It's no secret that I love Long Island. But for fun, excitement, and lots of good Energy, you'll find me in New York City. A few of my favorites: Central Park, Soho with it's trendy Art Galleries, The Village, Times Square (with the not to be missed famous "Naked Cowboy.") I make the trek to Magnolia's quite often and the very BEST tour I have ever taken was a behind the scenes tour of Lincoln Center. If you hit it right (and we did), you get to see them practicing for an upcoming opera. Or a ballerina praticing the same step over and over again until she gets it right. The artwork there amazes me as well.
There truly is no place like it.
I'm not the only one that thinks so. According to the NYDailyNews.com, here's a list of the BEST of New York City:
Reader's Digest set out to find 100 American "bests" for its May issue - and ended up with nine of them right here in the five boroughs. "The treasures of New York bubble to the top," explained Maureen Mackey, senior staff editor.
Here they are:
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: Mayor Mike got Reader's Digest's nod as "Best Mayor on a Mission" for pushing to make 8 million New Yorkers healthier with his smoking ban, drive to get better milk and vegetables in bodegas and anti-trans fats campaign.
WESLEY AUTREY: The good-hearted hero leaped onto a Harlem subway track in January to save a stranger's life as a train roared over them.
STEPHON MARBURY: The Coney Island native designed his $15 "Starbury One"
sneakers so poor kids could shoot hoops in style without bankrupting their parents.
JOAN DIDION: The Manhattan writer was tagged "Best Second Act" for turning the pain of losing her husband into the critically acclaimed "The Year of Magical Thinking."
DIANE SAWYER: The upper West Sider earned accolades for international reporting, racking up hard-news "gets" while rising at 4 a.m. to host "Good Morning America."
MAGNOLIA BAKERY: The cupcake mecca of Bleecker St. gets honored for the confections that still regularly draw lines around the block.
METROPOLITAN OPERA: "Best encore"? The Met, of course. But Reader's Digest honors the high-class institution for reaching out to the millions with live Web streams and high-def theater broadcasts - which kicked off with "Madame Butterfly" shown on a jumbo screen in Times Square.
LIFETIME: The Chelsea-based women's cable network is cited for its warm and cozy office that sounds far better than a New York apartment, with "feng shui-inspired open spaces, 10-foot-high windows, private meditation areas, cedar-roofed editing bays and even places to nap."
TENDER BUTTONS: The tiny upper East Side shop has been a treasure for almost four decades for costume designers and button collectors.
Source: New York Daily News.com
A typical Sunday in Central Park, New York.
Central Park's Husky