It's been a while since I posted ... so here are 3 posts at once, covering our trip to New York! I had to attend the Translators Conference in
Wed, Oct 28: We took off with JetBlue (which is no longer as comfortable to fly as I remembered it), and after landing at JFK we were going to take the bus/subway to our hotel - we had it all planned out, but once we finally figured out where the buses are, and schlepped ourselves and our carry-ons there, we found out that the buses here apparently ONLY take change! We had the correct amount, but in bills and change and couldn't take the bus because of it. Grumble! So we schlepped ourselves and our carry-ons back to the airport exit area where we booked a taxi – luckily it was less expensive than we feared to go to
Around 7:00 pm we arrived at The Staten Island Hotel - an oldish hotel with good service (but they really try to push their a la carte breakfast menu on you. The hotel advertises its free “continental” breakfast (coffee and a danish); but you have to ask for your danish (the puniest one I’ve ever seen, of a diameter of maybe 2.5 inches and somewhat dry) and you don’t get milk with your coffee, just the packaged dry stuff). Even though the room was quiet and clean, I would not stay there again (read on).
Thu Oct 29: In the morning we took the Staten Island Ferry (free!), which passes by the Statue of
... and Ellis Island, landing at the southern tip of
Staten Island Ferry approaching Manhattan
There we bought a weekly pass for the subway system ($27.00 – totally worth it!) and took a ride north into
Times Square, seen from the red steps
Even the NYPD has flashing neon signs!
Really, how can anyone take seriously a police station with a Las Vegas-style sign???
The friend showed us around the Financial District, Brooklyn, SoHo,
... we only had to wait in line for about 10 minutes which, we were told, is an extremely short wait. On the same block, there is also a very good chocolate shop, Jacques Torres:
Jacques Torres ChocolatesContinued ...