New York Journals

Memorial Day Weekend in New York

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A May 2005 trip to New York by ssullivan

Millenium Hilton Photo, New York, United States More Photos
Quote: I'd been wanting to return to New York. Getting together with a group of IgoUgo members over Memorial Day weekend was the perfect opportunity.

Memorial Day Weekend in New York

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Overview

Ground Zero Redevelopment Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Since my first visit to New York, I'd been dying to get back. After all, 48 hours is way too short of time to really experience everything there is to see in this great city. So when I learned that several IgoUgo members were going to be getting together there over the Memorial Day weekend, I decided this was just the opportunity I had been waiting for. This trip, I was able to do many of the things I hadn't been able to accomplish on my previous trip. Always a fan of the theater, getting to see two Broadway shows was a highlight of t...Read More

Millenium Hilton

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Hotel

Millenium Hilton Photo, New York, United States
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New York’s Millenium Hilton (I think Hilton deliberately misspells "Millenium" name to distinguish this property from the four other hotels in the city that are part of the Millennium Hotels chain) is a four-star property located in Lower Manhattan, directly across Church Street from the site of the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 18, 2006

Millenium Hilton
55 Church Street
New York, New York 10007
(212) 693-2001

Central Park

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Attraction

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
After a morning visit to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, a visit to the Guggenheim, and lunch in the Guggenheim Café, I was ready to return to Central Park. My first visit to the best-known urban park in the country had occurred in February of the previous year. Today I returned, ready to experience the park on a glorious Sunday afternoon in May, and to meet some fellow IgoUgo members. With nearly 2 hours to kill in the park between leaving the Guggenheim and meeting the rest of the group at the Conservatory Water, I decided to embark on a meandering path through the park, starting north of the Reservoir and visiting the Great Lawn, Belvedere Castle, and Ramble as I slowly made my way ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 18, 2006

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

Macy's Herald Square

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Attraction | "Macy's"

Macy's Herald Square Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Claiming to be the "World’s Largest Store," Macy’s is one of the city’s most well-known shopping destinations. Personally I’m not sure it is the world’s largest; I’ve been in others that seemed equally big if not larger, but with eleven floors and a building that occupies a full city block, Macy’s is quite huge. The store goes way beyond the suburban mall Macy’s that dot the nation, offering clothing, housewares, accessories, furniture, gourmet foods, decorative items, jewelry, perfumes, cosmetics shoes, and more. There’s even a nail salon and vision and optical center, as well as a full USPS station. And should all this shopping make you hungry, don’t fret; Macy’s offers eleven restaurants, offeri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2006

Macy's Herald Square
151 West 34th Street
New York, New York 10001
(212) 695 4400

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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Attraction | "The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine"

Cathedral of St. John the Divine Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
While Fifth Avenue’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Park Avenue’s St. Bart’s are arguably more famous, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine ranks near the top of the list of New York’s great landmark churches. This magnificent cathedral is certainly one of the world’s most unique, featuring a unique conglomeration of Romanesque, Byzantine, and Gothic styles, as a result of a change of architects nearly twenty years into the building’s construction period. And, despite the cathedral’s cornerstone being laid in 1892, the structure remains only two-thirds completed today. The differing architectural styles, combined with the stark nature of an unfinished building, create a very unique atmosphere t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2006

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amersterdam Ave.
New York, New York 10025
(212) 316-7540

Hairspray (The Show)

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Attraction | "Hairspray"

Quote:
Of the many choices playing on Broadway, the "nicest kids in town" of Hairspray occupy a well-deserved spot near the top of the list. Based on John Waters’s 1988 cult film by the same title, Hairspray is the story of Tracy Turnblad, an overweight Baltimore teenager who defies all odds to win a spot on the Corny Collins Show (think an all-white, local version of American Bandstand), leads a fight to end racial segregation, and at the same time wins the hand of the most handsome boy in town. The movie is well known for being the first starring role for Ricki Lake (of trashy TV talk show fame), and the final role for the Divine, the transvestite actor featured in many of Waters’s ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 18, 2006

Hairspray (The Show)
Neil Simon Theatre / 250 West 52nd Street
New York, New York 10036

Ambassador Theatre

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Hotel | "Chicago (The Play)"

Quote:
I had originally only planned to see Hairspray on this trip to New York, but at the last minute on Sunday night I decided to see if I could get tickets for that evening. After checking around, I found a seat available for the 6:00pm showing of Chicago. Despite the musical being around for a number of years now, I had never seen it in New York, nor at its many runs back home in Houston (I’ve since seen it again there). After calling to reserve my ticket, I rushed back to the theater district and arrived just in time to pick up my ticket, and find that my last minute call to the box office had resulted i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2006

Ambassador Theatre
219 West 49th Street

(212) 239-6200

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ssullivan

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