i-love-ny-308460_640Pros and Cons of Visiting New York City

Thinking about planning a trip to The Big Apple? My family and I just completed a marathon vacation that included our first trip to New York City. It was our Planes, Trains, and Automobiles trip, though not in that order.

Our journey started in Houston with a one-way SUV rental (ca-ching) to Memphis, Columbus, Niagara, and 25 hours later, Syracuse. Our son will be attending this fine university and I’m trying not to take it personally that he choose a school so far away. After a few days, we hopped a train to NYC. First time ever for a train and the city! So exhilarating! However, after four days of the exhilarating sight-seeing I was ready to come home. To help you decide if this trip is right for you, here are 8 pros and cons of visiting NYC:

First View

Pro:

If you take a train to NYC as we did, the ride is picturesque. We followed the Hudson River and enjoyed hilly, green views both urban and rural. Imagine this train ride in the fall!

Con:

As you enter the city by train, you also enter a tunnel. The sweeping skyline from the movies is not visible. My first view of the city was outside Penn station and my first impression was of tall, encroaching buildings, throngs of people and excessive car honking.

Overall Impression

Pro:

Upon the first moment I realized that I had arrived in NYC, I felt a swell in my chest. The significance of being in this city is profound. One tear might have fallen down my cheek.

Con:

Rethink going to NYC in August. I’m from Houston and I know oppressive heat. Turns out, so does NYC. That one tear quickly evaporated.

Accommodations

Pro:

This was our first Airbnb rental and the place was A-dorable! Two levels, 500 sf, modern kitchen and amenities in the very safe Gramercy Park area. $325 per night compared to $450 for a one-room hotel. We scored!

Con:

A-dorable is another word for super tiny! And the spiral staircase leading to the lower level was treacherous at best. If you’re weight challanged or have bad knees you wouldn’t be able to use this area.

Mass Transit

Pro:

Freedom! Having everything in close proximity so you can walk, Uber or subway around the city and not have to drive (drunk!) around the excessive traffic gives you options and freedom.

Con:

Uber, subway and walking come with a #couldgethurt caveat. I nearly fell twice during the subway rides and our Uber drivers weren’t shy about cutting off buses. And when the traffic signal indicates “do not walk” do not walk! They will run you down.

Weather

Pro:

During the summer in NYC you can wear a tank top or mini dress and not bring a sweater or scarf to compensate for the varying temperatures between the indoors and outdoors.

Con:

The number one populated city in America does not have a handle on their air-conditioning. In Houston you practically need a wool coat for restaurants and theaters in the summer. (On the upside it gives us a chance to actually wear these items.)

Entertainment

Pro:

When it comes to finding activities for the entire family, there are so many to choices in NYC, and if you can’t find something to do, with or without lots of money, you simply aren’t trying.

Con:

There are long lines for everything. The Statue of Liberty has two different lines and the 9/11 Memorial had three. If you want a gelato at Eataly its 15 people deep. And if you want to see a live show; get your tickets in advance, jus’ saying!

Live Comedy

Pro:

There’s nothing like being in a live audience. We had the pleasure to see The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Larry is funny and his comedy team is a well-oiled machine. It was cool to see where the magic happens – this show was worth every penny!

Con:

The tickets are free – but you’ll earn every penny! Understand the clapping and cheering you are doing isn’t loud enough and they want you to set the record for being the loudest audience since the invention of the laugh track.

*We saw The Nightly Show on Wednesday and on the following Monday heard the show had been cancelled. Coincidence?

Time Square

Pro:

This is where the saying, The City that Never Sleeps, was coined. A-mazing! Go at night to see all the bright lights. It’s thrilling to see in person where the ball drops on NYE, no matter what time of year. And bonus, I didn’t get mugged, trampled or run over by an Uber driver!

Con:

I hope you like crowds! Throngs and throngs and (some thongs) of people, of all ages, speaking in all languages are everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Go to the bathroom before you arrive and no need to use the flash on your camera. It they harnessed all the energy used on the gigantic video advertisings, NYC could air-condition their city like nobody’s business.

Have I helped you make a decision on visiting NYC or have I just confused you more? Here’s the thing, if you decide to go to NYC, have fun, and like the saying goes, pack your patience. I was never scared for my life. But just a tip, if it’s your first trip to the Big Apple, don’t stay too long if you don’t have friends or family in the area. NYC can be overwhelming. Also plan your trip from mid-September through early June. If you aren’t going to the Hamptons, don’t go during the summer.Time Square

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4 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Visiting New York City

    • August 22, 2016 at 7:04 pm
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      So glad. Pack your patience and humor and it will be a great trip!

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  • August 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm
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    You are hilarious. I actually LOLed when you said your tear quickly evaporated. I’m not looking to go to NYC anytime soon but I still loved what I read and learned. Thanks for sharing!

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    • August 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

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