When we arrived at our hotel, the Pointe Plaza, the taxi had racked up a total of almost $80 so travel tip alert: don’t believe the quote! They myth of anywhere in New York from JFK for $47 is a myth and only covers anywhere on Manhattan island from JFK which is actually further than Brooklyn but I imagine that they find it easier to pick up another fare in Manhattan than out in Brooklyn. The driver was quite rude and abrasive until the end of the trip when he suddenly adopted a more pleasant tone, probably as he realised the tip was coming up. Needless to say our introduction to the super friendly, faultless customer service we'd been led to believe existed in the USA was an eye opener and one which continued, it's like anywhere else on Earth, some people are nice and some are not, you get good customer service in some places and not in others, some people are downright rude and some are courteous, in our experience the USA was no better or worse than anywhere else.
|Double king suite, very spacious and immaculate|
|Kitchen in our hotel suite, everything you need provided|
|Walking in Brooklyn a must for great Bagels and Ice Cream|
I ‘d had a dream for years to be in Times Square on NYE and this year was going to be the one when it came true and that’s why we found ourselves embarking on this trip at all. BUT after reading endless accounts of the horrors of NYE in Times Square and of the staff at our hotel we’d changed our plans, opted for a hotel outside of Manhattan for the first few days (big mistake as this left us feeling a bit out on a limb with nowhere to refresh the batteries and go out again which meant we felt we missed out on some of the delights of NYC in the first couple of days, and undoubtedly this led to us missing the full New Year’s Eve experience).
We took a taxi into Manhattan, we marvelled at the bright lights and the people, it was packed with people. We wandered around, not really sure where we were going, heading towards Times Square and wound up having a bit of a look around the heaving Rockefeller Plaza and Grand Central Station until tiredness (we’d not slept for two days) and sore feet took their toll and we decided to head back to our hotel and take a bit of rest before either heading back out to Central Park for NYE or attending a highly recommended local event in Brooklyn at Prospect Park.
Now, if we’d had stuck with our original choice of hotel and our original plan we would have had a nap and been back out in the thick of things, but going over to quiet Brooklyn and getting cosy in uber comfy beds was a mistake when Nnenna’s alarm didn’t go off at 10pm and I finally woke at 2am to find the new year had already arrived without us! I was disappointed, but hey we were in NYC on NYE and that’s all that mattered, we were exhausted and the change of hotel due to Trip Advisor reviews cost us the dream but really we didn’t care, the holiday went on to fulfil more than our dreams and NYE was put into its insignificant place.
That said we really did soak up the atmosphere of NYE, the sounds, smells, people, the crazy head gear and just the sense of expectation. I don't feel like we missed anything at all, it was our first time in NYC and it was exciting and we feel that we squeezed all we could out of it.