Mark and I love going to the city. Also known as the center of the Universe! I was born in Connecticut, and Mark lived in Manhattan for 4 years while he was an investment banker, prior to medical school. NYC is home away from home to us. Our favorite place to stay is The Lowell Hotel. We like it because it is more like a Manhattan apartment than a hotel.
We ride the subway, and I love it: Great people watching, cheap and efficient. I always have my headphones with me which is a great defense mechanism against any crazy people who may try to get your attention (and it makes you look like less of a tourist).
Wear it in front of your body so that it is always in your visual field
Make sure it is zipped closed, and Always be aware of your surroundings. I always hold on to my bag with one had when in large crowds to feel more secure.
When traveling overseas, lock your passport(s) in the safe immediately upon checking into your hotel. Make sure you also take a picture of your passport as well as your kids' passports, and email these photos to yourself. Place them in a “travel” folder in your email so that they are easily accessible.
Also, email yourself all of your frequent flyer numbers for all airlines and your trusted traveler numbers and place them in your travel folder.
The Lowell Hotel Lobby
Columbus Circle during the Holidays
Oysters at Marea
Manhattan is a foodies dream!! I love going to the high-end places as well as the hole in wall joints. Mark likes to stick to the high end places, but I usually drag him down to chinatown to grab some soup dumplings :)
Marea: is one of my favorite places to have seafood in NYC. It is fresh and light. The langoustines are to die for.