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Sunday, May 06, 2012

New York

Another great weekend in New York!

I flew into town on Wednesday and stayed in Harlem for the first time. The Aloft Hotel was really nice. I decided while I was there I might as well explore Harlem, so I walked down Frederick Douglass and saw several really cute restaurants before choosing Melba's. There, I enjoyed wonderful braised short ribs, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese.

The next day, I changed hotels - The Grand Hyatt. This was closer to the UNICEF Annual Meeting, which was the reason I was staying in New York for the weekend. Fellow South East Region Board Member Sherry Madigan White and I had planned to stay after the meeting for an amazing weekend.

The opening dinner was at 583 Park Avenue, a wonderful event venue. The dinner was delicious and the speaker, Fareed Zakaria had an inspiring, optimistic message. The next day's meetings were very interesting. It was a great experience to see UNICEF in action. Lucy Liu, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, was one of the featured speakers. Danny Kaye's daughter, Dena Kaye spoke, as well as Audrey Hepburn's son, Sean Ferrer, on what happened to be the anniversary of his mother's birth.

Lucy Liu, UNICEF Ambassador

Some of the weekend highlights: Dinner at 5 Napkins Burger, hanging out waiting for Ricky Martin to leave the Marriott Marquis after his performance in Evita, Saturday Dim Sum at Jing Fong restaurant in Chinatown then shopping on Canal street, Cinqo de Mayo margaritas at Mercadito and frozen margaritas at Monster, an awesome dinner at Sushi Samba (Brazilian, Peruvian and Japanese fusion), and hanging out with a famous Australian actor (Hugh Sheridan) who I didn't realize was famous until some other Australians told me.

Ricky Martin leaving the theater

Jing Fong
Actor and Singer Hugh Sheridan
Specialty Margaritas at Mercadito in the West Village
Round 2: Frozen Margaritas for Cinqo de Mayo

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