Deciding to ‘get out of the city’ for a long weekend is the easy part, figuring out where to go is where the war starts. Finding a place that balances a romantic getaway with military history, now that’s victory. Fort Ticonderoga is in upstate New York between the Adirondacks and Vermont, where is where amazing vistas and great Bed & Breakfast’s meet. And since the fort has boat cruises, a King’s garden, hiking, canoeing, etc… it’s got a little something for everyone or at least that will be your defense. And if you learn anything from this trip, it’s how to mount a strong defense. Something of an oversight for the British.
4:06 pm Friday. A time many NYC associates know; the departure time of the 'Cannonball' express from Manhattan to Montauk. Our MD's tell us that finance is more art than science, well we'd happily argue that our beach escape plan is a work of art. Whether it's Montauk, Hamptons or the Jersey Shore, that train is leaving with or without you and your dinner reservation, the one you've been looking forward to all week, it can't be moved. If you ever look out your Midtown window at about 3:55 on a summer Friday and see guys running with a duffel across 6th Ave., the smart money says they are heading to Penn. To all of you that just slipped in those train doors during last call, a tip of the hat.
Downtown Day Off
Downtown NY is an amazing mix of history and steel, think Boston meets Singapore. And on the weekend, it's the quietest place in the city, which gives it a certain charm. Where else can you grab a drink at the oldest tavern in NYC while your pitch books print. Fraunces Tavern, built in 1719, served as George Washington's headquarters. In the summer, grab a drink outside at Ulysses', where two beers and a burger guarantee a food coma. Remember, workplace style isn't limited to the workweek. We're partial to jeans and a zip-up hoodie, safe for the bars but also for your "Oh, I didn't know you'd be in today... even though I asked you to come in to print my books" MD.
Central Park Stroll
Central Park is the oasis of the concrete jungle we call New York. But unlike most respites of comfort and space in the city, you don't have to tip the doorman to get in. Whether it's killing time between Midtown meetings or just a simple, fun and free place to take a date, it's the best remedy for the city grind. Everyone has a favorite season in Central Park, for me, it's fall. Every path is like walking through a painting you'd see in the Met. It's peaceful, presumably because school is back in session and the leaves create a colorful mosaic that runs the visible spectrum. It truly is the remedy for many New Yorker woes... dating problems, Central Park; money problems, Central Park; nature problems, Central Park.