Bags are packed and we are ready to go……
The day is finally here that we get to travel to New York City…Needless to say the excitement continues to build. Lee and Cathy are on their way to Little Rock to pick Debbie up at work (take our customary start of the trip photo) and then off to the airport to catch our 4:20pm flight!
Stepped up to the American Airline counter and was greeted by a friendly and helpful Customer Service Agent. All of our bags checked in underweight…we breezed through security with no problems…now to grab a bite to eat and wait on that boarding call. We wore our cool t-shirts we designed for our trips and we were so excited to have people ask us who we were and what our t-shirts were all about. We even had some people find our blog and comment that they saw us in the airport and wanted to say hi and follow our trip. We all agreed that the t-shirts were a great way to invite people to check out our Blog!
Our flights were great…we had fun chatting about our trip, taking a cat nap, and snapping pictures of NYC night lights as we prepared to land.
Lee always seems to find a “friend” on the flights…
Landed at JFK around 10:30 pm, found our way to the baggage claim and we were so relieved that all bags made it!
Now to call for our Uber….and the fun (maybe the nightmare) begins! Let’s just say getting an Uber was easy….getting a good one in New York is another story! Our first Uber driver was not only unprofessional, but down right scary. After he loaded our luggage and we got into the vehicle, he informed us that our ride had cancelled and we would have to pay cash. We told him we did not carry cash and the whole reason we used Uber was to use a cashless payment system. He carried us some distance down the road and kept saying he needed cash. We finally convinced him that we did not carry cash and told him that he would need to carry us back to the airport. After a heated conversation…..we arrived back at the airport where we were put out of the car in the middle lane of the busy road and had to unloaded our own luggage. Needless to say, we reported this incident to Uber and they informed us that cash was never to be paid to a driver and this particular driver would be invesitaged.
That bad experience behind us we called for another Uber and safely made it to our Hotel. We were determined we would not let this affect our good time.
We were apprehensive about Hotel Edison because of several negative reviews online, but Hotel Edison did not disappointment us. The security was wonderful, we had to show our room keys to even got to the elevators. The rooms were large by New York standards, very clean and the staff was extremely helpful. The location was perfect, 1/2 block off Times Square.
An interesting fact about the Edison is that Thomas Edison himself flipped the switch to turn the lights on for the grand opening. There is so much nostalgia and art deco in this beautiful old hotel. We would highly recommend it and would definitely return there in the future.
By the time we got settled in our room we had about 3 hours to sleep until the alarms went off at 5:00 a.m. to arrive for our call at the Kelly and Ryan Show at 7:15 a.m.. Stay tuned for our first exciting day in New York City.
Goodnight New York.