My Trip to see John Mayer in New York City-Part 2

John Mayer Meet and Greet In NYC

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New York City, Here we Come

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A Trip to New York City We'll Never Forget

At the airport waiting for the plane was a mix of good and bad nerves. My sister and I hadn't flown in a plane since 2001. We grew up with a pilot for a father and loved to fly as kids, but as we got older found it a bit nerve wracking. On this day though, we let our excitement flush out the fears. Here is the American Eagle plane that safely brought us to our destination to see John Mayer.

Flying on American Airlines to NYC

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Flying to NYC to see John Mayer

Alright, so we both indulged in a Bloody Mary to help us relax. It was that or a anti-anxiety medication.

The flight was really smooth until just before landing. There was some turbulence which I've always found unsettling. My sister and I were too excited about the trip to let a little turbulence bother us. We were on our way to hang out with John Mayer at his Music Party~Who cares about bumpy ride.


This was right after take-off. Up, Up and Away!

Landing in New York City

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The pilot did a great job landing the plane. Now Laura and I were like giddy school girls. Just had to get a picture of the "welcome to New York sign." We couldn't believe we were actually in New York City. Our father worked in New York City as a young man, before he met our mother. He always wanted to take Laura and I but we never made the trip before he passed away. He use to tell us that we would love New York and the feel of the city. He was right. The vibe in New York is palpable.


Nerve Wracking Taxi Ride from Airport to Hotel

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Knowing dad is the one that set this whole trip together from heaven, it wasn't surprising that several men we met, were named John. (My father's name.) It started when we got off the plane and hopped in our New York Taxi. That was just the start of meeting John's everywhere we went. This was a confirmation to Laura and I that dad was on this trip with us in spirit.

John was an amazing taxi driver. He not only weaved in and out of congestion with ease but gave us a tour of the city on the way to the hotel. He also gave us tips about not looking like vulnerable tourist's which we greatly appreciated.

Side Note: Riding in New York Taxi's is not for the faint of heart

Hudson Hotel in New York City

Time to go get settled in at the Hudson House Hotel. This place was amazing. I was intrigued by the low lighting throughout the hotel. It was very conducive to relaxation.



The Hudson is a trendy and upscale hotel located at 356 W 58th Street. It sits in the Midtown area just steps from Central Park, Columbus Circle and the theater district.






If your planning a trip to New York and plan to stay at the Hudson, I want to let you in on the size of the rooms. They are extremely small. I was only there for one night so that wasn't a problem for me. I must admit the beautiful style and de'cor of the room make up for the lack in space.


Checking in at the Hudson Hotel

What a nice way to be greeted at our hotel. Hubba Hubba
What a nice way to be greeted at our hotel. Hubba Hubba | Source
I can hardly wait to get to our room.
I can hardly wait to get to our room. | Source
Checking in at the Hudson Hotel
Checking in at the Hudson Hotel | Source
The ceiling of the lobby at Hudson House. Beautiful chandelier and ivy roof top.
The ceiling of the lobby at Hudson House. Beautiful chandelier and ivy roof top. | Source
This was on our t.v. as we entered our hotel room. This is the escalator that takes you from the entrance of the hotel to the lobby.
This was on our t.v. as we entered our hotel room. This is the escalator that takes you from the entrance of the hotel to the lobby.

Our Hotel Room

Tiny bathroom at the Hudson
Tiny bathroom at the Hudson | Source
This is the view from the bathroom looking into the bedroom and desk
This is the view from the bathroom looking into the bedroom and desk | Source
View from our hotel room window
View from our hotel room window | Source

Time to Play

Laura and I settled into the hotel room and then checked out the rest of the Hudson. Here are some pictures we took before we took off for the private listening party. Hope you enjoy.

Hudson Hotel Sights

This is called the "Library Bar." The bartender, whose name was John of course, told us the books at a slant were real and the ones sitting straight up were fake. Kinda cool factoid.
This is called the "Library Bar." The bartender, whose name was John of course, told us the books at a slant were real and the ones sitting straight up were fake. Kinda cool factoid. | Source
This is the 15th Floor, Terrace Bar.. What a view of the city. That's me peeking around a corner.
This is the 15th Floor, Terrace Bar.. What a view of the city. That's me peeking around a corner. | Source
Inside of the Terrace bar. Beautiful french doors with silk curtains open up to the outdoor lounge. There was a perfect breeze blowing through as we took in the beauty.
Inside of the Terrace bar. Beautiful french doors with silk curtains open up to the outdoor lounge. There was a perfect breeze blowing through as we took in the beauty. | Source
You see more taxi's in New York than cars.. I sure wouldn't want to drive a car there.
You see more taxi's in New York than cars.. I sure wouldn't want to drive a car there. | Source

Off to the Private Listening Party

After checking out the sights in our hotel, it was time to get ready for the private listening party to hear John Mayer's new album.

