In this week's article, we take a break from our typical fishing and hunting stuff for a travel segment for those of you interested in going to New York City - w00h00! First let me say that New York is an amazing place and anything that you like to do can be found there. We spent a week there before my son's wedding in Brooklyn, and we had a blast. Hopefully, you will find this article extremely helpful in your planning for your trip because there are some great opportunities to take advantage of and some land mines to avoid.
|Hotel Affinia in mid-town Manhattan|
|NY City Subway Map|
Another thing in New York that is really nice is that you can rent electric wheelchairs. These companies can change so I am not going to post any one in particular. We rented a chair that worked adequately and gave me some freedom to explore on my own which I like very much. These chairs will likely not be overly fancy but will serve the purpose. One idea that I have had is to take the Amtrak train to New York so I can bring my electric wheelchair from home. It can be expensive but would also give me great comfort in knowing what to expect once I am there.
Lastly, bathrooms can be tricky because so many building have been grand-fathered in and are not exactly ADA compliant. Find a few that work and know how far those are from where you are...this is important!
What to Do? - The very fun thing about New York City is that everything is within a 20 minute subway ride. From baseball in the Bronx, to Central Park and the famed Museum of Natural History, to Little Italy and Chinatown, to Wall-Street and ground zero, all of it is within minutes of any location in the city which is amazing. A few things that I think are a must is of course the Statue of Liberty. The day tour is awesome but is extremely time consuming. The Stanton Island Ferry is free and goes right by the Statue. Saves time and you still get to see it and pop that photo op. Next is one of my all-time favorite funny men - Late Night with David Letterman.
|Scott and Stephanie|
at The Lion King
Don't forget to Eat - New York is well known for it's restaurants, deli's, cafes and markets. One of the finest things in life is the sheer pleasure of eating and you can find literally anything you want to tease your taste-buds with. If you enter a restaurant or see one from the street that appears to not be accessible at first glance, be sure to ask. Many times they will have multiple entrances and one of these may in fact be wheelchair accessible. I want to point out something that can get over-looked when visiting the city and that is the markets. There are little markets all over the town that not only sell some of the freshest produce I have ever sampled but also cook and provide a take-out meal. These places do not get the fanfare that the restaurant style establishments get, and it's a big mistake. Try some of them because you will not be disappointed.
The New York City streets were one of the best adventures I have ever been on. My wife and I had a blast and I cannot wait to hear from you and your adventure to the Big-Apple.
- Scott Anderson