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February 10th, 2011 by Annette

10 on the 10th – February

I’m in New York this week for business (thus the silence here and elsewhere online).

It’s my second trip to NYC and both times have been for work, sadly leaving very little time for experiencing the city.  I expect I’ll be returning later this year and maybe I can work in some time for roaming.

Of course, the fact that it’s like 20F outside is in no way influencing my decision to forgo wandering the city in my off hours, such as they are.

Nope, not at all.

In honor of my time here…. Ten Observations of My Trip:

1 – When airports lose power, the after effects last for hours.

My plane landed in Newark about 20 minutes after the power came back on in the terminal.  The security lines, the baggage piles…. oh my.  All because of a 90 minute power outage.

2 – The Holland Tunnel is very small.

I’ve seen it in movies and on TV, but I had no idea how small the Holland Tunnel truly is.  Two lanes (same direction) and I don’t imagine there was much clearance between the top of the tunnel and a semi-trailer.  Really close.

3 – The site of the World Trade Center is inspiring.

My hotel room overlooks the site.  I’m on the 23rd floor so I have a view of all the work going on.  And it’s going on 24 hours/day.  The hotel offers ear plugs or white noise machines, but I am finding the noise of the equipment to be somewhat comforting.  The work goes on…..

4 – Utz potato chips are a real brand!

Yes, I know that I should have realized the brand from Mad Men was as real as all the others they use (American Airlines, Lucky Strike, etc) but I’d never heard or seen them before!

5 – No canned chicken noodle soup compares to that made in a New York deli.

Tonight’s dinner was from Stage Door deli.  It includes not only a cup of sublime chicken noodle soup, but a piece of New York style cheesecake 😉

6 – After walking on the streets here can be akin to swimming upstream. 

Holy moly.  The number of people!  The first day I walked to my office (about 4 blocks), I simply followed the sea of humanity.  I knew the general direction (one block up and three blocks over) but it was a little disconcerting to be in such a *crowd* of people.  At the end of the day,  after about a block (the point of a train station), I’m walking against a mass of people….. I feel like a salmon.

7 – Cold doesn’t bother me.  The wind on the other hand…..

19F today with a -10 windchill.  Brrrr….

8 – The Statue of Liberty is not nearly as tall as I thought she’d be.

I can see her from my office building. 

9 – New York business hours are very night-owl friendly.

Meetings don’t start until 9.  Dinner hour is 7/8ish.  I could totally get used to this!  If it weren’t for the cold…. and the snow…. and all the people….

Maybe I’ll stick to my early desert hours.

10 – No matter how nice the city, I’m always glad to go home.  Or I will be on Friday morning 🙂

Comments

7 Responses to “10 on the 10th – February”
  1. I love Utz! 🙂

    The last time I was in NYC, the World Trade Center area was still a giant hole in the ground. I was extremely uneasy in that general area. I’m glad that they’re building and working and making the area better.

    NY Cheesecake sounds divine!

  2. Enjoy New York! I can’t wait to get back there this year.

  3. Reading your blog has made yearn for a trip back to NY..I loved going. If you get a chance, have a good NY bagel…yum
    Safe journey home…

  4. I love NYC! But only for about four days…then I am ready to go home. Last time we went, we stayed just around the corner from the Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square. Talk about swimming upstream every night! We’ll never stay there again.

    Make sure you try an egg cream (preferably from Junior’s…there’s one in Grand Central, even) while you’re there!

  5. I love NYC, I really enjoyed my time there a few years ago! And yes, do have an egg cream!

  6. Mary Jane says

    Enjoy your time remaining, and have a safe trip home!

  7. I envy you having a week long trip to NYC. I haven’t been there in at least 12 years, and even then, it was just for a long weekend. I hope you had fun!