Out and about in NYC

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  1. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

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    I can't read Cyrillic, but I see the word "concert" there.
    Will she be singing?!
     
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    I posted last year about the "Flying Houses" photo exhibit at the Guepin Gallery on the LES. I fell in love with the "Caravan" photo and had visions of buying it, until I found out how much it cost.
    Now I see that the photos are back. Is this a sign that I should buy one?

    http://www.murielguepingallery.com/exhibitions/two-persons-show
     
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    Hey guys.... Be careful with the coming blizzard, okay? Stay safe.
     
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  4. Marge_Simpson

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    I was recently in Las Vegas, and had the ultimate restaurant experience at Hakkasan.
    Seriously, I think it was the best meal I've ever eaten. I was pleased to find out there is one in NYC, so my question is, has anyone eaten there? I'm going to have to pay it a visit to see if it measures up to the one in Vegas.
    And if anyone would like to join me, let me know. I'm thinking it would be a great place for a group. Info here:
    http://hakkasan.com/locations/hakkasan-new-york/#14236241285871&true
     
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  5. Marge_Simpson

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    Fraunces Tavern Museum will be open Monday for Presidents' Day and is only charging $1 admission.
    I really should go back, the last time I was there, I didn't see George Washington's hair or tooth or whatever body part of his they've got there.
    They are also having a birthday ball for George on Friday Feb 20. Info here:

    http://frauncestavernmuseum.org/events/
     
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    It's his hair- a lock of his hair. It's really cool, actually.
     
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  7. Marge_Simpson

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    I was thinking of going for Presidents' Day but it was much too cold to go trekking around downtown. I'll be in the area next month, though, for a performance at Pace, so I'll work it in then.
    Has anyone checked out NYC's cat café, Meow Parlor? I finally managed to make a reservation but it's not until April. Info here:

    http://www.meowparlour.com/concept
     
  8. Marge_Simpson

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    Did you know there is a C.S. Lewis society in NYC?
    I am not a Lewis scholar by any means, but I attended a meeting here once when John Granger (aka the Hogwarts Professor) was giving a talk.
    When I walked in, I was immediately recognized as someone new and I had people coming up to me to introduce themselves and make me feel welcome. It seemed like a close-knit group and everyone was friendly, but I got a weird vibe off these people. I kept expecting them to announce it was time for the human sacrifice or something and turn on me with diabolical grins. But perhaps my imagination was just running riot as usual.
    Anyway, if Lewis is your thing, these guys meet every month and usually have a guest lecturer.
    The church where they meet is quite pretty and they serve refreshments at the meetings (coffee and cookies) Info here:

    http://nycslsociety.com/index.html

    On another literary note, I haven't yet touted a terrific place emason turned me on to, the Center for Fiction in midtown. I'd love to join one of their reading groups but this hasn't worked out for me because I work evenings. They have a terrific used bookshop, however, so you should check it out if you're in the area. Info here:

    http://centerforfiction.org/
     
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  10. Sylvia

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    Skating event at the Bryant Park rink tomorrow, Tues. 2/24 from 6-7 pm: http://blog.bryantpark.org/2015/02/special-olympics-skating-showcase.html
     
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    Well, we'll see if I can see it from my office.
     
  12. Stefanie

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    Going on a girls' trip in April to see the Radio City Spring Spectacular Show! I've never seen the spring show; just the Christmas one. :) So excited!
     
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    Don't forget to get a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery, which is right down the street from RC!
     
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    Thanks! I didn't realize they had a location in midtown! Awesome. I'd only been the one further downtown...lower east side maybe? I went on a "Sex and the City" bus tour (don't laugh! :p) a few years' back and we stopped and had a cupcake at that location.
     
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    Coming back to NY for a few days in March and again in April. Hoping to go see a show both time. My parents gave me money for Wicked (I don't pay that much for tickets)- but trying to decide what else to see. I'm thinking I'll go to Something Rotten and sit way in the back so it doesn't cost as much.

    Sadly I won't be in the area on March 23, 24, or 25 - if you are, Something Rotten is doing previews where ALL tickets are $15.95. I listened to a preview of it on Sirius today and it sounds amazing. I'd buy the tickets now if I was going to be in town those days, what a deal. (They've done a lab, so even the previews should be pretty well settled.)
     
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    Yes, it's right on the corner of 6th Ave and 49th.
    Or if you're near Grand Central Station, there is a small one downstairs in the food court. The GCS branch does not carry the whole product line, but they do have the cupcakes.

    http://www.magnoliabakery.com/locations/rockefeller-center/

    If you need a chocolate fix, Teuscher's is nearby, at Rockefeller Center. It's a bit pricey, but oh-so-good.
    http://www.teuscherfifthavenue.com/
     
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  17. The Accordion

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    Hello! I just found out I can go to New York during my spring break -arriving March 28! Can I ask all of your advice on what shows I should NOT miss? I have already filled the tough slots of Sunday and Monday nights with Fun Home and Something Rotten. I have a list a mile long and would love some help narrowing it down. :) Also - if there is anything else you would recommend between March 28 and April 3. Thanks in advance!
     
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    I was prowling around Times Square this afternoon and saw the posters for Something Rotten, which looks like something right up my alley. I bought a ticket for April 3, we can compare notes afterwards.

