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    Hi, In July my sister, niece (9 yrs old) and myself are going to go to New York City for almost a week. To celebrate my 50th birthday. We are going to go to Niagiara Falls for 2 days. I have researched the trip as much as I can online. Any info would be helpful from people that have gone or live there. Like are the New york pass/city pass etc worth it? Better to get the tickets online from each attraction before hand? What about the Staten Island ferry, can one see Liberty from the ferry? Anything would be helpful, please.
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    OK......... You have to go to Katz's Deli for lunch they have the best food in the world. It was in the movie When Harry Met Sally the scene where she pretends to have the big O at the table while they are having lunch. Magnolia bakery cupakes to die for. Nathans hot dogs, bagels anyplace there is nothing like NY bagels it has to do with the water. The same thing goes for pizza. Little Italy is fun and stop at Ferrara's's Bakery on Grand St for pastry's and coffee and only a few blocks from Little Italy is Chinatown. Great food and they have a museum which is small but interesting. You should visit the Statue of Libery and also Ellis Island I think you can get a combo ferry ticket to both. Rockefeller Center a must and St Patricks Cathedral is right across from Rockefeller Center. Go to the Plaza Hotel just to see the beauty of the lobby and Central Park is just across the street from the hotel. If you have the time and money as it might be price take a horse and carriage ride around the city and park. If I think of anything else I will let you know.

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    Wow thanks. Do you think Rockefeller center (top of the rock) over Empire State Building?

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    Catch a Broadway show! You can research to see what your niece might enjoy. They're all usually good! And I think since you have a kid in tow, you're going to have to visit FAO Schwarz, the infamous toy store. Even adults have fun there! Have a great time. New York is a magical city.

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    Macy's. Even if you don't buy anything, the upper floors have old wooden escalators. Fun to look at and to ride.

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    The Bronx Zoo is amazing. For the gorilla exhibit, the people are in the cage and the gorillas in the open! Check out their website http://www.bronxzoo.com/

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    Top of the Rock is new only a few years old but cool because it is all glass so you an see the city. However the Empire State Building is iconic. So it would be hard to deide which to go to but you seem to have lots of time if you could do both go for it.

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    The Statue can be seen all the way from Battery Park, but not well. I suggest you take the ferry that goes there. It also stops at Ellis Island and is a great day trip. Is also not far from Wall street area. Your niece will love FAO Schwartz. Is a lot of fun. Is not far from Columbus circle and you may enjoy a horse carriage ride in the park. In July is tricky because they don't do it in real hot weather. Of course, Times square is a must see. You may hit it on a day when Broadway is closed to traffic and looks more like a street fair.

    For some shows is better to get tickets ahead, but you may look into rehearsal tickets, which are a lot cheaper. This are usually available for shows before they open. If the show is very popular it may be sold out, even by now, but at the tickets stores in Times square you can find them very cheap from cancellations.

    Check this out for a few free events. they may fit your schedule:

    http://www.timessquare.com/Theater/T...n_Bryant_Park/

    http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-...mfestival.html

    About Niagara Falls, Do you have a passport? Make sure you have one for everyone. The falls are seen better from the Canadian side but you need a passport to come back. Even if you see them during the day, the view is totally different at night with the light shows. The ferry ride is amazing. You can also get tickets to walk right up to the water.

    Have fun.

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    Oh, and Central Park has a beautiful fountain..........for that matter Lincoln Center does too.

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    If you go to the Bronx Zoo, you may want to check out also The Botanical Gardens almost across the street, but impossible to do both in one day.

    I forgot to send you to The City Quilter. Is a little expensive, but not as bad as you would expect from a store in NY with an amazing collection of NY fabrics so you can make a memory quilt of your trip. Also while in Times square you are close to the Fashion District, along 7th avenue and all the cross street. To die for. Stores after stores packed with all sort of fabrics, decorations and embelishments.

    You can also get an extra suitcase very cheap. You may need it.

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    We are going to Niagara Falls on a Monday morning 8 hr bus ride. Only US side. Then the next day to the Corning Glass factory tour. then back by Tuesday night. The cost includes the bus, hotel and some tickets. Am hoping We got a good deal on this. But it was one of the main things I really wanted to go see.

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    Take comfortable walking shoes. Just walking the streets of the city is one of its purest pleasures.

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    If you have a digital camera, and are loathe to take the laptop to load the pictures, be sure to get an extra chip for all the pictures you will be taking.

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    I hate to be the one to bring this up, but while in the city, you do need to be aware of your surroundings and keep a tight hold on your purse. Don't carry around things - like your social security card- that you won't be using and cannot replace easily. Just a few minutes of neglecting safety can ruin your whole trip.

