Our first thought when considering New York City is what plays to see. You may prefer the museums, the symphony, the night clubs, shopping or just walking the ever changing streetscapes. New York has it all - check out what’s happening at http://www.nycgo.com/
We scheduled four plays for our 3 days. Since we arrived mid- afternoon on a Tuesday, we had three evenings for dinners and two mornings for site-seeing. We love walking in NYC, so our hotel at 38th and 8th in the Garment District gave us lots of opportunities. We found it through Trip Advisor. There are plenty of great and reasonable restaurants around the corner in Hells’ Kitchen – check Yelp or Urban Spoon. A great place for breakfast is Le Pain Quotidian – there are several of them around the city. Wonderful fresh breads, egg dishes and delicious coffees.
We checked out two new museums this trip. The Tenement Museum, www.tenement.org, on the Lower East Side is by tour only, but mid-week in January we had no problem walking up and purchasing tickets without a reservation. This museum tells the story of changes in the Lower East Side following the waves of various immigrant populations. The tour guide was a charming and extremely knowledgeable young woman, the technology enhanced the experience and we learned many new things.
We also went to the Frick Collection, frick.org, specifically to see the special Vermeer exhibit, but the rest of the collection was even more extraordinary. Housed in the former home of Henry Clay Frick, a steel magnate of the early 20th Century, every room offers wonderful paintings, furniture, bronzes and porcelains.
We traveled to and from La Guardia via hired car – much more reasonable than you might expect. We used Dial 7 Car & Limousine - NY Car & Limousine Services - Dial7.com. Be sure to stay in the pick up area nearest the airport – we walked past that to the next area and waited for our car, which was looking for us in the first area! We packed walking shoes, wool trousers, lightweight layerable sweaters and tops, and a waterproof, warm coat. Gloves, scarves and an umbrella. With sleepwear, toiletries and an extra pair of shoes, everything fit in a 22” carryon sized suitcase. Next stop: Cleveland!