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I was wide awake at 4am and didn't manage to get back to sleep ☹️. Mum and Alfie got up at some point later and we were out of the room by 9am after eating M&M's in the room as a pre-breakfast. We walked up to the Rockefeller passing Saks on 5th Avenue.
We took a few pictures of the ice rink, which was way smaller than I was expecting.
The decorations around the ice rink were lovely 😀
The tree was huge but looked a lot prettier when lit up
We intended on going to "the top of the Rock" but security advised against it as they said it was zero visibility so we saved our ticket for another day.
We had a quick look in the Lego Store near by and Alfie bought a NY magnet.
We had breakfast in Sean's Irish Bar & Kitchen on 87th Street, no photos of the food - we must have been hungry!
The breakfast was good, service just ok. We paid our bill and walked to Times Square where we were accosted by a group of rappers trying to sell their CD's - Alfie was very impressed with them as they said he looked "hip hop" 😂
We walked to the Empire State Building passing a few oversized decorations on our way
We arrived at The Empire State Building at around 12:30 and swapped our New York explorer passes for real tickets. The queues were short and the process was efficient.
We took the lift up to the top, my ears were popping like mad on the way up 🙄
We took plenty of pictures, I won't bore you with them as they all look pretty much the same to me!
We could have gone up to an outdoor viewing platform (not sure if this is extra or not but decided against it, Mum isn't great with heights).
Next we got a yellow cab to Bloomingdales costing $12 including tip. We looked around but it was quite expensive, a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick was $35 - over here they're around £23.
After this we walked to Central Park.
I'm not sure if it was the time of year or not but the place looked quite shabby and had a distinct smell of sewage to it 😷
We got some Nutella filled crepes from a snack van and wandered across to the Apple Store where Alfie played on the new iPad Pro's - they were lovely!
We then had a look in Nike Town for the elusive Jordan trainers! Whilst we were there we saw a football that Alfie has at home, think it was around £20, over there it was nearer £60!
It was now evening and we walked back to the hotel getting caught in the scrum outside Saks, it was hellish - people pushing and shoving just to get across the road. It felt really unsafe although here were police officers everywhere.
Back at the room we ate Pringles and biscuits in bed 🙄
All awake at 6am and it was snowing outside ☃
After getting ready we took a few photos in the hotel lobby, it was truly stunning.
Mum and Alfie wrapped up for the day ahead.
It was around 8:30 when we left the hotel and headed to Grand Central Station. It was lovely walking in the snow and felt very festive!
We had a look around Grand Central, it was so pretty!
Beautiful artwork on the ceiling - unfortunately my picture doesn't do it much justice.
We exited Grand Central and came across Pershing Square Cafe.
As I'd read good things about it on the Dibb we decided to go in. It was busy, mostly locals I think. We were seated within about 5 minutes.
The atmosphere and decor were fab.
Breakfast was served quickly and was very good (although I must admit it doesn't look great in my pic!). Mum and I had the same, Alfie just wanted toast 🙄
We paid our bill and left heading for Times Square.
We arrived at Times Square after about 30 minutes and a wrong turning!
I must admit neither I nor my Mum were very impressed with it and both thought it would be much bigger.
Alfie wanted to go in the Disney Store to add to his 300+ collection of Tsum Tsum's so we did and got 2 more along with a lovely Minnie Mouse Statue of Liberty shopper.
Next we went to the M&M store where we all bought pick and mix M&M's and I got a tree decoration that looks like the picture above.
Next we decided to walk to Macy's even though we were cold and wet 😟 The decorations in the windows were fabulous!
We took the lift up to the eighth floor for Santa Land and met Mrs Claus in the queue
The queue took around 50 minutes but was well worth it in my opinion. I even bought the photo package at the end.
After walking around the store for an hour or so we only managed to buy a Tommy Hilfiger jumper for Alfie and a Kate Spade hat for me!
We had planned on going to Ellen's Stardust Diner for our evening meal so just had coffee and cake in the Starbucks within Macy's.
When leaving Macy's we spotted a children's Footlocker store and went in as Alfie was looking for a certain pair of Jordan trainers. We didn't find them but the price of most things in here was the same if not more than at home.
After walking all the way to Ellen's (we didn't realise how far it was!) we were met with a queue of around 200 people waiting to get in. None of us could wait that long so we headed back to the Waldorf and ordered pizzas from the room service menu - they were delicious! We ate up and were in bed by 8pm!
My alarm went off at 5:15 so I got showered and dressed before the others got up.
The hotel reception called us a taxi and we arrived at the airport in less than 10 minutes.
We checked in and dropped our bags before heading to Costa where Mum had a toastie, I had the sickliest hot chocolate ever and Alfie refused to eat anything 😐
We boarded our flight to Heathrow and took off at 9am. We were sat in row 7, I don't have any pictures but I remember the plane was quite nice (not sure why I was expecting it wouldn't be 😳.
We landed in T3 at around 09:50 and took the tram to T5. As our gate hadn't opened we had a quick look around duty free but didn't buy anything.
We boarded our flight at around 10:50 and Alfie watched Ghostbusters until we pushed back, which was around 40 minutes late due to something to do with the cargo from T3. This made me a bit worried as to whether we'd get our luggage when we arrived at JFK.
I managed to sleep until the children's meal was delivered at 1pm.
The children's meal was Mac & cheese, bread roll, yogurt, fruit and a Cadbury's Freddo. None of this was eaten as we hit some pretty bad turbulence causing Alfie to vomit several times 😷 I too was feeling quite ill and therefore didn't eat any of my meal. The turbulence lasted for around 45 minutes and it was quite hairy at times, some of the other passengers were gasping and we heard a few muffled screams! The turbulence stopped for around half an hour or so before starting again for around 20 minutes.
Some miniature KitKats were brought around about an hour and a half before landing. Alfie and I were starving by this point so we ate ours as well as sharing my Mum's.
The plane landed around 14:30 and we couldn't wait to get off! We were through security and on the other side by 3pm.
We caught the airlink to Jamaica station and then took the LIRR to Lexington and 53rd Street before walking to the hotel which was only around 5 minutes away.
Park Avenue at night
We checked in at the hotel and were allocated room 673.
Alfie got changed and we walked to Johnny Rockets for our evening meal.
We all had burgers, they were nice but not as good as the ones in Florida!
I had a Fanta float, it was delicious.
We paid our bill and walked back to the Waldorf, falling asleep as soon as our head's hit the pillow 😴
Hello and welcome to my NYC trip report.
After reading lots of trip reports here on the Dibb and picking up lots of tips I thought it would be good idea to try write one of my own.
The cast of this trip are, me, my Mum, and my eight year old son Alfie.
We travelled with BA on indirect flights, Manchester to Heathrow and Heathrow to JFK airport. I booked to stay at the Waldorf Astoria as this is somewhere I'd always wanted to stay if I got the chance to visit New York. We departed the UK on 16th December 2016 and arrived back home on 23rd December.
Mum and Alfie
We caught the train from our local station to the airport
We caught a taxi from outside the station to the Premier Inn on Runger Lane as this is where we were spending the night.
We took our luggage to the room before eating in the Thyme restaurant. I had the garden burger, Mum had gammon and egg and Alfie ate from the children's menu. Service was slow even though it wasn't very busy and food was just average.
We made our way back to the room and settled down for the night 💤💤
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