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    More free Shakespeare in Bryant Park!
    The Boomerang Company will do "Love's Labor's Lost" Info here:

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    I'm planning to check out the Dance Parade this afternoon, providing the weather cooperates. I've done this in the past and it's great fun.
    Anita, if you're reading this - you said you planned on visiting the Tenement Museum today. The dance parade terminates in Tomkins Square Park, which is walkable from there. It might be up your alley.
    Don't forget to check out Economy Candy (on Rivington Street, 5 minutes walk from the museum) and the Doughnut Plant (on Grand, also a few minutes walk) It can be tricky to find your way around on the Lower East Side as the streets all have names and not numbers, but the museum staff can point you in the right direction.
    http://danceparade.org/wp/

    The schedule is up for the free films in Bryant Park. Does anyone want to do a picnic in the park? Let me know what evening you're interested in, and I can request the time off work (I work evenings) or call in sick.

    http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-...mfestival.html

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    Kedrin, are you still volunteering with the kayak people again this summer?
    I PROMISE I will try it this year, and you can all abuse me and say how untrustworthy I am if I back out.

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    I'm meeting my daughter in Manhattan in a couple of weeks, Thursday evening - Monday morning. Has anyone been to the new Charles James (Costume Institute) exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum? Did you like it? Do I need a separate admission of some kind? (My local art museum has reciprocal privileges, so I don't pay the regular entrance fee, but it doesn't cover specials.)

    Any of you seen Kinky Boots? We'd like to do at least one musical. Anything better?

    Anyone been to the City Archives on Chambers Street to look for old birth or death records? Any suggestions on that?

    Planning to visit the Tenement Museum on Saturday -- the two tours that look most interesting are Shop Life and Irish Outsiders. Thoughts?

    She wants to have a waffle from Wafels & Dinges. Their website shows a picture of Central Park, but that's huge -- how do you know where in the park to look?

    Is the week-long travel pass on the MTA probably the best arrangement? Or is there some hop-on, hop-off bus that would be better?

    Mucho thanks. (D has never been to NYC, so we're mostly doing very touristy things. Not sure what she'll do while I'm spending the morning at the City Archives, but we'll figure that out.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbk View Post
    I'm meeting my daughter in Manhattan in a couple of weeks, Thursday evening - Monday morning. Has anyone been to the new Charles James (Costume Institute) exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum? Did you like it? Do I need a separate admission of some kind? (My local art museum has reciprocal privileges, so I don't pay the regular entrance fee, but it doesn't cover specials.)

    Planning to visit the Tenement Museum on Saturday -- the two tours that look most interesting are Shop Life and Irish Outsiders. Thoughts?

    Is the week-long travel pass on the MTA probably the best arrangement? Or is there some hop-on, hop-off bus that would be better?

    Mucho thanks. (D has never been to NYC, so we're mostly doing very touristy things. Not sure what she'll do while I'm spending the morning at the City Archives, but we'll figure that out.)
    I walked quickly through the Met Museum the last day of my NY Pass, and happened to walk through the Charles James exhibit. No special admission needed. As someone who doesn't normally have an interest in fashion, it was tremendously fascinating. And the dresses were GORGEOUS! They don't make them like that anymore! If you do have an interest in fashion, you MUST go! The room is darkened and they have focused lights and a screen set up at every gown's station. The screens tell you about the architecture of each dress and the lights show you exactly where on the dress they're talking about, in real-time. Truly fascinating stuff.

    The Met, as Marge_Simpson and my cousin kept reminding me, is pay-what-you-want. My cousin has given a dollar and gotten dirty looks, but she's done it. I got an NY Pass so it was "free."

    Went to the Tenement Museum on my very last day in NYC, which isn't part of the NY Pass program. I went to the Irish Outsiders tour. The guide was very enthusiastic, which was probably the best part of the tour, honestly. He had some NY Irish history himself on the Lower East Side, so he brought some of himself into the proceedings. The tour inside was shorter than I'd expected, but the guide was very engaging and we got a very good idea of what it was like to live in the apartment back then. I got the feeling that many people who worked at the museum had family history with area, which brings a lot of authenticity.


