New York, New York
by Grove Travel
I recently booked 2 ladies on a weekend break to New York, sounds like they had a great time and found some different things to do aside from the usual tourist attractions.
Here is the e mail I received on their return.
The weather was mild and sunny except for one morning when it rained. The Kintano hotel was lovely, a few blocks down from Grand Central Station on a quiet street, but easy to get to all the places we wanted to go. My friend had asked her husband to email the hotel to see if there was any chance we could have a room with a view, as the trip was part of her 70th birthday celebrations and they gave us a room at the back on the 15th floor looking out towards the Empire State Building!! We found a good restaurant for breakfast called ‘Moonstruck’ on Madison Avenue 5mins from hotel.
We went to the shuttle bus desk on arrival at JFK airport and found the system of matching passengers to drivers a bit haphazard and we waited around for about 45 mins before getting on a bus and then ran into heay traffic and finally arrived at our hotel about 1hr 40mins later, but going back to the airport was very smooth, the bus arrived on time and only took 40 mins to get back to the airport.
We were very moved to see the 9/11 Memorial, took a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry and enjoyed the views of Manhattan. One highlight was to walk along the High Line parkway, It was along a disused goods railway 30ft above the road running from about 14st street up to about 38th street. The path meandered along the track with beds of grasses, flowers and trees on different sides of the path and low lights. It was well used in the late afternoon/early evening when we walked and it took about an hour with stops to admire the views!
Another highlight was to see the staircase from Cassiobury House in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a walk back in Central Park. We also went up the Empire State Building at night, visited the New York Public Library to see the wall and ceiling murals and sat in Bryant Park with a glass of wine at dusk! We enjoyed watching the beginning of a Polish Parade but do not know what it was all about! On our last night we treated ourselves to a lovely meal at the Capriani Restaurant on the balcony of the Grand Central Station.