Our trip to New York City (NYC) started by driving to the Amtrak train station at Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) airport for a 7:00 am departure time. We live close, 30 minutes, so this was easy. We arrived in NYC at 10:00 am, but our check in time at the hotel wasn’t until 3:00 pm, so we had time to kill, which is easy to do in NYC! We first checked our bags at the Amtrak baggage counter at Penn Station. If we had known in advance, we would have gone to the hotel and checked them for free, but it was only $4.50 per bag. If you’re not familiar with Penn Station, give yourself plenty of extra time to find your way around. This is a big place with multiple levels and corridors, and I was confused most of the time because we came and went from different subway stations each time. My wife however, had it figured out by day two, and the rest was easy. It was now time to head out into the big city.
Moving around NYC is very easy, unless you live here and have to get around during rush hour or special events! Purchase a Metro Fare Card and use the subway, it's very easy to use! We bought two unlimited one day cards for $7.50 each for two of the three days we were there. The third day we walked every where and only needed a Metro card to get back to the train station, which was $2.00 each. You can get FREE maps of all kinds at Penn Station. We left our street map at the hotel one day and only had our subway map. We looked for free street maps, but none were to be found and the gift shops wanted way too much for one. We managed, but made a few wrong turns along the way, but you never know what you might find by going the wrong way.
Nathan's on Coney Island
Our first stop was Coney Island to have lunch at Nathan’s. This is a very famous hotdog place where the International Hotdog Eating Contest is held every year.
We had seen this mentioned on the Food Network and the Travel Channel many times, so we just had to check it out. We expected a long line and a crowd, but it was not the case. We figured out want we wanted, ordered and got the food quickly. The hotdogs are very good and I’ll go again next time! We also walked on the beach, which was almost empty, and checked out the carnival area and the Cyclone. I did not ride the Cyclone because, one, I’m not a fan of wooden roller coasters, and two, they wanted $8.00 per person to ride, so I passed. We went back to Nathan’s; I got one more hotdog, then back to the subway.
Our next stop was Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge. We took the subway to the first stop on the Manhattan side of the bridge in Chinatown, then walked to the bridge and walked across to the Brooklyn side. The view from the bridge is amazing as you can see in some of the pictures I took.
Make sure you stay in the in walking path side of the bridge. Do not walk in the bike lane or you will get run over, or at least yelled at by the bicyclers!
Me on the beach on Coney Island.
After walking across the bridge, we searched out Jacques Toures Chocolate Shop at 66 Water Street in Brooklyn. I got nothing else to say…chocolaty goodness!!! After having some great chocolate, we headed back to the subway and Penn Station to collect our luggage.
My wife wanted to take a taxi from Penn Station to our hotel, not sure why, other than to say she rode in a taxi in NYC. We could have easily taken the subway, but a taxi ride we took.
We stayed at the Hudson Hotel on West 58th Street near the Time Warner Building.
See my review for information on this hotel. We were not sure what we were going to do for dinner that night, so after checking the hotel’s menu, we asked the concierge for a suggestion. He pointed us to a place in the Time Warner Building on the third floor called Landmarc. The food and service was excellent! I felt like I should have been wearing a tie by the looks of the place, but casual attire was accepted. There was great atmosphere for a romantic dinner, but it is also a good place to meet up with friends or co-workers for a drink. If you have children with you, no problem, they have a kids menu as well. But, if you have a stroller, you’ll have to park it outside the restaurant. There must have been 5 or six strollers’ parked when we arrived, but I never really noticed the kids there. They must have been well behaved I guess J I highly recommend Landmarc if you are ever in NYC! You can check them out by visiting http://www.
Lena at Nathan's on Coney Island. She would never win that contest :)
landmarc-restaurant.com/twc Well, day one is over. Back to the hotel for a drink and a little fun, or maybe we’ll skip the drink :)~
Lena on the beach on Coney Island
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During our three day, two night stay in New York City, Lena and I stayed at the Hudson Hotel at 356 West 58th Street. The hotel does not look like muc… read entire review