Very lucky I was to bag a day’s work in NYC.
And discover a different part of the city . . .
Named for Christopher Columbus, this busy intersection is where Eighth Avenue, Broadway, and West 59th Street and the southwest corner of Central Park all meet.
A blur of yellow creates a halo around the statue of Columbus as taxis encircle it.
It is the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured.
After the day's work (exciting and exhausting) I checked out of the eye wateringly pricey hotel and scuttled across to Lexington Avenue for my second night at the reasonably price and friendly Shelburne at 303 Lexington
This hotel is in the shadow of the glittering Chrysler Building, Yummy Deco.
Breakfast in Bloom’s (350 Lexington) an old-school deli serving up traditional Jewish-American comfort eats - great eggs over easy.
The balance of the day was spent in Bryant Park a favourite place and known as Manhattan's town square.