Category: Grand Central


The Power of Positive Thinking

May 26th, 2013 — 8:44pm

It’s been another eventful week for me as I continue settling in to my expanded role as Marketing Manager for two hotels. Two video shoots and an all-day event at Grand Central Terminal were on the agenda, along with the first meeting with my new boss at the Westin.

Me and P. Diddy’s doppelganger: Alongside the celeb’s Madame Tussaud’s likeness during Grand Getaway day at GCT

Me and P. Diddy’s doppelganger: Alongside the celeb’s Madame Tussaud’s likeness during Grand Getaway day at GCT

During our get to know each other conversation, my boss and I ended up talking briefly about the winding road to settling down. She shared her experience of becoming a mother at 38 and then again at 44, and asked me about my marital status.

Practicing what I’ve been preaching lately about the powers of dating optimism (as discovered here), I declared that I’m single and hopeful about finding love. She quickly confided that she knows a 43-year-old bachelor who just happens to be looking for someone special.

I smiled, assuring her that I have no-fault matchmaking clause. As we both laughed, I couldn’t help thinking once again about the power of positive thinking. It’s easy to forget in the sea of noncommitment and cynicism that defines so much of dating in New York. But once you open your eyes to what exists beyond this crowded cityscape, you discover there is a lot to be positive about.

As my perspective has gradually shifted. I’ve noticed a new kind of momentum in my love life.  I feel energized, discovering that being open to the right relationship doesn’t mean exhausting yourself to find it.  Being happy and sure footed in your own life opens doors that remain firmly closed when you don’t allow yourself to dream big.

And really, isn’t dreaming big what life and love are all about?

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Celebrating 100 Years of Grand Central

February 3rd, 2013 — 4:13pm

One of my many favorite things about my job is it’s given me the opportunity to get to know Grand Central Terminal a little more. Thanks to the Westin’s partnership with GCT, I had the pleasure of taking part in the celebration of this New York icon’s 100th birthday on Friday.

It was standing room only for GCT's Centennial celebration

The Centennial festivities kicked off with a rededication ceremony on the Main Concourse. Speakers included Mayor Bloomberg (who also paid tribute to the late Ed Koch), Caroline Kennedy, Mets MVP Keith Hernandez and Cynthia Nixon.

Cynthia Nixon spoke fondly about GCT and its storied history

Cynthia shared her fond memories of Grand Central, from her 20th high school reunion there to sending off her kids on a school trip. She also shared some poignant words from her dad. He once told her that it’s easy to forget how beautiful New York is because of its fast pace, but remember once in awhile to take a moment to appreciate it. Well said.

The ceremony ended with a rousing performance from Melissa Manchester and singers from Celia Cruz High School in the Bronx — but festivities continued throughout the day.

Me, Kristin and Jenn at GCT’s Centennial gala

Friday evening, I joined my boss Kristin and colleague Jenn at Vanderbilt Hall for a gala event that included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres (including macaroni and cheese balls….delish!) and a few celebrity sightings. Among them, former Mayor David Dinkins and Martha Stewart. We couldn’t resist saying hello to Martha and, much to our surprise, she was gracious and chatty.

Me and Jenn with Martha Stewart

Dinner was at GCT’s iconic Oyster Bar, where the three of us joined staffers from WABC-TV for a three-course meal featuring (of course) oysters, salmon and a pair of desserts (red velvet cake and key lime pie). We talked about things related to work and not, and it struck me all over again how profoundly fortunate I am to spend my workdays with smart, talented women I am learning so much from.

Happy 100th, Grand Central!

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Two Evenings Of First Class Fun

October 21st, 2012 — 7:01pm

This week, I enjoyed a pair of fantastic events in two of Midtown NYC’s best venues.

First, my dear friend Gwen and I were invited to an exclusive preview of one of Lincoln’s new 2013 cars. The evening began with our charming driver Lisa, who impressed us with her varied background in racecar driving and dental hygiene as she showed us all the bells and whistles of the vehicle we were riding in.

Our destination – upscale Italian bistro A Voce in the Time Warner Center, where we joined about 30 other people in a private dining room overlooking Columbus Circle.

