Five days in New York: Itinerary for a family trip - PART 4


When we get to the fourth day of our trip, we began to realize how
fast time passes when we are having fun and in New York we feel that time

As we have always liked to mention, when we travel, we like to organize
our itineraries in order to reconcile the tastes of children and adults,
although this is often confused, as it is not easy to say what it is for
children and what it is for adults and, this our fourth day spent so much for
that experience.

We will leave our itinerary for the day in New York and then we will
describe the various steps we have taken.

1- Lego Store in Rockefeller Center

2- St. Patrick’s Cathedral

3- Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock

4- NBC Studios and Radio City Music Hall


Lunch at the Carnegie Delli

6- Toy store FAO Schwarz


Apple Store 5th Avenue


Plaza Hotel


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)


The Morgan Library & Museum

Lego Store in Rockefeller Center
At the beginning of this article, we were talking about how difficult it
is sometimes to separate activities for children from adult to adult, as they
often blend and confuse. Our first destination of the day was precisely this
mix. In Portugal (our country), unfortunately there is no large store dedicated
to lego, so the offer is not the best. Of course, when we want to buy something
that we do not find in a store, we currently have the option online, which has
often served us (we’re crazy at home, too), but getting lost in a Lego store
was something ” of the family very much desired, so this was our first
destination of the day. Needless to say, how excited our son (and his father)

So we headed there in the morning to Rockefeller Center, going straight
to the Lego store, where we lost for a LONG time. Besides the purchases we
made, it was wonderful to be able to just play with legos, to explore and see,
to see. We had never seen the possibility of buying only the pieces we wanted,
as well as combining our mini figures and buying, we really loved it. As for
prices, udo depends on the exchange rate, but when we went there (2015) the
prices compensated when compared with Europe. However, it is worth a lot.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This Cathedral, just in the middle of Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Center is both impressive as beautiful on the outside, but what impressed us most is its interior and, in particular, the silence that prevails there. As you enter, you quickly forget you are on 5th Avenue. No doubt a must-stop in this Cathedral that was built between 1858 and 1878 and designed by architect James Renwick, Jr. and is a historic building in New York City.

If you want to know more about your hostory and opening hours, you can consult its official site HERE.

Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock
After leaving the Lego Store, we continue to peer through the Rockefeller
Center. This conundrum of buildings is huge and even more stunning near
Christmas, where there is placed the famous giant Christmas tree as well as the
skating rink. As we did not go in the winter, but in the summer, we could not
enjoy these attractions but the Rockefeller Center is in itself very
captivating, luxurious and worth to spend a few hours here, especially to climb
to the Top of the Rock.

The Top of the Rock was our second choice to see New York City at the
height of its splendor, and the main reasons we wanted to climb this skyscraper
was also because it offers the possibility, on the one hand, to observe the
skyline of the city with Empire Estate, which is beautiful and another reason
is that it makes it possible to see Central Park on the opposite side.

We did this visit before lunch, with a beautiful day of sun and, as we
bought our tickets online (see HERE how to buy your ticket), we saved valuable
time and, although there were many people when we went, we did not spend much
time at wait and, we always get a clear view over the city.
Still at Rockefeller Center, do not forget to check out NBC studios,
where the famous Saturday Night Live program is filmed, as well as stroll along
Radio City Music Hall.
We have just passed NBC studios but for those who are a fan, there is the
possibility of doing a Tour, which will allow you to know the backstage of some
of the most famous programs in the world (for example, we love Jimmy Fallon,
who records his shows here).

If you wish to take this tour, you can access more information HERE. There is also the possibility of attending
some of the shows that take place (including that of Jimmy Fallon) but this
often requires a few hours of waiting. The way to get the ticket differs for
each show, so here is a LINK that
will explain the different steps to get your ticket as well as some important
This concert hall and radio is iconic in New York, but here we just walk
by the door to explore its façade. However, if you want to know better or even
go to a concert, check the link HERE.

Lunch at the Carnegie Delli
The morning was already huge and despite a mid-morning snack, it was time
for lunch, and we are forced to say that we were fans of pastrami sandwiches
and after our wonderful experience at Katz’s Delicatessen (you can see HERE on
our third day in New York),
today we were planning to go in the direction of another Delli also famous for
selling the best pastrami sandwiches in New York, namely the Carnegie Delli.
This location is relatively close to the Rockefeller Center, so the
walking time has been shortened but upon arrival we found a considerable queue
at the door. This is usually a sign of good food, but hunger is already tight.
However, we waited there and after about an hour we managed to eat our pastrami
sandwich and also did not resist sampling the cheesecake.

We are obliged to say that, both are fabulous. We loved pastrami
sandwiches as well as cheesecake, to the point that we can not tell you what
the best sandwich is, whether it’s Katz’s Delicatessen or Carnegie Delli. We wood love to challenge the reader to try both but, 
but unfortunately, this property has already closed in its old location, so anyone who is going to stroll around New York will not be able to tell us about their experience. You can see here a video about the closing of Carnegie Delli and the huge queues that were created for those who wanted to taste these flavors one last time.

