We recently returned from our first ever visit to New York city. We stayed at a fairly decent hotel in midtown Manhattan (The Carlton), which offered up a central location for walking to many of the sights on our must see list.
The only real negative of the whole experience was the the fact that it was very muggy the whole time we were there. Wow; not used to that coming from Vancouver.
There was one other disappointment for me though. I really wanted to check out B&H Photo while there. As it turned out, B&H was closed from the day we got there, and only re-opened on the day we left. I saw it from the outside though – completely covered up with signage about how it was going to be closed the whole time I was there!
Some of the highlights included:
• Rockefeller Centre – Cool, really quick elevator ride up to the top.
• Metropolitan Museum – Fascinating how buildings and facades have been dismantled and reconstructed inside the museum. Seeing 19th century graffiti on the Egyptian monuments was kind of cool too.
• Times Square – which really isn’t a “square” but rather a few block section of the city around Broadway.
• Macy’s Department Store – seeing the very first escalator, still operating, and made of wood!
• Central Park – a true oasis within the concrete jungle.
• Eataly! – Mario Batali’s 50,000 sq. ft. market/eatery.
• Performing on stage, off Broadway with Joyce Dewitt (Janet, from Three’s Company) – when you see there’s audience participation involved, be careful where you sit.