We hopped on a taxi and were off to Greenwich Village where the "Electric Lady Studio" is located. Unfortunately, our taxi driver didn't speak very good English, and a ride that should have taken ten to fifteen minutes, took a half hour or more. No worries, we made it, albeit a bit late. If I didn't mention it in my first hub, the "Electric Lady Studio" was built for Jimmy Hendrix in the sixties.

We were pleasantly surprised by a very personal welcome at the door. A woman from Promotions whooshed us in and said, "you must be the twins from the twin city's." She said we only missed a little bit of the program and walked us to the back of the studio. We were seated in a small room where they had John's new album playing. They handed us a pamphlet of lyrics from the album, "Born and Raised."

There were only about 26 of us in all, seated in that room. If I remember correctly, there were fifteen winners of the contest from different states and each winner could bring a friend or spouse. You could tell people were nervous because they had serious looks on their faces. I couldn't believe no one was swaying to the music that was blaring out from the speakers. Sis and I knew this was a once in a lifetime thing and had a blast. Once we started singing softly to the songs and swaying to beat, we noticed others followed suit. I'm a forty nine year old cancer survivor, so I make every moment count. Although we weren't listening to a live performance, the acoustics were incredible.

Once we listened to every song on the album, we anxiously awaited John Mayer's entrance. He must have come through a secret back door because the next thing we noticed was him standing on stage in the front of the room. It was a nice intimate listening party. He talked about how he was inspired to write this album and took questions from those brave enough to speak up. Being the music lovers and extroverts we are, Laura and I had no problems speaking up.

Once the Question and Answer session was over, it was time to get a photo with John Mayer. I saved the best picture for last.

John Mayer Music Party at the "Electric Lady Recording Studio"

"Electric Lady Studio." You can see how small the room is. The camera man is setting up his equipment.
"Electric Lady Studio." You can see how small the room is. The camera man is setting up his equipment. | Source
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John at the front of the room answering questions.
John at the front of the room answering questions. | Source
Outside entrance of "Electric Lady Studio."
Outside entrance of "Electric Lady Studio." | Source

Thank You-We'll Never Forget our Trip to NYC


I want to thank the Cities 97" radio station for giving us this opportunity of a lifetime. We are huge John Mayer fans and have always wanted to go to New York City.

Thank you dad for getting Laura and I to New York City after all these years. The odds of us winning the trip was against us, which is why we knew it was meant to be and set up by you. We knew you were right by our side the whole trip. We love and miss you.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Not been to New York, but would love to some time. It looks like you had a most enjoyable time. Glad you got to meet John Mayers. Great photo tour of your trip, it is always nice to get an inside look at places like this.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is so cool. I love John Mayer. Your hotel looked really beautiful, too. Thanks for sharing your adventure (and John Mayer pics)! Voted up!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you teaches-I had a wonderful time putting this hub together as it brought back that wonderful experience. I will never forget this trip as long as I live. I appreciate you reading it.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great news you both such fantastic time. Although I'm glad your back home nice and safe.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

It means the world to me that you enjoyed our experience and thanks for the votes. John was a really cool guy in person.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi writer-Thanks so much for reading our incredible experience and for caring about our safe return. We are both proud that we put our fears aside and had a great trip. Thanks for your votes Joyce :-)


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

This sounds like it was a blast, and it was fun to live it vicariously through your photos and article. Congrats on your contest win!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Congrats!!! it was lot of fun reading your hub1


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

I would like to visit New York someday. I've never flown anywhere.

I guess you'll be going back to that hotel! :)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Winning a fantastic trip to NYC is certainly a memory you will never forget. It sounds like you had a fantastic time. New York is an exciting city. Loved your hub.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

great hub, felt like I was there. nice pictures. excellent write. glad you had a good time .


