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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

For a few moments last week, I was lost in New York City.

For a quick birthday trip, a friend and I met in the Big Apple to see a show and do touristy things.

I had been to New York once before — in the late ‘90s for a high school choral trip. My friend, however, has been there quite a bit more and generally knows his way around.

But for all of the glitz and hoopla, I've never been very fond of the gigantic city — where you might never see the same person twice.

Still, seeing “Avenue Q,” shopping at the world's largest Macy's, visiting the Nintendo Store and seeing the “Today” show plaza was quite an experience (of course, I would visit while the show was in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics).

We made a visit to the World Trade Center site, where work continues in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. While the fog was too thick that morning to see much of the new structure, crowds of people filled nearby streets and entered and exited from museum doorways.

The fog prevented me from seeing the Statue of Liberty — or anything from beyond maybe 50 yards into the Hudson River. But the experience was great nonetheless.

In the days leading up to my trip, friends offered tips for visiting New York City: be aware/alert, it's always noisy, it's expensive — things anyone says when they visit some other place.

For the most part, those tips were helpful.

All was well in New York City … that is, until my friend and I parted ways — he was heading toward Newark for a flight back to the city he currently lives in. After saying goodbye, I turned around realizing I had no idea where I was. And, of course, in this instant, not even Google Maps could help me.

Thankfully, I found a subway station and made my way back toward Times Square — an area I realized would serve as home base for me.

I was happy to have spent a great few days in New York City.

I gave my regards to old Broadway, but am happy to call Pittsburgh home.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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