In August, Ms. Garrett And I attended the Empire State dance championships.
I posted about this event on social media, and soon after I received a lot of negative feedback for my failure to call the police and report this incident. I do apologize for my lapse in better judgment. The shock of the situation after our long train ride in, caused a lack of better judgment.
After that long journey, what a thrill it was to arrive at the Conrad Hotel.
This year the Empire State dance championships moved to its new location in the Conrad Hotel, New York. Barron Hilton, son of Conrad Hilton, founded Conrad Hotels, taking the name from that of his father.
The Conrad Hotel in New York has a modern Art theme. I can honestly say that modern art in general, does not appeal to me. I found the hotel to be both beautiful and interesting , but nothing about the location was functional or convenient. It would not be my first choice for a stay at a five-star hotel, but the hotel did contain beautiful, dizzying sites and LOOPY artwork.
I use the word "loopy" both literally and figuratively. In fact the hotel's main focal point is a towering painting titled by the name " Loopy Doopy" .
Loopy Doopy Is a giant 13 story piece of artwork by artist Sol LeWitt. The Conrad Hotel is filled from wall-to-wall with artwork and this piece is by far the biggest, rising 13 stories above the atrium level. The concierge at the hotel told me that it took over 100 gallons of paint to create this massive piece of artwork, and that the artist died in 2007.
If one looks closely there are also smaller pieces of art all over the hotel.
The rooms themselves were beautiful.
Perhaps a bit too modern for me , I couldn't figure out how to use a telephone the light switches or the shower. My hotel room had no bathtub and no scupper to collect the water ,which went all over the floor. It was difficult to keep my dance shoes dry, because before the bathroom always remained wet.
During our first night in New York Ms. Garrett and I decided to go out for dinner at Delmonicos steakhouse.
The restaurant has been in operation since 1830. Although it has moved many times, the current location has been in operation since 1929.
Ms. Garrett danced very well. She danced over 86 individual dances. in two different styles: both American smooth and rhythm.
Ms. Garret And I had a lovely dinner at Delmonico's . We then returned early to the hotel to rest up for a full day of dancing to follow.
The following day, Wehad an early start at 7 AM , for a fun filled day of dancing at Empire.
We also had a nice time chatting with Charlene Proctor. I think that Ms. Garrett enjoyed watching her the most, As Charlene made her debut with her new partner.
The floor could appear larger from side view point. It was a very elegant ballroom with a rainbow colored chandeliers. Dancers complained that they could not find a water station in the ballroom
Although we had no opportunity to meet the organizers, any of them, We really did enjoy our time at this event.
Before the evening session,we had a nice time viewing the vendor area. The event hosted a nice little cocktail hour and dinner session, along with time to mingle in the lobby
Ms. Garret and I Concluded our adventure to New York with a visit to the Russian tea room the following day. We had a wonderful lunch there followed by a unique private tour.