New York Journals

A few days in New York

A November 2011 trip to New York by Sask99

Circle Line Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: I spent a few days in New York sightseeing as well as in Summitt, New Jersey.

Pennsylvania Station-Penn Station

Attraction | "Penn Station"

Penn Station is located in central Manhattan, New York. It is a building with many floors and areas that many different trains arrive and depart from. It also is below Madison Square Garden which is handy if you are taking in a show or a sports event such as the New York Rangers as you can come in by train and just go up the escalators. It is also well serviced just outside by taxi's, buses, and nearby subway stations. There are many restaurants both in and nearby as well as lots of shopping. You are even just a block or so from Macy's. One thing to note if you are doing online research about taking a train to Penn station is that there is more than one. There is a Penn station in New Jersey th...Read More

Pennsylvania Station-Penn Station
32nd Street between Seventh And Eighth Avenues
New York, New York 10011
(212) 630-7373

Central Park

Attraction | "Central Park is a nice break from the city."

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
Central Park is a very large park located on Manhattan island. A park is always what you make of it. There are the typical things to do like strolling on the grass and climbing large rocks. There are also attractions you can visit here. There are horse-drawn carriages available at the park. One is the zoo, located on the south-east side of the park. In the winter there are ice rinks such as Wollman rink. Skating there costs $16 for adults. If you are tired of being in the city, once you walk into the park you can be surrounded by greenery, squirrels, people exercising, etc and just forget about the hustle and bustle of the city. Central Park is easy to get to by bus or taxi. (A taxi costs le...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2012

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

Hat Tavern at Grand Summit Hotel

Restaurant | "Great Bar Food"

Hat Tavern is located in the Grand Summit Hotel. The bar/restaurant is located on the bottom floor of this elegant hotel. The food is fancy pub food. They specialize in burgers and tapas. Instead of bread served while you are waiting you get a variety of pickles - some were very spicy! Other reviews mentioned the noise, however if you go to a bar when the Jets or Giants are playing football what can you expect.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2011

Hat Tavern at Grand Summit Hotel
570 Springfield Avenue
Summit, New Jersey 07901
(908) 273-7656

August Wilson Theatre

Attraction | "Jersey Boys is a well-done musical"

I took my parents to see Jersey Boys as the music is more from their era. They really enjoyed it. I only knew a few of the songs, however really enjoyed it. It is a well-done musical with a small cast playing multiple roles and moving the set around themselves, but making it seem effortless.
We got the restricted view orchestra seats because they were cheaper. They warned us that we may not be able to see some of the stuff at the top of the stage. We were very pleased that it was only the extreme top we couldn't see. We were in row VV or WW. ZZ row may have had more trouble but it was good where we were. As expected, food and drink were expensive at the theater.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2011

August Wilson Theatre
245 West 52nd Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 581-0705

Circle Line

Attraction | "Full Circle tour with Circle Line Cruises"

Circle Line Photo, New York, New York
This is a tour that I highly recommend. I took the full 3 hour cruise around Manhattan. For $36 for an adult, $31 for seniors it is well worth the money. You can buy tickets ahead of time, but I just walked up as it was a weekday in November and had no trouble getting a ticket. The guide was very good at pointing out interesting sights and providing some history of the island and New York. The ship does go by the Statue of Liberty and doubles back so you can get a good picture no matter what side you sit on. As well, the guide would ensure that people did not stand for an extended period of time so that everyone's view was not blocked.I read many reviews before I took the cruise. Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2011

Circle Line
Pier 83 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10023
(212) 563-3200