This week I spent 24.5 hours in New York City. I went there to speak at a conference about new patent issues facing pharmaceutical companies, and if that’s all I did, I wouldn’t be blogging about it. 🙂 But, since I managed to squeeze in dinner and a play with one of my BFFs from high school and a lovely run through Central Park, I have some pictures to share with you.
The conference was held at a lovely hotel that was built in 1882 and recently underwent an $18M renovation. (Yes, business travel does have some perks!). The outside was gorgeous and the lobby spaces were so elegant! My room was modern and quite spacious–not “New York” sized at all.
My Night In New York City
The hotel was across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which I could spend hours gazing at–and probably would have it had been a bit warmer, of if I’d packed a coat!
I wrapped up my work with just enough time to walk to where I was meeting my friend for dinner. I was in a bit of a hurry and didn’t want to be too obnoxious blocking the sidewalk to try to get a good picture, but I couldn’t resist snapping this one as I crossed Broadway.
So much to see!
We had a lovely dinner, with just enough time to enjoy a glass of wine, fill our bellies with Italian food, and catch up on recent life events before it was time to head to the theater.
We saw A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, a musical comedy set in the 1900s. I hadn’t been to a play in ages, and really enjoyed it.
On the way back to my hotel, the streets were filled with tourists instead of commuters, so I shamelessly angled for the perfect shot of Radio City Music Hall.
Or is this one better?
My Day In New York City
My goal for the morning was to run in Central Park. I waited until 6:00 am to head out, but it still was darker than I expected. As much as I complain about early Christmas decorations (#RespectTheBird), I was really glad to see the holiday decorations in New York City. I ran past some fancy store windows, and even blingier buildings decorated with light displays several stories tall.
Since I didn’t have my headlamp, I stayed on East Drive instead of running through the park trails until I got to the reservoir.
It was a grey morning, but the skyline still looked beautiful. As it got lighter, I wished I could start my run all over again to really enjoy the park.
There were so many runners out–and groups of cyclists! I hope they appreciated their surroundings as much as this tourist did.
Speaking of appreciation, I am going to be participating in the Holiday Giveaway Blog Hop that runs from November 23-December 6. The theme of this blog hop is to thank our readers, so each of us will be doing a giveaway worth at least $10. Make sure you come by and enter early and often.
Have you made your Thanksgiving grocery list?