New York highlights for a father and son journey to Manhattan
A New York minute is “the time it takes the light in front of you to turn green and the guy behind you honking his horn.”
This is how Johnny Carson understood it when he snapped the words of a New York traffic inspector to define Manhattan’s frenzied pace of life, which I subscribed to on a whistle-free trip to the Big Apple.
Time slowed at one point when the summer sky on the observation deck on the panicle of 30 Rockefeller Plaza changed from orange to deep blue.
A Japanese tour guide arrived with his Bolshie group and then time quickened again. The guide armed with a baton kidnapped our corner.
He used the baton to point out downtown landmarks that blocked my camera’s line of sight from the Chrysler Building past One World Trade Center.
It prompted the decision to leave ‘The Top of the Rock’ quickly until we heard a security guard predicting someone, “No, wait a minute, mate, the view is going to be phenomenal tonight.”
As it turned out, he was right.
In ten minutes, Times Square was blazing with blue and red neon, rainbow colors fluttering on the side of the Empire State Building to commemorate Pride Weekend, and the One World Trade Center’s glass veneer reflecting the gleaming, final gasp of the setting sun contrary.
The experience my son Cillian will not forget what this birthday gift trip was all about.
Cillian O’Sullivan enjoyed his trip to New York with his father.
The choice of an experience over more stuff for my Generation Z son came after his Generation X father read a report on Millennial spending patterns.
The report, sponsored by global ticketing giant Eventbrite, concluded that millennials prioritize experiences over possessions.
It seems that experiences dictate their lifestyle, such as why own property when you can rent somewhere better?
Why invest in a future that can never happen when there is a world to discover?
Millennials are old enough to remember the calamity that fell from heaven ten years ago to even the most circumspect materialist. and young enough to try life’s many experiences.
When it comes to the New York experience, it’s impossible to take full advantage of it if you set the pace of a New Yorker. Better to leave that to the locals.
An early morning stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, relieved by a small dose of jet lag, is the best way to see the jagged rooftops of the world’s most famous skyline.
Over on the other side, Brooklyn’s DUMBO area (or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) was just awake.
The shutters of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria on Front Street were still closed, and joggers before work paused on the deck to take in the view from the edge of the Hudson River.
My son ordered iced tea from a Lizzmonade, a wooden kiosk that sells old-fashioned soda.
At a safe distance, he commented on the taste. “It’s just cold tea with ice.”
Who would have thought that?
Back in busy Manhattan in the morning, a small tour bus stopped on 5th Avenue, directly across from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
The tour guide jumped outside and was immediately surrounded by the cargo of the bus.
I waited to hear his secrets from New York’s most famous church. Pointing to it, he said, “This is where you learn to jaywalk like real New Yorkers. Remember to go down the church’s right aisle and turn left. And while you’re up there, take a look at the organ. It’s huge. “
My son and I had no ambition to jaywalk like New Yorkers. We moved on to Times Square downtown, where time seems to be constantly short.
On our way west, we found Pier 83, the place where we could quicken the pace of our New York “take your time to smell the coffee” experience.
My son jumped the waves at 45 mph aboard The Beast, a high-octane boat trip that crosses the Hudson to Lady Liberty, and was in his element.
It was then that it occurred to me that millennials are getting it right. I can’t say when he will ride The Beast again or if he might be way too cool to go with me at this point.
But at that moment it was the most beautiful place in the world.
Superhero walking tour of Manhattan
Justin Van Voorhis leads Marvel and DC comic fanatics along with their parents or partners through the streets and avenues of Midtown Manhattan like a game of Pacman.
The tours stop at filming locations, Marvel offices, Grand Central and Gotham and its parallel history to Manhattan takes center stage.
Justin said that Paul LePelletier, his tour partner and tour founder, once worked as a cartoonist.
It is a superhero information resource with interesting links to the mainstream press. Hero clothing is optional.
American Museum of National History
“If you wait another fifteen minutes, the entrance is free,” was the sparing advice of the lady at the admission. From 4:45 p.m. until an hour later, entry to the city’s natural history museum is free.
The museum hosts permanent temporary exhibitions from the beginnings of the earth to an examination of the modern brain. So there is always something new to see.
The true-to-scale blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life makes for the ultimate selfie, and visitors to the 65-million-year-old Triceratops in the Hall of Ortnithischian Dinosaurs trickle into a handful just before it closes.
The original museum, which starred Night at the Museum with Ben Stiller, was endorsed by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Prices vary widely for those who don’t want to waste a New York minute waiting in line in Times Square.
Ticketmaster was the best value for The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theater on this side of the Atlantic.
Arthur Miller’s story of deception and narrow-minded superstition had a cast of top Irish and British actors including Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo Saoirse Ronan and Cairan Hinds.
When time is really tight in New York The Yotel has a robot on hand to help you with your luggage. The converted industrial robot can process up to 300 parts per day in this busy building right in Times Square.
All of this nonsense about hospitality can be deducted from the lobby kiosks for simply checking into one of their “cubicles”. Prices start at $ 175.
The cinematic draw and the plum location of the plaza directly across from Central Park led us to one of the chicest addresses in New York. The price is swanky too, with summer prices starting at $ 400.
The creature’s comfort and polished but uninspired staff make it a welcome destination.
Pay attention to the room service. That starts at $ 30 for a classic burger and soon goes up to $ 143 (for two) when water, beer, soda, and service are added.
A full traditional breakfast at this bustling diner-style restaurant near Times Square should keep hunger pangs away. At least until the next hot dog supplier appears on the horizon.
It is famous for its late riser cheesecake.
Spare ribs for the son and a large selection of craft beers for the father.
The pulled chicken and pork sandwiches are a welcome change from some of the other casual eateries, and there is a chance to root them out – with the pig out.
It’s not for the faint of heart, with a selection of highlights from across the menu. The menu has recommended a beer combination and the service is quick, genuinely friendly and professional.
WOW will be offering flights from Cork to New York starting in May with prices starting at € 149 each way.
Norwegian Airlines will be offering inexpensive direct connections from July. Aer Lingus, Delta and United Airlines fly daily from Shannon and Dublin.