I was in New York for a 3 day work trip last week. Even though I was there for work, I fit a few fun things in that I thought I’d share. I flew in on Tuesday night and took a cab to the hotel- The Grand Hyatt which is right next to Grand Central Station. The location is perfect. It’s a few blocks East of Times Square and a little Southeast of Central Park. It’s also right next to Grand Central station as I mentioned, so if you wanted to take the subway somewhere you’d be a half block’s walk away. Walking in the first thing I saw was a white stone statue of a head. I saw the exact same sculpture in Millennium Park. I was so curious, I asked the front desk guy about it and he confirmed that the hotel has scaled down versions of the Chicago sculptures in their lobby.
The coincidence made me feel like I was where I was supposed to be. Sorry if that sounds weird, but I am a big believer in listening to what the world is telling you. There is a book called, ‘When God Winks’ by Squire Rushnell that talks about coincidences being more than that. I think it’s one of my favorite books.
Sorry for that side story…Let’s see that night my boss and I went to a nearby Chinese place called Mr. K’s. It was way fancier than we expected. It was decorated with a mix of 80’s and Art Deco style. The chairs were plush and the small little hostess tried to push in our chairs for us. The cutlery was gold plated (or at least looked like it) and when they brought our drinks, they also brought us each an orchid corsage! Not something I’m used to! We ordered an appetizer and after they took our plates away, they brought us a mini chalice of lemon sorbet to cleanse our pallets.
Iggy Azalea’s song ‘Fancy’ was ringing in my ears the whole time. PS- If you haven’t seen the video, I’m not sure where you’ve been, but you should check it out…it was inspired by the movie Clueless! Haha! After dinner we took a short walk by Rockafeller Place, Radio City Music Hall, and finally Times Square. Times Square is overwhelming but we had a chance to get ideas for shows to see the next night.
We had all day training the next day, but as soon as it was over we walked back to Times Square. We wanted to see ‘It’s Only a Play’ with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, but there weren’t any tickets available. We called the box office about ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘If/Then’ (Starting Idina Menzel) but there was nothing available for either of those. We walked by a marquee for a play called, ‘The Real Thing’ starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon, and Josh Hamilton at the American Airlines Theater (isn’t it sad these theaters are commercial names?). There were tickets available for that so we got them and then headed to the Shake Shack for a quick dinner. My boss had never been, but it was as delicious as I remember it being and hunting and competing for a table made me feel like a real New Yorker. Not sure that’s a personality I want to use often, but it was necessary to secure seats! On our walk back to the theater, we spied the Cake Boss Café and had a little time to check it out. We each got a cupcake, which broke my no dessert during the week, but it was worth it ;)
The show was interesting. I wasn’t exactly a huge fan of the plotline, but I loved seeing some famous people! I mean how many episodes of Sex in the City have I seen and here was Cynthia acting 20 feet away from me?! No pictures were allowed in that theater, which was very painful for me, but overall it was an entertaining show. We called it a night after that because we had more training the whole next day.
Our last day of training went well and we had a 45 minute break at lunchtime. I decided to rush over to the New York Public Library so I could see the inside. It was closed when my sister and I tried to see it last time I was in NY. I didn’t have too much time, so I was pretty much running through there, but it was gorgeous architecture. There were no books to be seen and the Rose Room (the main reading room you see in the movies) was closed, but at least now I can say I was there.
After my training was over that day I headed to the airport to wait for my delayed plane to take me home. Traveling for work isn’t always this entertaining so I’m really glad I got to see so much of NYC.