Clay Aiken – Thinking of New York

I love New York City.  New York is a vibrant, exciting place, with tons to do.  It has interesting museums, cool 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.

Today, it is Sunday in New York and 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 “give a little” and attend a charity event put on by hard working celebrities.

The following are 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.


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 one thing to do, I would visit the Belvedere Castle.


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.


Just walking along this famous strip makes you feel rich. There are the uber-rich stores like Gucci, Bergdorf Goodman and Cartier but you can make a purchase at the likes of H&M and Gap. You cannot visit New York without setting foot on Fifth.


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.


This interesting site is an amazing bit of room that is transformed for parties, dinners, and charity events.  The area is just white walls and is transformed by the “Event Planner” who can decorate the space to fit the mood of the event.  I would imagine that it would take many hours and lots of organization to put together an event here.

Don’t you wish you were in New York on this beautiful Sunday?

On a side note…It has been so exciting to see how Clay Aiken fans have come together in the last few days to support him and his “Adventures in New York.”  Most of us have always supported Clay and are proud of what he has accomplished and all that he stand for!

Clay…many years ago you said that you wanted to make a difference…Thank you for leading the way and walking the walk!

CANN is following all the news of New York and will post whatever we can.  Thank you for your understanding!







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