Helicopters and Broadway shows...one heck of a combination!
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Well, after yesterday's fiasco with the helicopter trip, alarm clocks were set bright and early and we were up and out the hotel for 8am, breakfasted at a deli beside the hotel and hopped on the subway down to Battery Park. This time we actually knew how to walk to the South Street Seaport, so didn't get lost, although the helipad is actually about 4 blocks up from SSS, at the Manhattan Heliport.
After our safety briefing the four of us crammed into the back of the helichopter and were up, up and away. It was absolutely awesome. The skies were once again clear blue, and you could see chunks of ice floating in the river and gathering around the piers. We were a bit squidged, but it worked out fine, and we were only up in the air for about 15 minutes anyway. It took us up the West Side of Manhattan, circled the Statue of Liberty and over
Once we were firmly back on terra firma, Mum and Dad headed back to Battery Park for the ferry out to
We made a quick pit stop back at the hotel to drop off our shopping bags and caught a cab across town to Pier 38 on
The cruise was really good, as there was a commentary but when the wind got up it was hard to hear sometimes. I got some super pictures but dear LORD it was cold to the point of being cryogenic! The trip took us round the Statue of Liberty and past Ellis Island, under the Brooklyn Bridge and up to the UN Building, and back to the West side again. I stayed outside with Dad and Mark taking pictures to the UN, but after that I headed inside to join Mum for a hot chocolate then a nap on the way back to the pier!
Tonight was theatre night, and we'd booked a table at Shula's Steakhouse at the Westin Times Square, again on the recommendation of the Doubletree's concierge.
This wasn't my choice of show...my parents and I have seen it a number of times, in
Still, we enjoyed the show, although the theatres in NYC are much smaller than many in the West End of London, and I felt the production was quite cramped, but it was good. Mark said he came out feeling rather depressed, as so many people die in it, and it doesn't really have a happy ending: I'd wanted to see The Lion King but was outvoted....that would have been a really cheery show to see but never mind, we'll see it another time.
And then it was off to bed once more, after eventually hailing a cab in one of the side streets off
The Doubletree earned it's stars in our book by the beds, which although they were very soft, were extremely comfortable. We all slept well, although that night there were a lot of noisy people running up and down the halls of the hotel, doors slamming and people playing loud music. Mark got up twice to try to ask them to be quiet, but it seemed to be college age kids on vacation, and they weren't for listening. We eventually phoned reception, and the volume was soon turned down and eventually stopped. The other problem with people rampaging through the corridors was that there was quite a gap under our door, so when someone ran past the light 'flickered' under the door, which woke me a few times, but never mind.