I don't believe I actually ever mentioned that I was going to be away. Did ya notice, lol. I spent the last 4 days with my family in New York City. We have never been there before so this was definitely a new experience. If you have never been to NYC before I have a few words of advice.
First, do NOT try driving in NYC traffic. It's crazy!! Luckily we had booked a room in New Jersey just outside of NYC and we used the hotel shuttle to get back and forth but even that was a crazy experience. I cannot believe how those people maneuver through the traffic. Take my word for it and do NOT drive in NYC, lol.
Second, downtown NYC and Time Square after 6pm are crazy insane! Wall to wall people all over the place! Insane but exciting all at the same time. Just make sure you breathe slowly through your nose, walk fast, and keep your eyes straight ahead and you'll be fine, lol.
And finally, using a hop-on-hop-off pass is a great way to get around the city and learn a few things as you go...the FIRST time you visit NYC. Next time, however, I would definitely learn how to use the subway system because it would save a ton of time. The hop-on-hop-off pass is a bus that tours around the city making stops along the way. Since it doesn't take a direct route from point A to point B it takes much longer to get to where you want to go.
So, that's my advice and I'm sticking to it. Hope it comes in handy someday.