02.05.2010 19 °C
We arrived at the hotel about 9pm this evening (Holiday Inn Manhattan 6th Ave) on W26th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. We were on the 20th floor with views of the city and the Empire State building which was about 10 minutes walk away.
Times Square was about 20 minutes walk away (though it's just a reasonably busy city block area).
As our time was short we decided to buy 48 hour a bus tour ticket ($54 each) and did 3 of the 4 loops they advertised.
The next day we did the Downtown route (4 hours) which took us through Greenwich, Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown where we stopped at Battery Park to go on a Statue of Liberty tour.
That evening we did the night tour (2 hours) which took us across the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn for views of the city skyline.
Our final day was spent on the Uptown tour which took us through Harlem around Central park (2.5 hours)
Our flight out of New York was at 7.30pm from JFK Airport which took about 1 hour 15 mins through rush hour traffic by taxi, though it took the porter at the hotel nearly 30 mins to retrieve our suitcases.