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Old 07-08-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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Our Family tour of NYC in 1.5 days

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Me, Erin, (34), Second visit to NYC
DH: Lee, (39), Has never been to NYC

DD: Lola (5), our family entertainer and full time performer

DD: Emily (11) 6th grader who is all about Panda Bears!

DD: Alyssa (14) 9th grader who harbors a texting addiction and #1 dream is to live in NYC



Dates: 07/02/10-07/04/10

Accomodations: Embassy Suites, Secaucus, NJ

This trip was an impromptu trip, with 2 weeks notice. 2 weeks?! We really wanted to do something special for my 2 step-daughters, Alyssa and Emily, since they would be going back to Texas the day following the trip and would not be joining us at our WDW trip later in the month.

We only live 3.5 hours away…why not do the Big Apple?! After researching and getting a good rate and awesome reviews, we chose and booked Embassy Suites outside the Lincoln Tunnel in NJ. Its official, we’re on our way!

Our trip started off at 5:00 p.m. on July 2. I had to work, of course and being 15 minutes from D.C., I managed to avoid holiday traffic going over the Bay Bridge to Ocean City. Got home, bags were already packed by DH…let’s hope he didn’t forget anything!

We’re off!...



It wasn’t long before we saw the Welcome to NJ sign as we hit the NJ Turnpike.

Traffic was running very smooth and almost non-existent. We made it to the hotel and were fully checked-in at 8:30 p.m. The hotel was very nice, the staff was excellent. The NJ Transit bus, the 320 bus stops right outside the doors day and night to bring you back and forth to Port Authority. Perfect. They gave us a bus schedule and a perfect map of Manhattan with subway stops. DH LOVED his map. He quickly familiarized himself with it and began planning our trip.

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Alyssa, Lola and the $1,300.00 bear at FAO Schwarz.



The famous Giant Piano as seen in "Big"...lots of fun!
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Great finish Erin! What a great trip quick to the city! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
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What a wonderful trip - you bought back some great memories as well of all the time we've spent in New York.
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Great finish Erin! What a great trip quick to the city! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
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Thank you! I wasn't planning on doing everything but yes, we sure managed to squeeze in quite a bit in that time!

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What a wonderful trip - you bought back some great memories as well of all the time we've spent in New York.
So glad you have great memories as well! It really is a fabulous city!
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Great TR! I took two short trips to NYC last summer, so I felt totally familiar with your hectic pace to fit everything in. I love that you went to Dylan's Candy Bar...my friend that I was traveling with and I went there every day. It's fantastic, and I dream about the cupcakes they sell at the bar upstairs (my favorite was the red velvet!!). I'm glad it wasn't so hot on my trips last year though! I can't imagine how you guys must have been melting.
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Great TR! I took two short trips to NYC last summer, so I felt totally familiar with your hectic pace to fit everything in. I love that you went to Dylan's Candy Bar...my friend that I was traveling with and I went there every day. It's fantastic, and I dream about the cupcakes they sell at the bar upstairs (my favorite was the red velvet!!). I'm glad it wasn't so hot on my trips last year though! I can't imagine how you guys must have been melting.
Dylan's was the PERFECT place to get some a/c and shop. There is just so much to see! We didn't make it to the bar upstairs but did enjoy the chocolate waterfall downstairs. We're planning on going back in December (hopefully) and I will make a point to try the red velvet cupcake! I LOVE red velvet!
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Great TR. I love reading about our fair city. You're right about John's - best pizza in the world
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Great Trip report and fantastic pictures! I love New York.
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Great TR! Very helpful to me as we're hoping to do a family trip to NYC next year!
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So glad to be helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. We had a great time and I'm sure you will too, happy planning!
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