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RWA/NYC: Sights

I will be entirely honest: I tend to choose my RWA conference attendance by virtue of where the conference is taking place. San Francisco? Oh, yeah. Orlando? Not so much. No offense to Orlando, but here is the real deciding factor: what is there to see and do in the host city that is just outside the hotel door and doesn’t require a rental car. And in NYC, there is everything.

As evidenced from the view of hectic Times Square from my hotel room:

Amazing huh? And I love this HUGE billboard. This poor fellow was trapped out there all week. LOL.

Since my train trip from Seattle to NYC was cancelled and I had to fly, the only seats I could get on my airline got me into the conference a day earlier. Which meant: extra day for sightseeing. So off I went to Ground Zero:

The new Trade Center is going to be gorgeous. Here it is, over half way done. And the surrounding memorial and park like space will be amazing.

From there, I wandered over to Wall Street and the Stock Exchange:

Where you find this amazing juxtaposition of the old New York and the thriving modern NYC:

To go see Lady Liberty, you can take a tour boat to Liberty Island (hours in line and always overbooked), a Circle Line tour (three hours long) or a new way to get there: The Beast. Though you only get to see her from the water, she is an inspiring sight. And besides, isn’t that how so many people first saw her? From the railing of a boat as they were about to begin a new life. Though I doubt their boats looked like this:

Yes, I know there is something slightly at odds with going to see one of my country’s most enduring symbols of liberty via a hopped up tour boat that does 45 mph and harasses everything in its path. But then again, maybe that isn’t such an oxymoron after all. Especially when you end this bouncing, wind-whipped tour with rats in your hair and breathless sense of “Do it again! Do it again!” Actually, it was kick ass fun.

Truly, I love going to see both the Statue of Liberty and the view of NYC from the harbor–and have done it every time I’ve gone to New York. How can you not? It is breathtaking.

Even after the conference began, I ended up getting out to Central Park via the Avon party, which was held at the Boathouse. Isn’t this a lovely setting?

And my new tradition for any RWA conference (and a good deciding factor whether or not to go: Is there a great ball game close at hand?) And the answer was found at Yankee Stadium on a sunny afternoon that was well spent with a hot dog and some great pitching–although not exactly conference pitching to an editor or agent.

And the best part of going to RWA, all the free books! I’ve brought back tons to giveaway. And so here is the prize: a box of books from the RWA conference. Most of them are autographed–double bonus!

Two ways to enter for a chance to win:
1) Leave a comment below about what you’d sneak out of an NYC conference to go see. If you are reading this on Facebook, you can only enter at my actual blog. http://elizabethboyle.com/blog/?p=1235. Facebook does not allow contests via their site.


2) Tweet the following: @ElizBoyle has come back from #RWA11 with a great giveaway for readers. http://elizabethboyle.com/blog/?p=1235

I’ll give you all until midnight, PT, Saturday, July 9th to get your entry in.

Make sure to check back here Monday July 11th to find out if you won.

89 comments to “RWA/NYC: Sights”

  1. Tai Smith
    July 4th, 2011 at 6:39 am · Link

    Thank you for sharing! I went thru JFK when I was ten if you want to call that going to NYC, I don’t. If I went I would like to vist the Met, walk the streets of the Eastside, explore Central Park, and gaze longingly into the windows at Tiffany’s.

  2. Cynthia
    July 4th, 2011 at 10:55 am · Link

    I would sneak out to go to the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and see a show on Broadway. I would also go have a meal at Fraunces Tavern where George Washington and his officers had a feast after British Troops left New York.

    This is not in NYC but I would also head north to Tarrytown and visit Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s Home and go to the Village of Sleepy Hollow. There is also a park (and unfortunately I can’t remember the name) but all I remember was that it was along the Hudson and as you walked along the river you could see the foundations of the homes that used to line the Hudson long ago. When I used to go walk there it always inspired my imagination – I’d imagine the houses, the people who may have lived there, the lavish events they may have held at their home overlooking
    the river.

    • Cynthia
      July 13th, 2011 at 5:21 pm · Link

      If I had to choose only one Broadway show it would be Wicked!

