What a first day. We went to bed some time around . Then up at , Denver time, in preparation for the trip. We got to the airport and Margo and Jessi had just enough time to grab a couple of sandwiches from McD and they began boarding for our flight. Two hours later we transferred in Chicago, with no wait and we were on our way to NYC. Another two hours later and we touched down at La Guardia. We got our bags and got in line for a taxi. It went quick. About 15 minutes and we had a cab. I was glad I had read up on what to expect as far as the taxi drivers and traffic laws. The guide book mentioned that the old time movie cab drivers were a thing of the past.
Our first experience with NYC culture.
No cigar chomping hack saying “Where to, Mac”. The guide says that most were first generation immigrants. Ours was Korean. I could only tell that by his placard and radio station choice. But, there were no problems at all. He took what had to have been the quickest route, and we were at our hotel, The Hotel Newton on the Upper West side of Manhatten, by . We checked in and everything was as described. The elevator is slow, but it’s not as worrisome as some of the people’s reviews, on the internet, made it out to be. The room is nice. Two queen beds, a kitchenette, and a sitting room. The beds are very firm. I slept very well.
Our first stop after getting settled in our rooms was to get something to eat.
Margo & Jessi on top of the Empire State Building
We generally check out the local Hooters when we get to town. Jessi likes the chain. I like the scenery. After we sat down and ordered we got our first taste of NYC’s eclectic and diverse range of people. A 60+ year old man, with short hair, like a business man would have, and a short skirt like a hooker would have. He (she) had boobs to match, fishnet stockings, and heels. We snuck a picture.After Hooters it was off to the EmpireStateBuilding. It started to rain, but we had anticipated that, and had umbrellas for all of us. By the time we got to ESB, waded through three different lines (& there would have been a fourth if we hadn’t got our tickets in advance.), and taken the two elevators to the 86th floor, the rain had stopped. Visibility was only a couple of miles, but you still make out the Statue of Liberty.
Macys. It's so big, you can't find a damn thing. But, I'm sure they have it
The crowd was a bigger obstacle. They weren’t terrible, but bad enough. We spent a half hour or so checking out the view and looking at the gift shop. I always try to get a polo shirt when we visit an attraction like this, but they didn’t have any. We finished up at ESB and then went to Macy’s, which is right across the street, providing you go out the correct door. It was way too hard to find anything in Macy’s. They might have everything, but you can’t find anything. They will give you a “personal shopper”, but unless you were planning to spend some money with them, I would feel guilty. We did end up eating there in their Cellar Café. Margo had a Turkey Bristini and Jessi and I had the BBQ Chicken Quesadillas. The food was actually pretty good. It wasn’t as hot as I would have liked it and the service was bad. It took too long for our order to be taken. It came out about right, but after some busy boy brought it out, we never had anyone else even check on us, until we finished eating.
Whatever. If that’s the worse thing that happens, I’ll be ecstatic.
After we ate it was off to Times Square. Times Square for the most part lived up to expectations. Some of the more glamorous shops were a lot smaller than expected. But, the lights were all there. We walked around for a while. Saw the Hershey store, MTV store, Planet Hollywood, and of course tons of lights. It reminds you of Vegas. It had been a long day, so we decided to call it night about . We were going to have the opportunity to get back to Times Square, so it wasn’t that big a deal