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New York City, the center of the universe

Katz's Deli, at 125 years old, is still turning out huge sandwhiches and is a must stop for politicians and tourists in New York.  The famous "orgasm" scene from "When Harry Met Sally" was filed here and a marker on the ceiling.
Katz's Deli, at 125 years old, is still turning out huge sandwhiches and is a must stop for politicians and tourists in New York. The famous "orgasm" scene from "When Harry Met Sally" was filed here and a marker on the ceiling.
Photo by Bob Nesoff

By Bob & Sandy Nesoff

New York City, the Big Apple, the center of the earth…

No matter what you call it, New York City is arguably the most exciting city in the world. That is not to take anything away from London, Paris or Dublin, for example. But as wonderful as these locales are, they barely touch New York.

London has a wonderful theater presence in its West End district with productions that are world class. But what could ever compare to Broadway? While some may dream of appearing in the West End, there is hardly an actor who does not covet the Broadway experience. Once an actor has appeared there, the doors to the theater world will open.

There are arguably more restaurants with diverse menus on Manhattan Island than the rest of the world combined. London has come a long way in the culinary world and Paris has always been known for…well, for French food. Manhattan covers all of that in less than a block.

Museums here offer the best of the art world (Museum of Modern Art), ethnic (the Jewish Museum, Museo del Barrio, Asia Society), a wide range of world history (American Museum of Natural History) with opportunities in all five boroughs and close to 100 museums.

Take a walk down Broadway through Times Square and stop to watch the world go by. Visit Radio City Music Hall for the famed Rockettes precision dance troupe or stop at Columbus Avenue and 66th Street to watch New York’s top television news broadcast in operation.

Out-of-towners make up by far the most spectators watching the early morning broadcasts of such shows as Good Morning America. The cast will frequently come out during the broadcast and involve some of the spectators to join in. There are even those who brave wind, rain, snow and freezing temperatures for their chance to get on camera, if only for a brief second.

Not too far away of Rockefeller Center and its ice rink across from NBC studios. Rent a pair of skates and take in a session.

The South Street Seaport is a popular destination with its old ships and nautical history. But also take in the surrounding buildings with boutiques and small eateries. You are best taking the subway here rather than trying to find parking; it’s difficult and expensive.

Also on the West Side is the United Nations, the center of the world’s attempt to have a peaceful world. Delegates, many in the colorful dress of their native lands, are frequently seen walking in the streets surrounding the UN. Go on in and take a tour of the building. The opportunity to see the meeting rooms of the General Assembly and Security Council are normally open to visitors.

The UN also offers exhibits on social issues of the time. Although some of them may be controversial and appear to be aimed at helping unpopular causes. The UN has had exhibits that many charge had an anti-Israel bias; there was an exhibit that Americans took great umbrage at when it showed the after affects of the bombing of Hiroshima without any detail of what led up to it.

Head on up north on the West Side and visit the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. This is arguably one of the more interesting destinations. The complex contains the prototype space shuttle Enterprise, named for the Star Trek starship; a decommissioned Concord SST, supersonic commercial jet, and the Growler submarine.

Don’t forget to visit Chinatown, Little Italy and the old Jewish section and Katz’s Deli, celebrating its 125 anniversary. Here you can get the best pastrami sandwich in the world. You can also see the table made famous in the Movie “When Harry Met Sally.” Located at 205 East Houston (pronounce it like a New Yorker and say “How-ston” Street, not like a Texan, calling it “Hewston.”).

New York can be expensive, but there are way and means to cut the cost. Heck out for free and discounted coupons to some 80 of the top attractions in New York.

Books to read while you travel

Coming out next month is a true thriller-chiller, “Red Triangle” that could make the people of San Francisco and visitors to the Bay Area think twice about going any where near the water…even by boat.

The novel, by accomplished novelist Jason Gehlert, is hair raising and has three monsters that make Jaws look like goldfish.

An earthquake off the California coast releases pre-historic monsters trapped for eons in a deep sea trench. The force of the Tsunami-like wave pushes them toward San Francisco where they begin to wreak havoc on the local population. Their appetite is insatiable and there seems to be no way to stop them. Boats aren’t safe; people within biting distance are food.

Gehlert is an expert in the genre with quite a number of books to his credit. If you are looking for something to read that’ll scare the bejesus out of you, check out “Red Triangle.” You might also look for some of his previous books, including Contagion, The Ferryman, and Ghost Prints.

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