  3. Vonnie Alto
    July 4th, 2011 at 11:05 am · Link

    Hi Elizabeth,

    It sounds like you had an amazing experience touring NY while at the RWA conference. How I wish I could have gone! Since I love art museums, I would sneak out of a NY conference to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art (for 18th-19th century paintings), the Museum of Modern Art (for Impressionism) the Gugenheim (for more Impressionism), and the Frick Collection (for 18th century French furniture and porcelain). Too bad my fairy godmother is perpetually on vacation.

  4. Jane
    July 4th, 2011 at 11:31 am · Link

    Yes, the museums are awesome in NYC. I love the Museum of Natural History. So is the shopping and there are always bargains to be found. My favorite thing about NYC is the food. There’s so much variety and the quality is great.

  5. Rosie
    July 4th, 2011 at 12:47 pm · Link

    the Gugenheim Museum! I so love the architecture! And I wopuld love to marvel over the Kandinsky at the Bauhaus, 1922–1933 exhibition!

  6. Karen Harbur
    July 4th, 2011 at 12:50 pm · Link

    I lived in NYC almost 30 years ago, and haven’t been back in over 20. The first place I would go is Rays Pizza on 77th & Lexington, I almost lived there when pregnant with my first son.
    claddagh64 at yahoo dot com

  7. Karen Hillis
    July 4th, 2011 at 1:17 pm · Link

    I also love museums and would sneak out to visit them. I love pretty things and old things! I’ve been to a couple but not for nearly long enough (you really need days not hours) so the Metroplitan and the Natural History would be my first stops.

  8. Lois M.
    July 4th, 2011 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Yep, the Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art… Junior’s, John’s Pizza, and go see Phantom of the Opera again! πŸ™‚


    • Lois M.
      July 5th, 2011 at 7:22 am · Link

      PS – did forget one very important thing. You got it all wrong, you should have went to Citifield, not Yankee Stadium. The Yankees – bad. Mets, good. πŸ™‚ So for me, the above, plus a Mets game. And if they are playing the Yanks and beat them, all the better. πŸ˜‰


  9. Winnie P
    July 4th, 2011 at 3:08 pm · Link

    I’ve only been in NYC once for a one-week class, and spent every evening at a Broadway show, instead of attacking books.

  10. Laura T
    July 4th, 2011 at 3:36 pm · Link

    I’ve only been to NYC one time on business with a co-worker. We saw a Broadway show and visited the Met Museum, but I would do MORE of both. More time at the museum during the day and a show every evening.

    And, more delicious food–but not necessarily close to Times Square. I’ve heard there is really outstanding cuisine if you leave that part of the city.

  11. Diane P. Diamond
    July 4th, 2011 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Thanks for posting such amazing pics of your trip to New York. If I could go to New York and manage to sneak out of a conference, then without a doubt, I would have to go to Ground Zero. I would go there to pay my respects to all the innocent people who lost their lives 10 years ago.

    Thank you for offering such a generous prize.

    dpd333 (at) aol (dot) com

  12. Emily Tardy
    July 4th, 2011 at 4:40 pm · Link

    I’ve never been to New York, or anywhere on the east coast, so I would want to spend all my time sight seeing!

  13. Amber S
    July 4th, 2011 at 6:43 pm · Link

    Thanks for the recap! I didn’t get to go the the RWA Convention this year, and that was a serious bummer since I love NYC! Though I’ve seen the musical a thousand times, I’d still probably sneak out to see Wicked. Or, if Daniel Radcliffe were singing and dancing just down the street, I’d likely go see him as well πŸ™‚

  14. Dottie Legatos
    July 4th, 2011 at 9:05 pm · Link

    Nice pictures! I would sneak out to either see a fabulous musical on Broadway, or to take a stroll through Central Park. Oh how could I forget the SHOPPING???

  15. donna ann
    July 5th, 2011 at 5:25 am · Link

    Sounds like you had lots of fun. I’ve only been to NYC once (for a job interview-no sightseeing time) many years ago. I’d add my “vote” for catching the lights on Broadway or check out Central Park.