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

So glad, Linda, that you and your sister had such a lovely trip. Love that photo of you all with John. Did you get to see some of the other New York attractions, too? You can never see it all in just one trip so you know you will have to return. :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to New York and had a blast there and meeting John Mayer.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Molly-so glad I can share this trip with all of you. You can all say you've met John now. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks unknown spy-glad you enjoyed my story. It was a blast!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Daffy Duck-I am most definitely going back to New York and will most likely stay at the Hudson again. There is such a cool vibe in New York. You know, the city that doesn't sleep.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I will never forget it Pamela. NYC is such a unique place to visit. Thanks for sharing in my adventure.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Cleaner-Thanks for reading about my fun trip to NYC. It should inspire some good poetry. Good to see you friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

drbj-We were only there a short time but we managed to fit in some sights. We walked to Central Park from our hotel and took lots of pictures. We also enjoyed looking around Greenwich Village where the listening party was. It's a really cool place with lots of history. I will definitely be going back.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Kashmir-it is a trip sis and I will never forget. Laura's teenage kids think it's pretty cool too.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Thanks for packing us along on your trip. Sounds like you guys had a great time. Everything about your hub is so full of positive enegry.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

What an exciting experience to remember and look back on. Pleased you got to meet with John Mayers. It sounds as though you both had a wonderful time.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thaanks mckbird. Loved having you all share this experience with me.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Rosemay-it was an experience we'll never forget. I'm so glad you stopped in and read about it. John Mayer was a really nice guy.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a wonderful trip this must have been. I am so glad you got to go, hey it was predestined. I love your picture with the HUNK John Mayer. The hotel was small but beautiful. Thank you for sharing your fun time with us..Cheers my friend..


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I'm so glad you liked my story. It is a memory sis and I will hold onto forever. It was totally meant to be. Cheers to you Ruby.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

i enjoyed reading your trip to NYC and meeting with John, very crisp and interesting write up, voted up


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you very much. It was so much fun.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Minnetonka! Aw how awesome!

I just saw an advertisement for his new album and I so hoped you had written this hub! You did a great job and I was so excited - man I would have been singing and asking questions! LOL

Wow - I really loved this - I just wish I coulda gone with you two! Beautiful hub - loved the way you wrote it (I even got excited waiting for him to come in)! lol The photos are beautiful - truly awesome!!

Good for you both - so glad you had a great time. Hey - I love Bloody Marys too! So fun...thank you for sharing this.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

RealHousewife-You got me excited all over again reading your comment. Our friends were really proud of us for dealing with our plane fear and going to NYC. It was a chance of a life-time and we weren't gonna let our plane anxiety stop us from having a blast. It's a trip we'll never forget! Thanks so much for reading my story and making your comment so heartfelt.


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

I love taking the train into New York City because there is always something new to do. I really enjoyed this article and loved the pictures!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I would love to be a native of New York. We didn't have time to take a sub ride but plan to do it next time we go. Thanks so much for coming by :-)


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Midnight Lights 4 years ago from USA

Great hub, I almost felt like I was there. Never been myself. Glad you had a good time, and congrats on the win.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Midnight Lights-Lots of those in NYC. LOL The city that never sleeps. I appreciate you coming by and reading about this great experience.


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dl53acy 4 years ago from East Texas

Oh wow! What an incredible story with such a great ending! I've never been to New York but ironically my daughter went for a 4-day weekend in July for her birthday and she had a blast. Although she stressed that it was a nice place to visit but she wouldn't want to live there. It was too conjested with too many people she said! She took some awesome pictures as well. I'm sure glad you ladies had a chance to go because it was truly meant be! Awesome story, I really it and the great pictures too! Congratulations to you both! What a blessing!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Debbie~so glad you came by to read the ending of our winning trip. I agree totally with your daughter. It's a fun and exciting place to visit but I would not want to live there. Too much noise and car pollution. I think the fast pace there would get stressful if you lived there. It's one thing as a traveler but not what I like in my daily life.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

It looks like you had a great trip, and a chance to meet a big name recording star-- ultra cool !!!!! :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

I still can't believe we won that trip. What a memories we have of that fantastic trip. Thanks for reading Chris.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Up all the way across on this one! I read your first hub about winning, but missed this one. I am sure glad I found it. Looks as if you had a grand time in NYC!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi xstatic-thank you so much for reading part two. It was an experience I'll never forget. We had so much fun in so little time.

One caution about NYC: The taxi drivers are totally crazy there. I thought we might die in one. Truthfully, they are great drivers and are use to weaving in and out of traffic, but it was quite a experience for us. We were holding on for dear life. LOL


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stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

So nice that you, and you're sister enjoyed you're light to New York. God Bless You my cherished friends.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Stars~it was one of those memories we will Never forget. We did so much in just one night and day over there. Seeing John Mayer was definitely one of the best parts. Always great to see you my dear friend.


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JenwithMisty 2 years ago

What a great experience!!!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

We were so blessed to win this trip. We'll never forget it :-)

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