A New York Birthday Minute

I know it has been a minute since I blogged.   But I am back (yahoo or yippee).  Anywho enough of all this and let’s get started. I’ve been a busy bee for the last several months. I did Panama and then St Martin/Sint Maarten. I may go back and blog about those trips but it is all about my weekend in New York to celebrate my birthday (August 16th). Normally, I am somewhere internationally but then I had to be an adult. 😅

I’ve been to New York numerous times but I didn’t want to do the same thing or stay at the same place. Let me tell you Time Square can be overrated and crazy. So, I chose the Moxy Hotel in Chelsea which is a neighborhood of Manhattan that is above 14th Street, below 28th Street, & west of 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas).

Moxy Hotel

The Moxy  Hotel is part of the Marriott folio. The Moxy’s concept is a playful, affordable, and stylish hotel brand designed to give guests everything they want and nothing they don’t. With more than 60 experiential hotels open across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific, Moxy boldly breaks the rules of a conventional hotel stay – starting with check-in at the Bar.”  You know I had to get my points and maintain my status 😘. The hotel is on 28th and 6th walking distance from Moynihan Train Station, Empire State Building, Macy’s, and a mile from Time Square. The rooms are small but charming and full of character.

Oh, the best part is the Rooftop Lounge. You will get a breathtaking view of the Empire State Building, The Edge Observation Deck, and the Hudson River.

The cocktail menu is on point. I had the Liliac Jane. Ooh, la la!! Four drinks later, there were no Friday lights lol
I didn’t come to New York just to say in my room and drink cocktails. On this trip, the goal was to do something different – Summit One Vanderbilt, Edge Observation Deck, and a Broadway Show.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt


The first stop is SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, which is located on 42nd next to Grand Central Station. Sidebar….why did I confuse Penn Station with Grand Central? Completely different. Anywho, back to SUMMIT.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, which opened in October 2021, is the newest addition to the Manhattan observation decks and one of the main reasons to visit is for the view. SUMMIT takes the experience to a whole different level. Located on the top three floors of the tallest skyscrapers in Manhattan. It is an immersive, multi-sensory experience with art installations, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and of course…BIG views.

Here are the details:

  • Website:  https://summitov.com/tickets
  • Price:  Between $30 and $75 for adults
  • Location:  45 E 42nd St , Entrance located on the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal
  • Tips:  Bring your own sunglasses and they will give you booties for your feet

The next stop is the Edge.

Edge New York

Edge NYC at Hudson Yards is one of the newest additions to an ever-expanding repertoire of super-tall New York observation decks. The Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the western hemisphere sitting at a whopping 1,131 ft above ground in Manhattan


When standing on top of the unusually designed platform, Edge is an immaculate, modern, and classy sky deck with panoramic views over the NYC skyline. The outdoor sky deck encompasses a full 360 degrees complete with a champagne bar.

 

For those without a fear of heights, a small glass triangular bottomed section yields views directly down to the streets of Manhattan.



The Edge also offers the opportunity to City Climb. Climbers will scale the outside of this imposing glass skyscraper and then lean out for sweeping views of Manhattan as a one-of-a-kind aerial adventure experience. Of course, I signed up and was prepared but it was canceled due to lightning. 🌩 😕 But I look cute in my jumpsuit 😆

Information about the Edge

  • Website: https://www.edgenyc.com/
  • Location: Hudson Yards, 30 Hudson Yards
  • Price: $40 to $75
  • City Climb Price:   $185

Afterward, it was time to rest before the Broadway Show – Six the Musical

Six on Broadway

Six the Musical centers around the six wives of the infamous King Henry VIII. “Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived” historically summarizes their fate. This Broadway musical attempts to give them a voice where they narrate their stories through music. 

I saw it on Tik Tok and I was determined to see this musical as I was fascinated by Henry VIII when I was in high school. The play uses head-banging music along with humorous, upbeat lyrics, to capture the spirit of the 16th Century women with 21st Century perspectives. Six the Musical offers a unique and enthralling feminist take on six women who will forever stand out in history by tackling patriarchy, emotional abuse, and tyranny.

This birthday trip was out of the norm for me but then it was just perfect.   I enjoyed my weekend getaway and I did things my way which is always the best way.  Different is always good.  I hope you enjoyed reading my mini adventure to New York.  Until next time and check out my other blogs.

 

 

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