  16. Susan
    July 5th, 2011 at 7:36 am · Link

    If I were in NY to attend a conference and there were a few opportunities to duck out and see the city,what would I do? I would go see the NYMets. Check out the stadium and the fans. All are different between NY, Seattle, Arlington, and Houston. Sit on a bench in Central Park and look for a tree, an old oak tree, where my Mom read a letter from my dad and he told her he loved her and missed her. My camera would become another appendage. I would take pictures of any and everthing. Can’t go to NY without a subway ride or a cab ride. The museums and theater are a must-do! Before I departed, I would pay my respects at Ground Zero and say a prayer.

  17. royce hawkins
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:03 am · Link

    I only went to NY once and it was an experience and if I could go back I would love to see Madam Tussau’s house of wax again. That was amazing and Rockafeller center. And I have to say I absolutely loved Lord Langley is back. Great book.

  18. melinda Jiles
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:12 am · Link

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics. If I were in NY and could sneak out, I would go see a broadway play and then hop on the subway and ride. I would think that would be great way to see the five boroughs.

  19. Rhonda Reid
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:14 am · Link

    I have never had the opportunity to visit NYC proper, though I have seen parts through the window of a semi (my ex is a truck driver). I am afraid slipping out of a meeting wouldn’t give me the time I need, as there are so very many things I’d love to see. I would stroll Broadway just to look at the posters; I don’t know if I could pick just one show to see! I would love to window shop the stores I could never afford on my teacher’s salary. I would visit Ground Zero to pay my respects and the Statue of Liberty to lift my spirits. Of course, this list could go on and on and on! Thank you for sharing your experience and photos with us.

  20. Stephanie Leslie
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:19 am · Link

    As a library science grad student, it is my goal to see libraries wherever I travel. So, my first stop would be the New York Public Library! If I had the time, I would have to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway followed by a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3. I have always wanted to check out Obscura Antiques and Oddities, just for the weirdness of the store (they have a show on Discovery if anyone has seen it).

  21. Kelly Scroggins
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:19 am · Link

    I have only visited NYC once and it was for the Westminster Kennel Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. It was awesome. I loved getting to see all the dogs backstage and the vendors. I had a lot of fun shopping there and getting free stuff.

  22. melissa cahall
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:20 am · Link

    i would try to see eveything i could i have never been to new york

  23. Christy Schaefer
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:24 am · Link

    I’ve never been to NYC, but I’d skip almost everything to go shopping! I already do that at home, so why not in NYC? πŸ™‚ I’d also love to see the Museum of Modern Art.

  24. JWZ
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:26 am · Link

    A Broadway Show! That is one thing I’ve always, always, always wanted to see in NYC, along with the 100 other things on my list πŸ™‚ But a show (and I’m not even sure what one really matters, as long as it’s on Broadway!) is a MUST do whenever I do get that trip someday!

  25. Julia Ruckel
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:26 am · Link

    If I was able to go to NYC I would have to do Central Park.My other sneak away would be to see something on Broadway, I may never be able to afford to eat again but I believe it would be worth it! Last but not least I would NEED to see The statue of Liberty.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and your experience’s with all of us!

  26. Cindy
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:32 am · Link

    I have never been to NYC but I love the arts and sightseeing. I would probably do just as you did. However, sneaking out of a conferance such as the RWA- well; I would need a cover model or something sensational to pull me away from that. πŸ˜€

  27. Wendy F
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:51 am · Link

    Would love to see ground ground zero and see how it will look when it is all done


  28. Leza Kirshenbaum
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:59 am · Link

    I love NYC! I would love to see a show on Broadway. We didn’t have a chance to do that when we were there last.

  29. Laura Hathawy
    July 5th, 2011 at 10:05 am · Link

    It would have to be a Broadway Show or the Dave Letterman show.

  30. susan knight
    July 5th, 2011 at 10:05 am · Link

    I would sneak out and go have high tea at the Plaza Hotel!

  31. Michele Stegman
    July 5th, 2011 at 10:21 am · Link

    I go see some of my family who live in NY! I lived there one summer so I’ve seen most everything. But I’d love to see the Museum of Natural History again.

