I’ll be in NYC on July 1 and 2 with Mom and Dad, staying at a hotel near Times Square, wandering neighborhoods and getting a feel for where I might want to live, and visiting the jewelry and gem shops on a materials spree for The FamiLee Jewels.

Neighborhoods I’m definitely visiting on this trip: Chelsea, the East Village, and Murray Hill, and Dumbo if we cross the bridge.  They interest me because of proximity to work and work-related events, entertainment and organized activities that are on my must-do life list, some of the lifestyle amenities I’m looking for, and because of the neighborhood character that I’ve read about.

Other suggestions or tips?  Any of you NYC-based people (I’m looking at you, Clay) going to be around in two weeks?