Yes in some places but still the place to be. It pains me to say this because, I love the city and if you saw my dining room you would soon start to see my obsession with the place.
Now I recently went back to New York after a long period of time, as part of my daughters 16th birthday present, and it was a superb trip but not as good as the time before. Had the initial novelty worn off?
Clearly the quickest, and cheapest way, to get from Newark Airport into the centre is by the Greyhound shuttle bus, which is a great service and the driver and ticket collector on there were having a laugh and a joke with each other and the passengers on the bus. A great way to start the break.
When we got to the Port Authority bus terminal, I will be brutally honest, it stunk!! Something I didn’t recall from my first visit and my 16 year old daughter certainly wasn’t impressed.
Now we were staying in the heart of Times Square at the Marriot Marquis and I was expecting it to be busy, I am not that naïve, but Times Square was a building site! Work and construction going on all over the place, the road was dug up, buildings were under construction and it was chaos.
On the way back the transport was terrible, it was clear that several flights were leaving at the same time and as such no spaces were on the first couple of buses that turned up. We even left early as to ensure we got back to the airport in time – thankfully we did.
Now the room and service at the hotel was first class as you would expect and we chose the room to be over looking Times Square, the builders yard, only to be disappointed not with the hotel but the view we had was facing the end where the lights weren’t working on the world famous signs. So again this was disappointing, was being upgraded at the time.
I previously staying in Times Square at another hotel but the Marriott was top draw, in my opinion.
As we were staying in Times Square, all of the eateries, in the area were very busy but if you walked down a couple of blocks then you come across some local Deli’s in which the food was nice and fresh.
Would also recommend Ellen’s Stardust diner where Broadway singers are hired in between being picked up for shows and sign in between serving tables. It really is a treat and the food was also superb.
You’re in New York, the world famous Broadway, so go and see a show. You can queue for tickets but we wanted to secure the Book of Mormon so booked in advanced.
Well worth it the show was hilarious but the way!
However, don’t buy a beer in there as it was around $10 a bottle and the theatre was dated and worn around the edges which could be seen. But you would expect this based on the volumes of people these places take.
Whilst I was there Everton were away to Man City and I had researched an Everton bar to go and watch the game and it was in the Greenwich area and it was quiet and calm and a lovely area just to walk around (ok so I got lost finding the bar) but it opened up my eyes to a different side of NYC.
The City still has the top draw elements such as the Rockafeller Building and The Empire State (Highly recommend doing the Empire State at night), so not all doom and gloom.
So I think the main touristy areas have become a victim of the pull of New York but there is so so much more to the city and I cannot wait to go back and explore more.
Best get saving!!