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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