    I just came back from my week in NYC, my first time EVER being in the city by myself. You must, must, MUST have a week-long MTA subway pass. It gives you unlimited rides on all subways and all MTA buses. If you take 2 rides a day for those 7 days, it will pay for itself. For you, it would have to be 6 rides a day and that may be asking too much unless you really run around. But you do get a discount if you add more than $5 to your MetroCard, so at least think about doing that. More info here: http://web.mta.info/nyct/fare/FaresatAGlance.htm

    I easily took 3 rides per day, and was thankful for it my first day, because I got on the wrong platform 3x and it was no hardship to simply get back on. Also, JFK's AirTrain system requires buying a different MetroCard, which I WISH I knew before trying to rush somewhere right after I landed!

    Another must - a smartphone and the HopStop app (and Google Maps). I had to learn on my own that you have to be on the right platform and ignore what the train says beyond the letter/number. Manhattan/Bronx/Uptown = north. Brooklyn/Coney Island/Rockaways/Downtown = south. Know that, know the direction of where you're going and you should be good. The transit apps will tell you which line to take. I have NO IDEA how I would have survived the subway system without the HopStop app. Although it wasn't as good for walking, which is where Google Maps came in.

    If you're mostly doing touristy things, I also recommend the NY Pass. There are a ton of museums and attractions on it, and you get free admission and sometimes a fast lane through the ticketing line. I was there 7 days, but got the 5-day pass and went to non-pass things the other 2 days. I went to a few things I wouldn't have gone to if I hadn't had the pass, such as Top of the Rock and Madame Tussaud's. There's a 3-day pass option, which might be good for you. But if the trip is coming up soon, you'd have to pick it up at a predesignated location in NYC.

    Another thing I would recommend is the Ai Wei Wei exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. (The NY Pass covered the general admission, but not the Ai Wei Wei exhibit, so I still had to pay $15 for it.) My cousin who lives in Manhattan had no idea there was even a museum in Brooklyn! But it's awesome.
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    Thanks, Anita. This is perfect!

    I was going to look for an app; HopStop sounds just like what I need.

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    I've done every tour in the Tenement Museum except for "Shop Life";my favorite one is "Getting By" but all of them are good.
    The Victoria Confino tour is really aimed at kids, though.
    If you want free admission to the museum, I suggest you PM Anita and give her your address, as she is currently in possession of my member's card. She was going to mail it back to me, but she can mail it to you instead.

    I haven't seen the James exhibit yet but I'm planning to, I will report back. There's no separate admission for it. If you like fashion, you can also see what's on at the FIT museum; there's no admission charge for their exhibits.

    I will keep my eyes peeled for the Wafels truck, they used to be at Columbus Circle but theymust have relocated. If you find them, the "throwdown" waffle is a must!

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    Haven't been to the Charles James exhibit, but I have been to their other ones (Punk, Schaparelli, etc). It's not an extra admission, but there can be a line for special exhibits, so you might have some wait time.

    Wafels & Dinges is a truck. They have more than one, and there's usually one parked at Astor Place by the 6 train stop near NYU, and another at Lincoln Center. The Central Park one is by the Great Lawn, IIRC. They have a full schedule at their website: http://www.wafelsanddinges.com/truck...t_schedule.php (PDF). I like the Nutella ones . (for more dessert info, um, I'm sure Marge & I can be of help )

    I definitely recommend the week long pass. It will pay for itself in a day or two. Since you're there on the weekend, be aware that the schedules can change as repair work is done on the tracks during nights and weekends, so keep it in mind while traveling. As scary as the subway might seem to some, it's really the best way to get around in Manhattan. HopStop is a great suggestion, and you can check for weekend/night closures at mta.info

    I haven't seen Kinky Boots, but those I know who have loved it. From the current ones out, I've seen Matilda, Newsies, Once, Book of Mormon, Wicked, If/Then, Jersey Boys and Phantom. I liked all of them except If/Then which is forgettable except for Idina. If you go the TKTS booth route, the Brooklyn one has much shorter lines (went there on a weekday during July last year and there was NO line) than Times Square and easy to get to if you take the A/C/F/R/ to Jay Street/Metrotech or the 2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall. It's pretty close to Manhattan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbk View Post
    Thanks, Anita. This is perfect!

