New York City Trip

On Saturday I will be taking an Amtrak train to New York City to attend a gathering for Vloggerheads, the Ning site for vloggers. We will be having lunch at Hill Country Restaurant. I recently read a tourist guide book on New York City, National Geographic Traveler: New York, 3rd Edition by Michael S. Durham.

New York City is one of the world’s major cities that I would like to explore more thoroughly. I’ve already been to Paris and Philadelphia. I’m planning to visit Berlin, Venice, Montreal, and maybe London some day. I have been to New York City at least 6 times. I went to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for IT trade shows which was always exciting. It really made my profession seem glamorous. And I have taken local bus trips for a day in New York City to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art twice. Now that I’ve read a guide book I have a long list of other landmarks to see in New York City. I’ve even started a custom help file with maps and photos of major buildings, theaters, museums, and stores in the Big Apple. The Google Earth application is a great tool for exploring the New York City neighborhoods.

New York City holds a special place in my imagination because it has been the setting of so many movies and television shows. When I was growing up, I remember watching shows like Barney Miller, Welcome Back Kotter, Fame, and The Odd Couple which showed the gritty aspects of the city. Various books and films like The Taking of Pelham 123 have also added to its aura. I get the impression that New York City is the number one destination for Europeans who dream of visiting the United States because they’ve seen so many films about the city.

I am going to try to visit New York City more often. I’ll see how well this Amtrak train trip goes. But I think it would be cheaper and easier to take a one day bus trip to New York City. Several local organizations sponsor such bus trips and I think Susquehanna Trailways schedules regular trips.

There may not be much time for sightseeing on this trip because I will be meeting bloggers and vloggers who are active in the online video community.

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