New York City is, by any measure, one of my most favourite places to go. So I was very pleased that we had a trade show in NYC in early October, and I was asked to attend. I knew about the event for a while, but figured it wasn't one I'd be going to. Pleasant surprises. Needless to say, I was quite excited about it. It's taken me a while to get this post written, with all the craziness that's going on with moving into our new place.
The trip out was uneventful and productive. I got upgraded, and was able to get a pile of work done on the Vancouver --> Toronto portion of the flight. I was only going to be in NYC for 3 1/2 days, and I was eager to get there. The conference was in mid-town, and I got into a cool hotel, The Lexington, at 49th and Lexington Avenue. It was a great location. The room was typical New York small, but the hotel had been recently renovated, and was very funky.
Of course, I was there for work, and Thursday and Friday were dedicated to the conference we were attending. We had a small display at the ESRI's GSI for the United Nations event (the UN is a big customer for us). For those of you that wonder what I do, here's what our booth looked like at the event.
Of course, most of our days were busy with customers and the event, but I did get to have the evenings to myself. I wandered a bit, taking some pictures around New York. I didn't keep most of them, but here are a few.
Friday afternoon, the conference ended a little earlier than I expected, and gave me some time to enjoy the afternoon. As it was just after lunch, I decided to head over to the Carnegie Deli, a New York Classic. Sadly, even at 1:30 in the afternoon, there was a huge line up out the door.
So instead I headed across the street to another deli, and had a sandwich that while not as good as the Carnegie Deli, was still pretty tasty.
After lunch, I headed over to the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), to sped a few hours getting cultured. I hadn't been to the MoMA since they moved to this new location, and i was hugely impressed with the (not so) new space. It's pretty incredible, and houses an amazing collection. There was a temporary exhibit of the surrealist Magritte. The exhibit, Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, was pretty amazing.
After going through that exhibit, I wandered the gallery, not trying to get everything (it's too big), but selectively picking out a few cool things to check out.
After checking out the gallery, I did a little bit of shopping along 5th Avenue, before making my way back to the hotel to drop off my bags, and do a change of cloths. My flight was in the morning (but at a reasonable time), and I was determined to hit a bunch of my favourite places across New York before the night was out.
I took a taxi down to Union Square, where I hung out for a bit, and had a couple of local beers at a brew pub, while watching some sports. It was a pretty nice, local place, and so I didn't rush. When it was time to go, I headed out, making my way towards the Meatpacking District to find some dinner. Along the way, i got to make a stop in Washington Square Park, another one of my favourites.
For dinner, I stopped at what is probably my favourite restaurant in NYC - Spice Market. The food is always great, it it has such a great vibe. I've been a number of times, and always have a great time.
After having an excellent meal, I headed back out to wander. The Meatpacking District is also home to what is probably my single favourite feature of New York - the High Line Park. This is an old elevated rail line that they have converted into a park, and is simply amazing. Since the last time I was there, they have added a new section, over doubling the length. Which of course forced me to explore it, and walk the whole length.
At the end of the current phase of the park, I headed back down to street level and caught another taxi. I had read about a very cool-sounding brewpub, the ABC Beer Company in Alphabet City, on the lower east side. True to the description, this was a very cool place, with a great selection of beers that I had never had before. It was a great atmosphere, and I chatted with some of the locals before calling it a night, heading back uptown and getting to bed ahead of my flight home the next day.