Lincoln assembled quite an eclectic group, I was relieved and happy to find myself seated next to an outgoing young couple. Newlywed Christine and I quickly hit it off, talking about how love finds you unexpectedly (she met her hubby in a bar) and the pleasures of a perfectly mixed cocktail.

Discovering the sounds of Elew was a highlight of Lincoln’s special event

Complimenting the delicious food — a performance by soulful pianist Elew, whose rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” was just transcendent. You can find it on his new album, RockJazz Vol. 2.

My second big night out was for the first-ever American Made Awards hosted by Martha Stewart Living in Grand Central Terminal. Vanderbilt Hall was transformed into an elegant feast of artisanal cheeses, honeys and other food purveyors.

Westin Ladies: (from left) Jen, Betty, Jhana and me

Since The Westin New York Grand Central was official hotel partner for the event, I got to attend with a handful of my awesome colleagues. After nibbling on such hors d’oeuvres as cheese bread and bite-size bison burgers, we took our seats for the program celebrating 11 up and coming entrepreneurs.

Martha Stewart introduced each of the American Made honorees

Along with, of course, Martha Stewart, the key speaker was Mayor Michael Bloomberg. All of us Westin gals got a kick out of seeing Hizzoner again, as he had also been a part of the hotel’s ribbon cutting ceremony a few days before.

Mayor Bloomberg was just as engaging the second time around

It was yet another reminder of how fortunate I am to have landed at a job that not only has fun perks but has me genuinely happy about both the work and the people I get to do it with. I should’ve know that a lifelong travelgal like me would find professional bliss inside a hotel. Huzzah!

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A Double Dose Of Female Bonding

November 18th, 2009 — 10:30pm

Saturday, I enjoyed a double dose of female bonding that began with galpal Amanda.

Pershing Square: This cozy bistro is conveniently located right across from Grand Central Terminal

Over brunch at cozy bistro Pershing Square in Grand Central, we caught up on work, life and dating. Amanda filled me in on PR plans for her upcoming travel memoir The Lost Girls, including a book club tour across the U.S. I told her about an industry award that could lead to winning Best of Show with my colleagues for the second time in my PR career.

We also talked about one of our biggest pet peeves in the dating world – text messaging. Phone-o-phobia, as Midtown Girl calls it, has reached epidemic proportions among single men. Both Amanda and I have recently gone out with great guys who choose texting as a means for making plans. Sorry, but romance simply doesn’t go hand in hand with messages of 160 characters or less.

Later, I headed to lively bar Joshua Tree in Midtown for my good friend and former colleague Cristina’s bachelorette party.

All Smiles: Bride-to-be Cristina and me

Over multiple rounds of cocktails and shots, we toasted the bride-to-be on her pending nuptials in Boston next month to longtime love Chris. Thanks to an endless loop of 80’s videos, I got my groove on on top of a chair – until a grumpy bouncer instructed me to sit down. I should’ve told him to relax, because I’ve done this particular maneuver several times over the years without incident.

Shaking My Booty: The music at Joshua Tree made this inevitable

After bidding the bride-to-be goodnight, I was feeling wistful so I decided to walk up Third Avenue for awhile. I remembered when Cristina got engaged two years ago and felt unnerved all over again about still being single.

But then I reminded myself of the upside about being unattached, namely the adventure of what’s right around the corner. HurryDater E is taking me out for date #2 on Friday.

2 comments » | bachelorette parties, being single in your thirties, female bonding, Grand Central, HurryDate, Pershing Square, The Joshua Tree, The Lost Girls

A Double Dose Of Female Bonding

November 18th, 2009 — 5:30pm

Saturday, I enjoyed a double dose of female bonding that began with galpal Amanda.

Pershing Square: This cozy bistro is conveniently located right across from Grand Central Terminal

Over brunch at cozy bistro Pershing Square in Grand Central, we caught up on work, life and dating. Amanda filled me in on PR plans for her upcoming travel memoir The Lost Girls, including a book club tour across the U.S. I told her about an industry award that could lead to winning Best of Show with my colleagues for the second time in my PR career.

We also talked about one of our biggest pet peeves in the dating world – text messaging. Phone-o-phobia, as Midtown Girl calls it, has reached epidemic proportions among single men. Both Amanda and I have recently gone out with great guys who choose texting as a means for making plans. Sorry, but romance simply doesn’t go hand in hand with messages of 160 characters or less.

