Who knew New York would be so accessible from Washington DC? I paid around $200 round trip to take the Amtrak train from Union Station in DC to Penn Station in NYC. It took about 3 hours each way. My reason for going to NYC was for the annual Inman Connect Real Estate Technology Conference at the Grand Hyatt. The Grand Hyatt sits on top of Grand Central Station, The feeling inside is amazing with constellations on the ceiling of a large room with no center beams. I was wondering how the entire thing didn’t collapse. There was even a live televised Squash tournament going on in one of the wings. While I thoroughly enjoyed every last minute of the conference, the electricity of NYC sparked my exploration into the late evening hours everyday I was there. I stayed at a hotel called POD39. It has tiny rooms with single beds for around $100/night. Don’t be fooled by the low price, everything about this hotel was nice from service to finishes. The only drawback was the size of the room. If you’re spending a lot of time in your room, you’re doing something wrong. Lucky for me, one of my closest childhood friends lives in the city, so I had a tour guide/drinking buddy who was anxious to show me around. We saw live music, stand-up comedy, went to bars, played bar games, then went to more bars and played more bar games. We went to a ping pong themed bar called Spin that was a blast. You pay by the 1/2 hour & someone goes around with a unique contraption sucking up all of the balls so you don’t have to go chasing them around. There was gorgeous architecture everywhere in the city, including monument style markers like in Washington Square Park, which reminded me of DC. My favorite arhcitecture was in the Flatiron District where buildings like the infamous Flatiron Building make you do a double take. We traveled to Brooklyn one night and passed the Vice headquarters which is a hip news publication. I’m a huge fan of their TV show. Once we settled down at a hotel bar we got a view of the city that truly put into perspective our playground for the past few days. The skyline is like no other in the world & in that moment I was reminded New York City is the center of the world.