After some days of meetings, I had a chance to look around New York - part of it by myself, and part of it on a 'sex in the city' tour organised as part of the social program of the meeting.
On top of the Empire State Building..
After not knowing what to expect, I really like a lot of stuff about NY. Central park is great. The city is enormous but walkable. Taxis are everywhere. The subway is great. Times square is completely OTT (especially at night)! What a waste of advertising space - how can you compete with the other billion watts of lighting and advertising there?? The Statten Island Ferry at dawn is super (and you get a good view of the statue of liberty). There are some really pretty districts and very modern and interesting corners of the city.
The statue of Libery as dawn breaks..
I stayed down at Battery Park, which is 'downtown' (near Wall St). It is not far from the 'ground zero' (the old World Trade Centre site). This has to be the most photographed construction site I have ever seen. People sticking their cameras through the fence to take photos of a crane, a digger and a big hole in the ground. A bit sad, really.
To cap things off, I found a quilt shop for Nicole and finished off with an excessive amount of fabric to add to her stash....