Pretending to be a New York City Local

We live in a big city.  So visiting another big city isn’t that big of a deal.   

And I figured there is no way we would be identified as tourists.  For starters, we can walk at a normal pace without “touristing” the walkers behind us every time we see something remotely interesting.  And we don’t gawk at moving billboards, glass buildings and giant rats … alright, that’s a lie.  We do gawk at giant rats.  In fact, we even take pictures with them. 

But we should blend right in with the locals … haha.  Really funny, right? …  The best laid plans.  For starters, I don’t think we saw any locals.  Except those that work at the hotel and other tourist traps.  And they don’t count, because they are paid to like tourists. 

And then there is the fact that we only went to tourist traps.  Like Battery Park.  We wanted to see the Statue of Liberty (from a distance, anyway).

The giant bull. 

As well as the NYSE on Wall Street. 

I figured that the financial district would be laid out a lot like the financial district in Chicago.  Straight, organized streets.  Nope.  All of the streets curve and meander and it’s hard to keep your bearings.  I have a new appreciation for the difficulty the survivors had escaping after 9/11. 

Then we tackled Times Square.

This was poor planning on our part.  Times Square is horrible!  You can’t move in any direction.  Much less actually try to cross the street.  And all the shows we wanted to see were on the opposite side of broadway.  So we had to cross it several times! 

We saw Spiderman and Memphis.  Spiderman was awesome.  The play itself stinks but the special aerial effects were awesome.  There were several scenes where Spiderman flew over the heads of the audience. 

 also liked Memphis.  The music was great.  Although I had a hard time buying the shift in the stars character but that’s just me being overly critical. 

I would recommend that you see either show.  The only other show I kinda wanted to see was One Man, Two Guvnors.  Maybe next time.

So overall, we had a great time.  We stayed at the Four Seasons, enjoyed a room upgrade, ate at a great french bistro (DB) as well as a burger joint (Bill’s Burgers) that had a grown up oatmeal cookie milkshake with alcohol and had a quick drink at the Westin in Time Square (because after a while, all of the people get to you and you seek out the quietest place you can find). 

One thing I learned:  New York is a great place to visit.  But I’m glad to be home.  I ❤ Chicago.

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