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    So glad I found this thread! I'm heading to Brooklyn for 2 weeks, minus the middle weekend. It's for work, so I'll be busy, but I hope to find time for a few touristy things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffClair1979 View Post
    Yay! Just got confirmation that I will be seeing Joan Rivers live at the Lori Beachman Theater on Monday! That should be a hoot and a half, that's for sure!

    Also booked my tickets to see Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show) at 54 Below on August 3rd (which is my last night living in NYC before I move back to Rochester! What a way to go!)

    Bucket List = shorter!
    I had no idea they renamed that theater after cabaret singer Laurie Beechman. I was friendly with her back in the 1970's when she was performing at a club in my neighborhood - a good friend of mine was the MC several nights a week. I still remember how excited she was when she got hired for a part in the original Broadway company of Annie - she brought her "blue" contract to the club and was showing it to everyone. We lost touch after her career took off and she was sick the night I went to see her in Cats. I was so sad to hear of her passing in 1998 but I'm so happy to hear that she is memorialized in this theater.

    Enjoy the Joan Rivers show there - sorry you are leaving NYC!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    You can't move until we have our ice cream meet-up.
    OK- deal! We'll have to do it one night next week- I'm out of town this week, and leave on August 4th! Fortunately, I'll be in the city all the time, since Rochester's only 5 hours away, so I won't be that far gone

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    Quote Originally Posted by harekrishna43 View Post
    I had no idea they renamed that theater after cabaret singer Laurie Beechman. I was friendly with her back in the 1970's when she was performing at a club in my neighborhood - a good friend of mine was the MC several nights a week. I still remember how excited she was when she got hired for a part in the original Broadway company of Annie - she brought her "blue" contract to the club and was showing it to everyone. We lost touch after her career took off and she was sick the night I went to see her in Cats. I was so sad to hear of her passing in 1998 but I'm so happy to hear that she is memorialized in this theater.

    Enjoy the Joan Rivers show there - sorry you are leaving NYC!
    Sorry I spelled her name wrong in the original post I'm terrible about those things! So cool that you got a chance to get to know her, though! The theater is a small cabaret theater in the basement of a restaurant and it's a wonderful performance space!! The Joan Rivers show was fun, but boy, is she a foul mouth! I'm not easily offended, but I sure did blush a few times!

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    I was prowling around Chelsea earlier, and made a delicious discovery, City Cakes:
    http://www.citycakesny.com/
    It's a tiny place and easy to miss as it's on the basement level, but I saw the word "cake" out of the corner of my eye and had to investigate. I discovered that their specialty is half-pound cookies. They looked divine but I knew I would eat it all in one go and they probably have at least 5000 calories. So I opted for a cinnamon crunch cupcake. Yum, yum.
    I was in the area because I went to see Pilobolus at the Joyce. They are kind of hard to describe - modern dance/performance art with a great sense of humor. If you haven't seen them, you should check them out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S21s0ZlM-dU
    Ticket info here:
    http://www.joyce.org/performance/pil.../#.Ufyhv5rD83A
    Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 08-03-2013 at 07:39 AM.

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    Pilobolus, aren't those the same people who do the shadow thing? They have so many amazing acts and I keep hoping they come back to Louisiana on tour soon.
    -Brian
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    If you have a thing for vintage posters, check out Chisolm Larsson, also in Chelsea:
    http://www.chisholm-poster.com/
    If I ever win the lottery, I will go there and buy ALL the ballet posters. I was lustng after the Royal Danish Ballet poster, but it was $350.
    Fortunately I hadn't been drinking before I stopped by, or I probably would have purchased it.
    They have lots of skating posters (Ice Follies and such) if you collect skating stuff.
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    Speaking of the lottery, the powerball will be at $400 million for the next drawing. If I win, I will buy you tons of ballet posters!
    -Brian
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    I got to hang out with Kedrin and Morgana LaFay tonight, when I went to see "E.T." in Bryant Park.
    It turns out that Kedrin is an avid kayaker - is that the right word? - and has convinced me to give it a try. She has promised to post info here, and I have promised to give it a go.
    So if I don't attempt it, you can all mock me for being a coward and not keeping my word.

