The Complaining

Originally posted: 2011/12/09

We absolutely loved our trip to NYC, but…

Here’s our review of the things that could have been better:


Our hotel does not provide free wireless internet (our blog posts were delayed).
They want $4.95/day for internet.  Not that we couldn’t afford it, but we refused to pay on principle.  The public library, airport, Starbucks, etc, all offer free Wi-Fi.  But to make matters worse, these clowns want $4.95/day per device!  We have two laptops and two phones, and there’s no way we would pay almost $20/day to have full connectivity, when other places (even hostels) offer it for free.

We love the location of this hotel, but when we return to NYC, we will not be staying here again.  They lost customers over a trivial Wi-Fi fee.  Yes, we left a review.  We checked with the hotel around the corner (which I stayed in several years ago), and they offer free WiFi, so we’ll most likely stay there next time, and enjoy the same great location.
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NYC – Day Four

Originally posted: 2012/01/22

Continued from: NYC Day 3

This was our last full day in the city, and we had so much to do!  Getting to bed at 3 AM makes it hard to get an early start.  Even so, we hit the Statue of Liberty first thing, trying to beat the crowds. New York Subway

On the way there, we picked up a couple of hoodies from one of the street vendors.  Jenny got the big NYPD hoodie (which came in handy later that day).

Going through security for the Statue of Liberty is about as bad as the airport.  There’s something about the dehumanizing machine that should make people wonder, yet they flow through it in droves.  Security at the Empire State Building didn’t seem as bad, because the crowd wasn’t as large as at the Statue of Liberty.

When our boat arrived, we thought we were doing great, because the crowd wasn’t that large (even though we slept in a bit).  Then we found out why:
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NYC – Day 3 (Broadway and Harry Connick Jr)

Originally posted 2011/12/27

Continued from: NYC – Day Three.

Traffic was huge this evening.  Because of the traffic, our tour bus was seriously behind schedule, and we decided it would be faster to get off at Rockefeller Center, and walk the rest of the way to Broadway. (For those of you just tuning in, we got half-price tickets to Phantom of the Opera, and didn’t want to be late.)

Even though Jenny was in desperate need of a “potty-break”, we had to stop for a few minutes to check out a unique performance.  Most times the Salvation Army people stand outside a store and ring their bell, hoping for change.  These guys definitely took it to the next level; and generated quite a few donations, as you can see in the video.  This is our first time posting video, so hopefully it comes through OK.

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Finding a restroom in the Rockefeller Center was even tougher than we had expected.  Even so, we made it to the theater on time.

The Majestic Theatre (which opened in 1927) has quite a bit of history behind it.  We were unable to take pictures in the theatre, but you can see images that others have taken, here on the on the web.

Jenny stayed in line while I went to grab some food for us.  Later, we found out that we didn’t need to stand in line, as our tickets were already purchased.  This was my first Broadway show, and Jenny’s first as well (and highly anticipated too).  The show was amazing!  If you’ve never been, it’s definitely worth it.  It had been Jenny’s dream to see The Phantom of the Opera live.
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NYC – Day Three

Originally posted 2011/12/26

Honeymoon time!

Our plan for the day was to catch a tour of the city and see a Broadway show that evening.

CopacabanaOutside the famous Copacabana.

Broadway TicketsOn our way to the Grey Line Tours we saw a line forming in Times Square.  People were lined up to get half price tickets to the Broadway shows for that evening.  We had some time, so we got in line too.
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