DESCRIPTION: This year I was apprehensive about my trip to the Big Apple, as it came after the devastation wrought by hurricane Sandy. Indeed, the conversation among many downtown New Yorkers and New Jerseyites centered around the hurricane, which was responsible for yet untold and un-totalled damage.
I heard many stories of persons who were displaced by Sandy and saw firsthand some of the damage done by the storm in uptown New York. What I expected to see was a city with it’s head down and tail tucked between its legs, but what I encountered was something different. You see, New Yorker’s have been there and done that. They are no strangers to natural and unnatural disasters. They have the determination, spirit and purpose of a fighter that has been knocked down and yet has answered the bell for the next round and come out of his corner swinging. The attitude of almost everyone I talked to was, “It is what it is, so let’s get on with it.” They are back in the fight and ready to get back into their homes and buildings and to get ON with their lives.
Today, I will talk about my recent sojourn to the big apple and will share stories of my adventures in the city as well as my attempts as a cigar man to find the best places to score a great smoke and fire one up.
SUBJECTS COVERED ON THIS PODCAST:
1. Getting There
2. Finding New York’s best Pizza
3. Exploring the city: Rockefeller Center
4. Interview with Ron Melendi, General Manager at De La Concha