  32. Sue P.
    July 5th, 2011 at 11:19 am · Link

    Love all the info about what you did in NYC. Too many things to sneak away to : Times Square, a Broadway play. the Museums. But what I liked to do the few times I’ve been there is walk the streets looking for old churches. Have found alot of really neat old churches tucked between two buildings that are so easy to miss – usually recessed back from the other storefronts. Have found some gems.

  33. Pam
    July 5th, 2011 at 11:46 am · Link

    Broadway!!!! I have always wanted to go to NYC and see a Broadway musical.

  34. June M.
    July 5th, 2011 at 12:17 pm · Link

    I have not been to NYC but would love to see the museums, Central Park, Times Square and just walk around looking at different buildings/sights.

    I love that you are sharing your RWA goodies with us! I hope to win some autographed books by some of my fave authors. Crossing my fingers that I win! And I tweeted to try that way too!

  35. Linda McDonald
    July 5th, 2011 at 12:42 pm · Link

    I would sneak out to see all the places you did! It all sounds great to me. I’d definitely want to get into NYC either before or after the conference and check it out. I was a teenager the last time I was there…which was a while back.

  36. alisha woods
    July 5th, 2011 at 2:00 pm · Link

    brodway shows… I want to go see several on and off broadway. Also museums. I would have to be at conference to met all great authors though.

  37. Maggie
    July 5th, 2011 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Hi Elizabeht,
    I would like to say that meeting you was one of the best things I did in my last visit to NYC… I live in Bay Shore, Long Island… Just 1 1/2 hours from the City… But sadly are seldom the opportunities I have to visit… On my other visits I done some of what you did… walking Times Square, of course…. and a show in Broadway was one of the first I did… was great and I will never forget… Amazing day at Central Park and our Museum Mile… My feet tickles, just remembering…. Sorry you couldn’t actually visit Liberty Island it’s a wonderful place… True, the line can be really long but we book our trip ( ;p )…. Have you ever visit Pier 86 the Intrepid Sea & Air Museum… if not I hope you try that on your next visit It’s AMAZING!!!! And it’s true NY, NY, NY… IT IS THE BEST City in the world… ( Oh well for me at least… : P ) I don’t visit very often even living just hours from it… but when I do I make the best of the visit… Because, you always, always will fine something different, new and exciting to do, see and remember for ever…. I am so happy that with your time you made the best of it… and even happier that I meet a wonderful person like you on my last visit to NYC…. Love you and your books… and hopping that you visit us again soon….

  38. SharonA
    July 5th, 2011 at 3:30 pm · Link

    I love NYC, haven’t been in so, so long. In 1991 I went up in the World Trade Center to the observation area, instead of going up the Empire State Building. I love the museums, love just wandering through Soho, around Washington Park, through Central Park, etc. Ellis Island is inspiring. So many restaurants to try! The Broadway shows – even the off, off, off Broadway ones – are great. If I was sneaking out of RWA, I’d just walk, and walk and walk some more and absorb as much as I could of the city.

  39. Sheila Mulholland
    July 5th, 2011 at 4:14 pm · Link

    I’d sneak out to see a Beatles concert.

  40. Emma Takes
    July 5th, 2011 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Gosh, I live in Australia.. so many things I want to see!! I’d love to see the Museum of Natural History, go to Broadway and see a show. Would love to see Lady Liberty and check out all the historical buildings I could find! I would also like to see the Museum of Jewish Heritage.. Maybe I should just move there;)

  41. infinitieh
    July 5th, 2011 at 5:15 pm · Link

    Whenever I’m in MYC, I always at least wave to Patience and Fortitude, even if only from the bus.

    I once did manage to drag a friend to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge with me. Yep, even though we grew up there, it took us until our twenties to do that touristy bit. Shakespeare in the Park is always fun but only if I can take off for a whole day with a bunch of friends (so we can take turns waiting in line). Plus, the Museum of Natural History is close by so it’s all good.

