Posted by: Bethany Davis | July 19, 2009

New York City on a dime in a day

IMG_3170Even though we spent three days in NYC, our first full day was packed with our “must-see” sites. At 11:15 am we arrived at the South Seaport (financial district) and got in line to purchase discount tickets for Chicago at TKTS. The company has three windows throughout the city where they sell day-of tickets. Thankfully, the wait was short and we got tickets for our first choice show, Chicago.

Next we walked over to Battery Park Over the phone we had paid for two ferry tickets ($12 each) to go to Liberty and Ellis Island. However, 0ne thing we wished we’d known was to reserve a “Monument Pass” to walk up the Statue of Liberty. You can reserve it up to a year in advance and it allows you to avoid the lines to board the ferry. (Note: you can take the Staten Island Ferry for a free 25 minute ride, but it won’t dock at either of the islands) We opted only to de-boat at Ellis Island and thoroughly enjoyed the upstairs tour following the immigrants’ route.

We had just enough time to head back to Janna’s place in Queens (where we were staying) to shower and change for dinner and the show. We ate at Dervish, a Turkish restaurant, off Times Square, then walked a few blocks to the Ambassador Theatre to see Chicago.

After the theater we walked through Times Square, which was packedDSCN2968 with tourist. Janna later informed us that the city was trying something new: blocking off the street and having different artists create chairs for people to sit in. Tourist can vote for which ones they like, and apparently the will be permanent fixtures.

We were exhausted by the time we came back to Queens, but had a wonderful day. If we had only one day to spend in the city, this is how we would’ve spent it.


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