My friend and I traveled with her 14 year old niece and 12 year old grand daughter. They wanted the Empire State Building...China Town......I don't like walking downtown from Time Square where we were staying at the Marriott and really don't like the subways. I have never gotten a hop on /off bus before and thought it would be fun to do so. We decided to buy a 2 day pass since it was only 10 dollars more than a 1 day pass. We boarded the bus on the corner of 8th avenue and 45th. The bus was like a combination of an old city bus and an old airport car rental transport vehicle. Half of one side was bare floor for luggage storage. The windows were so filthy that you could barely see outside. As it left the Marriott it proceeded across Broadway to 6th ave. It turned left...Passed Radio City and turned left...We stopped a couple of times and waited for people to get on the bus. The recording didn't speak a lot. Just basics on a few of the stops. I felt like we were on a city bus . The driver just drove...I commented to my friend that it was a terrible job with traffic and so forth. We eventually turned left off of 6th avenue and took a turn on 7th right back to the the Marriott, where we started our trek. (front of hotel instead of the side) This was a half hour wasted.We continued down Broadway and sat in traffic by Madison Sq Garden for what seemed forever.....Turned right...then right again on 8th. I worried that we were heading back to the Marriott again. Turned right on 34th and continued to Empire...So many people wanted to get on the bus that there was no room . You can't see anything out the window. We wanted to get off in China Town and then walk to WTC and then come back. We finally turned right and continued forever until we reached our stop. We got off....There is really nothing in Chinatown except people that speak Chinese and probably think we are idiots for wanting to go to Chinatown. We were not there to eat. The kiosks were mostly closed for the winter (and really scary if they were open). I was there in the summer and felt suffocated with the chaos. We walked around several blocks before I walked toward Ground Zero. I kept asking for directions to be sure I was heading in the right direction. We decided that we would not get back on the bus for any reason It takes forever to get where you need to go. When we finally got off we walked everywhere and took the subway back. The next day we walked to Macys, Empire State, etc (only about 11 blocks that took over an hour by bus and 10 minutes on foot)
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