On the last day of our trip, we thought it would be best to get to the tour boat as soon as possible. When we were planning our trip, we were disappointed to learn that we would not be able to go on Liberty Island or Ellis Island. Both places were under repair due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, we could do the next best thing which was to see the islands from a boat.
We took the subway and a bus to get to the pier. It was nice to see other tourists travelling especially since they asked all the important questions. When we heard the answers, we knew we were going in the right direction!
We picked up our tickets which were a part of our New York City Passes. When we got on board, we grabbed one of the first seats inside the air-conditioned cabin. A family from Iowa sat next to us. As the cabin filled up, the rest of the observers went to sit on the upper deck.
Our tour guide, Max, was blessed with the gift of gab.
Aircraft Carrier Intrepid
As we pulled away from the pier, Max told us about the Intrepid Museum on Pier 86. I thought it would be an interesting place to visit sometime. The Concorde Jet was right next door! Max told us when we were passing over the exact spot where Captain Sullivan landed the airplane on the Hudson River which was quite an eerie feeling.
While we traveled to the Statue of Liberty, Max told us about how expensive the apartments are on Manhattan Island and that if a person wanted to dock their boat on the Hudson River it would cost $6,000 a day! Yikes!
Max recommended taking in a show during our visit. He suggested checking out www.tkts.com which sells tickets 20-50% off regular price. The ticket booth is located in Times Square. Check it out in the morning to see a show that night. Max warned that there would probably be a line.
Finally getting to meet the Lady!
After our tour and a short subway ride, we headed to Macy’s. We walked a short distance and moved out-of-the-way all of the passersby. While Susan looked at a map, I asked a lady standing next to us if she knew where Macy’s was. She nodded at me with her big brown eyes, and her eyebrows seemed to go crooked all at once. She slightly made a pointing gesture behind her. We were standing right in front of the building! One large section of Macy’s was being remodeled and was closed off. That may be why it seemed really crowded or perhaps it was just that way because we were in NYC! We shopped a little. I bought a cute blue scarf for myself, and every time I wear it I will be reminded of the fun time I had!
We ate lunch at a little spot where the lady behind the counter said that they had the best Reuben sandwiches in NYC. It was good, but I doubted that it was the best.
We walked by Harold’s Square
After another short subway ride, we were back at the hotel. Since the day was so warm and we were so thirsty, we went to McAleer’s Pub on Amsterdam, just a short walk away. We bought cold beers and t-shirts from the bar. Susan asked if they had any other shirts with less decoration. The waitress said that A Perfect Pint in Times Square would have just what we were looking for. That was perfect because later that night we would be going to the show Nice Work if You Can Get It.
Before we knew it, we were at A Perfect Pint. We were glad to get the recommendation because we never would have found it on our own since it seemed to be tucked in a bunch of buildings and hidden by scaffolding. The crowd seemed to be a place where locals hung out. We ate appetizers and Susan bought a t-shirt.
While walking to the theater, I noticed an amazing way to park cars!
We picked up the tickets that we ordered way in advance at will call and decided to check out a new place called Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant & Bar. We walked by the place a couple of days ago, and it looked quite scary to me because I wasn’t in a Halloween sort of mind.
At first we were greeted by a wax waiter and a knight in shining armor. Then we found the live hostess who lead us to the bar. The waiters and waitresses were dressed in costumes. After we ordered our drinks, we were fascinated by the little gimmicks that took place. The faces on the portraits changed, and the stuffed bear that loomed over us told us a story, just to name a couple of things. Susan said it was like a Chucky Cheese for adults! Finding the bathrooms reminded me of a treasure hunt. The entrance is a long hallway lined with books and you need to figure out where the doorknob is. Luckily another woman walked ahead of me and helped me find the way!
I was so excited when we got to the Imperial Theater because our seats were in the third row. I sort of felt like we were sitting on top of the orchestra! Matthew Broderick played an obtuse sort of fellow who couldn’t tell what love was until it bit him in the face. The show was quite funny, and I enjoyed the Gershwin music, the dancing and the how lighthearted it was.
The next day we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the Nice Matin Bistro which was located in our hotel. After we checked out, the doorman found us a cab. We met our cab driver who was from Cashmere. He talked about how his family still lives there, but how much he loves New York.
As we were leaving the upper west side, Susan pointed to the direction of the restaurant where the gang from Seinfeld hung out. I couldn’t believe that we were that close to the place. Even though Susan often asked me if I wanted to see anything else in the area, she didn’t know that I was a huge fan of Seinfeld and that I’ve seen every episode multiple times. If only I had been a little more familiar with the place!
Oh well. I just thought to myself that exploring that part of town would be another interesting place to visit sometime!