  42. Sharon Ponder
    July 5th, 2011 at 6:24 pm · Link

    Sneaking out of a convention to see NYC sites sounds delightful. The wonderful art museums would be high on the agenda. Add in the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero for a taste of history. Dinners at delightful restaurants would be the finale of each day. (It would take several days, wouldn’t it?) Oh, was there a convention? Whoops!

    Thank you for sharing your pics and thoughts!

  43. Kathryn Benson
    July 5th, 2011 at 7:02 pm · Link

    Sneaking out to see of the Broadway shows would be top of my list. I went over twenty years ago and saw Phantom on Broadway; as nice as the Broadway series are that are on the road, they just can’t compare.

  44. Heather F
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:20 pm · Link

    I feel like I’d sneak off to visit some of the HUGE stores there. Like FAO or the huge Disney store. Orrrrrrr I’d have to try just about every interesting restaurant I came across. Total foodie in me saying, “Ooh ooh LOOOOOK! Now, TASTE!”.

  45. Melissa Porter
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:59 pm · Link

    I am glad you had a great trip. I like the pictures. I have never been to NY. I honestly dont know if I would want to go there or not. I am from a small town (if you want to call it that–I call it a logging camp) and not much for the big cities. I went to Seattle once and was lost intantly. But if I did go I would go to Central Park and the museums. I like to collect old items.
    Thanks for the contest.

  46. Candice Hern
    July 5th, 2011 at 10:53 pm · Link

    I skipped the awards ceremony to see Swan Lake at Lincoln Center. It was fabulous!

  47. Sarie Grobler
    July 5th, 2011 at 11:37 pm · Link

    Wow, it sounds like you had an awesome time in NYC! I never thought I would like to go there but after your post and photos I would most defnitaly like to visit if I ever get the chance. I would love to go see a ball game and ofcourse Central Park. I would also like to go see Lady Liberty and shop till I drop πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the give-away!!

  48. Karen H in NC
    July 6th, 2011 at 5:56 am · Link

    I guess it would depend on the conference I was attending as to whether or not I would sneak out. RWA??? If EB was speaking? Not a chance! Or any other of my favorite authors for that matter. Now, I have been known to sneak out of sales conference meetings (boring) and hit a local bar (don’t worry, I wasn’t alone…had my partner in crime with me LOL). But in NYC, probably a Broadway Play, any of the huge number of museums, people watching on Times Square or Central Park.

    Glad you had such a fabulous time and thanks for this great giveaway!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  49. Elizabeth
    July 6th, 2011 at 7:21 pm · Link

    Love all these suggestions! Will be keeping a list for my next visit.

  50. Jessica
    July 6th, 2011 at 8:08 pm · Link

    I have been to NYC twice, though I have no memories of the first time. The second I was lucky enough to stay with my mom for her conference at the Waldorf Astoria, plus we got upgraded by chance to the Waldorf Towers, so I got free breakfasts! For the ferry to Ellis Island and Liberty Island, we drove south on the west side of Manhattan, passing the gaping hole at Ground Zero (this was June 2002), down to Battery Park. It would be nice to go in the Statute of Liberty, cause that wasn’t allowed at the time. We also visited several art museums. My mom and I went to see The Producers and Forbidden Broadway, both of which were fun. I would love to see Book of Mormon if I were going presently. You didn’t mention if you were there on Sunday, but you would have had a blast at the Pride Parade. We did that by chance on our last day there, though at that time the parade was more midtown.

    Visiting the Main Library is fun too, but I am a soon to be librarian so that is ingrained in me. What we didn’t get a chance to do was visit Central Park. That is definitely something I would do next time.

  51. Lynda Lum
    July 7th, 2011 at 12:51 am · Link

    hye there…

    i have never been to NYC.. so if i could i want go to Madame Tussaud’s New York to meet my favorite celebrities(even though its wax figure)
    i also want to Ground Zero and Statue of Liberty…

  52. Susan Parker
    July 7th, 2011 at 8:17 am · Link

    Can’t believe I was vacationing in NYC last week and didn’t even know my favorite authors were also in town. ARGHHH. I’d sneek out for another Broadway play! πŸ˜‰ But we too took in Lady Liberty, did the 86th floor of the Empire State Bldg, and I loved walking thru Central Park.

