New York City.

“If you are greedy for life, that’s what New York is all about. If you’re trying to get as much as you can every day, this city is the place to be.” – Pam Nelson

New York is always a good idea. Every time I see that skyline, I fall a little more in love with the city. This was my third visit – my first during the holidays.

In August there was an announcement that there would be Cirez D b2b Adam Beyer shows in LA and NYC in the fall. I waited at my computer, refreshing the page until the tickets went live. All four shows sold out in just minutes, but I scored tickets for myself and my friends. I was so ready, but I had to get through a few months, and we all know patience is not my strongest suit…

November 29 finally came. Finally. I met my friend at the airport and we were off.  We were out of Seattle before the sun rose, and in New York after the sun set.

I checked us in to our hotel (Courtyard Marriott on 5th – great property), and we went to the Empire State Building. It was so cold on the observation deck, but it was worth it for that view.

There’s something so gratifying about watching someone experience something amazing for the first time. I love New York, and I want everyone to experience and feel what I have in this city. I’d take all my other friends to NYC just to watch them take it all in.

This was my first visit to NYC during the holidays. Amazing. The city is even more enchanting, captivating, and magical than usual.

After a walk through Central Park, I had to get back to the room and take a nap. The show was 10pm-5am and there was no way I was going to last until 5. I can’t party like I used to 😝

Eric and Adam didn’t go on until 2, so we left for Brooklyn around midnight. The warehouse was in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and finding it was a bit of an adventure.

That venue was absolutely insane. They could not have chosen a better place for this set. I really don’t have any other words to describe that show except wow. I’ve been saying EPIC 3.0 at Madison Square Garden was the best set I’ve seen, probably because it was my first time seeing Eric Prydz AND my first time in NYC. This one might take the number one spot. It’s hard to describe the feeling and energy from that night – it’s kind of a “you had to be there” kind of thing. My best friends couldn’t make it to the show and I promised to send them as much of it as I could, so I have almost the entire set in my camera roll. It’s embarrassing how many times I’ve rewatched them and listened to the whole thing on SoundCloud. Absolutely incredible. That night got me so excited for my trip to London. That was another spontaneous ticket purchase that I just couldn’t miss. And now my best friends and I are going to Steelyard London to see my man, Eric.

I think I finally went to bed around 7am. Is this what the younger people do? Party literally all night and morning? I can’t keep up. So worth it though.

Saturday was the last full day in the city, and we started at the Rockefeller Center. If you’re going to spend money on an observation deck, Top of the Rock is the one.

We spent a short time at the Museum of Natural History and then later went to Brooklyn for a different point of view.

After the night with Eric Prydz and Adam Beyer, going out another night was too much. I really don’t know how y’all do that. We went to a movie in Times Square (The Possession of Hannah Grace. Stupid but creepy). We got out around 2am and it was raining pretty steadily. Walking through Times Square in the middle of the night (and in the rain!) is exhilarating. That’s when I got my “Holy crap I’m in New York” moment. I’m not a huge fan of Times Square and going anywhere near it is grounds for an anxiety attack. Too many people not knowing what they’re doing or where they’re going. But, I needed my friend to see it and experience it. 2am was a great time to go!

We were able to grab breakfast and cruise around the city for a bit before our flight left JFK. It was a lot packed into a short time. We definitely didn’t have enough time and I’m already eager to return, but I had fun. SO much fun. To be honest, I was nervous for this trip. I’m a firm believer that you won’t truly know a person until you travel with them. It can either go really well or really terribly, there’s not really any gray area. I can only speak for myself, but it was good. New York is always good.

I’ve been tossing around the idea of moving to New York for several years – I think since 2012. Now that I have a fresh start, there’s really nothing stopping me. I was listening to a podcast and a GM of a hotel in Manhattan was being interviewed. Something about it ignited something in me and now I think I know what I want. I want to live in New York and I want to work my way up in the hospitality industry in New York. It’s going to be a tough city to make anything of myself in hospitality, but I’ll be okay. I’ll scrub toilets just to get in the door of a good hotel if I have to. I’m going to seriously consider my options at the end of 2019/early 2020. *insert New York, New York lyrics here*

Who knows where I’ll end up next…

Until next time,

-H

Author: Heaven

24. Seattle-ish. Hotelier.

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