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Valentine's Weekend in New York City

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A February 2004 trip to New York by ssullivan

Times Square Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Before 2004, I'd seen most of the US but somehow had missed New York City. When a coworker’s cat got sick, I finally got my chance. Despite frigid temperatures, sore feet, and a bad cold, my short 48-hour first visit to this remarkable place was one I'll never forget.

Valentine's Weekend in New York City

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Overview

Times Square Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Somehow, despite visiting nearly all of the major cities in the US and 41 states before my 30th birthday, I had never made it to New York. I’d been close; I’d set foot in the Newark airport several times and seen the great Manhattan skyline just a few miles away. Most of my friends had been to New York, but somehow I’d never managed to travel with any of them on those trips. So imagine my excitement in late January 2004, when my boss asked me if I’d be willing to cover for a coworker (who had a sick cat) and go to Ridgefield, CT, for a week, and that I’d have a weekend off to do what I wanted, and my expenses w...Read More

InterContinental The Barclay

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Hotel | "InterContinental The Barclay New York"

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The legendary Barclay Hotel is located just off Park Ave. on 48th St., across the street from the famous Waldorf Astoria. This grand hotel has offered some of the city’s premiere accommodations for over 75 years and has hosted heads of state (President Reagan, François Mitterand, and Nelson Mandela), celebrities (Bette Davis, Marlon Brando, and Ernest Hemingway), visiting NFL teams, and Miss America winners. A major renovation in 2001 updated the hotel’s public areas and guest rooms, preserving the majestic grandeur of decades past, but also giving guests a full slate of modern conveniences. To be honest, I normally would not have stayed here. Such a hotel would normally be way out of my bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 4, 2004

InterContinental The Barclay
111 East 48th St.
New York, New York 10017
(212) 755-5900

St. Paul's Chapel

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Attraction

St. Paul's Chapel Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Very few places in New York have witnessed the history that St. Paul’s Chapel has. The Episcopal Church is known for its survival of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, which was across the street from the church, as well as its outreach to the people involved in the recovery. However, the church’s history goes back to a time well before 9-11; a time when the American Revolution was still a decade away. St. Paul’s Chapel was completed in 1766, and at the time of its construction, was considered to be "on the edge of town," as the city of New York mainly lay to the south of the church’s location. It’s hard to believe today that this church was once almost out i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2004

St. Paul's Chapel
Broadway
New York, New York 10006
+1 212 602 0747

World Trade Center Site

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Attraction | "World Trade Center Site/Ground Zero"

World Trade Center Site Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Once the site of the world’s tallest buildings, the World Trade Center site become hallowed ground, when, on September 11, 2001, terrorists crashed Boeing 767s into the site’s twin towers. Nearly 2,800 people died at this site on that day, making it the location of the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil. When planning my weekend in New York, I had already decided that I must visit this site. I had always dreamed of visiting the World Trade Center and going to the observation deck on top of one of the towers. After 9-11, obviously that dream would never be fulfilled. But now I felt a much deeper call to this place. Instead of coming here for the thrill of standing on top of a 1,300 foot t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 7, 2004

World Trade Center Site
Vesey Street, West Side Highway, Liberty And Church Streets
New York

47th Street Theatre

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Attraction | "Naked Boys Singing"

Quote:
My second night in New York was Saturday, February 14-Valentine’s Day. Once again, I was spending Valentine’s Day alone and single, but unlike other years, this time I was in New York. After a long day of walking through Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and Central Park, I was tired but not so tired that I didn’t want to go out that evening. After returning to my hotel for a short rest, I decided to look online for a show. Being Valentine’s Day, almost everything I wanted to see was either sold out or out of my price range. Then I saw a listing for Naked Boys Singing!, a show I had missed during its run in Houston in 2001 and 2002. What better choice could there be for a single gay man traveling ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

47th Street Theatre
304 West 47th Street
New York, New York
(212) 265-1086

Brooklyn Bridge

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Attraction

Brooklyn Bridge Photo, Brooklyn, New York
Quote:
My last stop in New York, before heading back to the hotel for my luggage and then Grand Central for the train back to Connecticut, was the Brooklyn Bridge. For some reason I’ve always been fascinated by large bridges, especially suspension bridges, to the point that one of my "when I grow up I want to be" dream jobs as a little kid was an engineer who designed such structures (the other dream was an airline pilot . . . somehow I ended up as a psychology major working in financial planning, website and database design, and HR consulting). So naturally I had to make a stop at the Brooklyn Bridge while I was in New York. Of course, by this point on Sunday afternoon, I had walked at least 15 miles in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Brooklyn Bridge
Access At Tillary Street And Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY

Washington Square Park and Arch

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Attraction | "Washington Square Park"

Washington Square Park and Arch Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Located in Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park is one of the neighborhood's small parks, and the front yard for many area residents. The park is well-known for its famous arch, located on the north end of the park where Fifth Ave. dead-ends at Waverly Place. The site of the park has a long history as public cemetery, dueling ground, and site for public hangings. Apparently, the elm tree used for hangings is still there, in the northeast corner of the park. Today, Washington Square is a scenic green space, with a fenced dog park where the neighborhood’s canine residents are free to play, benches, picnic tables, fountains, and the arch. Even on a cold day in February, the park was full ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2004

Washington Square Park and Arch
West 4th Street (at Macdougal Street)
New York, New York 10003
(212) 431-1080

Greenwich Village

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Attraction | "A Walking Tour of Greenwich Village"

Greenwich Village Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Greenwich Village was my first destination in New York. I set out for the Village first thing on Saturday morning, after arriving in the city the evening before. After getting off the subway at the Christopher St./Sheridan Square station, I ascended into what would soon become my favorite part of New York (or at least my favorite of the parts I’ve seen so far). The Village is a vibrant area of old row houses, shaded narrow residential streets, hidden alleys and carriage houses, classic architecture, funky antiques shops, and great restaurants and coffee houses. It’s also a hub for the city’s large gay and lesbian community. I recommended visiting the Village both during the day and at night; you’ll...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2004

Greenwich Village
Houston To 14th Street
New York, New York 10014

Makeshift Memorial Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Before leaving New York, I had decided to make a point of visiting the former site of the World Trade Center, now called Ground Zero after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 in New York. The previous afternoon, while walking around the city with my cousin Marla, I had mentioned that I was planning to go to Ground Zero on Sunday afternoon. She mentioned that, despite living in New York for over a year, she still had not managed to visit the site yet; she had mixed feelings about visiting it and wasn’t sure she could go down there. Still, I was determined to see the site. This would actually be my second experience of seeing the site of the World Trade Center. In early November 2001, ...Read More

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ssullivan

ssullivan
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