New York Journals

Man-oh-man-hattan!

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An October 2004 trip to New York by smmmarti guide

Empire State Bldg Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: If you have traveled the continent, but missed out on this wonder of the world along the Hudson River, as I had, then take my one simple but strong suggestion. Plan your next vacation to include the Big Apple. Nothing, and nowhere compares to this fabulous metropolis.

Man-oh-man-hattan!

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Overview

Big Apple Photo, New York, New York
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Ah, autumn in New York. Carriage rides through Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, views from the Empire State Building, a Broadway show, a ringside seat at Times Square, Chelsea Markets, beers at Connelly’s, and shopping along Fifth Avenue. That certain nip in the air and a crystal blue sky. We threw ourselves into the tourist clichés - all typical but never trite. We scoured the neighborhoods, gobbled cheesecake and hotdogs from vendors, and even caught, not one, but two Columbus Day parades. We waited anxiously as the skaters returned to the ice at Rockefeller Center and strolled through the estate jewelry exhibits at Christie's. Even if you’ve never been to New York, you’ll feel as ...Read More

The New York Palace

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Hotel | "Palace Hotel"

The New York Palace Photo, New York, New York
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Thinking I’d heard the travel agent say "Plaza" (the home of my childhood heroine, Eloise), I was surprised to learn weeks later that we were actually booked at the Palace. Disturbing memories of Mrs. Helmsley’s misdeeds compounded the misunderstanding, and I nearly canceled the reservation. However, Manhattan was overbooked for the three-day weekend by that time. I was forced to relax and look on the bright side--at least I had a reservation. Rather than the views of Central Park I’d imagined, I had a bird’s eye view of the spires of St. Patrick’s and VIP treatment in the concierge lounge. It took ab...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 24, 2004

The New York Palace
455 MADISON AVENUE AT 50TH ST
New York, New York 10022
212 888 7000

Le Cirque 2000

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Restaurant

Le Cirque 2000 Photo, New York, New York
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In a city with competition as stiff as an aging diva’s corset, it’s no surprise to learn that the venerable Le Cirque still lives up to it’s reputation. The History Back in the ‘70s, it was fashionable to build restaurants around a theme, usually to hide the fact that the food wouldn‘t stand on its own. Le Cirque came on the scene during this era with its tongue decidedly in cheek. What could be a further from the image and atmosphere of the haute cuisine served at this luscious French restaurant than a bawdy circus? There was certainly no need to heighten the experience with gimmicks when the food was par excellent. Perhaps the name was wittier than ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

Le Cirque 2000
455 Madison Ave
New York, New York 10022
+1 212 303 7788

Bring It On, But Hold My Hand

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Story/Tip

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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On day three, my husband suggested going our separate directions. Acknowledging my need to read every placard, snap myriad photos, and pop into every shop sporting the latest trend, I considered the suggestion. But upon hitting the sidewalk outside our hotel, I realized I was incapable of going it alone that day. In explanation, as an American, movie lover, and romantic, my sentimental nature can’t escape a strong reaction to the sight of so many icons of art and history thrown before me at once. Encountering the representative symbols of freedom and heritage stacked side-by-side on an enchanted island can be a bit overwhelming--never mind the effect of those designer dresses at Barneys! ...Read More

Empire State Building

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Story/Tip

Empire State Bldg Photo, New York, New York
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There was no way Sweetie was getting out of this one. I’d implored him to grant me this one wish in NYC--go to the top of the Empire State Building at sunset with me. His reluctance to endure the hour-long wait was overshadowed by his willingness to show his love and devotion. For a man who waits for no one, this grand act was one that would go into the annals of "greatest marital moments." Later, after 50 minutes of snaking through the basement of the world’s most famous building, he thanked me for dragging him through it. He only wished he’d brought along a book so he could have learned even more about the construction process and passed the time in line. The Empire State Bui...Read More