I would imagine my soundtrack for the past week to be "Empire State of Mind" since I was in New York (ultimate basic bro lol) but it's more like "The time of my life". Can't say enough how happy I am to be in New York City.
New York has always been at the top of my bucket list. It's one of those places that I grew up with because of heavy influence from the TV, radio, and of course, NBA. Being in New York is like walking directly into my TV and straight into the scenes from the movies and magazines, in a foreign yet strangely familiar kinda way.
When it comes to travel, I've always believed in the 'eat and breathe local' experience, but for New York, I am actually quite embarrassed to say that I've been SUPER touristy.
I've visited places like the Empire State building, Top of the Rock, Central Park, Times Square, Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, Madison Square Garden etc and I love them all!
See what I mean about being a typical tourist? My wife back home actually suspected that I took these photos off Google images. LOL.
I mean besides the wife, I also gotten a few texts as well asking me how long am I in NYC for exactly. Truth is, I'm actually here for work but in between meetings, we managed to sneak around the hood to snap some shots... I even got a new tattoo! #WorkHardPlayHard
Truth is, New York City is actually really very easy to navigate around. Their city planning is so good. The Street and Aves are extremely organized and you just have to get a hotel which is well located and all these places will literally be in your neighborhood.
Like the NBA store on 5th Avenue. Guess whose life is complete now?
For the curious minds, I actually stayed at Archer Hotel located at 38th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. And yes, all the major tourist spots I mentioned earlier are all within walking distance. No need for Uber and/or the Subway!
Love their complimentary bedroom slippers! Not only is it pretty but it also fits! Yeah, my feet are usually too big for standard slippers from hotels in other parts of the world. (*cough, and you know what they say about guys with big feet... cough..)
And if you are wondering how near I was really to the Empire State building, it's just 5 minutes away and this is the view from my window:
That tall building to the left? Yup, that's the Empire State.
Besides the really good location, the place is really well-furnished and their bed is incredibly comfy. I have been travelling quite a fair bit lately so I can tell you their 5-star bedding is really one of the best around.
The hotel also houses the David Burke fabrick restaurant which serves what is probably the BEST bacon in the world.
No, I'm not kidding. Just look.
This restaurant is usually packed from what I've observed. Most of the diners are non-hotel guests who come here for the great food... and the very photogenic Foyer bar.
With a location so near to Times Square and 5th ave, it's no surprise I did a lot of shopping, like seriously a lot. And you know with all these shopping bags all over the place, we'd actually left some stuff behind but their chef concierge, Anthony, promptly arranged to send it to us by Fedex almost immediately without any charges. How's that for excellent service?!
Address: 45 West 38th St, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 719-4100