Return to New York
By Stuart Faber
I never pass up an opportunity to visit New York City. After countless excursions throughout my life, each new visit is like a new romance. Recently, I was flying around the east coast, so I decided to drop into Teterboro Airport and spend a few days in the city.
Teterboro Airport (KTEB) has always been one of my favorites. It’s incessantly busy, crowded and populated with just about any civil airplane one can imagine – and from just about any corner of the world. Runway 1/19 is 7,000 feet long and Runway 6/24 is 6,013 feet long. ILS approaches are available for Runway 19 and Runway 6, plus you have choices of GPS, RNAV or VOR. I just love it when an approach is required in actual conditions. There are about five major FBOs on the field. My choice for service and the best fuel prices is Meridian, 201/288-5040. On a good day, KTEB is about a 45-minute drive from midtown Manhattan.
This trip would be devoted to visiting an old favorite hotel, a new hotel and a few notable restaurants.
The Pierre Hotel, 2 E. 61st St., New York, NY 10065, 212/838-8000, www.tajhotels.com/pierre
I have been a lifetime fan of The Pierre, the iconic U.S. flagship of India’s Taj Hotels on New York’s Fifth Avenue just across from Central Park. The hotel has re-opened following an impressive $100 million renovation debuting new guestroom and bath interiors – I wanted to have a look. My first visit took place when it was just The Pierre. Later, Four Seasons took over. Today, Taj Hotels has scrupulously preserved its great tradition.
The latest in modern conveniences include interactive flat-panel televisions in bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms, the Bose Home Theatre system with iPod docking stations, high speed wired and wireless Internet access, executive desks with built-in data and power outlets, and electronic safes with power outlets that accommodate laptops – but it’s still The Pierre.