Later, I headed to lively bar Joshua Tree in Midtown for my good friend and former colleague Cristina’s bachelorette party.

All Smiles: Bride-to-be Cristina and me

Over multiple rounds of cocktails and shots, we toasted the bride-to-be on her pending nuptials in Boston next month to longtime love Chris. Thanks to an endless loop of 80’s videos, I got my groove on on top of a chair – until a grumpy bouncer instructed me to sit down. I should’ve told him to relax, because I’ve done this particular maneuver several times over the years without incident.

Shaking My Booty: The music at Joshua Tree made this inevitable

After bidding the bride-to-be goodnight, I was feeling wistful so I decided to walk up Third Avenue for awhile. I remembered when Cristina got engaged two years ago and felt unnerved all over again about still being single.

But then I reminded myself of the upside about being unattached, namely the adventure of what’s right around the corner. HurryDater E is taking me out for date #2 on Friday.

2 comments » | bachelorette parties, being single in your thirties, female bonding, Grand Central, HurryDate, Pershing Square, The Joshua Tree, The Lost Girls

A Great Saturday Date

March 25th, 2009 — 1:37am

In the numbers game of online dating, it often feels like the odds are decidedly against making a connection. Which is why my date with Match.com member Chris was such a refreshing surprise.

I had Saturday night plans with a friend, so Chris and I met mid-afternoon at Annie Moore’s, a low-key pub near Grand Central. I was impressed that he was willing to drive in from New Jersey – and even more impressed when he suggested we adjourn from the bar to a table (unlike my last Match.com date, who kept us crammed into a tight space at the bar and bolted after an hour).

Annie Moore’s: Pub grub in a pleasant setting near Grand Central, perfect for a midday date

Tall, adorable and witty, Chris is as good at listening as he is at making conversation. We reminisced about our respective college years, shared our mutual desire to visit Prague someday and laughed about wearing braces as teenagers. I learned that, in addition to working hard in the compliance department of MetLife, Chris keeps busy with running, scuba diving and staying close to his parents and older brother.

There was plenty of playful banter, complemented by just a few moments of comfortable silence. We were both astounded when we checked the time and discovered that more than two hours had gone by.

Neither of us were in a hurry to say goodbye. As we stood in front of Annie Moore’s, I teased Chris about his daily caffeine fix and suggested he might need an IV transfusion of coffee. He laughed, saying he’d just sent an email to a friend saying the same thing.

He bent down and kissed me on the cheek, and continued to prolong the moment, telling me that he’d had a good time. So did I, I said.

Mindful of my evening plans, Chris said he didn’t want to keep me. Then, to my surprise and delight, he kissed my cheek again — this time skirting tantalizingly closer to my mouth.

“We’ll talk soon,” he said as we finally went our separate ways.

Since then, we’ve exchanged text messages a few times. Though I’m not sure whether I’ll see Chris again, the sheer perfection of our date had me smiling for the rest of the day.

That’s the thing about a glimmer of romantic possibility. It’s just enough to remind you the journey to finding Mr. Right can be every bit as fun as the destination.

1 comment » | Annie Moore's, first dates, Grand Central, Match.com, online dating

A Great Saturday Date

March 24th, 2009 — 8:37pm

In the numbers game of online dating, it often feels like the odds are decidedly against making a connection. Which is why my date with Match.com member Chris was such a refreshing surprise.

I had Saturday night plans with a friend, so Chris and I met mid-afternoon at Annie Moore’s, a low-key pub near Grand Central. I was impressed that he was willing to drive in from New Jersey – and even more impressed when he suggested we adjourn from the bar to a table (unlike my last Match.com date, who kept us crammed into a tight space at the bar and bolted after an hour).

Annie Moore’s: Pub grub in a pleasant setting near Grand Central, perfect for a midday date

Tall, adorable and witty, Chris is as good at listening as he is at making conversation. We reminisced about our respective college years, shared our mutual desire to visit Prague someday and laughed about wearing braces as teenagers. I learned that, in addition to working hard in the compliance department of MetLife, Chris keeps busy with running, scuba diving and staying close to his parents and older brother.

There was plenty of playful banter, complemented by just a few moments of comfortable silence. We were both astounded when we checked the time and discovered that more than two hours had gone by.

