Wandering the Westside

 

A Wonderful Weekend in Downtown Manhattan

Arriving in style from JFK to the Upper East side with Groundlink, I knew I started my weekend well. I loved my airport pickup with Richard in his brand new Mercedes. Groundlink’s app is easy to use and their service will be starting soon in Los Angeles, I can’t wait!
On this trip I ventured to a new neighborhood and enjoyed the Downtown Westside Meatpacking District scene. Be sure to check out the very happening Eataly. Wander the aisles full of tasty treats and buy fresh pasta, see the great dining options and definitely taste the salted caramel gelato. Enjoy the worldwide wine selection at Eleven Madison Park:   I decided to pick my wine from where I want to travel next; I selected a Greek vintage. It was simply delicious!
For a bit of nature during my trip to the big city, I checked out the recycled train tracks of High Line
This comes from the friends of High Line site:

The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.

One section only opened to the public in June 2011 and the one and a half mile walk with over 200 types of plants en route, is beautiful. The breeze off the water was a bit chilly at first but I really enjoyed our stroll.
Don’t miss out on the New York Burger Company on West 23rd! I missed the magical Sunday lunch with the Great Lerdini as I was there on a Saturday but I am ready to order a Flatiron burger and have it sent to me in Los Angeles! I hope a branch of the restaurant makes its way to my town or I am going to have to fly back for lunch. How can you not love a place that says, “What we’re made of: our main ingredients include love, passion and a healthy measure of obsession.” There website also states: “By consistently meeting and then exceeding expectations, New York Burger Co.™ convincingly raises the bar for the quick service/fast casual meal experience.” My expectations were more than exceeded!
Another must-see New York experience is the fabulous world of the Voca People. My sister, her teenage son, and I fully enjoyed the eight aliens from Voca perform in a musical extravaganza of “Life is Music and Music is Life.” The Voca people require energy from music to power their rocket ship and return home. For eight people to create so many sounds, so much full music was astounding! I loved the audience involvement and when the cast walked the aisles to sing up close to us. This A Capella experience was described as “…if Blue Man Group had a baby with Stomp, and that baby was both a big Glee fan and also a weirdo,” with a painted white face. I loved it!
Go see the show!

Video: Voca People

Voca People

 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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