First 12 Hours in New York for TBEX ’10

Used My New York CityPASS to See the Big Apple from Empire State Building
Used My New York CityPASS to See the Big Apple from Empire State Building

My dogs are barking after my first 12 hours in New York City for TBEX ’10. Since it’s a bit past my bedtime and I’m planning to be up at the crack of dawn, here’s a rundown of today’s adventures.

Noon – Landed at LaGuardia. Took Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride version of Super Shuttle to Midtown Manhattan, regretted not popping a Dramamine.

Michael Jackson Tribute at the Apollo, Harlem
Michael Jackson Tribute at the Apollo, Harlem

1:30 p.m. Arrived at hotel, friend Cordelia was waiting in the lobby, quickly freshened up and headed to Harlem for a soul food-type lunch at Manna’s (it’s a chain). Headed toward the Apollo – today’s the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Some impersonators were out there and Al Sharpton was planning to visit later in the day. Loads of vendors selling Michael Jackson memorabilia. Note: Great thing about travel is the people you meet. I met Cordelia during the 2006 trip to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Play Me, I'm Yours in New York City
Play Me, I'm Yours in New York City

3 p.m.-ish Wandered back to Times Square to search for some of the Play Me, I’m Yours pianos by the Sing for Hope organization. Sixty pianos were installed throughout New York City as a public arts project. The public pianos were installed June 21 and will stay until July 5. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to tickle the ivories…

Sidwalk Catwalk, New York City
Sidwalk Catwalk, New York City

Also ran into some fashionable maniques as part of Sidewalk Catwalk, kind of a rain or shine fashion show meets art exhibit in the Fashion District. Don’t know much else about the project, will have to research…

Offiical NYC Information Center
Offiical NYC Information Center

While in the area, stopped at New York’s Official NYC Information Center to pick up an New York CityPass (thank you!!!) along with appropriate maps and guides. Definitely stop at the center – it’s sleek and uses some sweet technology to map out a stay.

Naked Cowgirl Tip Jar, Times Square, New York City
Naked Cowgirl Tip Jar, Times Square, New York City

Didn’t see the Naked Cowboy in Times Square but did see the Naked Cowgirl (sorry, I just had to post the photo above).

Oyster Bar Restaurant, Grand Central Station
Oyster Bar Restaurant, Grand Central Station

6:30 p.m. Off to Grand Central Station to sip an adult beverage and enjoy some calamari and oysters at Oyster Bar Restaurant. Tried three different kinds of oysters from the New York area.

Good Eats (and Drinks) at TBEX '10 Opening Reception
Good Eats (and Drinks) at TBEX '10 Opening Reception

8 p.m. TBEX ’10 Opening Reception hosted by Weber Shandwick Travel & Lifestyle Team at The Omni Berkshire Place. Fab opportunity to meet the Weber Shandwick reps, check out an Omni suite and standard room (more another time), and mingle with other travel bloggers.

Oo, La, La! Sitting Room of Suite at Omni Berskshire Place
Ooh, La, La! Sitting Room of Suite at Omni Berskshire Place

9:50 p.m. Headed to use my NYC CityPass to go visit the top of the Empire State Building. Wow! Incredible view of the Big Apple.

Midnight Back at my comfy room in my Midtown Manhattan hotel. Took a bath in the jacuzzi tub – just what I needed!

Clock reads 1:41 a.m. Night, night!

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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