Live from New York

The view from The Terrace

Today I may have discovered my new favorite writing spot.

I’m writing this post on the 23rd floor of WestHouse Hotel in New York City on The Terrace, the hotel’s beautiful patio that overlooks the city. From here I can see down Broadway, and across West 54th street. The city itself is humming all around from this vantage point, but it also gives a little clarity into what’s around you from a kind of bird’s-eye-view.

It’s just a fantastic spot to soak up the city before I get started seeing the sights tomorrow.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been in Manhattan, but the plan was to come back finally as a little celebration ahead of my 40th birthday later this month. My wife, daughter and I arrived earlier today, went for a stroll through Central Park, but the real adventures start tomorrow when we pick up our CityPASS.

Our plans are going to be fairly relaxed this trip, but our goal is to head to Ellis Island, the Top of the Rock observatory, Central Park a few times and Central Park Zoo, plus the South Street Seaport area and anywhere else that jumps out at us.

All I know is that our departure day is going to sneak up on us and we’ll hate to leave in the end, so I’m going to soak up every moment that I can in this fantastic city. There are lots of world-class cities, but few of them can compare to New York.

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W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.