NYC Trip

I had the pleasure to visit the Big Apple this past week to work with a partner. It’s been a few years (almost eight) since I was there. Naturally, I had to visit my old haunts on the Upper East Side. Unhappily, most of them had closed, were being renovated or just plain gone.

Quick inventory:

  • The Barbizon is being converted to condos.
  • Chianti (terrific Italian food on 3rd and the mid-50s) is now a pizza joint.
  • Circus (terrific Brazilian food on 63rd and Lex) is now a hoity-toity wine and olive bar.

The good news:

  • Hot and Crusty (63rd and 2nd) is still there; no bread pudding, though.
  • Mister Softee is EVERYWHERE, as are the Sabrett (“The Hot Dog New Yorkers Relish”) stands.
  • Starbucks is EVERYWHERE; the last time I was there, the nearest to the office was two blocks away.

I took the MTA NYC Subway most places; there was a stop a half block from my Sheraton hotel.

The construction site formerly known as Ground Zero is solemn and stirring, at the same time. There was quite a crowd down there (take the E Train to the WTC stop, also known as Church Street). This temporary stop connects to the PATH trains to New Jersey and lets you off at the fence surrounding the excavation. A single wreath in this station reminds us of what happened here. If you’re not passing through to Jersey, you can walk most of the way around the site and read the signs describing the timeline of 9/11 and history of the site.

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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