*Gray Line Downtown bus tour
*See hanging chickens in China Town (Carole request)
*Broadway show – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Since this was our first trip to NYC, K said the best way to see the whole city is on the bus tour. These guys were selling tickets right out our hotel door. One guy was willing to work with us and we scored the 2 day price for 5 days. This Downtown tour has 20+ stops on it! But before we got on we the bus, we had to check TKTS for a Broadway show. I love Willy Wonka, old or new version. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was playing next to the hotel. We were able to score tickets 50% off 10 rows back. I was giddy! More to come with that, on with the tour!
The architecture in this city is amazing. Seeing from the roof top of the bus with a great tour guide adding his colorful stories about the history was absolutely the way to see this city.
Flat Iron district!
My motley crew!
Best part about these tours is you can hop on and off as my times a day you want. So we hopped off in China Town. K wanted chicken on a stick. Carole wanted to see the chickens hanging in a store front. I wanted to get the hell out of there. It smelled terrible with the open baskets of seafood and meat. Barf.
After a few twists and turns, we found ourselves in the middle of the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. Yes, this food looks much better!!!
Let’s eat lunch! Il Cortile provided a fabulous meal for our first outing.
We hopped back on to finish the tour, but wait. We were rerouted because the President and the UN was in session. Streets were closed off. This fact would affect our route several times in the coming week.
We made it back, freshened up, and walked across the street to see Charlie @ the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre!
Carole was a skeptic. How could they pull this off on a stage? But they did, it’s Broadway! They’ll figure it out! Everything from the Bucket bed, the Factory doors, and the magic inside with the glass elevator. Top 2 moments of the show was 1st, the Oompa-Loompas happened! The actors were on their knees using their hands as feet of the orange little bodies. It was fantastic!!! I can’t describe it, you just have to see it! 2nd moment… a tiny squirrel came across the floor, then as they enter the shelling room, the actors were in full human size fluffy squirrel suits chasing Veruca Salt around! I was not expecting that and I was thrilled to see it! This show delivered and everyone in our party loved it!