Well New York City really has it all.
That is a line from Sheena is a Punk Rocker by the Ramones. I found myself listening to the Ramones in my car today on a bay drive to Santa Cruz. They are a great sing along band. Second verse is generally the same as the first so pretty easy to pick up the lyrics. I saw them play in Santa Cruz in 1978 and their energy made me a punk rocker.
I saw New York as a fun city for a tourist last week.
Times Square looks like a street party on a Thursday night Sep 6, 2012.
There is actually a Ferris wheel in Toys R Us at Times Square.
NYPD goes neon on Times Square.
The Paramount Building (built 1926-27) in background is located at 1501 Broadway Times Square. This was built as the headquarters of Paramount Pictures and when it opened was the tallest building in Times Square. Today it ranks about #360 in skyscraper height for NYC. Hard Rock Café is located in the corner of the Paramount Building.
The four clocks on the faces of the pyramidal structure are a striking feature of the Paramount Building. I could see two of the clocks from my room at the Westin New York Times Square.
View of Paramount Building clocks from Westin New York at Times Square.
One great feature of Times Square is a large pedestrian zone.
Showtime at Times Square.
The USS Maine Memorial at Columbus Circle means walking a gauntlet of Central Park bike buggie pitches.
The sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor spurred the Spanish-American War in 1898. Somehow I think that war contributed to my grandfather coming to the USA from the Philippines two decades later.
JW Marriott Essex House seen from Victorian Gardens Amusement Park, Central Park.
Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 on 8th Avenue, New York
New York seemed to have its share of microbreweries.
My eye spies Heartland Brewery from Union Square. Located in the shortest building on the block.
Starwood’s W Union Square is on the opposite side of Union Square from the brewery.
W Union Square, New York.
New York has it all. Old and new and wooden water towers too.
West Village “Just kicking down the cobblestones” – Paul Simon.
“Come on up for the rising” – Bruce Springsteen
“When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose” – Bob Dylan
Dylan played his first gig in New York City January 24, 1961 at Café Wha? on MacDougal Street.
MacDougal Street, West Village
“You can sleep when your dead #DontGoHome”, MacDougal Street
Hot summer in fun New York. Washington Square on a 90 degree Friday afternoon in September.
Disclosure: My flight to New York and stay at the Westin Times Square last week was free as part of 2012 SPG Amex US Open experience. I also will be staying free at W Union Square for SPG Amex Fashion Week experience. I snapped these photos on the trip last week.
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Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.