I think a year and a half is sufficient recovery time since last I was there. Sort of like King Kong returning, only it will be King Penguin. I will be going to New York December 5th through 10th. I have many, many, many ways I wish to terrorize this city but unfortunately I only have five days. Last time, I did the major museums, walked around Little Italy, Chelsea Market, FAO Schwartz, Central Park, and Chinatown. I plan to go back to Chinatown, FAO Schwartz, and Chelsea Market.
My must do/not-impossible-at-all list:
- Chelsea Market
- Freedom Tower/World Trade Center
- Ellis Island
- FAO Schwartz
- Rockefeller Center Xmas Tree
- Ice Skating at Sea Port--it's walking distance from the bratling (supposedly) and I'm hoping less crowded than Rockefeller.
- Crumbs Cupcakery
- The Strand Bookstore
- American Folk Art Museum
- Institute for Study of the Ancient World
- Frick Collection
- Museum of Biblical Art
- Asia Society
- Brad Graduate Center
- Union Square
- Shops at Eataly
- Torture the Bratling (younger brother, though I only have my mother's word for it)
If there's time, I'd like to re-visit the Met and MOMA. Maybe see Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes. I would love to see a Broadway play again. I think all that's doable, right? I'm arriving at 10:00 Tuesday morning and leaving 6:15 Thursday evening. Some of these I don't really need to go in--I can just look at the Window Display at Macy's and FAO Schwartz and take a picture of the Rockefeller Tree from a distance. The bratling lives in the financial district very close to the World Trade Center, so I don't think it will take all that long. I do know I have to call early and get security clearance.
The biggest issue from starting to come up with a vague itinerary is I actually think time wise it IS possible to do everything, if everything kept normal hours business hours, or different hours--all the stuff you want to do is all opens at 11 and closes at 6! Even though it's my must-do list, I am somewhat flexible. I cannot do anything high, so that lets out a few things.
I think all that's possible right, I need to sit down and look at open/closing times, how far places are from each other, and basically pour over a good guidebook...but then I thought, nah, I'll let FSU do it for me. Come on, you know you want to...
I'm also looking for suggestions for food trucks/mid-priced restaurants. The last time I was there, the bratling was in his first Uber High Power Job and looking to show off, so a meal for two in the two hundreds was nothing to him. Now he's matured, has a serious live-in girlfriend, and is secure enough that he's not doing any grandstanding . We will probably go to ONE nice-ish restaurant--the bratling is itching to go to some Bobby Flay restaurant. I want to try Marcus Samuelson's restaurant. We'll probably end up compromising with Les Halles. I love Italian, Greek, Lebanese, Thai, French, tapas, Mexican, Spanish, Polish, Russian, and Indian. I do not like Chinese or dim sum (yes, I know I'm weird). I can tolerate Japanese food. We might go to the Prime Grill (upscale Kosher) because I worked in a limited capacity on the publication of their cookbook. I also need a GOOD place for coffee--this is a problem when I was there before as the only place that served a decent cup was Au Bon Pain. I do NOT want to spend any more than $40 for dinner and $20 for lunch except my one nice-ish night out. I'm looking for $40 to cover an entree, one alcool drink, and the majority of the tip. I need the $20 to cover a drink (non-alcool) and the meal.
Any app/twitter (subway/bus schedules, food trucks, anything that shows when museums will have late hours) suggestions would be really appreciated, as I think a lot of my ability to cover a lot of ground will depend on how long it takes me to get places. When I was there before, I had one day where I managed to do five things and another where one museum took up my entire day.
On a braggy note, I have lost 40 pounds since the last time I was in New York but I might actually be in worse shape, as last time I chased unruly kiddies around and now I sit at a desk. Any recommendations to build walking stamina would be helpful that does not involve running. I do like to walk, but I am not built to be a runner and I look odd doing it. I'm also looking to build stamina because of the weather. Even by Southern standards, I cannot tell you how much I HATE being cold. HATE IT. So I figure going around will be difficult for me from that aspect as well. It's in the high 60s here, and I'm wearing two long-sleeved shirts and heavyish pants and am perfectly comfortable.