  53. Moriah
    July 7th, 2011 at 12:26 pm · Link

    i would have to go see all the expensive shops. i couldn’t afford anything, but window shopping is its own form of enterainment

  54. Lynn Goode
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:30 pm · Link

    I would love to sit in Central Park and have a picnic.

  55. Janice Hickman
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:35 pm · Link

    I have never been to NYC but if I could would want to see the Statue of Liberty, ground zero, the Empire State Building and take in a Broadway show. I would also just walk down the street look in all the windows and watch the people. It would be fabulous!

  56. Ellen Wood
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Great photos!

    I would sneak out to hit the museums!!

  57. Martha McDade
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:40 pm · Link

    I have never been to NYC. There are so many things to do I would been up at dawn trying to see everything, Central Park, 5th Avenue, Times Square, Ground Zero, Empire State building, Statue of Liberty. I am sure I would drive whomever was with me crazy….LOL. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to live there!

  58. Adrienne
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:43 pm · Link

    I would sneak out to eat!!! I love love love trying lil hole in the wall places…or places I see on TV travel food channels! Lol

  59. PhyllisC
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I’ve never been to NYC, so I would want to see everything! LOL But I would especially want to see Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park.

  60. Diana Gould
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I was in NYC with the boy scouts oct 2009 – what an amazing trip. i would sneak out to see the old churches – Trinity church for one or ground zero.

  61. Adelaide Hsu
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:47 pm · Link

    Love NYC! I would love to visit Liberty Island again and go to the crown, walk down wall street and ground zero. Then I’d take in the sights and sounds of Times Square, possibly head up to the top of the Empire State Building, Stop by Rockefeller Center take the Food Network Tour and grab a snack at Chelsea Market and have dinner at Peter Lugers steak house…yum! And somewhere in between head to Tiffany’s on 5th and grab a souvenir (or dream of one) =)

  62. marLou
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Looks like you had a grand ole time in NYC. I’ve never been there but I would like to go see Coney Island, go to the Letterman show, get soup from the Soup Nazi from the Seinfeld show, go to Magnolia Bakery for some overpriced cupcakes, a buggy ride around Central Park, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Is it possible to do all that in just a few hours and not be missed in the conference? LOL!

  63. Sharon Rogers
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:49 pm · Link

    Ground zero and Statue of Liberty… Ellis Island… so many things and so little time….

  64. Janet Gilley
    July 8th, 2011 at 6:53 pm · Link

    I would have to say the WTC and the Statue of Liberty. My brother is in the USCG and patrols the Hudson River. He sends me photos of the WTC weekly so I can see its progress from his vantage point on his ship. I get goosebumps seeing its progress.

  65. Marianna Clark
    July 8th, 2011 at 7:02 pm · Link

    What great pictures! I’ll be in NYC in a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to see the new Trade Center! Thanks for sharing!

  66. SuzyQ
    July 8th, 2011 at 7:05 pm · Link

    I’ve been to NYC many times, but if I’d never been I’d see the following: Times Square, museums, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Ground Zero. If any time left over, I’d try and catch a show.

  67. emily
    July 8th, 2011 at 7:16 pm · Link

    Still haven’t made it to MoMA, I’d probably go check it out.

  68. Edea Baldwin
    July 8th, 2011 at 7:31 pm · Link

    I would sneak out to see Central Park. I’ve always wanted to stroll around and see all the beautiful sights. My second choice would be a Broadway play, preferably somethimg classic.

  69. kelly
    July 8th, 2011 at 7:45 pm · Link

    I would have to go see The Statue of Liberty and a Broadway show

  70. Kathy Nye
    July 8th, 2011 at 7:50 pm · Link

    I would love to go to a RWA Conference someday but I would sneak out for a Broadway play. I hear they are amazing.

  71. Lena Wells
    July 8th, 2011 at 7:51 pm · Link

    I would sneak out to see as much of the city as I could. I’d go to the Statue of Liberty 1st since the lines get long fast. Then Ground Zero, The Bull, Time Square, Central Park and Museums.

