Blogging from the Omni Berkshire Place in Steamy NYC

New York City
New York City (Photo credit: kaysha)

Checked into my fave NYC hotel, the Omni Berkshire Place in steamy NYC. I love this hotel. Walk out the doors and you’re steps from Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park, Bryant Park, Times Square, Fifth Avenue shopping, great restaurants (I checked out an Indian restaurant last night that was great.) Okay, so let me gush about the Omni while I sip a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and nibble on nuts in the hotel’s hip Fireside restaurant. Nice crowd, Olympics on big screen TV’s and fun people watching (the lounge fronts East 52nd Street.) (The hotel is written up in my New York City Made Easy and New York City with Kids books, just an FYI.) My room has really cool blond wood covering one wall and the beds are dream-inducing. Tomorrow, I’m interviewing the teen concierge, yes, he’s a teenager and he helps parents of teenagers (God only knows they need it ), map out fun for teens in the Big Apple. I’ll blog more about my NYC weekend visit, so stay tune, I have lots to tell. But, for now, it’s back to sipping my vino and people watching. Happy August Friday night New Yorkers! Stay cool! And if you want some ideas for where to cool off in the steamy city, NY’s boutiques and tony shops have the A/C blasting–great spots to chill and snag the latest steal. Check out my TravelChannel article for a sampling of NYC’s best shopping

Author: Laurie Bain Wilson

I write about travel, food and lifestyle, for outlets including The Boston Globe and As a contributing writer to, I was the site’s NYC expert and wrote dozens of pieces. I have also written for other publications and websites, including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Time Out NY For Kids,,, Boston Herald, New England Travel & Life, Woman’s Day, New York Daily News, Parenting and more. I was a travel editor for ten years at a national glossy bridal magazine in NYC where I wrote and edited hundreds of articles that revolved around planning honeymoons and destination weddings. I still write about honeymoons for bridal magazines. And I also collaborated on How to Organize Just About Everything with Peter Walsh; I wrote 80 mini-chapters. I have written several travel guidebooks and a children’s baseball novel, Catcher in the Sky. I also co-authored several Murder, She Wrote novels--they are Manhattans and Murder, Rum and Razors and Three Strikes, You're Dead. If you’d like to check out some of my articles, please visit If you’re on Twitter, please follow me @laurieheather And my linked in profile can be found at

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