However, we have to say that our experience at Katz’s Deli was most
enjoyable. On the one hand, our expectations were already high due to the
passion for the film that took us first to the place (When Harry met Sally)
but, although both spaces were spectacular, we had a care by the staff at
Katz’s Delicatessen very more sympathetic, unlike the Carnegie Delli that, in
our experience, was not the best.

However, nothing that has spoiled our
experience at the place, which was great and we love it.
One of the movies that marked our life was the celebrated BIG, with the
most iconic scene taking place in a toy store with actor Tom Hanks dancing and
playing on a giant piano. Well, this store, which also features Home Alone 2,
is FAO Schwarz, and we had the opportunity to visit it, and our son, to walk
and play the famous piano on the floor.

We just do not know if anyone who liked
it most was him or us but, it’s a wonderful experience. In addition to the
piano, you’ll find all the toys you can imagine, from the traditional to the
modern, and it’s one of those experiences that is perfect for children and
adults alike.

Unfortunately, after our trip, we learned that the store closed almost immediately after our trip.
However, for those preparing their trip to New York, you can visit the new
store from November 16, 2018. However, it is not located in its former
location, but at number 30 Rockefeller Plaza .

To learn more about the store and its history, be sure to check out their
website HERE.
Just near the old FAO Schwarz store is the 5th Avenue Apple Store. We did just a
quick visit and, the glass cube on the outside was what most captivated us.

However, if you are coming to buy new technologies from Apple, we recommend
Apple’s Grand Central Terminal store, as it is usually less crowded and easier
to get a better service (learn more
HERE at the post on our second day in New
York ).

Whoever has seen Home Alone 2, you will not forget that the hotel where
Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is staying in New York is the Plaza Hotel. This luxury
hotel is a historic landmark of the city and, also one of the most luxurious.
However, it is a long way from our financial capabilities, so we just admire
its exterior and wander around, dreaming that maybe one day we can stay there.

See here this when “Kevin” arrives at the hotel and gets a help from Trump.

Museum of Modern Art (Moma)

One of the museums that we adults wanted to visit was the Museum of
Modern Art (MoMA) and after researching information at home, we discovered that
it was possible to visit it free of charge on Friday afternoon, so we organized
the itinerary of our family trip in New York to leave a few hours on Friday
afternoon to see the museum.

If you would like to visit the museum (which we highly recommend), we
advise you to address it a little before 4 pm on Friday. The queue to enter for
free at the Museum starts at the door that leads to 54 street (you can see the exact spot here on Google maps). Although the queue is big, after 4:00 p.m., you will see
that it will take very little time to enter, and you will appreciate all the
moments that will pass there.

If you wish to know more about the museum, timetables, prices, temporary
exhibitions, or purchase tickets online for other dates, you can consult the
website of the same HERE.
The Morgan Library & Museum
There at home we are fans of books and libraries and from the birth of
our son we have tried to convey this passion to our son (which has been very
successful to date, we are very fortunately forced to acknowledge.

One of the visits we most want to do is not, however, one of the most
famous attractions in New York, unfairly, we must say. We spoke to The Morgan
Library & Museum which, it was our last visit of the day. Well, after our
visit to MoMA, we went down 5th Avenue (there’s always something new and
interesting on that avenue) and we went to our new destination, The Morgan
Library & Museum (you can see the exact location on Google Maps HERE).
This Library & Museum was the former home / office / library of the
famous JP Morgan banker, who resided in New York. The house itself is
impressive, with a beautiful architecture that achieves a perfect blend of old
and modern. When we made our visit, there was a convertible music flow, which
made the whole visit more perfect.

Check this cool youtube video so you get to know a litle more:

For us, the main reason for our visit was the precious collection inside
those walls. On this visit, we could see a bible printed in the Gutemberg
press, Mozart’s original scores, Ravel, Lizt, Livos and original texts by
Faust, Goethe, books with hundreds of years, even Bob Dylan’s writings !!! It
is an exhibition that deserves much in time that there will be. Besides, there
are temporary exhibitions that you can visit.

And why did we go on Friday too? Because once again we could make this
precious visit for free! Also The Morgan Library & Museum offers the
possibility to visit it free of charge on Friday, from 7pm to 9pm, something
that we made the most of.
If you would like to know more about prices, times and temporary
exhibitions, be sure to check out their official website HERE. Although this is not one
of New York’s best known places, we highly recommend your visit, we promise you
will not regret it.
Finished this day, we had decided to return to Korean Town for dinner
before heading to the Hotel for the well-deserved rest, but on the way we
discovered a street food sale where we were able to eat delicious tacos which
turned out to be one of the best meals during our stay, also for very
reasonable prices.

hope you enjoy our itinerary for the fourth day in New York. If you want, you
can see our fifth and last day of our family trip in New York by clicking HERE.
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