Our criteria for our trip usually comprises of: a museum or two, a bit of window-shopping, eating and a Broadway play.
Since I live on the west coast and only get to NYC once a year, I insist we see a Broadway Musical. If I had more time I would enjoy a drama but for seeing only one play I want to see singing, dancing and big production numbers.
For hotels we try different places every year. Some are fabulous others are just all right. For eating-places we just walk and find places and have been very fortunate to eat some memorable meals. As far as the plays go, some have been fabulous while others are just good. Just good on Broadway is still pretty damn great!
As far as the museums go, my sister is my secret weapon. She is an artist and a retired art history professor. It is not uncommon to notice strangers crowding behind us as she explains a painting or sculpture to me.
We have driven, bussed and trained to get to The City. Taking the train has turned out to be our favorite means of transportation. We usually sit in the dining car and drink coffee, eat and talk and plan.
The big thing about our days in NYC is The City itself. Depending on the weather and where we are headed we will cab, subway or walk. Since we both have a poor sense of direction we are always stopping and asking people on the street for help. Never have we found anyone rude or unwilling to help us.
There is something about NYC, the pulse, the crowds, and the energy that in Manhattan I have never felt in any other city. I have felt the history in London, or the romance in Paris but NYC, it just holds my heart.
I remember the grittiness of The City in the 1970’s and the transformation in the 80’s and 90. I was in NYC a month after 911 and felt a collective sorrow.
I always ask friends for recommendations of hotels and restaurants, museums and plays. If you have some, please share.
Have you been to NYC? Do you also have a love affair with The City?