How to see New York in a day

I was given a challenge: Show my parents, brother and sister-in-law Manhattan in 10 hours. How do I show off the best city in the world in one day and on a budget? Did I mention the sister-in-law is in her second trimester?

I knew I didn’t want to waste time underground on the subway, but too much walking was out of the question and cabs are spendy. I had the idea to ride one of those red hop-on, hop-off tour busses. We could catch glimpses of the bulk of Manhattan quickly. At $54 per person, the tour isn’t cheap, but I thought it would be the best value.  Per family tradition, I asked for wishes and they were pretty simple: M&M store, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and space shuttle. My brother also requested to ride a fire truck, but I’m somewhat certain he was joking. I did offer him a ride on the Ferris wheel at Toys R Us, which has a fire truck car, but he declined. I added my own wish, which was to show them Grand Central Terminal. I love Grand Central.

It was a successful day. We hit nearly everything on the list – the Statue of Liberty was evasive, but we chose not to hop off the bus to ride the Staten Island Ferry or walk through Battery Park for a better look – and we went about an hour past our 9 p.m. goal to get them out of the city.

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