New York State of Mind ~

It’s been 15 years since we last found ourselves in New York City; I think we’re a bit over due. So, we’re making up for lost time and we’re heading to New York in just a week from now.  Road Trip! Although, now that I think about it, is it actually a road trip if one rides the bus?  Does a road trip only equate to driving a car on said road?

The last time we visited the big apple it was the summer of 2001 and we were in a completely different state of mind. Yes, we were traveling and we played tourist which was great fun but primarily we were college shopping with our son. That in itself was a fascinating experience. We would not have missed it for the world, but we were equally glad we did not have to enjoy that experience more than once.

While on that trip, we spent time exploring the World Trade Center.  Abi and our son went up and up and up to the observation deck, while l explored the underground mall.  We were there just 6 weeks prior to 9/11; a thought that has never been lost on me. But for timing… Visiting the Memorial is a must see for us on this our return trip to New York.

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9/11 Memorial – Photo Credit:

Because parking in New York is overly expensive and because quite frankly, we just don’t want to deal with having a car in the city, we are instead opting to take the bus.  It will be an adventure, right?  And, because we are taking the bus, we’re packing super lite.  We always travel lite but we’re testing ourselves on this trip… how lite can we go? We’re talking 1 backpack each.  Not our big walking across Spain trekking packs, just our regular go-to-school backpacks.  There’s another reason for the lite packing as well, aside from not wanting to check bags on the bus, which is…

We’ve been invited by the Library Hotel Collection* to be Writer’s in Residence while in New York. Imagine me, a writer in residence. I love the sound of it. And, because we’ll be staying in a different hotel each night of our stay, packing extra lite will be the key to success on this big apple romp.

But back to the bus.  When we traveled to Prague last year, we couldn’t get a connecting train from Nuremberg to Prague, so we took the bus.  I quickly dubbed it the party bus because it was equipped with a bathroom, vending machines, reclining seats, WiFi and power plugs.  It was quite comfortable and we’re hoping for the same on our upcoming bus adventure. We thought about taking the train, but it was double the cost of two bus tickets and we’d have to travel for more than an hour just to get to the train.  So, for $128 for two round-trip bus tickets from our home town to New York, we’re taking the bus.

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While in New York we plan to do a lot of walking, which is a good thing because we also plan to do a lot of eating.  I’ve already made a list of eateries in Little Italy and Chinatown, but the food possibilities in New York are endless.

I don’t know how much fun we can cram in to 4 1/2 days and 5 nights, but we plan to make full use of our New York CityPASS* tickets, but there are so many options to choose from.  What to do? Lady Liberty, Top of the Rock, the Intrepid, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art or maybe a sightseeing cruise, and of course The 9/11 Memorial.  What do you suggest we put at the top of our list?

Stephen Colbert is on the itinerary as well.  I’ve been not so patiently watching his website waiting for our chosen night to open up and Bingo! we got it.  Two tickets to stand in line to hopefully get seats for a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Tickets are free, did you know that?

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Our receipt for our place in line to hopefully, secure seats to the taping.

And, if that wasn’t enough, we definitely plan to visit the Neue Galerie* as we were completely inspired to see the actual Woman in Gold after seeing the movie, “The Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren.  A fascinating true story. Have you seen it?  I highly recommend it.

So, yes, we’re off to New York in just a few short days and even though the forecast is predicting high temps and thunderstorms (that happens daily around here) we’re definitely in a New York State of Mind.

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17 Responses to New York State of Mind ~

  • Patti sounds like you got a very good deal for your bus road trip? I have not been to NY city since 1992 and would certainly love to go back. Your itinerary is packed full of some very exciting things and I will look forward to find out how you got on.
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  • Having never explored NYC I look forward to your posts about it. I think my highlight would be the Colbert show.
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    • The Colbert Show is definitely a highlight for us as well, I just hope he has a great line up of guests for our night!

  • How exciting! & congratulations on being a Writer in Residence for the Library Hotel Collection. Books, writing, sight-seeing – sounds like the perfect assignment!
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    • Thank you very much, Sheila, we’re really looking forward to the experience of staying in 4 different hotels within the Library Hotel Collection. I agree, I think it’s going to be a great assignment!

  • I was also in NYC in 2001 (June) on my way to a writers conference in New Jersey. I visited my cousin in NY and we went to the top of the World Trade Center. I still have pictures. I returned after 9/11, stopping over on my way to Delaware’s Punkin Chunkin. My friend, Karen, and I wanted to give NYC some love, spend a little money. In Manhattan, we wandered as close to ground zero as we could, maybe a three or four blocks away. Roads were blocked off and wet, strewn with fire hoses. We had to walk along make-shift pathways to get there. We choked up when a huge flat bed truck with big chunks of steel roll by us. That is the last time I saw New York, and I want to go again to see the memorial.

    • I think so many of us have similar stories, Sandy. The fact that we were in that spot just 6 weeks prior haunts me to this day. I am looking forward to visiting the memorial and paying my respects. It will be emotional, I’m sure. When we visited the memorial in Oklahoma City, it was emotionally painful, but Abi and I both believe that even if it’s a difficult visit, it’s important to remember and walk in the path.

  • Sounds exciting. Spanky is from New York but we’ve only visited once, in 2007. We went up the Empire State building and I went to the Trump towers to use the bathroom (in hindsight I’m quite happy with the souvenir I left behind).
    We have to go back and spend proper time.
    Frank (bbqboy)
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    • Ha! Ha! Ha! Frank. Perfect. I’m not one who deals in petty crime or vandalism, but I have to admit the thought crossed my mind as we passed by his high rise building – wishing I had a can of spray paint.

  • Even though both my parents are native New Yorkers and we live in a biggish city down I-95 (Philadelphia), I always feel overwhelmed when I have to go to New York City. I really should go as a tourist sometime instead of when I have something to do there. I usually take the train because, seriously, no rational human being wants to drive a car into Manhattan. Our son takes the Mega Bus for $15. I’m impressed at your fitting 5 days worth of New York clothes into a school bag type back pack. I look forward to reading (or hearing about!) your trip.

    • Not driving was the best decision ever – aside from the ridiculous parking fees, the traffic is just insane and cross walks are apparently just a suggestion. The clothing in our backpacks was ample and it only took until the last day for my shoulders to stop screaming out in pain from the weight of the pack.

  • Sounds amazing! I loved NY when we visited last year. Being a Writer in Residence sounds like great fun too. Andrew and I thought that the 9/11 memorial and museum was really powerful and I’m glad we visited them; NY is such a great city, enjoy!

  • Now I can’t wait to read all of the recaps of your grand adventure!

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