In the last year or more, I have had several guests from overseas.
I asked them to describe their impressions of New York; here are a
The city. Liz Bird, news editor at Travel Weekly U.K., said it
is "the most exciting city I have ever visited. I had a very
romantic image, conjured up from movies like 'When Harry Met
Sally,' 'Sleepless in Seattle' and, of course, from Woody Allen
films featuring pictures of Central Park and the skyscrapers."
Australians Alison and Sonia echoed that, even citing "Sleepless
in Seattle," too. To them, the whole place was a bit like a movie
set, especially seeing the Yellow Cabs and discovering Chinese
takeout is for real. They also were "in awe at how much there is to
A friend, Sarah, joked about getting an American dentist so she
would have to return (from England) every six months. And Martin,
who finds Canterbury a little slow, likes New York's edge.
Liz said, "The best was hanging out in bars and restaurants and
looking up at skyscrapers. It was great being there at Christmas
 when it was icy cold and had a festive atmosphere."The people. Liz said she braced for rude people, particularly
taxi drivers, but did not find them. Also, "I love the New York
sense of humor."
And from Alison and Sonia: "New Yorkers are too cool for the
globe." The pair said they "felt like country hicks." (This was
from two women who regretted they would miss a Jackson Pollock show
and who talked about their search for obscure food items that I'd
never heard of. Some hicks.)The sights. Liz deemed Ellis Island "well done" and called
buildings "stunning." And she lives in London.
For the Australians: "Central Park makes the city."
I took or sent guests to see the renovated Grand Central
Station. Lucinda and Dexter reported there was "something going
on." They had walked into the dedication ceremonies for the
revitalized station.Buying things. Lucinda and Dexter (from London) were astonished
at the choices, down to the number of breads offered for deli
And Alison and Sonia echoed that, commenting on "the numbers of
coffees and cup sizes."
As for the shopping, anywhere in the U.S., all guests were
enthusiastic ... and dedicated, I might add.Criticisms. Liz, a gospel music fan, was disappointed with her
Harlem gospel tour, figuring she should not have gone midweek.
More amusingly, Sonia described the "revolting face" of a
greeter at Bloomingdales. The smile was way too friendly to be
Criticisms were scarce, but I suppose those who visit here are
those most likely to find the Big Apple tasty.