SQL Vacation 2018 Takes on the Big Apple

Kevin Kline

Published On: July 12, 2018

Categories: SQLFamily, Community, Speaking, SQLVacation 0


For just one year, New York City was America’s first capital. From Ellis Island to Broadway, there are few places in this city that lack rich culture and history. Although this concrete jungle may be well known, I scoured the Internet to find some unique information about the Big Apple to share with you.

New York City is famous for having hot dog stands on nearly every corner, but did you know those hot dog stands can cost up to $300,000? On the other end of the spectrum, a private island off the coast of New York was bought for only $10 in 1975. And the price of a subway ticket and a slice of pizza have remained the same for years.

Between the typical sightseeing of the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and Central Park, be sure to check out the Ghostbusters' fire house. In fact, Atlas Obscura has more than 300 unique things to do in NYC!


SQL Stars in the Big City

For more than 25 years, Thomas Grohser has spent most of his time exploring the inner workings of SQL Server and its features while working in the entertainment, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries. See what the New York SQL Server Meetup group leader has to say about his career as a data professional and his city.


When did you begin your professional career?

What’s a normal week at work like for you?
A lot of fun, implementing database solutions on SQL Server that most people think can't be done with SQL Server.

What was your first IT or computer project that added value?

In 1984, creating software that managed the mailing addresses of my mother's company, saving them from typing more than 20,000 addresses on a typewriter every year.

What sort of career do you think you’d pursue today if you hadn’t chose IT?

Electrical Engineering

When did you come to the area?

The first time in 1989; for good in 2011.

What made you decide to help as a volunteer leader?

What good is knowledge if it is not shared and passed on? Having a community that wants to learn is a great way of doing it.

What is the IT community like in your town?


What do you enjoy doing in the area?

Independent Movie Theaters, Broadway Musicals, Hicking

What do you recommend visitors to your town do on their own #SQLVacation?

Look at the street when walking. Don’t look up to the skyscrapers and don’t look at your smartphone. Less people will yell at you . For first timers, one of the boat tours around Manhattan is a great way to see the city.

Enter the 2018 #SQLVacation Contest

This year, my co-workers surprised me with a bobblehead in my likeness, which I actually don’t hate. You could win one, along with a bunch of other SentryOne goodies, by entering our 2018 #SQLVacation contest. Visit the SQL Vacation web page to learn more about the contest, as well as the next stops on the SQL Vacation tour.

Kevin (@kekline) serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne. He is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and long-time blogger at SentryOne. As a noted leader in the SQL Server community, Kevin blogs about Microsoft Data Platform features and best practices, SQL Server trends, and professional development for data professionals.