    I saw Hudson Warehouse's "Three Musketeers" last weekend and it is terrific. Lots of sword-fighting action! They perform at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on 89th and RSD, and performances are free. Just show up and grab a seat. Info here:
    http://www.hudsonwarehouse.net/season.htm

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    Yes- great hanging out with Marge and Morgana last night.

    As promised:

    I'm not sure what it says about me that I was so charmed by the idea of free kayaking in the Husdon in Manhattan that I had to try it, but it's great fun (and I even started volunterring!). It is free- and no reservation is needed. You simply walk up and sign a waiver. You do need to know how to swim- (you don't need to be Michael Phelps, just well enough so that if you capsize, you won't drown. In any case, you must wear a life jacket.) Once you've signed the waiver and put on your jacket, you make your way down to the dock, where the volunteers will help you into the boat. There are singles and doubles available- so you can go out on your own, or with a friend. You are kayaking in a defined area- no wandering off into the larger river, and there are people on the dock keeping an eye on things.

    There are actually a few organizations that do kayaking- I volunteer with this one:

    http://www.downtownboathouse.org/

    which has several locations:

    Pier 96 (at 56th Street)
    Pier 40 (at Houston Street)
    72nd Street
    Governor's Island

    I would actually not recommend Governor's Island for kayaking (even though that's probably where I'll mainly be volunteering), as the kayaking area is much smaller than the other areas- although the island itself is well worth a visit (I believe Marge did a write up about it, no?)

    As Marge said, she has promsed to try this, so if she doesn't we are all allowed to jump in and abuse her for not keeping her word!

    P.S.- I"ve never seen anyone capsize- except deliberately, when they were teaching a class on how to rescue yourself if you do.

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    OK, I am aiming for trying kayaking this week, probably on Friday. I will report back.
    Yesterday, I was prowling around the LES and came across a fabulous shop, Olde Good Things:
    http://www.ogtstore.com/
    All sorts of awesome, one of a kind decorating stuff.

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    I was on Governor's Island today, but not for the kayaking. (It looks way too scary there, what with all the motorboats and ferries all over the place)
    I wanted to check out the fete paradise - it was so adorable, all these vintage amusement park rides. I really wanted to ride on one of the carousels (there are several) but I didn't see any adults on them at all. I should have just gone ahead, there weren't any signs that said "kids only" but I couldn't bring myself to do it.
    They were having a vintage VW show today. I'm no car buff, but all the VW bugs were so cute.
    The ferry to the island is free and there's tons of stuff to do there. Bike rental, mini-golf, picnic area, etc. There are food trucks but I'd advise bringing your own food as the lines are long. Bring water, too, as there are no water fountains. Info here:
    http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/calendar.shtml

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    I'll look for you on Friday- I think I'll be down there. If I am, I can put you in a boat.

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    If anyone is going to be in Brooklyn on Saturday, there is a beard and mustache contest in Coney Island. Who thinks these things up? It kind of looks like fun, though.
    http://www.coneyisland.com/event/6th...he-competition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    If anyone is going to be in Brooklyn on Saturday, there is a beard and mustache contest in Coney Island. Who thinks these things up? It kind of looks like fun, though.
    http://www.coneyisland.com/event/6th...he-competition
    That's nuthin'

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    The Brooklyn Book Festival is this Sunday:
    http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/BBF/Home

    PS I have not gone kayaking yet.

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    You can always go kayaking on Sunday. I'll be at 72nd (weather permitting). Season's coming to a close soon.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kedrin View Post
    You can always go kayaking on Sunday. I'll be at 72nd (weather permitting). Season's coming to a close soon.....
    come on marge....you said that you wold go!!! its awesome to kyack- youll love it!!

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