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    Thanks for the security tips. We got child watch bears for 2 of us to wear and the third will be the holder of the adult part. So if we get separated more than 150 feet it will let off piercing beeps until we are back together.
    I never carry my social security card with me. (Just asking for it to be taken). We are planning on keeping it light. a Small wallet to go across the chest with only a camera and the necessities.
    Funny, my 24 year old daughter thinks "the city will eat us alive" she doesn't expect the 3 of us to return safely. I have faith she is very wrong.

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    Well, youre from Wis., you got to be tuff!
    Your trip sounds so exciting....I have heard so many great things about the Bronx zoo, too. And of course, the fabric shops!
    Have a great time, cant wait to see pictures!

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    Staten Island Ferry is A MUST!!! It's free, its 20 minutes each way, it is a 'cooling' experience after all the heat and humidity if you sit outside. Just avoid rush hour, as it IS A commuter vehicle. Inside the Staten Island side terminal there is a cool fish tank. Not much to do on SI near the ferry-- but there is a wonderful zoo on the island, especially if you are into reptiles/snakes.
    http://www.statenislandzoo.org/

    Snug Harbor Cultural Center is relatively near the ferry, they have a lovely Chinese Scholars Garden http://www.snug-harbor.org/

    Near the ferry in Battery Park is where they put the Sphere on display after 9/11, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sphere
    and the Bull on Broadway is nearby, http://www.flickr.com/photos/flissphil/2295723628/

    as is the The American Indian Museum. http://www.nmai.si.edu/

    Ground Zero is a few short blocks away.

    If you go to the City Quilter, look into the Highline Park, nearby. A new and unique park. http://www.thehighline.org/about/maps

    And of course, the Met.http://www.metmuseum.org/

    The other responses have given you great ideas too!! There is way too much to do and not enough time.

    GOOD shoes. Comfortable shoes.
    Buy a Fun Pass for the subway, you walk or take it or a bus (slower!!!) everywhere, although a cab ride in NYC is probably an experience you shouldn't miss!! Have FUN. New York is a FRIENDLY place, and SAFE one if you just use your head!!!

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    Also, Times Square still does (as of April) have a section blocked off to traffic, they have chairs and tables sitting out in the street for you to sit and rest a bit, wait for someone to come out of a store, etc. There is a Ferris wheel inside the Toys R Us in Times Square as well.

    I personally would risk spending a few extra dollars on separate tickets to different attractions, because you may find that walking around and people watching takes all your time and you don't WANT to have to rush from point A to point B to do some other thing.

    Serendipity is a must for a child as well. http://www.serendipity3.com/main.htm

    People watching is my absolute favorite pastime in Manhattan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    Macy's. Even if you don't buy anything, the upper floors have old wooden escalators. Fun to look at and to ride.
    Yes!! The wooden escalators are in the original movie Miracle on 34th street!! And the store is amazing! That Macys on 5th Ave trumps all macys all over!!

    Everything You have read is all great things to see and do. Not sure about buying passes for ferries or empire state building inadvance ...but most definately the broadway shows! If you have your trip planned out leave some room for browsing you will have a great time!! And make sure you also look up! Some buildings are just beautiful! :-) :-) :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by hexagonquilter
    We are going to Niagara Falls on a Monday morning 8 hr bus ride. Only US side. Then the next day to the Corning Glass factory tour. then back by Tuesday night. The cost includes the bus, hotel and some tickets. Am hoping We got a good deal on this. But it was one of the main things I really wanted to go see.
    Your bus may not take you to the Canadian side, but is within walking distance. Many people walk the bridge to the other side, since you have an upfront view from there. Great advice about the walking shoes and safety. Have a good time.

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    You can walk across the border from Niagara Falls, NY to Niagara Falls, ON. It take about 15 mins or so. You do have to have a passport to re enter the USA.

    On either side take the Maid of The Mist ride. It is AWESOME!

    Where are you staying in Niagara Falls, NY? There is an Aquarium within walking distance of the Falls, and I've heard it's good value for the price.

    I have friends who live in NF,NY and I will let you know if they have any other suggestions...

    Theresa

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylenstevesmom
    You can walk across the border from Niagara Falls, NY to Niagara Falls, ON. It take about 15 mins or so. You do have to have a passport to re enter the USA.

    On either side take the Maid of The Mist ride. It is AWESOME!

    Where are you staying in Niagara Falls, NY? There is an Aquarium within walking distance of the Falls, and I've heard it's good value for the price.

    I have friends who live in NF,NY and I will let you know if they have any other suggestions...

    Theresa
    I went to an aquarium in the Canadian side. It is called Marine land and is definitely worth the money.

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    Sorry, no passport. And no time to get one. Going July 10 to 17th.
    Oh, and thanks to all for the invaluable information. I have gleaned so much from all of you.

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    have fun on your trip, never been there, would love for you to take pictures to share with us

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    Nope, I'm not talking about Marineland... There is a Niagara Aquarium just down from the Falls on the US side.

    Theresa

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