Saturday morning, we had breakfast at the Iroquois –I had blueberry pancakes with fruit, orange juice and coffee – with tip, about $35. The Iroquois had an upscale dining room and attentive waiters, but too expensive for breakfast every day.
Then walked to Times Square and took the subway to Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - we paid $10 to purchase metro cards at the automated machines, and we rode the subway for about $2.50/ride. There are lots of stairs, but we found the subways to be clean and quite busy.
We did not know, but the Gardens was having a free day to everyone, so it is a good thing that we went in the morning - very busy in the afternoon. The restaurant was too lined up to eat - we just had a strawberry yogurt from a vendor outside on our way back to the subway. There is so much to see, both inside and out - don't miss the Bonsai house. The Gardens were a very nice spot to experience springtime in New York.
Then took the subway back to Times Square and started walking back to the hotel. We stopped at Times Deli and I had vegetable soup and a bun - about $5 - good place to eat; and then back to the hotel for a rest.
We had booked a tour from Viator for a Night on the Town ($94) so about 5:30, we took a yellow cab ($12) to Gray Lines to pick up our tickets and go on the tour. At the ticket office, there should have been a waiting room with couches, instead you stand in a line for about 30 minutes, and then board the bus. We enjoyed the bus ride around – it was light enough to see everything - plug in the headphones and the tour guide will point out the major sights.
First, we went to the High Line Park (an elevated railway) – nobody wanted to walk, just observe the dressed-up people for an event that was happening. Then back on the bus for a harbor cruise - this lasted about an hour, very interesting, and took lots of pictures. A group of women passengers sang New York, New York and everyone seemed to enjoy the tour guide (Tip $3).
Then to Little Italy – Grotta Azzurra for an included dinner - steak, with boiled potatoes and vegetables and I had a soda. Then back on the bus – the tour guide said we were going to Top of the Rock (top floor of Rockefeller Centre) but the tickets were good for two weeks , so got dropped off about two blocks from the Iroquois Hotel . We really enjoyed this tour, plus a free ticket to Top of the Rock (Cost $32).
Photos belong to Phil Bianco