7th July 2021:
A roaming event called Immersive Vincent Van Gogh exhibition is now booked for myself with my wife.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck has been booked for myself, Farida, and Rayhend.
The Edge Observation Deck has been booked for myself, Farida, and Rayhend.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with Battery Park Guided Tour has been booked for myself, Farida, and Rayhend.
I used Get Your Guide app to book these tours, except for the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition which I booked directly from their website.. I also booked a free guide directly from NYC guides' website, New York City Greeters. I contacted them and asked them what the suggested tip would be and I was told, "Our greeters do not accept tips but you can donate to our group through the website." 🤔. We will decide later what time the guide (his name is Bob) will meet us and what neighborhood to explore. I asked for a guide to show us a Queens neighborhood or a Brooklyn neighborhood.
I then booked time slot reservations ( yes, that is necessary), for The Met, MoMA, and Guggenheim Museum. I booked these reservations directly from their websites because I wanted to ask their representatives questions when necessary. It is really easy to connect with them and responses come the very next day (at least for me the responses came that quickly)🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
21 July 2021, Only 20 days before the trip to New York City and I am pretty much finished with the reservation process. I did just make a reservation at a small museum and its ajoining restaurant. It is the Fraunces Museum and restaurant. It is a famous place because it is one of the oldest taverns in the USA. In fact, George Washington had frequented this location.
28th of July: I just made three more reservations. One is for a storage unit for our luggage. Although it is generally possible to bring your luggage to the hotel you are staying at before check in time if you want to do something before you can check in ( we are doing that with The Jane Hotel), we will be storing our luggage during our visits at MoMA and Rockefeller Center area before we check into the Riu Plaza Times Square Hotel. I made reservations at LuggageHero because I had a "First Two Hours Free" deal with my New York City Pass. They have a location only five minutes walking distance to the Riu Plaza Times Square Hotel.
Another reservation I just made was with The Frick Collection. It is called Frick Madison right now because they are renovating their usual building. Right now, the Frick Collection is located at 945 Madison Avenue which is only five streets away from their usual building.
The third reservation I just made is for the American Museum of Natural History. This is actually the only reservation I have for the 18th of August.
This should be all the reservations I need to make because all my other plans are neighborhood explorations. It is possible, though, that I may have to make a reservation for Garibaldi Meucci Museum on Staten Island because I would like to visit there also. I will investigate that next.
The Vessel is now closed 😔... A teenage boy just committed suicide by jumping off of The Vessel. The authorities must now decide if they will be closing The Vessel permanently because several other people have committed suicide there. Therefore, we may not be climbing The Vessel.
Since we can not do anything at The Vessel (besides take a few photos there), I decided to replace it with The Eataly which is in the same location as the 9/11 Memorial Museum (4 World Trade Center) which would now be our next destination after The Edge Observation Deck. I also made reservations at Staten Island Museum and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Botanical Gardens, and Chinese Scholars Garden. These will be done the first day we spend on Staten Island. I tried to make reservations at La Pizza & Pasta Colori at Eataly but their website keeps sending me to Open Table which tells me that I can not make reservations"this far in advance".
I still want to try and make reservations at a Spanish Restaurant on Staten Island, La Pizza & Pasta Colori, and Whitney Museum of American Art. That should do it.👍
The reservations at Whitney Museum of American Art and a reservation made at a Spanish Restaurant (Socarrat Paella Bar) within walking distance of the Jane Hotel, we are ready to go. I could not make reservations at La Pizza & Pasta Colori but that is all right because there are many choices there and Colori has a deli type place where we can get some of their menu items.
9 August; Delta Airlines is now sending me an email about checking in with my cell phone. When I went to the Fly Delta app, there were two "Your Booking" fields for me to click on. The first field was for my reservation and the second field was for my wife's reservation.
This is probably enough for "practical things" so I will continue with a few photos from NYC itself on the Arrived in NYC page.