Renewed East Coast Energy


New York New York – such a wonderful place. I am always reminded how great this city is every time I set foot on its energizing soil, whether I’m here for business or pleasure. My favorite bar Le Ciel Rouge is now closed, so it was Italian in Chelsea and sushi in mid-town.

Despite my addiction to Broadway, it took me years to finally get around to seeing Lion King. Thanks to Ray Kurzweil, my experience of it was third row center.


The performance leaves you singing for hours, puts a skip in your walk and reminds you that your inner voice — your powerful voice — is always alive. Ah yes, Lion King also brings out the inner child in ways we need to do so much more often.

I’m back at the Marquis again, the hotel that takes you as long to get to your room because of elevator wait times as it does to get from mid-town to the Village.

Since my last visit, they introduced the Miconic 10, what they refer to as a revolution in elevator technology. Who are they kidding? More than once, I heard someone say on the way up (the long way up), “I’d love to meet the guy who sold them this elevator system.”

Easy to use, they say. Push the number of your floor FIRST and a light with a letter tells you which elevator to stand in front of. It’s supposed to reduce congestion however it tells everyone to go to the same elevator and you have no control over what floor you can hop off at, once you enter. Ya gotta love that word revolutionary.

Being here however is a wonderful reminder of that East Coast edge, the dynamic energy that New York exudes in ways no other American city has ever been able to match.

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.
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