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Unread 23 Jan 19, 10:54 AM  
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This trip was booked on a bit of a whim which really isnt like me ! Our son William will be 21 in February. He really isnt in to stuff so the best plan was to go away somewhere. I hate surprises but have been convinced by husband not to tell either him or his sister ( she wouldnt keep quiet !) until the morning we go. Obviously he knows he is going away to book a week off work, we have told him it will be cold ( he probably doesnt realise how cold !) So he will open his birthday present in the morning and off we go !

Chose New York because he has always loved Spiderman and Home Alone movies. We had also brought $700 home from Florida last year which was a big help with spends.

Think we have a good deal but I have realised just how expensive NY is.

Flights with Virgin MAN to JFK landing at 1.30pm at 293 economy classic booked via Netfights. Wary of booking via third party but good up to now.

We are all in work/school so wont be able to set off to the premier inn Manchester Runger North until at least 7. Room booked for 36.50.

Friday morning will be Happy Birthday and straight off to the airport. Parking booked at Terminal 2 multi storey 6 nights for
52. Booked undercover due to going in February. Will probably eat at Frankie and Bennys.

We hopefully ( barring any weather delays) will land at 1.30 and we will brave the airtrain to Jamaica and then metro to Penn Station.

Staying in a junior suite at the Broadway Plaza. Chosen primarily because I have read good Dibb reports, the rooms appear large by NY standards and there are 3 separate beds. We dont plan on being in the hotel much and although not ideal we dont find sharing an issue.
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The rooms seem quite spacious


The hotel also provides a free basic continental breakfast and 24 hour Starbucks. I will take porridge pots with us to supplement the breakfast.


I have already purchased a 10 attraction Sightseeing Pass for $175 each. Personally I think it is too many but husbands choice and he has never shown any interest in planning/ booking a holiday before so I have given in.

Empire State Building booked just before the Sightseeing Pass stopped accepting it. Hoping to do this on the first evening in his birthday.

Arranged a guide from Big Apple Greeters for our first morning. A bit nervous to be honest. We are quite a quiet reserved family and I hope it goes ok.


Second day I have the Statue of Liberty Crown tickets booked. I had intended losing weight to help with the climb up those stairs but it doesnt seem to have happened !




Have the Ulmon app which I have found amazing for the planning. With going in the winter I have arranged things in to areas and will decide on the day what we are doing depending on the weather.

All I need to do now is stock up on the thermals and hand warmers !
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Wow, sounds amazing. I'm sure your son and daughter will be thrilled. Have a great time
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Thermals are key It will be fabulous!
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Yay, another NY pre trippie

How exciting for your son, not that he knows it yet You got a good price on flights. The one's I booked for MIL, before I decided on our trip were 342 for November.

The rooms look a great size for NY, hopefully enough space for all of you. I looked at the airtrain/subway, but Rich is adamant we have to use a NY cab, as he doesn't feel he's arrived otherwise! I think we will buy a metro pass for the subway this time as it will be colder and I'm hoping not to walk as far as we did last time.

I've always wanted to do the Big Apple Greater, I know they get great reviews on here. Looking forward to reading your trip report about it. I've been trying to lose weight before our trip too(obviously so I can pile it all back on with the hundred's of restaurants I want to visit!). But I've failed dismally so far. I suppose my blubber will help to keep the heat in during the cold weather! If you're passing a Home Bargains I saw hand warmers(the disposable t bag like ones) for 69p yesterday. I've got a stash at home already to take with us.

Have a great trip, hopefully I can pass on some good restaurants before you leave
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Fair point about the blubber keeping me warm ha ha. Yes I need a trip to Homebargains for the hand warmers thank you. I also need to stock up on snacks for the hotel. That would be great about the restaurants if you find somewhere you could recommend. We wont be eating high end !
If it is a bad journey there we may end up in a cab ourselves.
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Just arrived, even managed the subway despite a couple of hiccups !
Thank you to the dibbers who recommended the Broadway Plaza. We love it !
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