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Still no word on the rent overpayment cheque. I did email her again and she said she'd look into it. No word back.  I know these things take time. The automatic withdrawal did come out for April1 so i guess I won't have to worry about that anymore. She did suggest that i have them suspend April 1 automatic payment in lieu instead of a cheque but i didn't trust the company not to screw it up.

New York stuff is all booked and there's 30 sleeps until Graham gets here!
We have:
Rock of Ages tickets booked for Thursday May 9. Got a discount from Broadwaybox.com, Saved about $40 per ticket I think. Decent seats, in the main floor section about half way back. But they gave us seat 1 and 3. Huh? I would hope that if there is a body between us, they will be kind enough to switch so we can sit together.

Booked a 5-attraction pass each through SmartDestinations. Many cities have an attraction pass that is good for 3 or 5 days and it's "all you can do/see" off their list but I can never fit enough in to break even let alone save anything. This Explorer Pass is a bit different. You choose 3, 5, 7 or 10 things from their list of 55 attractions and tours and the pass is good for 30 days. You don't have to say which things you will be doing, it just counts them off as you scan your chipped card which I received today! FedEx sent it and I didn't realize it would come courier so i wasn't home. They delivered it to my office today instead. We know 4 of the 5 things we'll be doing, The Empire State Building, the Guggenheim musem, the Intrepid Sea and Space museum and a TV and Movie location tour,  and we can pick from one of the other things though we are leaning towards the NBC Studio tour.  This pass seems much more doable and is cheaper and you can spread it out more rather than squash everything into 3 days and be exhausted and burned out trying to fit it all in. They do a number of tours but you can only do one of them with the pass. We've heard the tv location tour is quite good and let's face it, they film loads of things in NYC!

Booked the hop on hop off tour that's good for 72 hours so we can spread it out. Take a downtown loop one day, so we can get on and off and explore, then the uptown tour the next day and we thought we'd do a night tour as well. They also do a Brooklyn tour and a Bronx tour but we may not do those. The night tour goes over to Brooklyn so you get a look at the night skyline. We can also use the tour bus as transportation if we want, even after having done the tours, if there's still time left on the ticket.

Thought about pre-booking an airport shuttle to the hotel but the standard airport bus goes to Port Authority, the big bus terminal which is only 3 blocks from the hotel so that's good enough. There's a lot of things that are within easy walking distance of the hotel, less than 10 or 12 blocks which is convenient. We plan on wandering around some of the neighbourhoods like Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Chinatown, Little Italy (which, i understand, (those last two) are really small) and Soho and probably the posh areas like Fifth and Park Avenue. Would like to check out Macy's or Bloomingdale's, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Centre, see the John Lennon memorial in Central Park, maybe see the 911 site though it's not a free museum like they said it would be but I think you can observe the park area from outside.

Also got the rental car booked for when we get back.

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