It’s Up to You, NY, NY!

Our daughter lives in Jersey City, so we never miss an opportunity to spend time with her which, of course, has the added bonus of spending a little time in the city.

We visited for three of the most beautiful days the city sees in a year’s time and we had the absolute time of our lives. This visit we did the Big Bus Tour of Manhattan for the first time. We love the Big Bus! Even though we are very familiar with the city, there’s nothing like riding on top of a bus in the open air. Of course, you get an actual tour, so we did learn a few new fun facts.

We stopped in one of Times Square’s many pubs for some cheese fries and a Guinness and to use the restroom. For heaven’s sake if there are two things true of New York City it’s that a.) there’s nowhere to sit and b.) there are no restrooms. You gotta go inside somewhere and patronize a place. Well, that’s fine with us. We were ready to get off our feet and the pub was terrific.

We had dinner and drinks later that day at The Dead Rabbit in the Financial District. This place was alive with activity and packed full but the staff was friendly and their feathers were unruffled. The drinks here are fascinating and delicious and the food was outstanding. This stop was the highlight of our trip.

Another first for us on this visit was using the ferry to get from Exchange Place in Jersey City across to Brookfield Place/Battery Park. It was around $8 per person and we arrived in NYC in a few short minutes. It was a very pleasant ride. It’s a lot more fun than the Path for sure and quicker. We would definitely do that again!

At the end of our day and back in New Jersey, I grabbed this. Beautiful city.

A View of Manhattan

Apparently, tomorrow we are expecting the ‘Blizzard of 2018’ in New Jersey. I really hope it doesn’t complicate our flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday. We will see.

But today the skies were crisp and brilliant blue. Knowing what is coming tomorrow, we wanted to spend as much time outside as we could today. We didn’t waste any time getting bundled up and outdoors this morning.

We decided to have brunch at a nice little place called Turning Point in Hoboken. The food and service are great, but the big attraction here is the view of the city. What a view! Close and unobstructed, there are few places like it. And on a clear day and it’s an amateur photographer’s heaven.

Street parking can be a bit tricky, but there is a public parking garage on 12th between 15th and Sinatra Drive. If you park in the garage, the three block walk along the water to the restaurant is quite pleasant. Come when the temperature is moderate and you won’t ever want to leave!

New York, New York

We laughed, we cried, nobody died… today I drove a car in Manhattan for the first time. Now I’m a Bourne Identity level driver, but the idea of driving in Manhattan definitely intimidated me. But I OWNED it. Lol. I made a u-turn in a two lane road filled with parked cars and traffic. No big deal. In New York City, you do what you gotta do. We made it, alive and unharmed, to the Museum of Natural History.

Takeaway

1. If you drive to the museum, there is a nice parking garage behind it. The entrance is on 81st Street. If you arrive from behind the main entrance, it’s an easy right turn.

2. Arrive early. That is all.

Pictured is my husband Skippy. He did NOT drive a car in Manhattan today. Just sayin’.