For the past few days, my husband has been walking around the house singing “New York, New York.” I have no idea why beyond that he enjoys the occasional Sinatra song and does tend to do songs on repeat. I’m sure by next week he’ll be on to something else.
But I might not. New York tempts me with good friends, good food and a direct flight from Santiago. Unfortunately, every time I’ve decided that it’s really not so crazy to consider a long weekend in NYC, flight prices have quickly convinced me otherwise.
It’s still on my short list though. Rodolfo’s never been! And I haven’t been since 2006, when I had family obligations and didn’t get to see much of the city beyond the view of the Statue of Liberty from my hotel. My latest plan is to find some work-related reason to travel to meet with my new company’s New York-based people…and bring my husband…and stay a few extra days.
It just has an energy to it that really is like nowhere else in the world (even if I would argue that Buenos Aires is truly the city that never sleeps). People bustle pass as you walk down the sidewalk, smells tickle your nose – food good, trash bad – and you hear practically every language but English in New York. I’m sure I have a tourist’s idealized view of the city, but my experience has been that it’s a truly invigorating place.
I’ve visited several times, but I’d never claim to have any insider tips except one: if you like eggs benedict, breakfast at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park is a must. I don’t know how many thousands of dollars they’re charging these days, but I promise it will be worth it. The hotel dining room is tied with my ex-boyfriend’s frat house for home to the best eggs benedict outside my mom’s kitchen (and before I lose all credibility, yes, I realize that a frat house sounds like an unlikely place to find good eats – just trust me).
For now, however, there is no New York trip on my horizon. Just a promise of someday and a Sinatra chorus stuck in my head. At least it’s a good song.
How do you feel about NYC – too crowded, too touristy, or juuuuust right?
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