Times Square, New York City
The Three Musketeers in Times Square

We love New York!  We are here for only 2 days, so we are staying in the middle of the action.  Our hotel, the Doubletree Suites, is in the center of Times Square and the kids love it!  Today we went shopping and hit all the big stores.  Rich and I enjoyed Rockefeller Center.  The boys loved H&M, Lego Store and Toys R US.  The twins got pulled in front of the crowd for a Hacky Sack demonstration so we had to buy a few.  New York seems like a great way to spend some time on the road.

New York City, NY
Aidan petting an NYPD police horse in Times Square


We took the subway down to 34th St and back up to 49th.  The twins’ favorite thing of the day was riding the subway!  Go figure…

We ate lunch at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where every waiter is an aspiring Broadway Star.  The boys loved it and it built up their excitement to see a Broadway show tomorrow.  We strolled down Times Square to see the spectacle that is Times Square. And it did not disappoint.  Wandering people dressed as superheroes, people posing with giant snakes, policemen on horses, multi-story video walls, and oceans of people.  It was great fun (and we’re so happy to leave!)

Day 2:Did a quick run by Central Park around 60th St and 5th Ave.  Shopped on 5th Ave and actually found something that I could almost afford.  Grabbed a coal oven pizza and headed for Broadway.  Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was a surprisingly good!  The kids loved it.  I am not a big musical fan but the sets, music, acrobatics and lighting made up for Peter Parker bursting out in song.  As first Broadway experiences go, we couldn’t have made a better choice.

All 3 kids now like the theater, job done.

24 hours was in no way long enough to spend in New York City and we all can’t wait to return in January.  We are excited to be on our way to Europe, finally!

Doubletree Suites Times Square

Great location in the middle of the action in Times Square. The street in front of the hotel is crazy and our driver had trouble even finding a place to drop us off. The Bellman was too busy flirting with a girl to help with our bags, which was frustrating. But once we waded through the human sea and made it inside, everything was great. The room was quiet and large for New York. It was very clean and the beds were very comfortable. We were able to stay in a 1 bedroom suite that was large enough for all 5 of us (2 Double Beds and a queen sleeper sofa).  The Concierge was helpful, and arranged for Broadway tickets. We ate in the restaurant a couple of times. The food was fine.  Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would stay again.  We paid $430 per night.

Picture with random Mickey Mouse costumed person in Times Square
Picture with random Mickey Mouse costumed person in Times Square

Ellen’s Stardust Diner, 1650 Broadway, New York, NY

Ellen’s Stardust is a diner established by a former Broadway star to help aspiring performers.  The food is standard 50s diner fare and pretty tasty, but the main attraction are the singing waitstaff, who take turns belting out various songs while walking around the restaurant, climbing on tables and singing from balconies.  It’s a lot of fun and you get no shortage of songs sung by very talented people.  A lot of them go onto actual Broadway roles.  Lunch was about $15pp, plus tip.


  1. Doubletree is decent place to stay. I stayed there once with my family as we came to NYC to catch a baseball towards the end of Yankee Stadium’s final season. There was 9 of us in our group, so we had to get separate rooms. I think it cost us roughly about $300/night, which isn’t too bad when splitting the cost with someone else. Plus, we came over the Labour Day Weekend, so we got hit with the “holiday prices.”
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