Anyway, here's what we want to do, and I'd love some advice or anecdotes. Our plan is to stay only a few days, over a weekend (poss Thu-Sun), near the first week of December (like say, over the weekend of the 8th). I want to see the tree at Rockerfeller Center, and New York at Christmas. The big tree and all. The things we want to do in New York seem rather touristy, and this is not a list in stone, but covers what we want to do:
- See the Statue of Liberty.
- Go on top of the Empire State Building
- Possibly see a Broadway show (cost is an issue with this one)
- Eat New York style pizza (my son's request)
- Visit Chinatown
Hotel, we assume will be the biggest cost at $120-150/night for downtown. Travel is the next big cost, and we're on the fence on how to go. The choice is by bus or by plane (train had nothing going for it, expensive, slow, bad times). Here are the list of advantages/disadvantages I forsee:
- Cheaper (about $130 for both, round trip)
- No TSA (IMHO, the worst part about flying)
- You get to see America (warts and all)
- Puts me right in NYC
- Can bring my own food
- Long trip (4-5 hours)
- Scary bus people
- I had a traumatic experience because of Greyhound once
- Quicker (45-50 minutes, usually)
- Expensive (about $200 for both, round trip)
- TSA up my butt, don't know what I can take on plane anymore
- Cab from Airport to downtown expensive
- When you add arriving early at the airport, cab, and all... it's almost the same time as bus travel
I have questions that aren't easily answered by tourist sites.
- Where does one get good "New York Pizza?"
- How much do cab rides cost? What do you tip them?