Return to New York City — an overdue visit


The Travelling Boomer is going to New York! This is the year for revisiting destinations where I’ve had good times in the past. One of the places  on the list — and one that’s overdue — is New York City. I last visited the Big Apple six summers ago, on an old-time baseball train trip that took me to the great ballparks of the east, including the iconic Yankee Stadium. I had a glimpse of Broadway and Times Square, but not much else. I vowed to come back, so this week I’m making my overdue return to New York City.New York cab

It’ll be a short trip, to keep the costs manageable — New York is not a cheap place to visit. But in a city with attractions around every corner, I’ll still be able to see a lot. My list includes places like the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, the art galleries of Chelsea and something called the High Line — a crazily unique park built on top of an old railway bridge.

I’ll also be spending some time in Central Park, checking out the city’s wild side with my friend and colleague Roberta Kravette, editor of the wonderful Destination: Wildlife website. Roberta lives in New York, so she knows all the city’s hawks, owls and songbirds by name. She also knows the city’s lesser-known attractions, and the great restaurants most tourists never see. We may pay a visit to one or two of New York’s legendary watering holes, too — the places where famous writers and Broadway stars have gathered for decades to raise a martini.

New York is such a cornucopia of sights and experiences, it would be hard to see all its famous places in a full week — especially if you ventured into some of the city’s world-class museums, like the Met, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Or if you spent time riding the Staten Island Ferry, or venturing out to Coney Island.

But I’m sure there will be enough to see and do in four days to make a lot of memories. New York City in the fall is a different place than New York Times Squarein the summer, less hectic and filled with tourists. I’m hoping to get a glimpse of the city the way New Yorkers see it. And forgive me if I see it through the eyes of Woody Allen — “Manhattan” is still one of my favourite films.

As if that weren’t enough, I’ve planned a memorable finale for the trip. When it’s time to head home, I’ll board the Adirondack, a special train that runs from New York to Montreal, through the beautiful woodlands of Upper New York state. It’s one of the trips picked out by train travel guru Don Nadeau as the best in North America — it should be both fascinating and spectacular.

So that’s it — The Travelling Boomer is making a return to New York City. Stay tuned for dispatches from The Big Apple, with expert contributions from a real New Yorker. And if they arrive late at night, don’t worry — after all, it’s the city that never sleeps.


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Paul Marshman is a retired journalist who spent 30 years as a writer and editor on Canadian newspapers, while travelling to the ends of the earth. Now he continues to travel while passing on his travel experiences to you.


  1. Hi Paul! We are waiting to welcome you back to New York City!! The birds are calling your name already! See you tomorrow! Have a great trip. We LOVE travel by train. You will get great views of the Hudson – look out for those eagles and osprey fishing in the river! I’ve had some fly parallel to the window! It’s awesome. You may even see some heron (great blue, green, black crowned night) or egrets that are lingering a bit longer or resting on the southward journey. New York is WILD!

  2. Hi Paul, we are waiting come and visit whole New York City as you’re planning to visit Central Park, checking out the city’s wild side with your friend and colleague. I would like to tell you Hudson is also the great view once you come you will feel happy. It’s awesome. Have a lovely trip.

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