Making Memories in the Big Apple

Visiting New York City for the first time was quite the experience. It was about making memories in the Big Apple. The main purpose of my travel was to do a little bit of sightseeing and to attend a What Women Want Networking event though the NYC chapter with Judy Goss and Joan Pelzer. The guest speaker was Bill Carmody, CEO of Trepoint and also an Inc. columnist.

I make it a point to continue my professional development whenever possible. It is important for me to learn from these live events. Having the opportunity to listen to a speaker and hear their audience share their stories is golden.

My first day consisted of some down time at the hotel after I let it soak in. Here I was in the Big Apple just me, myself and I. I stayed at the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel on Lexington Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. There was so much to see and for a hot minute I felt like I was in another world altogether.

The tall buildings, the fast pace and there were people everywhere. I couldn’t help but wonder where everyone was going. What they did for a living or who they were rushing to see. It was a constant hustle and bustle.

I had no choice but to try and blend in with the crowd. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel that I stood out amidst that landscape of interesting people. Maybe it was all in my head, but regardless I set out to ask where I would dine at.

One restaurant came to mind because I had heard about it twice already: The Smith on Second Avenue (at 51st Street). The concierge at the Doubletree recommended it. The great news was that it was only a short walk away.

I loved the ambiance when I arrived and it had quite the charm. My main course was a salmon entrée that sat on a bed of cauliflower almond mousse with scallions and some delicious shitake mushrooms. This dish was heavenly!

It practically melted in my mouth. I indulged in the sparkling water at my table and before I left ordered a dessert to go. I settled on the Winter Citrus for the name alone.

This dessert according to their menu consisted of an almond lemon sponge cake, yuzu curd, yogurt panna cotta and a lace cookie. How would anyone not want to try something so wonderful, right? Granted this wasn’t a time to consider any meal prep or diet of any sort. It was all about the experience.

High five to The Smith, I loved it! By the way this is not a sponsored post. I am only more than willing to give praise where it is deserved. The rest of the time was dedicated to writing and relaxing back in my room.

The Today Show

The second day I got it started by getting up early and made it to the Today Show per my sisters’ recommendation. Everyone was so welcoming upon my arrival at 6:30am that morning.

What I didn’t plan on was the chance to shake Al Rokers hand or to get to pet the puppy that Carson Daly was holding. I loved seeing all the signs that told you where people were from.

Today Show
Today Show

I spoke with some sweet ladies that made my time there very memorable. Both were mothers and daughters. One was from Parkland; Florida and my heart went out to them for what they had gone through.

It was a bitter cold morning and we spoke of why we were there. We warmed each other with hot coffee and great conversation. I will be forever grateful for the sweet lady that shared her warm gloves with me. Along with the other mom that went and got coffee for us.

You see the great thing about being on this type of adventure is that small talk helps you connect with others. It’s a genuine way of getting to know someone on a short amount of time. It made my trip so enjoyable.

After the show they surprised us all by giving us a Google Home (Home Assistant). It was so generous! Next stop was the Rockefeller Center that happened to be across the street. The skating rink was beautiful to look at and I am sure it is quite the place to be during the Christmas season.

Top of the Rock Tour

A friend suggested that I do the Top of the Rock tour there. I liked the history with the tour and was very interested in the photograph of the construction workers that sat on top of a steel beam above the city. It was during the Depression and I always have remembered that image. It was an example of being fearless in an era where you made do with what you were given.

The tour also gave me the opportunity to ride the elevator to the top. It consists of a three-level observation deck that is on the 67th, 69th and 70th floor. Here’s the thing I am not a huge fan of heights.

top of the rock
Top of the Rock Tour

In fact, the thought of not going up didn’t cross my mind. I knew if I wanted to remember and share that view I had to do it. It’s all about baby steps in my case an elevator ride. What was funny was that one of the security guards had asked me if I had made it to the top. I was on the 67th floor.

He let me know that he would take me up to the 70th floor and that if I wanted to come back down quickly that we could do that. The important thing was to at least check it out. I must admit the view was beautiful. I looked at it just not up to the edge as others did before me. No shame in that. Right?

An Abundance of Culinary Delights

My last evening there I went out to dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse with Randi Levin of Randi Levin Coaching. I loved the live music, the excellent food and of course her company. Earlier that day I had a chance to visit Virgil’s BBQ right in the heart of Times Square with Judy Goss and Joan Pelzer.

New York City is filled with so many opportunities and experiences if you are open to them. I was open to visiting and supporting some fabulous women while I was there. Surround yourself with people that lift you up. Share your dreams with others and remember to listen to theirs too.

Don’t forget to have fun while you are at it. I had a great time while I was in the Big Apple and grateful for the hospitality I received while I was there. More than likely I will return for a visit and explore even more. For now, I’m content knowing that I get to carry my Times Square and Rockefeller memories with me.

I’ll never forget the people watching. Getting to their next big thing, enjoying a romantic moment on the streets of NYC or simply going towards their dream one step at a time.