GROUP SALES MANAGER
Cynthia Anderson was the first baby of the New Year (year withheld) for Hudson County, NJ, where she was raised until her move to Boulder, CO. She now resides in West Harlem, NYC. She is the mother of a grown son, Mitchell, a Fordham University graduate, who is a playwright and beverage manager/sommelier for a nation-wide restaurant group. Cynthia brings over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism industries. During her 10 years with American Express International, she was Marketing Manager in the President’s office focusing on developing marketing strategies for numerous travel destinations.
Looking for new challenges, she moved over to the restaurant industry, holding positions in management and then sales and marketing for such restaurants as McCormick & Schmick’s and Gallagher’s Steakhouse, located in NYC. Earlier in her career she worked as a wedding consultant in all levels of planning.
Cynthia brings her understanding of client needs to Beyond Times Square. When working in the restaurant industry, it is important to know the message your client is trying to get across to their guests, whether corporate or leisure. This translates so well to how BTSQ interacts with their guests. In her spare time she designs and creates jewelry, enjoys yoga, sewing, baking, and of course, loves to travel.
More about Cynthia
Most Recent Trip: Australia, New Zealand & Tahiti
Favorite Trip Experience: Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and Thermal Valley, wine tasting on Waiheke Island at Stonyridge Vineyard (New Zealand).
The Blue Mountains and taking the scenic railway (the steepest passenger railway in the world) and climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Australia).
The food truck scene for dinner and getting a tattoo (Tahiti)
Next trip: Italy, hopefully for a month!
Dream Destination: New Year's Eve in Iceland. It is apparently the best party in the world. My birthday is New Year's Day, so it would be an incredible way to celebrate.
What you never travel without: My essential oils, portable cell phone battery chargers (I take a lot of pictures!), travel journal, a sewing kit my son gave me that he bought from Santa's Workshop at school when he was seven. It's become a superstition now since it has been everywhere I've traveled.
Top 5 things to do in NYC:
- Broadway Theater
- See the City from above - One World Observatory is my favorite There is something from the moment you get online until you reach the top.
- Explore Central Park
- See a Rockettes' performance
- Walk the High Line Park
Favorite NYC Neighborhood: Meatpacking District
Favorite attraction/landmark/building: Chrysler Building
Favorite Hidden Gem: Graffiti/street art finds throughout the city
Favorite food/restaurant: My favorite food is pizza. My go-to restaurant is Fig & Olive in the Meatpacking District.
Best thing to do in NYC on a rainy day: See a Broadway show or visit a museum.
Best thing to do in NYC on a snowy day: Walk in Central Park.
Tip for people travelling to NYC for the first time: Eat like a local and not at a venue you can visit at home. The food scene in NYC is amazing and representative of the melting pot NYC is.
Get out of Times Square and explore other neighborhoods.
Do not leave New York without...: seeing a Broadway show.
Something people don’t know about NYC: NYC is so populated that if you took the entire world's population and stacked them the way NYers live, everyone would fit in the state of Texas.
Favorite Travel Quote: I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list!