Believe it or not, there are reasonable accommodations in NYC this time of the year. Not all hotels are going to be offering great deals, but I snagged a junior suite overlooking Central Park for less than $300 per night (including all taxes and fees) at the Park Lane Hotel, which is a great deal by NYC standards. The room was huge, especially for a NYC hotel. Granted, it is an older property, but it served my needs and what a fabulous view. This hotel was close to everything, and within walking distance to Times Square (about a 15 minute walk). If you are looking for a basic room at a great price, with everything designed IKEA style in a tiny space, check out the The Pod hotels. I have stayed there was well, and for one person, it is a great option.
There is something about NYC that is magical, it has its own energy, its own uniqueness. I love going anytime of the year. I took the train up for a couple of days, and there are so many things that NYC has to offer:
- The perfect slice of New York style pizza
- Awesome Broadway plays (saw Jersey Boys on this trip).
- Great shopping. You can find the most unique clothes in NYC. (Check out Macy’s and Century 21 (designer clothes at discount prices.)
- There is a “district” for everything: garments, diamonds, electronics, and all of the rest.
- Central Park in the spring. The history of this park is a testament to the dedication of a few individuals that inspired a city to get involved, and save and restore a truly beautiful place. It is a MUST see on a visit to NYC.
- The entire city at Christmas. Including the cool holiday markets in Union Square, Columbus Circle, and other locations throughout the city.
- It is so easy to get around the city on the subway.
- Taking the Amtrak train from DC is relaxing.
Now that I’ve been to NYC a few times, I tend to stay far away from Times Square and all of the crowds of tourists that gather there, unless I’m going to see one of the fabulous Broadway shows. If you’ve never been to NYC and Times Square, it is definitely worth a visit, especially at night with all of the huge billboards and bright lights. It is spectacular, and the photos just don’t do it proper justice.
Sunday was beautiful and sunny, and only took one photo from the hotel that is featured above. Arrived in NYC around noon, took a cab to the hotel, and then went to see Jersey Boys.
Monday was rainy and foggy:
It rained for most of the day, but in the afternoon, it stopped long enough to take these photos.
I spent most of the day at Macys in Herald Square.
Love this playing above the Disney Store:
Walking back to the hotel, I saw this Bradford pear tree in full bloom, and love the way the lights of the city make it stand out so prominently.
I love how nature and beauty can thrive in urban landscapes.
Changing out one of the windows at Bergdorf Goodman.
Tuesday started off foggy and rainy, but then the sun came out and I spent some time in Central Park.
This part of Central Park is called Strawberry Fields, and was dedicated in 1985. John Lennon lived near here in the Dakota, a famous co-op building. After he was murdered, this mosaic was donated to the Park by the city of Naples Italy.
I had lunch at the famous Tavern on the Green. It was fabulous.
I was delightfully surprised to learn that there was a Century 21 within walking distance of Tavern on the Green. As I mentioned above, Century 21 is an amazing discount designer clothing store. I ran out of time before finding the perfect outfit. I caught the 3:00 p.m. train back to reality.