Clay Aiken – Getting To Know The New Home!!


So…Clay Aiken has moved to New York City.  I hope he brought a warm coat, a scarf and some gloves.  According to the weather channel, it is 24 degrees in the city while I am writing this blog.  BRRRRR!!!  For whatever reason he has for making New York his home, I hope he will have time to “play tourist” a bit and really get to know the city!!

I love New York City.  New York is a vibrant, exciting place, with tons to do.  It has interesting museums, wonderful bars and restaurants and impressive bookstores, parks and architecture.  With a subway pass, a credit card and a sense of adventure, you can make this place your own from Harlem to Battery Park, Brooklyn to Queens, with plenty of stops in the Village, SoHo and along Madison Avenue in between.

There are so many exciting things happening in the city.  You can shop in almost any neighborhood of the city; you can visit the TKTS discount booth in Times Square for last minute Broadway show tickets…or you can see a cultural event at Carnegie Hall or visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

So Clay, I know you have spent lots of time in New York, but I hope you will play the tourist a bit and visit some of my favorite New York City sites:


The Top of the Rock is better than the Empire State Building, because you get views of both the Empire State and Central Park. And it’s less crowded than ESB. The glass-ceiling elevator shoots you to the top of the 70-floor building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza; it’s amazing!


Macy’s world-famous department store has 10 floors of shopping with just about all the big designers housing their gear there. Before you give the credit card a workout, seek out the Visitor Center on floor one to get an 11 per cent discount card.


It will take you about 20 minutes to walk across it – and right underneath, on the Brooklyn side in Water St, is the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. It also happens to be where you will get the best view of Manhattan, so it’s a good excuse to indulge…but maybe wait a bit until the city thaws a bit!


There’s just too much to single out in this beautiful park in the heart of New York City. But if I had to choose two pictures, I would pick the following:


This Upper West Side intersection of Broadway, Central Park South, Central Park West and Eighth Ave is home to the Time Warner Building.  You can walk among art displays while you shop at many well-known shops.  Do you remember the marshmallow man for Ghostbusters?  It was filmed at Columbus Circle.


Shopping at the New York stores on Fifth Avenue is a definite must if you stay in the Big Apple. NY shopping is an entirely different experience than shopping in another city, especially along this historical road. Located in the center of Manhattan, the best Fifth Avenue shopping takes place between 39th and 60th Street at NYC flagship stores. Since 5th Avenue stretches from West 142nd Street in Harlem to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, one picture doesn’t do it justice.


It’s free, takes about 20 minutes each way and gives you a spectacular view of the city as it sails past the Statue of Liberty.

There may be no better way to spend Sunday in New York than with brunch and cool jazz from world-class performers: The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, 59 W 44th St between Fifth and Sixth.


Washington Square Park and the Greenwich Village area is definitely a favorite part of New York City. Within three blocks you can taste every type of cuisine, see every type of architecture and art, and meet all different types of people. There is enough going on to keep anyone entertained but there are also places to just escape and observe the people of New York City. The famous Washington Square Park Arch is a historic landmark and the culture within its 9.75 acres is more than you can imagine.

Do you think Clay will go back to the Metro Diner for a meal after working there??

Well…it looks like he knows where to shop!

And he rides the subway!!

Yikes…enough pictures for one day!

Clay…Whatever reason brought you to New York, I am sure you will make us all proud and excited too.  Many years ago you said that you wanted to make a difference.  I have a feeling that this new path will allow you do just that!  Thank you for leading the way and walking the walk!


Have you visited NYC?

 What is your favorite place?

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12 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Getting To Know The New Home!!

  1. What a big step, OMC is making. In my opinion, there is something in the making about to happen with his career. After the big loss in his political race, Clay needed time to evaluate what to do next with his life. A new and exciting adventure has come his way and we all want the best for him. I love New York City, hope to go there someday! and hope to see Clay in a Broadway show!

  2. Never Ben to NY city but would love to go. I'm very curious Bout why he chose to do this. I guess we need to stay tuned.
    Thanks CANN for great blog!!

  3. Oh, I have a cousin who lives in New York now. I've been wanting to visit her there, but more so now that Clay has moved to NYC. If only it were that simple…

    Guess we'll just have to wait and see what OMC has in store for us this year…

    Thanks CANN!!!

  4. Thanks for the great tour of NYC. I haven't been there in a while, and its difficult to choose a favorite place. I guess I'd have to say the Schubert Theatre, cause that's where I saw Clay perform in Spamalot.

  5. Thanks Musicfan for all the places to go in NYC. I'm sure Clay will know this city pretty quick. He's lived there before, for his 2 stints in Spamalot. I can't wait to find out what he will be doing. How exciting for him, and us. I'm going to print these spots to see in NYC, so when I go there again, I can check some of these places out!!

    • Bev…I am not sure why you didn't get your e-mail. Thanks for letting me know. It did go out and I haven't heard from anyone else that they didn't get it. Lets wait for tomorrow. If you don't get it again tomorrow, we should sign you up again!! Did you check your spam folder? Once in a while I have heard of the e-mail ending up there.

      Thanks again for letting me know!

  6. Wow, I'd love to one day be able to visit New York sounds so exciting. I wish Clay the best of luck while he's there and great to hear news about our guy! Thanks Martha xo

  7. What a marvelous overview of NYC! Whatever the motivation for Clay’s move, I know it will involve his gathering a plethora of new friends and making a difference. Clay is never idle. He has amazing energy as demonstrated in his Congressional campaign and is forever seeking to right injustices in today’s society. Over the years, I have spent countless hours contemplating what Clay will be involved in next but have learned that my guesses will perpetually be far off track! “Secretive” Clay is the most enticing. I should be content with the shear joy of each unraveling mystery! LOVE THIS MAN!!

  8. I love this blog! I grew up in Staten Island and worked in Manhattan for many years. New York is a fascinating City. Since I live in New Jersey, it's easy to get there in 45 minutes. I was there many times to see Clay in Spamalot and can't wait to see him again in whatever he's up to. Thanks for this great blog. It's a great guide for where to go there

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