    I was going to look for an app; HopStop sounds just like what I need.
    HopStop is really simple in that it tells you in list form which line to take at which time (and alternative times), and which stops you should be passing on your way. Which was helpful, because one of the times I got mixed up, I realized I was passing the wrong stops. It also has reports when lines are closed and whatnot. Most of them didn't matter to me, because the construction on the lines was occurring one stop past my home station.

    It doesn't always tell you the best alternate lines, though. I was lucky that I stayed very close to a major subway station, so I had quite a number of lines available to me to go home, and HopStop didn't always show them. But eh, just meant another 10 minutes waiting on the platform when I didn't have to.

    I found HopStop easier to use for transit than Google Maps, but again, Google Maps was better for walking. And there was that one time where HopStop insisted the only way for me to go to Brooklyn from the 9/11 Memorial was by taxi. Uhh, I don't think so! Google Maps pulled through for that one. So it would be good to have both!

    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    I've done every tour in the Tenement Museum except for "Shop Life";my favorite one is "Getting By" but all of them are good.
    The Victoria Confino tour is really aimed at kids, though.
    If you want free admission to the museum, I suggest you PM Anita and give her your address, as she is currently in possession of my member's card. She was going to mail it back to me, but she can mail it to you instead.
    That card will be like the round robins we used to have for skating tapes!

    And I am totally not Marge_Simpson's ethnicity, but they don't check ID for it and we figured, it could totally be my married name. And even if I were a guy, I could be adopted!

    I went to the Met on a late Friday afternoon and it was pretty crowded, but didn't have a super-long wait time for admission or Charles James. I literally just walked into Charles James, not really knowing what it was. There were no pictures allowed, but a lot of people were taking them and it was difficult for museum security to see them because the room was so dark! I managed to get 2 before I was warned.

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    This is going to be fun!

    And thanks, Marge_Simpson -- I've pm'd Anita as you suggested.

    My girlfriend has been to a lot of the Costume Institute shows, and has said that they're terrific, so I'm really excited that one is finally open when I'm there.

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    barbk, the Neue Galerie is right down the street from the Met; check it out if you like their sort of artwork. Even if you don't want to visit the museum, the Café Sabarsky is a nice (if a bit pricey) place to eat; you'll think you're in a café in Vienna. Info here:
    http://www.neuegalerie.org/

    If you're planning to go to the Frick Museum, PM me and I can send you my member's card.

    If you'll be here on June 10th, you can check out the Museum Mile Festival - free admission to all the Fifth Avenue museums, and various entertainers up and down the street, Info here:

    http://museummilefestival.org/

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    Thanks, Marge -- luckily my Denver Art Museum membership level gets me reciprocal privileges with
    Cooper Hewitt Museum (Sad this will still be closed for renovation in June. Hope to see it one day.)
    Dahesh Museum of Art, NYC
    Frick Collection, NYC (I'm hoping Jan van Eyck's Virgin & Child is still on view; we spent a month in my freshman humanities class eons ago studying that and some other works of his and I'd love to see it in real life.)
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
    National Academy Museum, NYC (nothing running on the date's I'm there.)

    (I really love the reciprocal privileges -- I've found that even if I only have an hour someplace, I'll pop in and see a bit of a museum I might not otherwise visit, even though I wouldn't have spent $8 or $12 for an entry fee without doing a lot of investigation ahead of time.)

