I NYC WITH TEENS Street­wise and ready to roll

How to make the most of a fam­ily visit to Man­hat­tan

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - ROBYN HOL­LAND


MAKE that fa­mil­iar bird’s-eye view of Man­hat­tan your kids have seen in count­less movies come to life by go­ing sky­ward — ei­ther to the Em­pire State or prefer­ably to Top of the Rock on the gor­geous art-deco Rock­e­feller Build­ing. We­save the lat­ter for the last night of our stay but our teens wish it had been their first be­cause it gives them such a dis­tinct sense of place. On the jour­ney to the three-level rooftop there’s a pic­to­rial ex­hibit, photo op­por­tu­nity and short film to view but the high­light is just watch­ing the world’s coolest city hum be­low you from the out­door level at 70 storeys up. Sun­set is su­per busy, nat­u­rally, and book­ing tick­ets doesn’t help to beat the crowds. More: topofthe­rock.com.


THE one catch with walk­ing ev­ery­where is that shop­ping even­tu­ally gets in the way, which be­comes our son’s phi­los­o­phy af­ter sev­eral days of mooching about Man­hat­tan. When shop­ping with his sis­ters and mother be­comes too much, we send him off to take pho­tos or to sam­ple food from the near­est street ven­dor. My daugh­ters love the eclec­tic shops of Green­wich Vil­lage j ust as much as the glitzy stores such as For­ever 21, Macy’s and the bar­gain­hunters’ Cen­tury 21. In Man­hat­tan, the shop­ping stops only when you make it stop. One shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed is B&H ‘‘su­per store’’, the mas­sive bee­hive of an elec­tron­ics, photography and video cen­tre; it’s a tech­nol­ogy con­sumer’s heaven; 420 Ninth Ave (cor­ner of West 34th). More: bhpho­tovideo.com.


CHANGE your viewpoint of NYC by get­ting out on the wa­ter, es­pe­cially in sum­mer. The Staten Is­land Ferry is the only free way to view the Statue of Lib­erty but be aware you have to dis­em­bark at Staten Is­land — pas­sen­gers can’t stay on for a round trip. Cir­cle Line Cruises of­fers a range of guided tours around the is­land. The Down­town Boathouse has free kayak­ing on a walk- up ba­sis be­tween May and Oc­to­ber. More: cir­cle­line42.com; si­ferry.com; down­town­boathouse.org.

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