My trip to New York began at the Greensburg train station. The eight-hour train ride provided me with some time to relax, and to catch up on phone calls and emails since every car had WiFi. The seats were comfortable, the bathrooms were large and clean, and the dining car was stocked with drinks and snacks. After several stops, I arrived at Penn Station, which was practically across the street from my hotel, The Affinia Manhattan. It was my first time in a boutique hotel, and I was pleased to find that my room was large and equipped with a kitchenette. Because I love to dance, I contacted Fausto Felix, a Salsa Champion Dancer , to find out where I should go. His recommendation, Toda La Noche, located on the ninth floor of a building on 26th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue, proved to be a great venue where I met Hernan Carrasco and danced with some very nice people. Hernan took me under his wing to help me get better at dancing Salsa on 2 .
The next morning, I headed to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which was only a nineteen minute walk from my hotel. There I reconnected with my friend, Lisa Patino, owner of Panache Hair Designers in Allentown. This year’s hair show featured Hair and Eye Lash Extensions and Male Grooming. I met and got a picture with World Class Stylist Martin Parsons, who is well renowned for his updos. I also sat in on a class taught by Ted Gibson, who has styled countless celebrities. Another real treat was a picture with the New Jersey Housewives Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea, who were promoting Magic Sleek, the harsh chemical and formaldehyde-free smoothing treatment featured in Nordstroms and all Frederic Fekkai salons. I heard some wonderfully energetic latin music playing amidst the stalls … it was The Gipsy Kings, one of my absolute favorites. They had everyone dancing in the aisles!
The second day I was on a mission to find the new product, Instantly Ageless by Jeunesse, which we now carry in our salon. It especially appeals to men, and its results are amazing! My connection in Washington, D.C., Fatimah Mirbaha, had previously mentioned me about the NYC photographer, Adrian Montanez, who graciously showed me more of the city that evening. We hit it off instantly, laughing and meeting people on the street he knew and introducing me. He eventually directed me to the Stepping Out Studio, Las Chicas Locas, located on the fourth floor of the Empire State Building, where Hernan met me again, and a good time was had by everyone! It was nice to have people watching out for me in the big city, and making sure I got back to my hotel safely.
Overall, I was pleased to find that I felt safe traveling and walking the streets of NYC alone. There was an obvious police presence everywhere. Before my train left the next day, I even had some time to explore the underground shopping mall in Penn Station. I’m looking forward to my next trip!