Neither of us were in a hurry to say goodbye. As we stood in front of Annie Moore’s, I teased Chris about his daily caffeine fix and suggested he might need an IV transfusion of coffee. He laughed, saying he’d just sent an email to a friend saying the same thing.

He bent down and kissed me on the cheek, and continued to prolong the moment, telling me that he’d had a good time. So did I, I said.

Mindful of my evening plans, Chris said he didn’t want to keep me. Then, to my surprise and delight, he kissed my cheek again — this time skirting tantalizingly closer to my mouth.

“We’ll talk soon,” he said as we finally went our separate ways.

Since then, we’ve exchanged text messages a few times. Though I’m not sure whether I’ll see Chris again, the sheer perfection of our date had me smiling for the rest of the day.

That’s the thing about a glimmer of romantic possibility. It’s just enough to remind you the journey to finding Mr. Right can be every bit as fun as the destination.

1 comment » | Annie Moore's, first dates, Grand Central, Match.com, online dating

Macaroni Delight at Madison & Vine

August 5th, 2008 — 12:06am

Tonight, I enjoyed an after-work dinner with my Quinn & Company colleague, good friend and chief blogging supporter Carla. Our meal coincided with two milestones — Carla’s tenth anniversary at Quinn & Co., and the one-month mark of Single Gal In The City.

Carla suggested Madison & Vine for our evening repast. Located a quick stroll from Grand Central Station in the boutique chic Library Hotel, the cozy, laidback bistro delivered a palette-pleasing meal that included wild striped bass drizzled with chorizo dressing and the “vine” burger, smothered with Gruyere cheese, red onions and mayo.

Our taste buds were most dazzled by Madison & Vine’s macaroni au gratin, topped with Gruyere, bacon, truffles and toasted bread crumbs. Not so dazzling was the uneven service — being asked half a dozen times if we were done with our entrée only to then wait several minutes for our dessert order to be taken.

With cocktails in hand (Sauvignon Blanc for me, mojito for Carla), we talked about the expanding social media universe and its many tiers — from all-access Facebook to by-invitation-only site A Small World. We also reflected on nostalgia for first loves, the kind that lingers once you know the romance is rightfully over and yet you can still appreciate, as friends, the rich history you share.

A scrumptious Smores sundae with meringue ice cream and graham cracker shavings put the perfect exclamation point on our girls’ night out. With a quick hug in front of Grand Central, Carla and I parted company and I found myself feeling grateful all over again for the serendipity that led me to Quinn & Co. and such a great friend.

Happy anniversary, Carla!

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Macaroni Delight at Madison & Vine

August 4th, 2008 — 7:06pm

Tonight, I enjoyed an after-work dinner with my Quinn & Company colleague, good friend and chief blogging supporter Carla. Our meal coincided with two milestones — Carla’s tenth anniversary at Quinn & Co., and the one-month mark of Single Gal In The City.

Carla suggested Madison & Vine for our evening repast. Located a quick stroll from Grand Central Station in the boutique chic Library Hotel, the cozy, laidback bistro delivered a palette-pleasing meal that included wild striped bass drizzled with chorizo dressing and the “vine” burger, smothered with Gruyere cheese, red onions and mayo.

Our taste buds were most dazzled by Madison & Vine’s macaroni au gratin, topped with Gruyere, bacon, truffles and toasted bread crumbs. Not so dazzling was the uneven service — being asked half a dozen times if we were done with our entrée only to then wait several minutes for our dessert order to be taken.

With cocktails in hand (Sauvignon Blanc for me, mojito for Carla), we talked about the expanding social media universe and its many tiers — from all-access Facebook to by-invitation-only site A Small World. We also reflected on nostalgia for first loves, the kind that lingers once you know the romance is rightfully over and yet you can still appreciate, as friends, the rich history you share.

A scrumptious Smores sundae with meringue ice cream and graham cracker shavings put the perfect exclamation point on our girls’ night out. With a quick hug in front of Grand Central, Carla and I parted company and I found myself feeling grateful all over again for the serendipity that led me to Quinn & Co. and such a great friend.

Happy anniversary, Carla!

Comment » | Facebook, Grand Central, Madison and Vine, Quinn and Company

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