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New York City in 3 Days

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Day 1

  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Tavern On the Green

We landed in Newark and took a taxi to Hotel Beacon – very nice place in the Upper West Side. It was almost an hour ride and cost about $60. We grabbed a bite to eat at Sweetgreen, which is right across the street – good food and great coffee.

We bought a 3-day metro pass and went to the 9/11 Memorial (30 minute ride). Very impressive and honorable. It really has a profound feeling and everyone is respectable. We bought tickets in advance, and lucked out because our time was when they happened to be showing the video they play once per day: “Comeback Season: Sports after 9/11.” Interesting look into the sports world after the attacks. We spent about 2 hours at the memorial.

Took the subway back to our hotel and walked to Tavern on the Green, which is in Central Park. We had some drinks and food and listened to the live jazz band. Walked back to the hotel.

Day 2

  • Fairway Market 74th Street
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Uncle Paul’s Pizza NY
  • Times Square
  • Imperial Theatre

Had breakfast at The Fairway Market 74th Street and then went to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall – so worth it.

After the show we walked around and went shopping down 5th Avenue. Ate at Uncle Paul’s Pizza – really good.

We walked to Times Square and happened upon the Imperial Theatre – bought tickets to see Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. Very good for families, a lot of variety in their show. We took a taxi back to the hotel because the weather was really bad – cold and rainy.

Day 3

  • Rockefeller Center
  • New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • Bryant Park

We woke up early and walked to Rockefeller Plaza (almost 2 miles), where they film the Today Show. We just stayed outside and saw the hosts go by – it was a neat experience but not something we need to do again.

After the show was over, we walked past the library where they filmed Ghostbusters and then did some shopping at Bryant Park Winter Village. We wish we would have found this place the first day, as they set up a European-style Christmas market with almost 200 boutique shops. The shops are usually accessible towards the end of October until early January. There’s a lot of great food and ice skating, too.

We went back to our hotel to grab our luggage and took a taxi back to the Newark Airport. That ended up being much more than the ride in, and we probably could have saved money if we set up a ride ahead of time.

Traveled in December 2018

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