like the Red Planet. It feels like the bar scene in Star Wars, and, needless to say, my kid LOVES it. Martians serve the food (all with out-of-this-world names) which the restaurant describes as nouveau cuisine. The entrees are good (though pricey), but you don't go to this restaurant for the food on any count. Where else can your child visit another planet? Go to a Juty-Free shop? Find the waiters and waitresses entertaining? It is not hard to make a kid behave when exploring other sections of the universe (and if the kid still kicks your legs under the table, there is a fully stocked bar readily available for war-weary parents to quench their thirst).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2000

Mars 2112
1633 Broadway
New York, New York 10019
(212) 582-2112

ESPN Sports Zone

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Restaurant | "ESPN Zone"

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ESPN Zone takes up an entire block of Manhattan. It's a three story play-place for people who like sports. From the giant TV screens that are always displaying sporting events, to the gift store downstairs, it retains a some-what family atmosphere and is a good place to go if you (or your husband) doesn't want to miss the big game during your vacation. Our son likes to watch sports on TV, but he REALLY likes the third floor of Espn Zone where there are nothing but GAMES dedicated to the sports (and arcade) junkie. We buy a certain number of Game Credits for him and then let the kid go wild. Basketball, air hockey, virtual reality parachuting. It doesn't matter. They're all sports to him! As fo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2000

ESPN Sports Zone

New York, New York 10036

Bubby's

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Restaurant | "Bubby's Restaurant and Bar"

Bubby's Photo, New York, New York
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Bubby's is the perfect place for any family seeking a hearty breakfast in TriBeCa. Split into two rooms, the main dining area is flooded with light from the large windows looking out onto the busy streets. Yet the worn hardwood floors, an old accordian and a child's tractor placed on a shelf for decoration, give the restaurant a provincial feel that's really quite inviting. The multi-colored Bubby's balloons attached to the chairs of children don't hurt either. In fact, the place seems flooded with kids before 11am. And why wouldn't it be? What other restaurant offers chocolate milkshakes with breakfast?! As for the menu? Those into Southern comfort food will find themselves in bacon ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2002

Bubby's
120 Hudson St
New York, New York 10013
+1 212 219 0666

Amish Market Battery Park Farmers

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Restaurant | "Amish Fine Food Market "

Amish Market Battery Park Farmers Photo, New York, New York
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If you're staying at the Ritz Carlton or you're on your way to take a Harbor Cruise out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and you want a bite to eat, seek out the Amish Fine Food Market on West Street. It's located on the bottom floor of an apartment building near the Ground Zero Eternal Flame, and it serves as a convenient grocery store and restaurant. Once inside, you'll find a huge salad bar and fresh deli. If you want something hot, walk to the back and order a pizza. My son loved watching the guy at the counter put the toppings on our $10 Italian pie before putting it in the oven. The crust turned out paper thin and crispy; the cheese was piled on so thick it was impossible to ea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2002

Amish Market Battery Park Farmers
17 Battery Place
New York, New York 10004
(212) 871-6300

Beauty and the Beast

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Attraction

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Beauty and the Beast had all the glitter and glamor of any high-end Broadway production. The special effects were absolutely phenomenal, and the songs were very Disney. My son loved the whole thing though he did get a little frightened when Belle's father was lost in the woods and when the Beast fought the wolves. We sat close to the stage and streamers fell from the ceiling during one part of the production. Our kid took some home with him along with the play's ticket stub so that he could share his experience with his Kindergarten class at show-and-tell time! We also went to a matinee performance rather than a night show so that there was no interference with sleep-time or grumpy attitudes beca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2000

Beauty and the Beast
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 W. 46th St.)
New York, New York 10036
(212) 575-9200

Shopping!

