A Tiny Bite Out of the Big Apple

I have the very real pleasure of living near several large metropolitan areas: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and New York City.  Whenever I want a small taste of life in the fast lane, I’m only a hop, skip and jump away from my choice of cities.  This past weekend, I (along with half the undergraduate Psychology students on the east coast) was given the opportunity to present a poster detailing my undergraduate research project at the Eastern Psychological Association’s annual conference.  This meeting was held at the Marriott Marquis, which just happens  to be located at the epicenter of Times Square in New York City.

Jay and I made a weekend getaway out of this professional opportunity and the end result was a spontaneously wonderful experience in the Big Apple.  We had no fixed plans except to present my research Saturday morning, see Mary Poppins before it ended, and spend some time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Other than that, we just played tourist and let the delights of the weekend unfold.  I offer a photo synopsis of our adventures.

  • Ellen’s Stardust Diner – where great food is served up by incredibly talented singers/dancers/actors waiting and hoping for their big break on Broadway.

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{ Brooklyn Brisket – YUM! }

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{ Our singing waitress }

  • Views from Top of the Rock

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{ Central Park }

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{ Empire State Building }

  • Views from the bottom of The Rock

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  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral – is undergoing a significant renovation with scaffolding inside and out.  A dark and quiet sanctuary in the middle of the organized chaos of the city.

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{ Does this remind anyone else of the Mines of Moria? }

  • Times Square at twilight.

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{ The view from our hotel room – an unbelievable surprise! }

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art – the largest museum of its kind in the Western hemisphere with a permanent collection containing over 2 million works of art spanning 5000 years of world history and culture.  We barely scratched the surface…

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  • Times Square, again.

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A few more highlights:

  • The stress-free train trip.  In my opinion, it is the best way to travel in and out of the city.
  • Steffanie Leigh (aka Mary Poppins) was practically perfect in every way.
  • The Mimosa Brunch at The View, the Marriott’s 47th floor rotating restaurant.
  • Snow flurries walking to and from the New Amsterdam theater.

Spontaneity paid off this weekend.  It was the most relaxed fun I’ve ever had in the Big Apple.

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