I ended up spending the rest of the week focused on work. This included finding my way from SoHo to Midtown for a meeting at our office. I have to say, as someone who has gone to New York City multiple times, the size of the Empire State Building up close is still amazing and fascinating. I had actually stayed at a hotel nearby back in August and had a completely unobstructed view of the Empire State Building at night. I sat in pure darkness looking at that building before I went to bed.
The rest of the week was definitely a good week but it’s hard to really get to go out and experience the city when you’re constantly at work. We had lots of mandatory work activities so we didn’t get a chance to really go out and do anything but our team did a great job of bringing New York to us. Here are a few of the highlights:
- I tried a cronut for the first time. These things are amazing. The hype is real, but be prepared for the insane amount of sugar. I had a chocolate one that was delicious but I couldn’t finish the entire thing.
- I tried a cookie shot with milk. The “shot glass” was made out of a chocolate chip cookie and then they poured milk in it. It was definitely not a good dessert for someone who is lactose intolerant but I loved every bit of it. I ended up having three of them (which probably contributed to my sugar high).
- Tried out a rooftop bar. We went The James Hotel in Soho that has an amazing rooftop bar with a pool. It overlooks Soho, up the Hudson toward Midtown and New Jersey. If you get up there, you can watch the sunset over New Jersey and it is totally amazing. I would highly recommend checking this place out when the weather is nice.
- Boat tour of the city. As someone who gets motion sick, this was not necessarily my favorite thing in the entire world. The views were great and we took off just next to the Brooklyn Bridge. If you get a chance to do it, I would say it’s worth it but if you get motion sick then maybe not so much. When we were docked, I was pretty sure I was going to be sick and it was excessively windy so I had moments where all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball. But let’s be honest, I don’t think my coworkers would have been very pleased with that.
Overall, it was a great experience and awesome to be in NYC. I have to admit, it gave me a different perspective on the city and made me feel like I truly understood it a bit better than the other times I had been there. The first time I went, I was in high school and all the other times I usually spent most of my time in Brooklyn so it was great to see Manhattan as an adult.