That NoMad Life

Sorry for being M.I.A. for all of February. My lease was up on the place that I was renting, so last month was all about finding new digs—again. After accumulating (and dragging around) so much stuff over the years, now I’m really into the idea of paring down. I got places to go.

That brings me to one of my destinations for 2014: New York City.

It’s a place that I’ve been to before, but since my husband’s never been, it’ll be like experiencing it for the first time all over again. Still, it’s not the big trip of the year—more on that to come.

We decided to eschew the crowds of Midtown’s Times Square for a relatively quiet neighborhood that was still centrally located. NoMad (NOrth of MADison Square Park) has changed dramatically over the past two decades1, including the recent development of several interesting, independently-operated boutique hotels such as the Ace Hotel and the NoMad. Another such hotel is my pick for my upcoming trip: the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, which was built in 2010 on the corner of Park Avenue South and East 29th Avenue.

The lobby of the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel. Source:

The lobby of the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel. Source:

Source: Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel

Rooms at the hotel are spacious by New York standards. Source: Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel

One of the great draws for us to this neighborhood was the wealth of dining choices—from Shake Shack, Eataly, and the Indian food of Curry Hill, to The Breslin and the fine dining experience of Eleven Madison Park.

Rooftop Pool at the Gansevoort Park Hotel

Rooftop pool at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel. Source:

As for sightseeing, I imagine that the Empire State Building is uniquely savored while at the Gansevoort Park’s tri-level rooftop pool and lounge complex, cocktail in hand.

Now that I’m settled in my new place, I can’t wait to get out there and kick off this year’s travel season!


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