Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Top 10 Things I learned From New York City

I'm in a New York state of mind....
Last Christmas my husband surprised my two daughters and me with a girls’ trip to New York City.  Although both my parents were born and raised in New York and I spent the majority of my childhood visiting - and sometimes living in - Long Island, I had never actually visited The Big Apple before.  The girls and I decided to redeem our trip on my birthday weekend.  You know, to make the aging process a little more palatable and all that.

Whoa.  What a birthday.... 

My mom met us for a long weekend of touristy activities, including a night on Broadway (Phantom of the Opera!) and a two-day double-decker bus tour around the island.  Even though the renovations at The Plaza Hotel kept us from reenacting scenes from  Home Alone 2, we still managed to have a great time and learn a few things along the way….  

10.  Buddha’s saying, “It is better to travel well than to arrive” rings especially true when your outgoing flight gets delayed by over two hours.  Instead of fuming and complaining, the girls and I spent those extra hours perusing Barnes & Noble selecting some additional summer reads.  The silver lining? Delta gave us credits for our next flight.  Ah, yes.  The Concrete Jungle beckons us to visit yet again next year….

9.   No matter how old you are, your mom will always want to take care of you. Especially when it’s your birthday.

8.   Speaking of family, guess what? That pesky little brother of yours WILL eventually grow up to be a responsible man who enjoys making you smile.  (And as you get older you will actually learn to like his penchant for surprises. Especially when this quirky characteristic prompts him to drive two and a half hours just because he wants to eat dinner with you on your birthday.)

Poor Mom still can't take us anywhere...

7. Twenty-two years is entirely too long to allow to pass between visits with old friends. At least they still remember all the good stories, though. And then share them with your children.... 

6. Central Park is a REALLY big park. 
Just be glad you can't smell it....

5.   Times Square may look cool in pictures, but, make no mistake about it, it exudes certain odoriferous emanations that the camera doesn’t quite capture.

4.   NYC is Africa-hot in July.  Especially when you’re sitting on the top level of a double-decker bus.  On the bright side, though, the views from above street-level provide some amazing photo ops.
Greenwich Village

3.   Cool, friendly hotel staff beats uppity, fancy, over-the-top, stuffy, you’re-not-good-enough-to-even-think-about-staying-here hotel ambiance any day.  (Shout out to my new friends at the Kimpton’s Eventi in Manhattan!  Hi, Patrick!)

2. In order to ensure a memorable shopping experience on Canal St., seek out “designer” items (if you know what I mean….) Further enhance your encounter with the fine merchants offering high-end  commodities out of the trunks of their cars by adding a healthy dose of haggling.  Chances are the minute hand of your new watch will probably fall off by the time you get back to your hotel, anyway.

1.   Girls’ weekends are the best – especially when they include your mom and your daughters. 

Don’t have the time/funds/desire to head to NYC?  No worries.  Just pack your bags and grab your favorite girls and go someplace new and interesting that you can explore together.  And, if you can manage to meet up with a friend from your outrageous, madcap, youthful days, well, then at least your trip will have proven educational for your kids! :-)


  1. Sounds like you had a great time. so happy for you. I don't get into NYC very often, but whenever I do I'm powerless to refrain from staring up at the tall buildings like a country bumpkin.

  2. I think it would have been more overwhelming for me if I didn't spend so much time in Chicago. As it was, I was really amazed at how many people there were milling around on any given street at any given time!