New York City

Diamond for a Day in New York City! by JD Andrews

Everyone loves to feel important and while I was enjoying my New York City - Hilton HHonors Diamond for a Day getaway, I felt like a rockstar!

The morning started foggy but got a little less foggy as the day went on...

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The adventure was all up to me, so naturally I wanted to visit the most touristy place in NYC, The Empire State Building.

102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.

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From walking through security to purchasing the tickets, I was told repeatedly "You will not be able to see anything up there" but I didn't care, I only had one day and I was going up!

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I even had a local (pigeon) look at me like "Hey buddy, didn't they tell you downstairs about the fog?" then he turned away and I think I heard him say (coo) "dumb tourist!" :)

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Even though the views were less than usual, they were still impressive. I think the fog even added an interesting atmospheric feel to the day.

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Sure, seeing the Empire State Building is a very 'tourist' thing to do but I recommend it (fog and all) to anyone who loves history, architecture, movies and isn't afraid of heights.

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This iconic building is lit up each night in different colors. See what color it will be tonight HERE.

If you don't like heights, don't look down.....wow, look at that little bitty car down there.

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The lights ,the people, the traffic...New York City, there's no place like it! 

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And if you're looking for the best view of the Empire State building, head to Rockefeller Center and go to the Top of The Rock! (yep, the fog was still hanging around when I got up there)

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I was staying at the Hilton Times Square but I passed the Hilton New York, which is conveniently situated in Midtown Manhattan and is walking distance to Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, Fifth Avenue shopping, the Broadway Theatre district, Central Park and The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

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After my long day eXploring New York City, I was so happy to sleep in and take full advantage of my Diamond-Member status and ask for a late check-out. 

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The fog was gone and this incredible view accompanied me during my delicious 'room service' breakfast! That way I could use the free  AT&T Wi-Fi and post more photos on Instagram and pinterest.

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One of my favorite weekends of 2012! Thank you Hilton HHonors and AT&T for letting me be a Diamond for a Day!

As a traveler, I can appreciate that AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.

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HHonors is the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘No Blackout Dates’ and ‘Points & Miles’ for the same stay at its properties worldwide, including participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels& Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online - Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information.

My Hilton HHonors Diamond for a Day Getaway in New York City by JD Andrews

Early check-in, VIP chocolates and Free Wi-Fi with AT&T are just a few of the perks I had a chance to experience during my Hilton HHonors Diamond for a Day getaway in New York City.

My Diamond-member experience at the Hilton Times Square was incredible, I started the day with a New York bagel and of course some hot coffee from Ess-a-Bagel.

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Then I was off to visit the historic Empire State Building.

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On May 1,1931, President Hoover pressed a button in Washington, DC, which turned on the Empire State Building's lights and officially opened the building.

Even though it was a very foggy day in New York, you could still make out some of the famous landmarks and streets below.

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It's fascinating to think that this building has been in more than 250 movies including my favorite, King Kong. I did see a few old banana peels lying around ;)

What's your favorite Empire State Building movie?

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After descending the 86 floors (it has 102 floors total) I was getting thirsty...

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So I made my way to The Chelsea Brewing Company, Manhattan's largest microbrewery, for a tour and tasting. 

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The staff was very knowable and friendly, explaining all that goes into making so many different kinds of beers. I think I tried them all, after about five I lost count...

So after an afternoon of drinking what do you do? You strap on some skates...of course!

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I've always wanted to go skating on the world-famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink and with my premium pass, I was ready to go!

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After a few laps around the rink, I needed a rest and wanted to explore the Igloo tent and enjoy some Hot Chocolate, cookies and my favorite, candy canes!

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After eating my body weight in holiday goodies, I was a little worried that the Rockefeller Center elevator wouldn't be able to carry me all the way up to...The Top of The Rock!

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It was time for some more dizzying heights. After another elevator ride to 67th and 69th floors, I checked out the outdoor terraces then made my way to the tip-top (of the Rock).

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The 70th floor, the uppermost level, an unobstructed 360-degree view of New York City and beyond. (if there wasn't so much fog) but even through the fog, the views were amazing!

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All those elevator rides were making me hungry so I headed back to the Hilton Times Square where I enjoyed a nice dinner in the Restaurant Above.

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By the way, my room had the best view I've ever had of New York City!

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I got back on the free  Wi-Fi from AT&T (More Smartphone users have chosen AT&T than any other wireless carrier) to update my Twitter and Facebook friends on my wonderful Hilton HHonors Diamond for a Day getaway! (and to make them jealous, LOL)

What an unbelievable day...oh yea, and it was my Birthday! :-)

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Amazing location in Times Square

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HHonors is the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘No Blackout Dates’ and ‘Points & Miles’ for the same stay at its properties worldwide, including participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels& Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online by visiting www.HiltonHHonors.com

My Amazing NYC View by JD Andrews

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Grand Central Terminal, New York City

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