Day 8 - Grand Central Station and I finally meet the founder of Raine Magazine!

I seem to start slower each day.  As we didn't even get back to the apartment until after 1 a.m. last night, we all slept in.  It was 10:30 a.m. for me which is absolutely unheard of.  By the time I took care of business and got some writing done it was too late to do most of the things on my list, but one - my meeting with Nova Lorraine, fashion designer and the founder of Raine Magazine.

It's hard to believe we've been working together almost 5 years and have never met.  To say I was really looking forward to it is an understatement, I only wish it could have been longer.  But you take what you can get.  I was really lucky that she picked Pershing Square's Central Cafe which was not only right on one of the Metro lines from Brooklyn, but it was right across from Grand Central Station!

It was great to have a chat face to face in the limited hour she had, but as with all business women who wear many shoes, her phone demanded her attention constantly.  In NYC to take care of many things, she handled all the ado with ease and a smile on her face.  I loved her from the minute I met her - she's a hugger just like me fortunately - and I hope we get to work together a long time. My regret - I FORGOT TO PULL OUT MY CAMERA AND GET A PICTURE! Who knows when I'll get the opportunity again?

Now for Grand Central Station. If you arrive by subway, you most likely will get shot out a side exit and miss seeing the historic main area.  I made this mistake. All you need to do is go along the street until you locate a sign for a main entrance and head back in.  The side I re-entered on took me first through a long hallway full of high-end shops. Walking into the main area is impressive with a capital "I"!  It's a gold, glowing massive space filled with nostalgia and bustling with people.

Love the guy in the lower middle posing
with arms spread wide.  A photo
moment or he is utterly lost!

My little travel camera struggled with the lighting in such an enormous space, but I adjusted them as best I could and had to pull a few images off the internet as well. There was a central information kiosk and the old ticketing windows were still being used.  Then there was an upper balcony you could walk around to view it all.  A large room on the way to one of the exits sported several beautiful chandeliers like in the photo on the left below.

The only negative in the experience for me was the GIANT Apple store on the balcony level that wrapped around about about 1/3 of the space and  more disappointingly it was full of people.  They are in this amazing, beautiful, historic space and they have their eyes glued to computer screens.  I don't get it.

Obviously I get less accomplished each day as I am burning out. Crossed off the list are the following that will have to wait for my next trip -- seeing a Broadway show, walking through Greenwich Village/Soho/Italian District/China Town and a bay cruise around the Statue of Liberty.  Just too tired to get out early for one last thing and I have to be DT by 3:15 to get in line for Couture Fashion Week where I am seeing shows at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.  Then back to the apartment to change and finish packing and it's off the the airport at 2 a.m. for my trip back to Vancouver.

To quote Arnold Schwarzenegger - "I'll be back."