The Yamadas: Ken, Naomi, Katy, 10, Cole, 13, and Sachi.
En Route From
New York City— it was a sentimental journey for Ken and Naomi, who lived in Manhattan in the late 1980’s.
“The city feels cleaner and safer,” says Naomi. “We took my mother-in-law and the kids on the subway, night and day.”
A two-bedroom suite at the Hotel Stanford (hotelstanford.com; doubles from $229), on 32nd Street in Koreatown—“quiet and spacious, a good find,” Ken says.
Naomi and Katy’s “partial view” seats for Wicked, purchased for $55 each at wickedthemusical.com, turned out to be just six rows from the stage.
At Congee Village (100 Allen St.; 212/941-1818; dinner for four $52), the Yamadas hosted a Cantonese banquet for family and friends.
The Statue of Liberty is actually closer to New Jersey than it is to New York.