Are We There Yet? – Traveling To NYC

Ah, yes, NYC… New York City… the Big Apple. It’s huge and fast and noisy and overwhelming and everyone has to go at least once. I’ve been a few times. And my most recent getaway reminded me of why I love to visit there.

It’s the new-ness. There’s always something new and exciting to check out, always something different about the same familiar landmarks. I’ve been to NYC a number of times, and this time I did the classic tourist thing: shows, shopping, and sightseeing.

Photo: Hotel Bellclaire

I had never stayed in the Upper West Side but booked great accommodations at the beautiful Belleclaire Hotel. Decked out in cool turn-of-the-century decor and situated on a quieter residential street that was still close to the hustle and bustle of downtown, the Mark Twain suite I stayed in was roomy and extremely comfortable, and the service was top notch – to have all of this in a NYC hotel is rare (trust me… I’ve been through my fair share of bad apples).

I saw James Franco in “Of Mice and Men,” did the customary loop around Times Square, making pitstops at the Hershey Store and outside NBC Studios, I played for much too long at FAO Schwartz, I saw Lady Liberty, and unfortunately I just missed the official opening of the Freedom Tower (which is incredible – it opens at the end of the month). I also spotted Yoko Ono on a morning stroll through Central Park, a bragable celeb sighting.

Every person, whether you love to travel or not, has to experience NYC. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. Believe me… I’ve checked.

Bon Voyage,


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