During my trip home for the holidays — and really, any time I am out of town — people ask me what they should do when they come to New York City for a visit.
It’s a hard question to answer.
There are so many choices. That’s why my recommendation varies from person to person, depending on what they like to do and how much time they have to spend in the city.
But there is one activity that I think everyone should do if they plan to be in Manhattan before year’s end:
Add a wish to the Times Square Visitors Center wall
The Wishing Wall is a simple 8′ x 10′ space covered with small scraps of brightly-colored paper, each containing the wish of a person who has traveled to NYC. “Please talk to your mother.” “I want a job.” “I need to graduate.” “Help me win the lottery.”
Leaving a wish is free. It’s for the entire family. And it’s a welcome low-tech activity located in the midst of the neon frenzy that is the Theatre District. Plus, all the wishes will be released like confetti over Times Square when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.
Talk about being a part of the action!
I haven’t added my wish to the wall as of yet, but since it’s such an inherently public display, I think it’s okay to tell you what it would be:
Safe, timely travel thru the blizzard
(Living in NYC is already a wish come true. Don’t wanna be greedy.)