Playing NYC Visitor

Playing NYC Visitor

Playing the role of leisure traveler is a delightful exercise when you are a New York native, more used to sweating out a copy deadline than gazing at a view of the New York skyline. So, on a recent summer afternoon, I did just that. I ducked out of the office and spent time lunching at Rock Center Café, while eavesdropping on conversations in multiple languages: looked at the grandeur of Central Park from Top of the Rock; and played Cinderella at the shoe salon of Saks Fifth Avenue.

The towering statue of Prometheus can be seen from both the indoor café and outdoor garden of Rock Center Café, a favorite of the international crowd. On the patio, large white square umbrellas provide shade at the tables on a mild autumn day, and an outdoor bar offers yummy cocktails like white peach bellinis.

Videos of great moments from NBC television shows are screened on the ceiling of the elevator that whisks you up to the 70th floor of Top of the Rock. To the north, the scope of Central Park is inspiring; to the south, One World Trade Center and the Lower Manhattan skyline can leave you breathless.

A uniformed doorman opens the door, and a marble-and-wrought- iron entranceway lets you know you are at Saks Fifth Avenue. Stroll down the main floor and watch faces being beautified at chic cosmetic counters. But the ninth floor is what beckons me, with a dazzling array of shoes designed to make any girl swoon.