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Attraction | "Disney Store/Street Vendors/Time Square Shops"

Shopping! Photo, New York, New York
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I find fun to window shop in the thousands of stores available in NYC. My son doesn't even mind being dragged from place to place because there are so many things on the streets and in the buildings to garner his attention! When we last visited Manhattan I discovered I had forgotten my gloves. We bought a nice pair from a street vendor (along with the obligatory souvenier T-shirt) while sipping hot chocolate from a sidewalk cafe. We also went into the Disney Store after seeing Beauty and the Beast. While the Disney Store in NY is really no different from any of the other Disney Stores sprinkled through malls across the country, it is BIGGER. My son always has fun walking through the rooms and po...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2000

Shopping!
various locations
New York, New York

Central Park

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Attraction

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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I love running in Central Park. There is nothing like pounding the pavement in a new city, taking in the sights and sounds while in motion. It is also a great (and free!) place to take kids to run out some energy. We were there in January, so my son got to enjoy a snowball fight with my husband as I ran my heart out on the main loop. As I do a lot of trail running in Atlanta, the hills encountered at Central Park do not seem terribly difficult to me. They would be more of a challenge for a beginning hill runner. They are certainly enough of a presence, however, for me to notice. Especially if going long or doing windsprints. There are many variations you can make to your run while in Central P...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2000

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

Central Park

Attraction

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Our son loves to go to Central Park to run out some energy. It's nice to just walk around and play games in the open fields. We went to NYC in the winter, so playing in the snow was a great hit (especially since we are from Georgia where it NEVER snows!). There are often free concerts and festivals in the park, too, that are fun to happen upon. I also feel safe in Central Park in the daytime (Use common sense and stay where the people are.) though I always keep a very close eye on my son when we are playing. In the summer, we pack rollerblades, take a frisbee or a kite and enjoy the outdoors in the sunshine. I have never been to Manhattan without spending a little bit of time walking or running ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2000

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

Trailer Park Lounge

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Attraction | "Trailer Park"

Trailer Park Lounge Photo, New York, New York
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I was out with some friends on a Saturday night in Chelsea. We wanted a fun place to have a drink, and the Trailer Park fit the bill. If you''re from the South like me and have a sense of humour, this place is sure to please. In fact, since trailer parks are hardly only a Southern phenomenon, if you''re from anywhere that sports a less than blue blood population and you have a sense of humour, stop on by. Of course, don''t look for any fine wines on the menu. The best in the house is Fetzer (Though not from the carton!). And you might enjoy the Pabst Blue Ribbon served in a can. I personally sipped an excellent $6 Margarita as I surveyed the scene. There''s a mannikin woman ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Trailer Park Lounge
271 W. 23rd Street
New York, New York 10011
(212) 463-8000

The skinny of taking kids to NY.

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With a kid in tow I always expect to spend a chunk of change whenever I visit the Big Apple. You should, too. After all, the atmosphere in New York City will always be free, but pretty much everthing else isn't. Still, it is not impossible to do a moderate mix of the extravagant and the moderate to make a weekend trip to New York a more than a once-in-a-blue-moon event. For instance, GO to the Broadway Show while you're in Manhattan. You're child will NEVER forget the experience. But taking him or her for a two dollar ride on the subway can be an exciting thing for you to do, too. EAT at Mars for lunch or dinner. The kid will talk about Martians until you have bad thoughts about the Space P...Read More

Village Chess Shop

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Attraction | "Playing Chess in Greenwich Village"

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We are looking for street vendors in Greenwich Village because my son wants to buy a Statue of Liberty water globe for his third grade sweetheart back in Texas. While I tell him a trip to Saks would offer better wares for his beloved, he can not be dissuaded. So begins our quest for what should have been an easy-to-find, made-in-Taiwan, gen-u-ine American souvenir. Unfortunately for us, the gray skies open, and rain chases all the vendors inside. The only person we find hocking anything on the sidewalk is a giant of a man in a hooded sweatshirt with a bundle of umbrellas clutched under one arm. I fork five bucks over to him, and we walk on...me scanning the storefronts for a Starbuck...Read More

Village Chess Shop
230 Thompson Street
New York, NY