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Midwest Gals in New York

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A March 2007 trip to New York by bathtubjake

View from the Staten Island Ferry Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: In early March, six ladies from work escaped for a three day weekend in New York City.

Midwest Gals in New York

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View from the Staten Island Ferry Photo, New York, New York
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In early March, six ladies from work escaped to New York City for a three day weekend. We flew into Newark which required a one hour van ride to our hotel in Midtown. The Waldorf-Astoria provided a lovely and friendly home base for us. We were pleasantly surprised how friendly and clean the city has become. There was never a time when we felt uncomfortable in the touristy neighborhoods. The favorite experience was the Top of the Rock Observation deck, the viewing platform at the top of Rockefeller Center. We visited after our Broadway show, about 10pm, and had a breathtaking view of the city lights. There was no line and we walked right up to the security desk and ticket counter. The d...Read More

City Sights NY

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The main reason we chose City Sights NY over Gray Line tours for our group of six was that we were visiting the city in early March while the weather was still cold. City Sights NY's website prominently advertised top deck seating that was both covered and heated. Gray Line only had open decks. However, none of the buses we took during the daylight had covered tops. We had to wear scarves and earmuffs and were still very cold and uncomfortable throughout the day. We feel that we were mislead by their advertising. None of the personnel we asked could explain why open top buses were running on such a cold day, only that they hadn't been used much so far.Another issue did not become clear until a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 11, 2007

City Sights NY
234 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 11101
(212) 812-2700

Statue of Liberty

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Attraction | "Statue of Liberty and Staten Island Ferry"

View from the Staten Island Ferry Photo, New York, New York
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Since we didn't have time to spend half our day actually visiting the Statue of Liberty, we satisfied ourselves with the view from the Staten Island Ferry. From the Bowling Green subway station, we walked two blocks to the ferry. The ferry is free! Once you board the boat, go to the back of the boat and then up the stairs one level. Find a seat on the right near the doors to the outside deck. You can see the closest view of the Statue and Ellis Island from the inside deck or you can stand on the outside rail or sit on benches outside. The trip takes about twenty minutes one way. At the other side, everyone must get off the boat. Follow the crowd off the boat but stay to the right. Afte...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2007

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York, New York 10004
(212) 363-3200

Top of the Rock

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Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink Photo, New York, New York
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Several members of our group had previously visited the observation deck at the Empire State Building and none of them wanted to return to the lines and worn visitors area. Instead, we opted for a much newer facility, The Top of the Rock. We followed advice we found in a theater magazine, and visited after our Broadway show. We arrived about 10 pm on a March night, so the sky was black. The city, however, was lit in all its glory. Also, the time of night meant that the attraction was virtually empty. We had a little trouble finding the entrance from the first floor of Rockefeller Center, but a helpful security guard pointed the way. Once we purchased tickets, and a brochure to describe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2007

Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York
(212) 698-2000

Minskoff Theatre

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Attraction | "The Lion King"

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We planned our trip at the last minute, so we weren't able to get tickets at a reasonable price for any of the newest shows. However, we had all heard that The Lion King was an interesting show, so we chose that. Our seats were about halfway back on the main floor, on the left side. We had an unobstructed view and paid $118 per seat. There were many children in the audience but all were quiet and well-behaved once the show began. The show began slightly late, but started with performers coming down the aisles of both the floor and the balcony with puppets of various animals, singing the main title, "The Circle of Life". Most of the animal characters aside from the lions were portrayed by a com...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2007

Minskoff Theatre
1515 Broadway
New York, New York 10036
+1 212 869 0550