New York New York – The City that Dazzles

A visit to the landmark Carnegie Deli proved to be much, much more than I had anticipated. The sign should have alerted me to what I was about to be served…
but seriously, what could possibly prepare you for this?!
I’ve never seen a sandwich this big in my life. This turkey club had to have had an entire turkey and pig as donors! (Seriously, there is over a pound of meat on every sandwich!) I was so dumbfounded I had to watch other diners just to see how they went about eating this skyscraper. Of course I had to box almost the entire sandwich so I could leave room for the delicious cheesecake I saw everyone around me enjoying!

The “Woody Allen” with the pastrami and corn beef Carnegie Deli is famous for.

This is a place you absolutely must visit. Not only will you enjoy the delicious food, atmosphere and surroundings, but for the sheer shock factor alone, you’ve got to see these sandwiches in person.
Carnegie Deli
854 7th Avenue at 55th Street, New York, New York, 10019
Tel. 212-757-2245 Toll Free: 800-334-5606
Radio City Music Hall (link)

Times Square (link)
Recently named by Forbes Travel as the most visited tourist attraction in the United States.

Judging by the size of the crowds I waded through, I believe it!

The Red Stairs are a great place to sit and people watch. I love the energy in this city. It’s invigorating. It makes you feel alive.

Central Park (link)
At over 843 Acres, this is one big park. As much as I would have loved to see every inch of it, we opted to take a ride in a Pedicab to see as much as we could in the limited time we had. Our “driver” was very informative and made the ride especially fun as we bantered back and forth with trivia questions about the area. It was also a bit cheaper, and had more access, than the horse drawn carriage and allowed us to get out as frequently as we chose.

Bethesda Fountain (link)
Bethesda Fountain: “The fountain commemorates the Croton water system, which first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. The angel carries a lily in her left hand — a symbol of the water’s purity, very important to a city that had previously suffered from a devastating cholera epidemic before the system was established. The piece is the only statue that was commissioned for the Park. Created by Emma Stebbins, it also marked the first time a woman received a public art commission in New York City.” (Info taken from the Official Central Park website)

“Who you gonna call?” The buildings now known as the Ghostbuster buildings.

Cherry Hill Fountain-aka “Friends” fountain.

Finally, as further testament that New York City truly is the city that doesn’t sleep, I heard my three favorite words in the English language, You’ve Been Upgraded, spoken at the New York Hilton (link) front desk upon check in. Imagine…Midtown Manhatten, 42nd floor suite with 2 bathrooms, spacious elegant living area, and I spent so little time in there as to make it almost criminal!