A Tour of New York City: Sean’s Highlights from The Big Apple
From the bright lights of Times Square to the tranquility of a quiet moment spent in Central Park, New York City is pulsing with an energy unlike any other. The city is a lively and eclectic mix of restaurants, stores, and attractions squeezed into every block and borough. A global center for all things entertainment, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to journey through The Big Apple while in town for Inman Connect 2018.
A mass of big, bright, unforgettable neon lights, Times Square is filled with life, from the Broadway marquees and larger than life billboards to live music and visits with costumed characters. Pedestrian-only zones made it easy to stop and take in the sights (and a selfie or two), and its easy to see why the area has been dubbed a “must-see” for travelers.
Built in 1902, the Flatiron Building was one of the tallest of its time, standing at 300 feet tall and visible from as far as Central Park. Given its size and triangular shape, many New York residents worried it may topple over, breaking crowds around Madison Square Garden like waves in an ocean. Today, it is far from the tallest, but remains a fun landmark and one of the most photographed buildings in the city.
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is another one of the city’s most publicized and popular attractions. Stepping through the front doors and into the magnificently restored lobby, marked by art décor murals on the ceiling, and soaring up to the Observatory located on the 102nd floor proved an excellent way to experience the city’s splendor.
Residents and visitors alike flock to Central Park, the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and engage in a leisurely, scenic stroll. My favorite area of the park was “Strawberry Fields,” a 2.5 acre area featuring flowers, rocks, and tall elm trees, which serve as an homage to the late John Lennon.
Far more than a transportation hub, Grand Central Terminal offers shops and dining experiences, and serves as a cultural destination within the city. I enjoyed watching busy commuters catch the train, while stopping into the European style marketplace for a few and taking a tour to learn about Grand Central’s architecture and rich history.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the CBS building and catch up with my client Nate Burleson, a former Seattle Seahawk. At the headquarters, we got to tour the locations of many of the nation’s most popular primetime, classic, late night, and daytime TV shows, and were invited to watch Burleson as he appeared on Good Morning Football.
No trip anywhere in the world can be made complete without a visit to the local Sotheby’s International Realty office! In New York City, that meant stopping into the downtown Manhattan office to meet with other brokers and discuss market fundamentals, notable properties, and more. Brian Hopper and I met with top brokers representing some of the finest flats, estates, and high-rises in the city, including Park 432, the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.
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