I had never really visited the US. Not for a proper trip. There were a couple of half-hearted day trips across the border to Maine, but those don't really count. So, it was time.
I have long been curious about NYC, given it's pervasive presence in pop culture. I also have a few favorite blogs based in and around New York including A Cup of Jo, An Apple A Day, and Darling Dexter. And who wouldn't want to hit the streets of Manhattan after watching a few episodes of Bill Cunningham - On The Street? With my wardrobe, I know he'd spot me right away and probably do a whole video on me...
Anyway, on to some highlights of the trip!
We stayed in a New York hotel that's been around forever, the New Yorker. It was very central, had great Art Deco styling and was quite clean. Four people to a room was pushing it, but doable.
Because it was so close, we happened to hit Times Square almost every day. Dundas Square in Toronto has nothing on this place. It was constantly packed with people, no matter the time of day.
It was mid-November, so Rockefeller Plaza had the beginnings of its legendary Christmas display. Like the massive Christmas tree - with six storeys of staging required for its decoration!
The show we decided to see was a comedy that had won numerous Tonys: Avenue Q. Sort of an existentialist/realist take on modern urban life. Performed by puppets. Here is a sample from the soundtrack.
Looking back at everything we did in the city, it's hard to believe we spent only three days there. Yet, there is so much I'd like to go back and do! So, the Big Apple is still on my list of "places to see".
Ok, I'm stopping this monster post right here. There is a bit more NYC to come (NYC: The Food). So stay tuned.