George Woods

Sr. Cloud Solution Architect - Corporate Team at Microsoft

Trip to NYC

24 Dec 2019

I’ve been lucky enough to travel many places this past year and even a few places more than once. Actually, I was in NYC twice within a 3 week span. The first time I was more in the heart of Times Square, so I wandered around and did all of the touristy things in that area. I even tried to go to Rockefeller Center to see the tree lighting, but after working my way through the crowds and the police checkpoint, I only made it to where I could hear the activities, but the corner of a building blocked my view. I tried a different street and was able to see the big screen, but decided to venture back to the hotel and watch it on tv. I knew I would be back in NYC in a little over a week and I would then have the chance to see the tree lit up.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

So when I returned to NYC, I did go see the tree all lit up, once in the daylight and once at night. The nice thing about this trip was that I actually arrived a day early, so I had plenty of time to see things I haven’t previously seen. I was much closer to Central Park, away from most of the tourists, but on Sunday, I had a list of items that I wanted to make sure I saw. Below is the “loop” that I created. It was roughly 13 miles and about 5 1/2 hours, but it was so worth it.

I started by going past Trump International Tower
15 Central Park West
Walk up to John Lennon’s house – Dakota Apartments
Entered Central Park at Strawberry Fields
Spent sometime at the Imagine memorial
Headed to the pond and Central Park Bridge
Loeb Boathouse
NY MET museum – only walked past
Walked Park Ave
Wandered around Bloomingdales, and was quite surprised by some of the prices.
Stopped at a local Pizza shop
Continued down to United Nations
on to Grand Central Station
Bryant Park – Holiday Shops and Ice Rink
Rockefeller Center
back up 5th Ave
Nike Innovation Store
Trump Tower
back to Central Park entrance
Columbus Circle