New York 2004 - This was a wonderful trip with my friend Angel! At this time I wasn't keeping travel journals, so I don't remember what we did every day so this is all from memory . . . The trip was in October, which was a wonderful time to visit NYC.
Arrived in New York staying at Park Central Hotel. The first day we went through central park by bike - no I wasn't riding the bike I was making someone else work hard. We also walked to Times Square and then ended up at the top of the Empire State building. That evening we saw the play Wicked which was still in it's initial run. Idina Mendzel was still playing Elpheba (yeah!) and Joey McIntyre (from New Kids on the Block) was Firero.
Walked to the all the way from Central Park hotel to the Statue of Liberty. It was a really wonderful walk. We stopped at various places along the way - Tribeca, Greenwich Village, Ground Zero, Wall Street, etc. We just basically stopped any place that seemed interesting. We got to the harbor around 2:00 but there was no room at the inn. The initial announcement was that we couldn't get in the Statue but the island was open. Five minutes later the island reached capacity. So we walked the harbor and found the monument for the armed services. Took a cab back to Macy's (Angel swears that the cab driver would have waited for me all day!), then walked up 5th Avenue. Play that evening was Phantom of the Opera. That was my first time on Broadway, but about the tenth time I've seen it. I was bored.