New York City in the Fall

It has been almost 4 1/2 years since I last visited NYC in the blizzard winter and it is hard to believe how much time has passed since the COVID pandemic disrupted everyone’s travel timelines. Let’s talk about the latest experience!

In the Seattle airport, maybe only 1% of the people wear masks any more which is disappointing. We will see if that changes when the next wave hits us.

The number of people on the subway wearing masks in NYC was maybe 5 percent. I could not determine on any statistics based on demographics on who was masked versus not.

On the airplane, maybe 10-15% of the passengers wore masks which was comforting (slightly).

I do admit it was nice to get a warm meal again on the flight and not just “snacks”. The improved seating was much more comfortable and less confining that previous configurations.

The traffic is just as brutal as before and it takes a full hour to get from JFK airport to Manhattan even at 9 o’clock at night. Times Square never sleeps.

As mentioned above, it has been a long time since I have been to NYC and I must admit the vibe and vitality stand out. It was cool to see how the hotel welcomed me back with a gift and a card as soon as I arrived, I must admit this is how programs like the Marriott Bonvoy frequent traveler program build long term loyalty…

It has been many years, but Times Square is still the shopping Mecca for tourists

Even many people come to NYC to visit this one specific store.

The Swatch store has a rare watch that many people are looking for around the world. As a watch aficionado which I have posted in the past, I could not resist!

I have to admit, one of the challenges in NYC is choosing where to get various meals. There are so many choices – maybe even a dozen different choices on the same block/street!

I even got a chance to check out the University Club and have a cocktail in this great historical and relaxing venue. Seems very similar to the Rainer Club in Seattle.

Tip: NYC Dunkin Donuts has the best coffee, not Starbucks!

Of course I went running (as always) since Central Park has the best running club(s)!

I just recommend you leave your hotel around 6:00 AM so you do not have to deal with traffic slights, traffic, and people filling up the sidewalks.

I have done this route before, but it always has great scenery and sports atmosphere in the mornings.

It is hard sometimes to not stop and take some photos with your Windows 8 phone that you also use for music and picture taking on your runs.

For some reason, there were a lot of police and people talking pictures on this side of the park, but I am not sure why…

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