During my three day trip to New York City for the BlogHer ’12 conference we stayed at the Hilton New York (the largest hotel in NYC) in vibrant, fast-faced Midtown. As a travel blogger, I found it irresistibly hard to be trapped inside the jam-packed hotel in sessions all day long with 5,000 fellow bloggers. My curiosity and desire to explore got the best of me so I snuck out during the live Katie Couric interview and hit Midtown.
Thinking the coffee line at Starbucks would definitely be better across the street of our hotel, I crossed the famous Avenue of the Americas to yet another Starbucks, equally full with a queue of at least 20 deep. Wow, Starbucks must really rake in the money and I don’t even like their coffee (it is bitter, expensive and reminds me of a coffee shop version of McDonalds).
My first stop was the world famous Rockefeller Tower. I had never been to the “top of the rock” before and had heard that if I only had a few hours, it was definitely a must. The line was very long, and there were several lines in fact. A line for a ticket. A line for a snapshot in front of a silly fake view from the top. A line for the elevator. A line for the stairs up to the “top of the rock”. And, it was $25 for the ticket up to the top. I thought long and hard about it reminding myself that $20 is enough money to vaccinate a child for life (my advocacy work with Shot@Life was burning in my head as it always does). It seemed rather steep but I decided that I had to go for it and check it out. It would probably be all I’d have time for as my sightseeing time was limited.
Was it worth it? Yes, yes, yes! The view on top was sensational. I could see the Statue of Liberty off in the distance, the entire end of Manhattan and lovely views of Central Park on the other side of the observation deck. I felt so incredibly exhilarated and alive; like I was on top of the world! What a city!
I even got the perfect photo opportunity with one of the security guards on “top of the Rock”! As a blogger, everything is a bloggable moment…..
My fast-paced tour of Midtown brought me to Times Square where I stood in awe and fascination as I watched the world go by at high-speed. No matter how many times I see Times Square, it never ceases to amaze me. I’ve been to big cities before yet there is something truly special about the manic energy of Manhattan. It is like no place on earth.