06-03-2014, 04:32 AM
D and I should get to our hotel (on West 44th between 8th & 9th Avenues) about 7pm on Thursday. Any suggestions for something to do Thursday evening? (We're seeing a Broadway show Friday night - A gentleman's guide looked great but the tickets were too pricey, but I glommed Kinky Boots tickets instead.)
06-03-2014, 04:39 AM
NYC Ballet is doing "Midsummer Night's Dream" which I think you'd enjoy, even if you've never seen a ballet before. ABT's doing "Manon" but I wouldn't send anyone to that unless they're a hardcore ballet buff.
What about "Phantom of the Opera"? Even if you've seen it before, it's great entertainment, and you shouldn't have any trouble picking up half price tickets at the TKTS booth.
Much Ado About Nothing starts this week at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. You won't get in early enough to get up there and wait in line for tickets, but you can register on the website and get in the lottery for avoiding the line. Try putting your name in on Wednesday, and you can check Thursday morning to see if you won tickets. Then you can just go to the ticket window outside the theatre right before 8 PM.
I've been really lucky with the ticket lottery in the past.
Or you could just walk over to 9th Avenue and have a nice dinner, then a leisurely stroll up Broadway to the Wafels and Dinges truck.
I didn't know pot was legal in Colorado. I haven't smoked in around 25 years, but maybe I should visit and take a trip (hehe) down memory lane......
Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 06-03-2014 at 07:38 AM.
06-03-2014, 03:01 PM
Thanks, Marge. Yup, this Thursday.
Next question: On Monday, we have to take the train (LIRR) from Penn Station to Stony Brook, and the suggested routing on the MTA trip-planner involves a six minute connection at Huntington Station to the Port Jefferson train. We'll each have a suitcase. Is this connection really doable?
06-03-2014, 04:58 PM
Yes, you should be fine - there are only 2 platforms at that station, one eastbound, the other west.
06-07-2014, 10:42 PM
barbk, hope you are enjoying your visit!
I was at Lincoln Center last night for the ballet, and afterwards encountered the most awesome thing. There were 5 guys out on the plaza with telescopes and quite a few people gathered around. Due to my nosy nature, I approached them to ask what was up. The telescopes were trained on the moon, Mars, and Saturn, and everyone was welcome to have a look.
I saw the rings of Saturn! It kind of boggled my mind.
The guys are at the HighLine every Tuesday evening, unless it's very cloudy or raining. So if you don't get over to LC, you can check out the planets there. (And you should check out the HighLine anyhow, because it's lovely)
The lingerie exhibit currently on display at FIT is fantastic (and free!) If you have any interest at all in fashion, you need to have a look. I was most fascinated with the petticoats and corsets from the 1800's - the detail and decoration is exquisite, and all done by hand. Some photos from the exhibit:
Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 06-08-2014 at 10:07 PM.
06-08-2014, 04:59 PM
You shoulda gone in April! I was there in mid-April and the houses were only half selling for Gentleman's Guide, so we got mid-orchestra-level tickets for $25 just by showing up at the box office a couple of hours before curtain.
Originally Posted by barbk
No doubt with all the Tony noms the ticket sales are up now -- but it's a fantastic show, worth full price IMO.
06-08-2014, 10:06 PM
Here's the website for the Astronomer's Association, in case anyone wants to see what they're up to:
More free outdoor movies - the schedule is up for River Flicks:
Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 06-09-2014 at 12:53 AM.
06-23-2014, 02:15 AM
Has anyone done an interactive mystery? My coworker suggested the Lombardi Case as a group outing, but we're undecided. If you've tried this kind of thing, how was it? Info here:
The Classical Theatre of NY's production of "As You Like It" moves to Brooklyn's Prospect Park this week, then moves to Battery Park. I saw them last week in Central Park and it was great fun. The actors are all excellent, and it was very atmospheric, sitting among the trees, while watching a play that takes place in a forest.
Bring a towel to sit on if you go. Info here:
Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 06-23-2014 at 02:21 AM.
06-29-2014, 01:59 AM
The Lombardi Case (see link in my previous post) was a BLAST, and if you want something fun and different to do, go order tickets now, as this particular case has only 3 more shows. (Check Goldstar as we did; we got nearly 50% off the regular price)
The thing starts off at Arlene's Grocery on Stanton Street, which is not a grocery store but a bar. I don't know what it's like in the evening - probably packed with hipsters - but at 2PM they were playing oldies, the bar staff were super friendly, and there was a very nice, laid back vibe.
You're greeted by a cop (an actor, not a real one ) and taken downstairs to the "briefing room" where you all become new police recruits, and get divided into groups of 7 or 8. The "chief" comes in and tells you details about the case and hands out maps and photos of suspects, and there's a good bit of interactive fun between him and the recruits as you take notes. The groups are sent out into the LES several minutes apart, you follow the map and try to find the characters you need to interview to try and solve the case. In this particular case, we needed to find the janitor of the building where the body was found, the victim's brother (who was not quite right in the head), Monica (aka Trixie Pops, a junkie hooker) Vinnie the drag queen, and a busybody alcoholic who knows everyone in the neighborhood. They were easy enough to find, as they all made themselves known to the groups in one way or another. While crossing a street, 2 of the ladies in our group and I got stuck at a red light, while the others crossed. While waiting for the light to change, we saw a seedy looking guy staggering around and thought he was the busybody guy we were supposed to find. Alas! We spent 10 minutes trying to question the local drunk, and then we couldn't find our group again as we didn't have the map. We had to run back to the bar to get directions. The guys back at the bar laughed and said it happened before - groups interviewing random people on the street- and pointed us down the right street.
You're given a time to be back at headquarters and then the groups assemble and try to figure out who did it, then the captain brings all the suspects in and each group can ask 3 questions of any of the suspects. There's a big spectacle when the killer is revealed - I won't spoil it, in case anyone decides to go! We had 4 groups altogether, 3 groups (including mine) thought the same person was the killer, but we were wrong. Only one of the groups guessed right.
The actors are all fantastic, especially Trixie Pops and Vinnie the drag queen. Vinnie was standing on his corner, catcalling to various guys walking by. You could tell who was a native New Yorker (they ignored him) and who was a tourist (they looked freaked out and crossed the street!) Trixie was such a convincing spaced-out junkie, a young couple passing by was about to call an ambulance for her until we explained we were all part of an interactive mystery.
All in all, this was a hoot!
Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 06-29-2014 at 04:04 AM.
06-29-2014, 08:29 PM
marge you continue to amaze me with all you find in the city!! love living vicariously through you there!
07-03-2014, 04:33 AM
Several ago I was at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument; I went up there to see Hudson Warehouse's production of "King John". The actors were all great, but "King John" was a snooze, quite honestly.
However, before the play started I went to check out our famous statue of Joan of Arc, which is nearby.....I knew it was there but I'd never had a look.
Anyway, here is a rather humorous article about the statue's history:
07-05-2014, 06:07 AM
I had a fantastic time in NYC. Thanks to all who made such great suggestions; I wish we could have done more.
MargeSimpson -- I've got your membership card and need to return it to you -- would you pm your address information?
I'm looking forward to another trip in a year or so.
07-07-2014, 04:18 AM
More free Shakespeare! Boomerang Theatre will do "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Central Park. Info here:
07-10-2014, 04:54 PM
Some skated related programming at the Paley Center
07-10-2014, 08:26 PM
If I were in NYC I would definitely be there!
07-12-2014, 04:25 AM
New Yorkers can celebrate Bastille Day this Sunday: