This was our last day in NYC (my feet were happy, but the rest of me was sad). We stayed in Carlstadt, NJ the last two nights and discovered another wonder of public transportation called the bus. Of course we had ridden busses before, but after driving through NYC ourselves, we worried that we'd be stuck on a bus in gridlock traffic with no end in sight. That, my friends, is a surefire way for Dan to completely lose his mind.
But of course this is NYC public transportation, so we were very pleasantly surprised! From our hotel's bus stop, it was a 15-25 minute ride to Times Square depending on the number of stops along the way. We made a point to avoid rush hour, which also helped. It was more expensive ($8.50/round trip) than taking the train, but still much cheaper and probably faster than the alternative. Dan developed a greater appreciation for New Jersey than he's ever had before.
We had two ideas for how to spend the afternoon - either going to the New York Mets game or seeing another Broadway show. One of Dan's coworkers told us that "Newsies" was playing on Broadway, so we went to the theater to see if we could buy last-minute tickets for the matinee. It worked out, and we really enjoyed it! It's based on a true story of the 1899 NYC strike by the "Newsies" (the poor boys who sold newspapers for a penny) against the newspaper owner, Joseph Pulitzer. We had watched several seasons of "So You Think You Can Dance" on TV, and three of the guys from the show played characters in "Newsies." Recognizing some of the faces made it even more fun to watch!
It was a great way to end our trip!