NYC: There’s no such thing as a business trip.
June 6, 2013 § 1 Comment
I’d say it’s high time that I wrote about all the FUN things I did while I was in New York for Surtex. Not that Surtex isn’t fun, it’s just not the only thing in New York 🙂
I arrived on Wednesday, which gave me a full day on Thursday to hang out before set-up started on Friday. This was a really, really good choice. It helped distract me from the pre trade show stress and indulge my wanderlust a bit. I stayed at Jazz on the Park Hostel at 106th & Central Park West. A 2-woman dorm room ran me about $50 a night, which is a steal compared to the fancy hotels in midtown a lot of Surtex attendees stay at. I took ZERO taxis the whole trip and made good use of the subway, which took me about 35 minutes to get to the Javits Center on show days. I had a roommate every night, but they were all great.
Enough logistics! I had an awesome time in the city. My hostel was super close to Central Park, one of my all-time dream running destinations. I ran there three times during the trip and loved it. On Thursday I walked around lower Manhattan and Chinatown, saw the new 9/11 memorial (from the outside), and met up with my friends Kush and Rehaan to see the one and only Bluth banana stand in Times Square. We also hit up the High Line, a new favorite spot for me!
Friday was set up day…but luckily I also had Saturday, because about halfway through setting up my booth I got a call from another good friend, Tess, who had free tickets to the Great Googa Mooga festival in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. We saw The Flaming Lips and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and dined at the amazing food vendors. They had a huge selection of gourmet food stands…and even a whole section for bacon and pork called ‘Hammageddon.’ Saturday was more stressful, completing my set up and rushing around town trying to find a tablecloth. I did make time for the 9th avenue international food festival. Street food was a theme for this trip. Street food is a theme for every trip!
After the show closed on Tuesday, I spent Wednesday exploring Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Kush and walked over the Brooklyn Bridge.
In conclusion: I love, love New York. I love the random musicians in the subway, the variety of food, the very authentic Koreatown, and I LOVE Central Park. Can’t wait to go back!