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Gilt at the New York Palace Hotel

#8 and #9 of my retrospective to do list

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New York – Day 4

1. Wake up early and grab oatmeal and hashbrowns on way to subway.
2. Go to Bryant Park and learn there’s an hour wait for next ferry to Ellis Island.
3. Stand in the line in the sun and sweat. A lot.
4. Board ferry, take in views of Manhattan and Lady Liberty.
5. Speed through the Ellis Island Museum. Feel saddened recalling anti-immigrant rhetoric.
6. Walk to the Freedom Tower. Endure more humidity and heat. Sweat some more in lines.
7. Decide it’s less stressful doing business in NYC than being a tourist in NYC.
8. Visit the 9/11 Memorial.
9. Take cab back to Soho. Find fantastic thin crust pizza place–without Internet research.
10. Eat delicious red onion, sausage, basil pizza. Decide this and falafels were fave meals.
11. Take cab to EWR, remember how pricey it is. Rack up Foursquare points and fly home.

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New York – Day 3

1. Sleep-in and walk to Jane Restaurant in Greenwich Village for amazing brunch.
3. Drink complimentary cocktails and eat biscuits and lobster eggs benedict.
4. Walk through Chelsea and Meatpacking District. Enjoy the relative quiet.
5. Visit Highline Park. Decide it’s worth the hype. Admire creative reuse of space.
6. Buy refreshing ice cream sandwich made of ginger cookies and green tea ice cream.
7. Catch cab to 30 Rock. Accept that it beats the smelly subway.
8. Take elevator to top with swarms of international tourists. Take in the view in stifling heat.
9. Miss last ferry to Ellis Island, decide to explore Midtown instead.
10. Buy new flats and gold rings at BCBG Max Azria. Pick up a new dress. Visit Grand Central.
11. Meet Brie on a crossstreet and experience anlaysis paralysis on Yelp.
12. Find an Italian restaurant with lots of of candlelight, awkward waiters, and excellent pasta.
13. Walk through West Village, realize proximity of Brie’s apartment to our hotel.
14. Order drinks at hotel bar, sit outside, and hear about Brie’s new life in Manhattan.

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New York – Day 2

1. Depart the mansion with Jen, Mark & Shar and drive to Queens for dim sum.
2. Eat really good shrimp balls in shark fin soup, chicken sticky rice, and dumplings.
3. Walk around and find neat Chinese bakery and tea shop (black sesame milk tea, please!).
4. Drive Jen to LGA and sit in mandatory traffic jam on the way into Manhattan.
5. Spy the New York City skyline in the distance and become nostalgic.
6. Drop off rental car and hit the streets, lose wheel on baggage, rest back the hotel.
7. Begin hour long fiasco trying to get to Central Midtown during a rainstorm via foot/subway.
8. Meet Ryan at Gilt restaurant convinced we lost our reservation. Get seated anyway.
9. Pick best entree: bouchot mussels with uni, green garlic dry ice cream, and edible shells.
10. Walk around Times Square. Endure humidity and swarms of tourists before subway.
11. Meet DC friends Zoe, Aimee, Angie & Carl at Park Bar in Union Square. Stay awhile.
12. Take photos, point at sailors, bar hop, and get free drinks from a Foursquare special.
13. Take lovely walk in now not so humid and comfortably warm night.
14. Find reputed best falafel shop in city and eat said falafels outside. Pay $2.50.
15. Feel happy to see everyone, walk back to our hotel, and get in bed by 3am.

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New York – Day 1

I really enjoyed Jenn’s Retroactive To Do List, so I started to make my own while in New York last weekend. I tend to over-complicate the writing process and thought I’d give this a shot instead. Hope that’s cool, Jenn!

1. Sleep in until 11am, wake up in a mansion in Long Island.
2. Have lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant with Ryan, Shar and Mark. Order too much food.
3. Meet up with Jenilynn back at the mansion. Admire her nice bridesmaid hairdo.
4. Rent bikes and ride to the coast with Ryan and Mark. Feel the ocean breeze on our faces.
5. Bike back uphill, return to the mansion, and jump into pool outside our room.
6. Drive back into town and try out a local bakery. Get ready for big night.
7. Attend Cindy and Ken’s ceremony, get blown away by bride’s beauty, witness vows. Love.
8. Partake in a cocktail hour + buffet, including a pasta station, prime rib, and a roasted pig.
9. Discover there are 3 rooms of food, waiters handing out hors d’oeuvres, AND an open bar.
10. Feel like we’re in the Capitol of Panem.
11. Take part in greatest bridal party intro: dancing, stunner shades, and LED tambourines.
12. Celebrate with friends. Dance with Ryan. Eat three course (second) dinner.
13. Dance s’more. Visit the dessert bar one too many times. Chat with Jenilynn.
14. Hang in the billiards room, see the newly weds, return to our room at the mansion at 2am.
15. Agree with everyone to use phrase “at the mansion” whenever possible.

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Client Summit in NYC

Last week I was in NYC for Avenue A | Razofish’s annual client summit, as recorded by the recent moblog posts you’ve seen here. This year was the biggest yet with about 1,000 attendees. It was also a pretty action-packed schedule.