In February we booked three trips in May and June, and the first weekend (took a long weekend) in May we went to New York – The Big Apple.
Early Thursday morning we got a text-message about our flight, it was an hour delayed…
As the departure approached, it was stated that there had appeared a problem with the plane and it would be a further 1 hour delayed.
The plane was lifted up, and they changed a wheel or something. And we got to board the plane. But the problem was apparently not fixed.
Three hours later we were on our way to cross the pond.
Arriving at Newark Airport in New York it took us a couple of hours to get through the immigration. We got questions about jobs home in Norway, about previous trips and the purpose of our trip to New York. Then we got through the customs quite quickly.
We took the shuttle bus in to Manhattan (cost 16$ p.p), and walked the short distance to the hotel, Night Hotel Times Square.
(Be aware that you may have to wait a bit for the shuttle bus. It was filled up three buses before we came with).
The next day we went straight out, ate a breakfast and bought tickets to a Hop on Hop off bus. We went off in several places such as: Central Park, China Town and the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty functioned as a lighthouse for 16 years (1886-1902), lighting a distance of up to 24 miles away.
We had a plan to go up to the Top of the Rock, but it was too long to wait, so we postponed that plan to later.
We ate dinner at TGI Fridays, and we visited Ripley’s Believe It or Not (Love that the shops and museums are open till late at night in NYC).
We had the plan for the Saturday ready; a trip to Woodbury Outlet, an hour north of New York City.
We went for the Terminal where the bus leave from, but on our way we bumped into a lady that sold tickets for the bus. It went quite crazy since she didn’t know if there were seats available on the bus and another man began to meddle and would have us to get on a bus he could get tickets to. So there they stood arguing over which bus we should join. Totally Texas, as we say in Norwegian.
But we got lucky, there was still some seats available on the first bus (leaving 08:30 ). Woodbury did not open before 10 a.m, and we were there until 3 pm.
We got some good stuff for a reasonable price, and it was worth spending the day there (E.g: I got a Tommy Hilfiger jeans for only 37$).
When we got back to Manhattan we bought tickets to a show on Broadway. We simply chose a show we had heard about; Matilda, since there was no tickets left for Mamma Mia.
An advice from us: Book a table or be in good time if you are going out to eat on a Saturday night. We didn’t, and had to grab a Hotdog before the show!
The show last for 2h and 40m, and was a good show with great reviews and it has won some awards.
We took a drink in the bar at the hotel before we jumped in bed!
Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
Our last day in New York we got a few hour to spend on some more shopping. But first we wanted to go to a market. And we found one: Williamsburg Flea in Brooklyn, open on Sundays from 10 a.m. But before that we ate an American breakfast: Scramble eggs, bacon and hash browns.
Because of a bike race in town, several roads were closed and it created some problems for us. But we found the right road and took a taxi from there. Back to Manhattan was not as easy, and a taxi driver refused to drive and recommended us rather to take the subway. But we got one that would drive as close he came to Macy’s near The Times Square. And he got us all the way!
At Macy’s we got 25% off on everything we bought, and sometimes even more. You gotta love that! And we did spent some money 😉
Times Square is named after the New York Times. It was originally called Longacre Square until 1904 when the NYT moved there.
After Macy’s had to go straight back to the hotel to catch the driver who was taking us to the airport (private driver cost 85$).
We had a great time in New York, and really loved all about it! People are kind and polite, and there is something special about the big city, something who made us love it so much.
We did not love the hotel as much… The towels had stains, the room was tiny and the mini bar did not even work when we arrived (they fixed it the next day). And they didn’t have free WiFi at the room (cost around 9$ per day). But it was very centrally located, and that’s really good!
And of course, we forgot to get on the Top of the Rock. But next time 😉
We didn’t take the camera with us too much this time, but sometimes it’s important to not only take it all in through the lens. And that means that it will not be quite so many pictures. So sorry about that!
There will be more photos on our Facebook page 🙂