Christmas in New York City?
I would very much appreciate advice from anyone who has traveled to New York with older teens/young adults. Our family is planning a trip to NYC over the Christmas break. We will be there on Christmas day. We haven't traveled together as a family for about 4 years, so this is a special occasion for us. I know very little about NYC, unfortunately.
I'm hoping for some suggestions about what to do in NYC, particularly for my son. For those of you who are familiar with New York or traveled there with young men, do you have any suggestions? We will have 3 days there, one of which will be Christmas day.
My son is a 23 year old engineering grad student. He is not interested at all in art. He likes listening to music on his ipod, but has no interest in concerts or going to see live bands. He is not interested in shopping at all. He likes history, but gets tired of huge doses of it. He is very active and loves running, swimming, biking, rock climbing, etc., but it's not going to be that kind of vacation. He is typically more interested in doing rather than seeing. For example, when we went to Arizona he didn't particularly care for just going to the Grand Canyon and looking at it, but he would happily have rafted down it. From a food standpoint he is fun to travel with, because he will try a lot of different foods. He did enjoy Washington, DC, but he skewed more toward Air and Space Museum, Museum of Natural History, U.S. Mint, FBI building (we went when we could take the tour), etc.
When he tires of sightseeing, he will be fine if there is a bookstore and coffee shop nearby where he can read awhile while my daughter shops. He is a prodigious reader.
For Christmas day, I thought we would look at the Christmas displays in the big department stores and wander Chinatown. I've heard Mulberry St. is pretty at Christmas?
I thought my son would like either Top of the Rock or Empire State Building. He would probably be willing to spend about an hour or so in an art museum. I know the Met or MoMA are popular, but I was wondering if my son might prefer something like the Frick? Maybe something smaller and with an interesting building? East Side Tenement Museum? Brooklyn Bridge? We have toured an aircraft carrier, so we probably wouldn't go to the aircraft carrier museum. I think he would like Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. He might be interested in seeing a beautiful cathedral.
My son is very busy and doesn't have much time, and the week of time he has will probably be his only break until next August. So I would really like for him to enjoy this trip.
My 20 year old daughter is an undergrad engineering student. She has more time. She will love New York. She likes art, architecture, walking around interesting neighborhoods, shopping, museums, concerts, shows, etc. She is extremely thrifty and would not be interested in all shopping in the big department stores, but she loves flea markets and cut rate stores. Like my son, she is a prodigious reader and loves coffee, and she would enjoy historical museums and natural history museums. The part of our Washington, DC trip she liked the most was wandering Old Town Alexandria and the art museums.
So if you had 3 days with these two, what would you do?
Also, does anyone have suggestions for relatively cheap, clean, safe places to stay? We plan to fly to NYC and use the subway system as much as possible. So we would like to stay close to a subway station.
Thanks so much for any help you can give!