Updated: Feb 16, 2019
I am a born-and-raised New Yorker. I love New York City so much, and have seen and done a lot in the five boroughs over the course of my life. I had never, however, stayed in a Manhattan hotel (or in a hotel in any of the boroughs, for that matter), up until this past Christmas. For the Holidays, my husband and I stayed in the Beekman Hotel in Lower Manhattan, a five-star historical and architectural masterpiece. A pet-friendly establishment, we were able to bring our best-est furry friend with us, though the city did prove a bit overwhelming for him at first.
Though we were in NYC in order to visit my family for the Holidays, we did manage to do some sightseeing too, since my husband is not from New York. We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge (not a favorite for our dog), and down to South Street Seaport. We also walked down to the Freedom Tower and Ground Zero, which, despite being a native New Yorker, I have never had the courage to actually visit until now. It proved to be quite overwhelming and I only spent a few minutes contemplating near the southern reflective pool, listening as a tourist from Spain explained to her young daughter in Spanish the significance of this site and the affects of global terrorism.
I really do love New York City, and I can't wait for the opportunity to live there again.