    Earlier in the day, I checked out the New Museum down on the Bowery. Because one of my coworkers had raved about it and so I put it on my bucket list. I almost had the horrors in there. All their exhibits were positively weird. I should have known I wouldn't enjoy myself in there, modern art is really not my thing. But this stuff was exceedingly bizarre. What's even more bizarre is the Bowery Mission is right next door to the museum. So there's a line of hipsters trying to dodge all the panhandlers and down-and-outs outside the Mission. Info here, if you like modern art:

    http://www.newmuseum.org/

    I was able to recover my equilibrium a bit later on, when I was in the East Village and came across an ice cream place called Sundaes and Cones. (I have a real knack for finding desserts!)
    A bit pricey, but they give very generous scoops. I went with the mocha chip (yum) and corn. My first reaction on seeing corn flavored ice cream was, "Corn ice cream?! What the hell, I'll try it, but I bet it tastes gross" No! It was actually very tasty.
    http://sundaescones.com/

    Edited to add: when I was in TS, I walked past the Discovery Center - the Hunger Games exhibit is coming here in July. I probably shouldn't admit this, but I preregistered to get a ticket. Info here:

    http://www.thehungergamesexhibition.com/
     
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  19. Wyliefan

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    I think I may have mentioned it before (too lazy to check the whole thread), but if I were you I'd definitely see A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. I have the cast album and love it. Hoping to get up there to see it before long!

    I'm hearing good things about An American in Paris, and even though I know I'd spend the whole time wishing the male lead were Gene Kelly :) , it might be worth checking out.
     
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  20. Skittl1321

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    Heading to NYC tomorrow for a quick 2 day work trip. I have Wicked tickets for Wed night.
    Will probably be too tired tomorrow night to go find something yummy to eat :(


    Am going back in April and have my Something Rotten tickets booked :) I'm there for a whole week that time, but it sounds like work will be taking up most of it.
     
  21. Marge_Simpson

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    I have another ice cream place to recommend, PopBar, which I found by chance when I was in the Village this afternoon. One of these days I really need to organize Marge Simpsons sweets and treats tour. :lol:
    Website is here:

    https://lisha-han.squarespace.com/

    I'm off this week so I'm checking off a bunch of items on my bucket list. This morning's task was to visit the Museum of the City of New York, which I hadn't been to in over 20 years. It was fab! I loved the Paul Rand and the activist New York exhibits. The short film, "Timescapes" plays every half hour and is fun and informative, and there's a cute café with great views of Central Park. Website here:
    http://www.mcny.org/
     
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  22. The Accordion

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    Thanks for the reply - and I have the EXACT same worry about American in Paris!
     
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    It took me awhile; but I've visited both places this week during my staycation.
    Last night I went to a violin recital at the armory. I've passed this place dozens of times, but had no idea what the interior was like. Some drafty old army barracks, I figured. No! The interior is GORGEOUS. I was so enraptured I approached 2 of the staff (everyone was super friendly here) and said I'd had no idea the building was so beautiful, and by any chance did they ever give guided tours? I was pleased to find out that they do, so I have another item for my never-ending bucket list.

    On Saturday I went to one of the Danspace dialogue things at St. Mark's. This place is definitely worth a visit during the day (it's rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Peter Stuyvesant, although I've never seen him) and I'd forgotten what a nice performance space it is.
     
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    I'm going to see Kristin Chenoweth in On the Twentieth Century in a couple of weeks. I'll let you guys know what I think of it. Apparently THE show to see right now is Hamilton which is a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton. It's currently playing off-Broadway at The Public Theatre but will transfer to Broadway in July 2015 (after 2015 Tony eligibility). It seems to have gotten universal acclaim so far.
     
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    If any of you are planning to go see a show or two in NYC any time soon, I've learned of a new app-- TodayTix. When you use another member's code, you get $20 off (and so do they). They only sell tickets for the next seven days, but the prices are way cheap (and you don't have to wait in the TKTS line), and they are the only place with the lottery for On the Town and Hamilton. If you decide to buy tickets this way, my code is ITKDQ, and I would appreciate the referral.
     
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    Hamilton Off Bway is completely sold out :(
     
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    Thanks for the tip about the Hamilton lottery! I will use your code if I end up buying tix through this!
     
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    Another place I took my time getting to, but I ate here yesterday. Many thanks for recommending. I reserved in advance and ate early (6PM) so perhaps that's why I was lucky enough to get a window seat.
    The view was wonderful and I loved the décor. It wasn't exactly cheap, but the food was nice (especially the butternut squash & asparagus salad, and the blackberry panna cotta. And the yummy breadbasket.) The service was top-notch, and I will definitely eat here again.

    Earlier I was strolling around in midtown and solved a personal mystery: why do I always hear what sounds like a locomotive clanging on 45th Street between 5th and 6th?
    Because there is a model train store there. I felt incredibly stupid because I'd never noticed the sign before. Anyway, if you're into model trains, you might want to check this shop out:
    http://www.theredcaboose.com/

    If you're in that area, there's a great used book store on the same block. It's Japanese-owned (and thus a good place to buy manga) but most of the used books are in English and the prices are insane - most of the paperbacks are only $1.00. They've also got a huge selection of used CDs and DVDs.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/book-off-new-york
     
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    I saw this the first week of previews, and she is FANTASTIC. I nearly peed my pants laughing!!!