    I love the pictures you took. It looks like it was a fun trip.

  72. kym
    July 8th, 2011 at 7:53 pm · Link

    I would sneak out of the confrence to see…the LIBRARY !! πŸ™‚ sorry Im really a book nerd, and would love to see it !

    I love NCY, use to go once a year with a friend on a bus tour ( I live 3 hours away)

    I love the photos , thanks for sharing with all of us that didnt get to attend !


  73. Denise
    July 8th, 2011 at 8:10 pm · Link

    I have been to NYC a few times and seen some of the major sites; so, I think this time I would love to sneak out to Times Square. It would be great to check out the businesses and crazy signs and then do some people watching, too.

  74. Sabrina
    July 8th, 2011 at 8:28 pm · Link

    I have not been to NYC, but I would love to see a Broadway play and go to the Empire State Building. Going to the Empire State Building reminds me of A Day to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle so I would definitely have to go there.

  75. Aemelia
    July 8th, 2011 at 8:43 pm · Link

    If I ever have the chance to visit NYC I’d have to go to see the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero…then I’d be off to Broadway.

  76. Amy Conley
    July 8th, 2011 at 9:00 pm · Link

    I followed you on twitter and posted about the giveaway, although it takes away from my own chances to win! LOL OK if I were in NYC for ANY reason and had a chance to go one place, kinda sneaky like it would be ELLIS ISLAND! 2 sets of great-grandparents came to the USA through Ellis Island and one of these days I WILL sneak away, all alone and spend as much time as I possibly can there.

  77. Patsi K
    July 8th, 2011 at 9:16 pm · Link

    We go to NYC one every four years but I have never been to Central PArk. I would spend a day or two just going threw the cities largest and famous park.

  78. Kristen S.
    July 8th, 2011 at 9:25 pm · Link

    I would sneak out to check out the Museum of Television and Radio to watch old episodes of my favorite shows and to Rice for Riches for amazing flavors of rice pudding!

  79. Bridgett O.
    July 8th, 2011 at 9:28 pm · Link

    I’ve never been to New York but I would sneak out to see a Broadway show. Seems like it would be so fun!

  80. Peggy Cawelti
    July 8th, 2011 at 10:02 pm · Link

    I would sneak away and do what I always do when I visit a city and that is go to bookstores. The first thing I do when I check in is lookup bookstores in the telephone book. If I was going back to NYC I would go to the New York Public Library, Broadway, and Ellis Island(second passion to reading: genealogy) to take a picture of my grandmother’s name on the wall.

  81. Stella Abrams
    July 8th, 2011 at 10:56 pm · Link

    Sister Act on Broadway! Statue of Liberty!!

  82. Julie
    July 8th, 2011 at 10:57 pm · Link

    I would sneak out to go see the Naked Cowboy

  83. Ora
    July 9th, 2011 at 4:41 am · Link

    I would love to see the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero and also go out to Ellis Island. My grandmother was a child when she came to the U.S. I would love to see if I could find her name.
    Also I would love to go see a few plays, not necessarily just Broadway.

  84. Erin Shannon
    July 9th, 2011 at 4:52 am · Link

    I have been to NY several times, but I have never made it to a baseball game. I am not picky; I would love to see the Mets or Yankees!

  85. Andrea Plotkin
    July 9th, 2011 at 6:16 am · Link

    I would sneak out to go to the Metropolitan Museum. I have been to NYC twice but have never been. It’s on my list for next time.

  86. Margaret Murray-Evans
    July 9th, 2011 at 10:19 am · Link

    Hungarian Pastry Shop,every museum, mounument &
    landmark in NYC, another trip to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. GEEZ..is there ever enough time when you visit NYC.

  87. Louisa
    August 26th, 2011 at 9:22 am · Link

    I want to go to New York so much! It is in my top 5 list of places to vistit. Thanks for the photos, that beast boat trip looks like a lot of fun – will try to remember that for my trip. Your view from the hotel is crazy!

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