If you know me at all, it’s safe to say you’re probably wondering what exactly the person who hates cities is doing spending a weekend in the busiest of them all: New York City. Well, let me enlighten you. I’ve officially dubbed this my “Year of Travel”, and intend to go somewhere every month from now until August. But why New York? Growing up in Connecticut, I’ve visited NYC several times on day trips. My stepmother and I used to come here every December for a day of checking out the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. I’ve seen Central Park and Times Square. But I’ve never actually done the full tourist thing in the Big Apple. I’ve contemplated a day trip the last couple of summers, but for some reason never actually made it happen. So now I’m making it happen.
I debated the merits of every possible mode of transportation to New York City, and finally settled on flying, thanks in large part to a healthy supply of JetBlue points in my account. Sure, I had to go through security (thanks to TSA Pre-check that has now become a breeze) and get to the airport early, but a 45 minute flight trumps a 4 hour train ride any day. And since I’m all about doing the tourist thing this weekend, I also managed to navigate the NYC subway system to get from LaGuardia Airport to my hotel. It wasn’t nearly as intimidating as I expected and the subway cars and stations are surprisingly clean. Before I knew it, I was stepping out onto the busy streets of Manhattan.
And that’s the story of how I’ve come to be sitting in a hotel room in midtown Manhattan on a random Thursday night in November, ready to set out on a weekend adventure in the Big Apple!