Monday, August 3, 2015

New York, the city that never sleeps!

Central Park


There is something very magical about New York City!  I remember on my first visit there I was just in sensory overload! It was as if I couldn't input all the things happening around me to process all that was going on! I also think it's a place that you either love or hate, there's no in between.
Central Park
 I think New York is a place you can visit at anytime of year and it's guaranteed to be great unless it's a really cold winter. If that happens to be the case, then make sure you wear the appropriate winter protection because it can be very cold. When you are doing a lot of walking around and the elements of winter are beating on you, you will feel like mother nature is your worse enemy!
Central Park
 The locals in NYC are very fortunate to have Central Park set right in the center of Manhattan. Central Park is set on approx 843 acres with such a wide variety of things to do. Many people don't realize there is a zoo, a castle, an ice skating rink, a public theatre, approx 36 bridges, playgrounds, and 6 miles of paths for walking, jogging, cycling, etc. I am sure I am missing much but these are just some great examples of what this wonderful park has to offer! There are many concerts in the park as well as local musicians playing at various locations.





It's a great place to get exercise, just wander
around or have your kids let off some energy! One word of caution: Beware of the pedi cabs! They are not always honest with their pricing!









Me at the JW Marriott
For this visit, we stayed at the JW Marriott Essex House. We requested a room overlooking the park. The room was absolutely perfect! We had an amazing view of the park and the room was very comfortable. It was our first time staying at this hotel and we would definitely stay there again.


911 Memorial
This is one of the two recessed reflecting pools. The pools represent the voids and absence of the twin towers.




911 Memorial


911 Memorial

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

911 Museum
 If you have the opportunity to visit the 911 Memorial and Museum it is well worth it. The museum is very overwhelming at certain points. It gets very emotional and some people do need to leave. There are "bail out" points that make it easy to leave. I had to do this myself because I found it to be too much and was just overcome with emotion and found it stirred feelings inside me I was surprised I could not hold back.

911 Museum
 For as emotional as this experience can be, I highly recommend putting this at the top of your list when visiting the Big Apple. Of course, there is Times Square which is amazing to experience at least once in your lifetime! Seeing a show on Broadway or even off Broadway! The talent in New York is just amazing! Speaking of talent, if you are ever looking for a really fun place to go; check out "Don't tell Mama". It is a piano bar, located at 343 W 46th St,, right in the Theatre District. There is a restaurant on the street level and the piano bar is downstairs. We have never really eaten dinner there but we have had appetizers that have always been great.
911 Museum
The place is very fun! We have always had a blast! The entire staff is very talented and they all sing as if they are main characters in shows on broadway. If you go check it out, you will not be disappointed!
Central Park
If you are looking for something fun and different to do, having Tea at the Plaza Hotel is always a fun thing to do! The Plaza is located at 768 5th Ave, right across from Central Park. The Palm Court inside the Plaza serves Tea. I would highly recommend making reservations as each time I have been it was pretty busy. It is such a great relaxing, fun experience for all!
Me at Central Park