I try to go to New York at least once a year, sometimes twice when we go to the US Open. I need that escape to keep my sanity after many months of Washington’s nothingness and as soon as I set foot in New York I feel alive. I can suddenly walk miles on end (try getting me to walk on a Washington summer day!). I love watching busy people going about their business and never get tired of the beautiful Art Deco buildings, of Central Park, and all other things the Big Apple has to offer.
In NY I feel like a kid in an amusement park and I want to go on every ride. Of course it’s impossible to go to every musical, every play, every show — there are time and money constraints– but we always manage to see at least the latest/hottest musicals and have great meals while there. It’s a small price to pay for weeks of sanity afterwards.
Last week I spent 3 wonderful days in New York. When planning the trip we had no idea we would be greeted with the worst heat wave in years. But in spite of the heat we took long walks all around Midtown Manhattan, Tribeca, and the Brooklyn Bridge and took lots of pictures.
We also saw two fabulous musicals. “Anything Goes”, a revival of the 1987 and 1934 versions, and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”, which I thought was awesome. I had low expectations for Spider-Man because the critics were so harsh on it, but to my surprise (NOT!) they were wrong. I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes U2 music, is a fan of Spider-Man, and enjoys the thrill of areal acrobatics.
Between the long walks and the shows we had some very good meals at Beacon, Nino’s, Porter House NY, some mean NY-style hot dogs here and there, iced lattes to cool down and re-energize, and great cocktails, including very refreshing Mojitos…
On our last day in NY the heat was almost unbearable. I loved how an article in the New York Times described it: “To those out in the streets, it felt more like being licked by a big, swampy monster,” it said. That’s a perfect image of what it felt out there. But we survived it all and ended the day with a long walk from Times Square to the aka Hotel on 58th Av, where we stayed this time. Somehow, in spite of the big swampy monster, I felt elated. Thanks New York, for always being there for me when I need to be where the action is!