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Published August 21st 2013
You may think to see everything NYC has to offer you need a minimum of 2 weeks. And of course you do, in fact living there, you probably don't see everything. But believe me, whatever time you have, you can have a most genuine New York City experience.
A big hand to a big city!
In around 3 days or 80 hours my husband and I managed to start our New York journey in New Jersey – why wouldn't you – as we flew into to Newark airport at 7am. The first few hours was us trying to get out of the airport and into NYC, firstly by taking the wrong airport shuttle train and having airport staff being rude to us and finally arriving at midtown station at about 11.30 am. So tick genuine New Jersey/New York travelling and subway experience.
Then we noticed when we finally got out of the midtown station it was right next to Madison Square Garden. TICK first NYC land mark. Next of course we had to get our first NYC cab. We did and that is when all the crap we endured on our previous terrible travel experience (including a 7 hour delayed flight from Las Vegas, but that's another story) was all worth it, like being in labour than finally giving birth to a baby. All you see is the magnificent New York City in front of you. You have finally arrived. This is what you have been waiting for, our surreal experience has begun.
Our hotel was an old worldly one the kind you can imagine some 80 year high society lady still hold up in one of its penthouses. Right opposite the hotel a deli, looking forward to the NYC deli experience. But before that while I stayed in our hotel room hubby went on a NYC pizza run and found Angelo's Pizza made famous by and right next to David Letterman's Ed Sullivan theatre, where we would be at the following night.
Wow it really is true what they say about NYC pizza. So tick our first genuine NYC meal. The second came when our friends who live in NYC now – lucky bastards – took us to try American NYC ribs. So in the coming 60 hours food wise we would try the following 'luxury' food items. Vendor hot dogs and hot pretzels; philly cheese steak; NYC Irish pub food, and fine NYC Italian dining experience(for our anniversary) care of Hell's Kitchen. And finally care of our friends chocolate covered pretzels. These are what I miss the most, a taste sensation not to be missed.
We hit all the famous NYC tourist sights: Empire State building, Battery Park, Cruise on New York harbour to take in Statue of liberty, Central park, Grand Central Station, Times Square, Museum of Natural art and to top it off minutes before our return journey even managed to go to the Apple store and Macy's to make a purchase.
The only thing we unfortunately never got time to do was go to a Broadway show. Although, technically the David Letterman show is smack dab in the middle of Broadway! And in our numerous taxi rides, despite their dubious reputation, we never had anything but positive, wonderful cab drivers. But our final drive to the airport was actually courtesy of the Hotel supplied chauffer - one last massive tick!