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New York City With Kids

 

Journeywoman Ellen Shapiro is a travel writer who has enjoyed the New York Life since 1991. She is the author of several books, including "Relocating to New York City" and her latest guide, "New York City for Kids." Ellen is the perfect expert to turn to for tips on exploring the Big Apple with children. She writes...


This is the best time in history to be a kid in New York City. Today's New York is a shining, clean, safe metropolis and one of the most family-friendly cities on the planet.

Let's start with the airport...

For the most part, taxis are your best bet, at least upon arrival, when you'll be laden with bags and tired (and possibly cranky kids). Taxis and taxi services in NYC aren't as costly as you might think, and when you're travelling in a group, sometimes it's actually cheaper to travel in comfort than on a shuttle or private bus.
JW Editor's note:
Tel Aviv Car and Limousine Service
is the New York car service that I use most of the time. A reader told me about it a few years ago. I tried it and liked it. Tel: 212.777.7777. Website: www.telavivlimo.com


A hotel suggestion...

Comfort Inn Manhattan (between 5th and 6th)
If tourist sites are a high priority, this location is hard to beat -- you'll be around the corner from the Empire State Building, a short walk to Fifth Avenue's best shopping and close to the subway. You can request a room with a microwave and/or mini bar (there are 20 such rooms) or book into a king room with double sleeper sofa (extra) but it's still far cheaper than getting two rooms. Last but not least, kids are free and Continental breakfast is complimentary Website: www.comfortinn.com


A little bit of China...

If you visit only one ethnic neighbourhood during your New York vacation, it should be Chinatown. As you explore the area, here's a few suggestions your youngsters will enjoy:

Have a peek at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (65 Bayard Street). Look at the flavors. A little different from the Baskin-Robbins, isn't it? Lychee, green tea and red bean are a few of the selections. Those feeling less bold may choose from some of the classics, too. At the Bowery, check out the Chinese Pagodalike Macdonald's with Ronald sitting out front on a bench. This is a good place to use a bathroom as they are somewhat hard to come by in Chinatown. 


Sail past The Statue of Liberty...

It used to be that the ferry to Staten Island cost 25-cents, but it is now free and it's unequivocally one of the best - and most enjoyable - deals going. A daytime cruise affords views of the Statue of Liberty and at night, millions of stars magically illuminate the skyline of Manhattan. The ride takes about 30 minutes, and although you have to disembark at St. George, you can line up nearby to get right back onto the return ferry, Website: www.siferry.com  


 

 

 

 

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