Monday, July 27, 2015

Aloha to RWA in NYC - Times Square

Last Tuesday, I jumped aboard Amtrak for my trip to New York City for the RWA Annual Conference.

Three hours later, I arrived in Penn Station and walked 10 blocks to the convention hotel, the Marriott Marquis, in Times Square.  Above is the view from my room.

After checking into my room, I enjoyed a late lunch with reviewer Janet Rodman, blogger PJ  Ausdenmore (The Romance Dish), author Sally MacKenzie, author Heidi Hormel, and RomVet Geri Krotow at  St. Andrew's Scottish Restaurant & Bar (link).  We spotted a group of actors reading scripts at the next table, including Dan Laurie, the dad from The Wonder Years.

After lunch, Janet and I soaked up the local atmosphere - we passed by the Harvard Club.

Notice the Art Deco buildings ...

... including the Chrysler Building.

We greeted Fortitude ...

... and Patience outside the New York Public Library.

We spotted this colorful bike promoting peace.

Back in Times Square, Janet pointed out the 2015 ball ...

... and the Father Duffy statue.  From NYC Parks (link),

Father Duffy’s military service began in the Spanish-American War of 1898, serving as First Lieutenant and chaplain of the legendary Fighting 69th Infantry, serving in Europe during World War I as part of the famed Rainbow Division, and earning a number of medals. After the war ended Father Duffy returned to New York, and in 1920, he was appointed pastor of the Holy Cross Church, located at 237 West 42nd Street. Father Duffy died on June 26, 1932 after serving the theater district community for over a decade. In 1940, veteran character actor Pat O’Brien portrayed Duffy in the Hollywood film based on his life, The Fighting 69th, which also starred James Cagney.

Notice the large crowd of tourists visiting NYC!  Have you visited NYC? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, August 8, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 9.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. So good to see you again, Kim. I had a great time at lunch!

  2. Diane P. DiamondJuly 27, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    I've only ever been inside the airport for layovers. One of these days I will get there. Thanks for posting all the lovely pics.

  3. We went on a cruise that ended in NYC last year. We mainly just had one day to spend in the city and we went on a fabulous walking tour. I loved it there.

  4. I used to go in about once a year, but have never stayed in the city - I'd love to do that so I could see so many things and all that has changed over the years. Looks like everyone had a fabulous time at RWA.

  5. I love NYC, but I"m biased because it's my hometown.

  6. I've been a couple times but not for years!

  7. Memories! New York is fun to visit.

  8. Lunch was a great time and the perfect way to start the NYC RWA!

  9. It was great to see you, Kim! Great pictures. I love NYC, but this time it was a little smelly. And I fell victim to the Dreadful Disease--or food poisoning. My roommate's not sick, so I'm hoping it wasn't something contagious.

  10. I've been once, but it was with someone I didn't like so I wasn't able to enjoy myself. My son wants to visit so we may be going there this fall! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

  11. I visited NYC so long ago that I'm not sure it even counts anymore!!

  12. I was just there the week before the conference and so upset I missed everything but we were in Jersey for a wedding. We took a train to the city after driving 6 hrs. from pgh. We ate at Lombardi's and then basically walked around until I limped back home lol. Loved the sights and the people watching. Saw a couple that just married taking pictures, saw a demonstration and the police on horseback. All fascinating.

  13. I've been to NY one time about 23 years ago with my hubby. We went to visit his family in NJ and he took me to NY for a tour of some of the city.

  14. No would love it. Great Picts