|My kids only sleep on airplanes. I'll take it.|
Having lived in NYC on less-than-a-student budget for 5 years, I am pretty good about budget traveling in NYC. Mom was a trooper and didn't flinch at taking the bus and subway from the airport. We bought unlimited MetroCards and were at our hotel in less than an hour.
We stayed at the Sheraton TriBeCa (for free on points!), which was great. The Club Lounge offered a rooftop view of the Empire State Building, and we saved a lot of money by snacking there. They even had free wine in the evenings.
Leaving both the wheelchair and the stroller at home was a good idea, as there are too many curbs and stairs to navigate in NYC. Angus traveled in the Tula all weekend, and Mom brought a cane for stability.
The subway system is horrible for anyone with mobility issues, so we opted to take the bus more than the train. It was slower (and on Sundays ran less often), but it is a GREAT way to watch the city roll by. When you take the subway, you see rats and darkness. When you take the M3 down 5th Avenue from Central Park East, you see The Plaza, Tiffany's, Trump Tower, the New York Public Library, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, and the Washington Square Park Arch. It was like those Hop-On-Hop-Off tours, but quicker and without tourists.
We did take about 3 taxis for short distances when a bus wouldn't drop us close enough (Mom's a trooper, but she does have stage 4 cancer, and I didn't want to wear her out), but we definitely got our money's worth on those unlimited metrocards.
Drumroll, please, though, as we know the most important part of any vacation is the FOOD!!
|Rooftop Club Lounge at the Sheraton TriBeCa.|
|Little Italy dinner.|
|Primavera in Little Italy.|
|Something with seafood in Little Italy.|
|Sharing my primavera with Angus.|
|Lounging in the Club Lounge rooftop.|
|Stopped by for a photo op, but no beer for us.|
|Proper pickles and pastrami at 2nd Ave Deli.|
|Visiting an old friend, Lorcan Otway, at his pub,|
The William Barnacle, 80 St. Mark's Place.
|Angus at Tompkins Sq Park|
|Too tired for dinner on day 2, so Seamless it was!|
|A proper schmear! Waverly Diner.|
|Challah french toast.|
|Washington Square Park|
|Eclipse-viewing by The Plaza.|
|Playing on the William Tecumseh Sherman statue during the eclipse.|
|Eclipse in NYC. We made lots of friends because|
we had extra glasses.
|Subway to the airport!|
|Our splurge of the trip: Tea at the Plaza. #bucketlist|