I just spent the last few days in NYC and each time I go back to visit I am reminded just how awesome this city is. Yes there are plenty of things about NYC that can frustrate and annoy. It can be loud, dirty and too rushed but it can also be quiet, beautiful and easy going. That’s the thing about NYC, it is a lot of yin and yang. I love the energy that NYC has. I feel that the city has a heart beat, a vibration that hums underneath everything. You can just feel it coursing through the network of subway tunnels, streets, alleys, buildings and people.
I arrived Monday evening at Penn Station and made my way over to 29th and Madison where my hotel was located. I usually do not take a taxi across town when I make this trip. I find after sitting on a train for 3 1/2 hours I appreciate the 15-20 minute walk through the hustle and bustle. It gives me an opportunity to stretch my legs and breathe in the good old NYC flavor. Usually, when I travel for work my company books me in the Park South on 28th and Lexignton but this time I was in the King & Grove. The confirmation email listed the address as 29th E. 29th Street. I arrived at that address only to find a padlocked door, scaffolding and windows that have grates pulled over them.
I had a brief moment of panic until I saw another door that had a dark black plastic film coating the glass so you could not see in. I held by breath and hoped I’d find a bustling hotel/front desk awaiting me. Much to my chagrin I found neither. Instead I found a long dark hallway without any signs or indication I was in the right place. I called out, “Hello?” and as my voice echoed off the tile floor my panic heightened.
I made my way down the hall to the other end and found another door also unlocked. OK so at least I could continue moving forward. This was progress! I was almost starting to feel better until I opened that door and walked into a huge room of nothing. It was very dark, there was not a person to be seen or heard and everything was draped over for construction.
At least at this point I was inside. I wouldn’t have to sleep on the street or call up a friend last minute hoping they were home and I could crash on their couch! I walked through the empty “lobby” meandering through the dark black curtains hoping I would run into someone, anyone! But alas, not a soul to be seen. Once through the curtains and past the elevator banks I found another set of doors. This time, thankfully, on the other side as I walked through I found some semblance of life. It was bright and there was a front desk! Relief washed over me as I walked up to check in. I said to the guy that I thought I almost didn’t have a hotel room for the night. He said, “Oh no you do, we are just under construction so you have to enter on the 30th street side”. I just wish that my email confirmation from the hotel had a note about this or that at least on the sidewalk on the 29th street entrance was a large easily visible sign that said COME AROUND!