04/06/2012 08:01 am ET Updated Jun 06, 2012

A Weekend In Old New York

As the sun's first rays pierced the monochrome haze of the Manhattan morning, I could almost hear the crashing opener of the song Rhapsody in Blue blaring to life. From beneath the monogrammed sheets of my bed in the Carlyle hotel, I surveyed the architectural timeline of the sky, from the ornate Art Deco spires of Midtown across Central Park to the neo-Gothic gables of the Dakota apartment building. This view could launch a million big city dreams.

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