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Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 19, 2014

New York City: The Sights

Recently I went to New York for orientation as incoming President of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. This job also put me on the national Board of Directors. Friday night, I met the other chapter presidents and at-large directors as we mingled at the Mysterious Bookshop and enjoyed dinner together at Sammy’s Noodle Shop. The next day was filled with one long meeting where we learned about the organization and more about our roles. I found the sessions interesting and informative. A delicious dinner at Bobby Van’s Grill followed.

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The rest of the time was spent sightseeing. On Friday, we ate breakfast at Carnegie Deli. It was snowing! Thank goodness for my inherited mink coat. I wouldn’t have been warm enough otherwise.

Then we took a cab over to the American Museum of Natural History. Standing across from Central Park, I admired the wintry view.

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Jacket-length outerwear doesn’t work in this cold climate. You need a coat that covers your butt. I also wore a knit cap, gloves, and a cashmere scarf. Plus three layers underneath. The only problem was the heat that hit when you went inside a building. Four layers went on and off so often that I hurt my shoulder.

More on the museum exhibits later. My next free day was Sunday, so we strolled outside to see some of the main sights. It wasn’t our first visit to NY so we could skip all the places we’d already seen and just soak in the atmosphere. We sniffed roasted chestnuts and pretzels as we walked along.

We viewed the skaters at Rockefeller Center and nearby Radio City.

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Then we walked over to Times Square.

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We had to visit Macy’s with its nine floors but were too exhausted and hungry to go shopping. From here we walked to Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue and had lunch. The NY Public Library makes an impressive sight.

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Then we dipped into Grand Central Station to watch the people scurrying to make their trains and to visit the food markets.

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That night, we saw The Lion King. The costumes were spectacular. The way the actors depict the animals was fantastic. It’s a show worth seeing if you can meet the steep cost.

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New York is always fascinating, from the architecture to the eateries, to the jumble of people, and even to the trash waiting for curbside pickup. Steam issues from vents, trucks rumble by, taxi drivers honk their horns. It’s a maelstrom of humanity, but one you can never get tired of joining.

Yet it sure was nice to return home to the quieter life with palm trees, green grass, and balmy breezes. However, I’d better not put away that fur coat. It’s supposed to go down into the forties here. The good thing about our cold spells is that they don’t last long.

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7 Responses to “New York City”

  1. Mazel Tov Madam President. Yes as you were admiring the winter view and falling snow you were thinking… THANK GOD we get to go home to the warm!. LOL

    Were you drooling over those bookcases at the bookstore? I did the math and I’d need five of them for my collection.. which would then leave all the rest for me to continue collecting your books and everyone elses that I love. Sorry we didn’t get to meet on this trip.

  2. An old saying has it, “when you grow tired of London, you’ve grown tired of life,” and the same can be said about New York. In my opinion there isn’t a more exciting place on earth. However, I’ll wait for spring or summer before the next time I visit. On another note, I’ve wondered, as I’ve read your accounts of the MWA presidents’ orientation, why the RWA doesn’t do something similar. Sounds like a great idea.

    • I don’t remember if RWA has something for chapter presidents at the national conference . One big difference in the organizations is that chapter presidents in MWA are on the National Board of Directors. This is not the case in RWA which has elected regional directors.

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