We made it…

We are in New York City!

I almost thought we would not make it. Our vacation got off to a less than auspicious start when I got the full frisking by airport security having declined the x-ray machine But it wasn’t the end of the world.

Being good scouts K and I opted for the early flight 6:30 AM out of Pearson.

We were boarded as normal and then…and then… Sat on the tarmac for the next 3 hours.

Seems fog at JFK diverted incoming flights to La Guardia which created a huge backlog.

Twice we were told on the tarmac that we would soon be on our way and twice we were disappointed.

We de-planed with assurances that we would be on the 10:30 am flight, but it wasn’t very reassuring as no one at Air Canada seemed to know where we should be. Scenes of minor chaos ensued as an entire plane load of frustrated passengers ran back and forth between gates and customer service on the flimsiest of rumours.

We finally received a boarding pass for the 10:30 flight which itself was delayed as they were missing a crew member.  Finally at 11:25 we were airborne, only to sit on the tarmac at La Guardia while a gate was made ready.

Oh well at least our luggage showed up, we were warned it might be late but thankfully Air Canada was wrong again.

At any rate we finally checked into our Hotel shortly before 3 PM, dead tired but happy to be here.

Here’s the Roosevelt Hotel Lobby where we’re staying on a renovation discount, more pics to come once we get our wind back.


  • NoPasaran

    I have almost never had an Air Canada flight that wasn’t delayed.

    • It was brutal today.

      • Alain

        Time to rest up and enjoy. Wish you a better experience for your return.

      • Clink9

        We’ve had good luck with them. New York and Europe with AC.

        Have fun Cat People. New York is awesome. And the 9/11 Memorial is a must see.

    • Alain

      Dido along with sending my luggage to a different city and country.

  • I have stayed in that hotel, very nice. After your airport adventure, anything else will seem tame in comparison!

  • Sitting on the tarmac would have driven me crazy.

  • Dana Garcia

    The hotel looks like a nice place to have a martini.

    • I dunno. I’m not sure the ceiling’s high enough.

  • You do live!

  • k1962

    The hotel looks lovely! Have a great time in New York!

  • canminuteman

    I flew to New York for a long weekend vacation once and I would love to go again, but if I go again I’m driving. Door to door flying took us about ten hours, the same as it would have taken if I had driven.

    • Clink9

      We did Porter Airlines from Toronto Island last time and it wasn’t too bad.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Welcome once again to my home town. Hope you have a great time here. The nearest attractions to your hotel are Grand Central Terminal, an architectural masterpiece, and the palatial New York Public Library (second largest in the U.S.), with the stone lions at the entrance.

  • The Butterfly
  • Ron MacDonald

    Union Square is about a 15 minute walk from the Roosevelt, it’s the cheapest show in town. The area where there is a statue of George Washington on horseback is where NYC’s weirdos hang around. You should be able to get to funny photos to post here.