I’ve been travelling to New York for the last 15 years. My first trip was in 1981, and a colleague was assigned to me to make sure I didn’t get into trouble. He said, “Shibu, remember this, everyone will tell you scary things about New York. You get pick pocketed, you get beaten up; all that is not right. If you apply common sense, you will be fine.”
This advice I will always remember because every city has its positives and negatives. People will scare you. Please don’t be scared, you do whatever you want to do. For example, people told me driving in Manhattan is very difficult, but I have done that multiple times.
Just apply common sense and that has worked well for me.
I usually go from Boston and take a taxi to New York. I leave by 4 o’clock and am there by 8 o’clock. But if you have a weekend, there is a lot you can do. You can hang around in Times Square, see the Empire State Building, go for a show on Broadway, see a musical, and go to the Statue of Liberty. You can go see the monument they are building at Ground Zero. It is not a city that sleeps. Travel is very easy because of taxis and the tube. Given my hectic schedule, I haven’t been able to catch any of the new plays in town, but I do fondly remember seeing the classic Lion King with my family.