HAPPY BIRTHDAY Seoyoung! Always one or two staffers whose birthday occurs on our NYC trip! We managed a small pedicure kit, a huge card and a Shake Shack shirt for her bday and lots of birthday wishes!
You’d think the first day getting up – Difficult, impossible, no way, right? Wrong. Despite an early start (leaving the hostel at 8:55AM) – no the staff was ready to roll! We headed out of Jazz on the Park Hostel, and bam! Into the streets (NOT A GOOD DAY cold rain and resmebling typical New York weather compared to the summer day we arrived in!)
We hit the direction of NPR to visit Mr. Robert Smith, Planet Money announcer. Whoa. Finding the building, across from the New York Public Library – not so easy – yet – there we were after an office request, and calling Mr Smith, we made it after passing security and heading to the 19th floor of New York’s NPR office.
AMAZING visit into the life of radio, podcasts, careers that lead to being a member of NPR and journalism (and not necessarily a jounralism experience career needed), the ins and outs of editing our podcasts (NINA and Sam does this for us for us!) The live talks for articles, live editing, and into the recording studio, talking cultures, radio, trends, the future, and so much more – we were made to be the absolute guests, we saw amazing
views and learned NYC history, and this was a PLUS!
- Out into the rain and into the NYC Public Library – and whoa. WHOA. A small city in itself and exhibits, and add to that the amazing setup of books displays, and more – LOVED. Out into our next search for – The SHAKE Shack Never been and whoa, I mean WHOA. We stood in line and it was PACKED – but, this lasted 5 minutes and from THREE, count ’em, THREE shakes, and one amazing set of fries and the ‘Shroom burger, yes, one of the best stops in NYC, thank you Ms. Sordo!
The day – crappy crappy weather but it looked like a break was on the horizon as we emerged with full stomachs and headed to the new Ground Zero transit center and 911 Memorial. The sky ripped opened and we were drenched – to the bone, yet the views of the new transit center and the memorial – chilling just like the weather and hard to forget. We headed out of the rain again back from the memorial, to the metro, to Grand Central Station. Always amazing and classic.
We shopped in different directions, met again, headed back to Times Square, took the S Shuttle metro (Thansk VAL!) to Grand Central, and a metro train that has bright colors that screamed MEXICO! arriving we found out a second show was doable, Chicago it was for Friday for a discount price! Add to this the chance to see the area despite the bad weather, and we were off again – to the hostel. We headed back and reviewed some early prep for the workshops as CSPA, and voila – things began to build to see what an effect we would have on people (fingers crossed!)
We regrouped, and yes, Nuroyician Cafe we came. Let me say this, the walk no matter the metro you grab, seemed forever, however, the F train going back is the way to go. Going there seemed like a Marines test, and yet, we finally did it – with 5 minutes to spare. What a night. You never know what to expect, but yes, the MC, the countless acts, ( yes the performer with the diaper last year? This year, the 76 year old performer had pink hotpants – no comment ( – Individuals from France, Italy, of course Mexico, Puerto Rico – WHAT A CRAZY night. Midnight, stomachs rolling, we hit Times Square, close to the Shake Shack, grabbed pizza, some bad Mac & Cheese on the corner of 42nd – and some stumbled back onto the metro back, but we made it. CRASHING knowing, each day was filled to the max- despite a horrible weather day, we made sure NYC was capitalized on, and capitaized on it was. 🙂
Pictures to come and you will love will occur soon!