And what better way to romance The City than the annual conference of Romance Writers of America, 35th Annual Conference at the New York Marriott Marquis n Times Square, being held on July 22-25,2015.
A trilogy of posts can never say or show enough. Beginning today, I will do a six-part series on the city of my dreams … the place where magic can and does happen daily and where in six weeks thousands of romance writers will flock to The City … my city … to enjoy the excitement of the conference bash. You will also be staying at a beautiful hotel in the hub of Time Square.
The City That Never Sleeps can be so many things to so many people and for those of us who know and love her … it is one of the most romantic places on the globe.
Between now and July 22nd there will be much said about the dos and don’ts of the conference, advice on how to optimize your chances of landing an agent who will at the very least listen politely to your pitch and perhaps agree to read a portion of your novel. There will be talk about the Keynote Speakers, Award Ceremonies, and special workshops.
In short, you will learn all you need to know to have an enjoyable and successful time.
My gift to all my writer/friends who will be attending is what to do on your scant-short time on your own.
Not much time to tour?
What to do on your precious off hours?
Before you dash out the doors, take a gander at your surroundings. The Marriott Marquis was part of a multi-million dollar make over of the heart of Manhattan and one of its unique features is its amazing staff and the services they provide. Stroll the lobby, inquire at the front desk and take advantage of the dozens of brochures that outline what you can do inside and outside the hotel.
See the city in style from our Broadway Hotel …
“Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the city at New York Marriott Marquis. Get relaxed and energized simultaneously as you step into some of the largest guest rooms in NYC, amid the hustle and bustle of famed Broadway. Nestled in the heart of Times Square, our Broadway hotel in New York gives you easy access to the Javits Center, exciting shows and several subway lines to access any part of NYC. Located near Fifth Avenue shopping, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden, our hotel puts travelers in the midst of popular NYC attractions and business destinations.
Enjoy a meal at our signature revolving restaurant, aptly named The View for its rooftop location and picturesque city vistas. With an incredible 100,000 square feet of event space, our Broadway hotel is the natural choice for meetings and parties of any size in New York City. Visit New York Marriott Marquis and experience the excitement and excellent service for yourself!”
You’ll love taking one of the New York Guided Walking Tour of the theater district and more.
Adorned with brightly-colored billboards and flashing marquis, Times Square is often referred to as the crossroads of the world, the center of the universe or The Great White Way.
It is one of the busiest pedestrian intersections and the center of the Broadway Theater District. It is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, drawing over 39 million visitors annually … approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, both tourists and people who work in the area.
Tourists with sandals and white socks with their ever-ready cameras … small children with their mouths agape … men hawking main attractions at clubs and dance halls … and though Times Square seems to have changed … it has not.
It was then and is today … a man-made-cotton-candy-colored-marvel.
When the hectic conference schedule allows … whether dawn, dusk or the rising moon … enjoy the many moods of the city.
Walk along Fifth Avenue from Times Square at dawn and travel north.
Go on and take that paper cup of java and a Danish … watch the sky begin to light over the streets and pretend …
Or take the bus late in the evening to the Empire State Building and go to the observation deck where Sally goes to finally meet Sleepless.
Okay … the conference does not give you much time to take in all the wonders of my beloved City.
There are two ways for both day and night … and I suggest if you can afford the time you do one of each during the day and then at night. I’ll take you there in Weeks Four and Five.
Next week we’ll tour two midtown wonders … The Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Plaza and the historic Grand Central Station … both within easy walking distance from the hotel.
Are you going to the RWA National Conference?
If not, do you wish you could?
fOIS In The City