From DC to NYC

Last Friday, decided on a “New York minute” to take my girlfriend and daughter on an impromptu trip to the Big Apple. 

Being less than four hours away, and living in the DC area for almost 18 years, I’ve only been to NYC twice in 1994 – both to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) for some graphic design courses in college. 

We stayed at a hotel over in Jersey and took public transportation into the NJ Port Authority, which worked out extremely well (very efficient and friendly).  Once there – navigation by foot was easy and straightforward. 

As most know, NYC is a mecca for fashion, finance and entertainment.  I wanted to see the major attractions (i.e., Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero/World Trade Center, Central Park, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Plaza).   Saw them all and with the exception of the WTC and the Empire State Building – all of them seemed smaller than I envisioned.

As it relates to filmmaking, I was interested in the visible studio layout for The TODAY Show, which I regularly watch.  Gave me a different perspective of how things are filmed there.  BTW, Ann Curry rules!

Being a movie buff, a lof of landmarks and buildings stood out and brought back memories.  From the Spiderman movies to Ghostbusters to the Godfather (Parts I & II), and many others. 

The weather was great and walking up a few blocks up from Times Square, I witnessed what I was later informed was a ‘label knock-off’ sting where numerous unlicensed street vendors selling designer handbags and and jewelry were caught.  In the process, some of NY’s finest amost knocked down my baby’s stroller to the ground.  Luckily, she was asleep and like her dad, remained asleep during the whole ordeal! 

A few blocks from there, I saw comedian Jackie Mason eating with friends outside a restaurant.  I’m not one to come off ‘fan-boyish’, so we just kept walking, but I did take a picture of him prior to leaving – see below with a picture of him from the Internet. 

Comedian Jackie Mason

Comedian Jackie Mason

All in all, it was a great trip and NYC is truly an incredible place that everyone should experience at least once in their life.  I plan to experience it more as one weekend was not enough!

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2 Responses to “From DC to NYC”

  1. Sean Says:

    Considering I live about two hours from NYC, I should really get up there more often. I was up there twice a week for two or three years when I was a kid. If you go up again, try to take something in at Madison Square Garden–that’s really an experience not to be missed.

  2. Lon Panama Says:

    I hope you would not mind if I placed a part of this on my univeristy blog?

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