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Midweek Weekend in Manhattan

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An October 2004 trip to New York by joellevand

Times Square Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: When asked to cover the PhotoPlusExpo in New York City in October 2004, I decided to take advantage of the days off from work and make a mid-week "weekend" of it with my boyfriend. The result was amazing.

Midweek Weekend in Manhattan

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Overview

Times Square Photo, New York, New York
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Manhattan is one of those places that, growing up in New Jersey, I've visited a thousand times and yet have never had the same experience twice. It is an absolutely stunning place in a constant state of flux that sparks the air like electricity and imbues every living thing within its borders. The air itself is like magic, sparked with creativity and an energy that is just infectious. I was sent to the city on my first writing assignment to cover the PhotoPlus Expo in 2004. As my boyfriend was visiting from England for the first time, I decided to bring him along on this adventure and just make a midweek weekend of it: arrive on Tuesday afternoon, leave Thursday evening. It's one of my favorite ...Read More

Abingdon Guest House

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Hotel

Abingdon Guest House Photo, New York, New York
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Abingdon Guest House is less a guesthouse and more of a bed-and-breakfast, minus the breakfast. I first found this gem on the New York Magazine website for "cheap places to stay in New York City" when I was booking my accommodations during the PhotoExpo 2004. Unlike most of the hotels, which were booked up almost the day the Expo dates were announced, Abingdon still had rooms available, mostly due to the location. Situated in the tree-lined streets of Greenwich Village, it’s a 5-minute subway ride and additional 5-minute walk from the Javits Centre, where the convention was being held. Oh well, a little walk never hurt anyone. Check-in is inside the Brewbar Coffee House, a small café...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2005

Abingdon Guest House
13 Eighth Ave.
New York, New York 10014
(212) 243-5384

Hard Rock Cafe

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Restaurant

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The Hard Rock Café in New York City may not be the first Hard Rock Café in the world, but it is without a doubt the definitive restaurant in the franchise. Decked out in what I can only insist is the best music memorabilia, from a smashed-up Nine Inch Nails keyboard (look for it on the column opposite the toilets on the upper floor) to signed Nirvana posters, this one will make any music fan happy. I first found it after returning from the first Hard Rock I ever visited in Cancun, Mexico in 1999. The guy I was dating at the time was a Nine Inch Nails devote and had heard rumors that there was a signed photo of Trent Reznor being displayed in the New York store. We’d spent the day scour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2005

Hard Rock Cafe
221 West 57th Street
New York 10019

American Museum of Natural History

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Attraction

American Museum of Natural History Photo, New York, New York
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When I was small, my parents always knew what I wanted to do that weekend when my reply would be, “I want to see the big elephant!” Unlike soldiers, for whom “going to see the elephant” was a metaphor for combat, my big elephant was just that—a taxidermy elephant mounted in the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History. As a child, I was absolutely astounded by the sheer size of the museum. Located on a quiet city block across from the idyllic Central Park, the museum was much like the TARDIS on “Doctor Who,” larger on the inside than it is on the outside. Room after room spread out before me, bringing exotic animals and far away cultures closer to me than I could imagine....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2005

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West
New York, New York 10024
(212) 769-5100

PhotoPlus Expo 2004

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Story/Tip

PhotoPlus Expo 2004 Photo, New York, New York
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Every year in October, on the weekend before Halloween, photojournalists, portrait photographers, multimedia-studies students, and camera enthusiasts from all across the US descend upon New York City for the PhotoPlus Expo. Featuring speakers such as Glen Wexler, whose images adorned album covers for the band Van Halen; award-winning photojournalists such as Ron Haviv and Lauren Greenfield; and over 100 photography-related exhibitors, it is a veritable mecca for the amateur and professional alike. It is the Burning Man festival of the photography set, with attendees in the thousands arriving days before and leaving only after the last vendor has rolled out of town. B&H, the largest r...Read More