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    The FIT museum's lingerie exhibit looks interesting; I'm planning to visit after it opens (June 3) Admission is free, so have a look if you're in the area:

    http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum.asp

    Virgin & Child is on view, according to the website:

    http://collections.frick.org/view/objects/asitem/items$0040:161

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    barbk, you said your daughter needed something to do while you're browsing through the archives. What about one of Big Onion's walking tours? The Immigrant New York, Gangs of NY and Historic Lower Manhattan tours all start and end close to where you'll be. I've taken most of their tours and enjoyed all of them. The website lets you reserve in advance, but you can just show up at the designated time and place. You can check the schedule here:

    http://www.bigonion.com/

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    Kedrin, are you still volunteering with the kayak people again this summer?
    I PROMISE I will try it this year, and you can all abuse me and say how untrustworthy I am if I back out.
    Yes- I'll be volunteering again. I'll probably be situated at 72nd Street- but I may float around a bit (Ouch- I just re-read that- no pun intended!). The current status of the locations:

    Pier 40 (at the end of Hudson Street): opened last weekend
    Pier 26, just north of Moore Street, will be open when all certificates/permits are in order
    Governor's Island: Opens June 7
    Pier 96 (at 56th Street) opens this weekend, (and will be open on Monday, Memorial Day)
    72nd Street: opens next weekend.

    I'm not sure when/if I'll be down there this weekend (laundry's gotta get done sometime!).

    Oh- and as for movies in Bryant Park- I'd definitely be up for a picnic. Any particular film you fancy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    barbk, you said your daughter needed something to do while you're browsing through the archives. What about one of Big Onion's walking tours? The Immigrant New York, Gangs of NY and Historic Lower Manhattan tours all start and end close to where you'll be. I've taken most of their tours and enjoyed all of them. The website lets you reserve in advance, but you can just show up at the designated time and place. You can check the schedule here:

    http://www.bigonion.com/
    Well, dang. I want to take that Central Park tour offered right when I'll be dug in at the City Archives. Just read Death Angel by Linda Fairstein, and while it wasn't her best as a mystery, she wove in lots of details about the history of Central Park that I'd never known. Hmmmm....

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbk View Post
    Any of you seen Kinky Boots? We'd like to do at least one musical. Anything better?

    Planning to visit the Tenement Museum on Saturday -- the two tours that look most interesting are Shop Life and Irish Outsiders. Thoughts?
    For musicals, I can't say enough good things about A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. It was an absolute riot. Very old-school, and a completely ridiculous plot, but exceptional in the music, performance, and production. We were there in April when they were only selling 1/2 the house on any given night so were able to get primo same-day seats at bargain-basement prices; I'm not sure what the houses will be like in June.

    For the Tenement Museum, we did "Hard Times," the 2-hr version with the extended discussion (at no extra cost). The guide was a little too used to aiming her talk at students, but other than that it was excellent, partly because we had a really diverse group in the tour with great discussion. If you're going on a Saturday, be sure to book in advance -- they usually sell out on the weekends. (Oh, and there's a fabulous Thai restaurant on the next block with great lunch specials. )

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    I have a terrific winebar/restaurant to recommend, Riposo 46, in Hell's Kitchen.

    http://www.riposonyc.com/

    A coworker had raved about it, so I stopped by early this evening, just intending to have a glass of wine. But after seeing the delicious food coming out of the kitchen, I stayed for dinner. The Margherita flatbread was fab. 2 ladies sitting next to me ordered the chef's cheese plate, which looked divine - what seemed like a pound of various cheeses, fruit, walnuts and plenty of bread.
    It's rather small but w/ a v. nice vibe, good wine list (generous pours!) and friendly bartenders. So check it out if you're in the neighborhood.


    kedrin, I probably won't be able to get an evening off in June, but any of the movies in July or August would be fine. Except Blazing Saddles, which I think is lame.
    I'm off next Sunday (June 1st) will you be volunteering then? (I'm actually off on Friday and Saturday too, but I've got ballet on both evenings. If I fall into the Hudson I won't be fit to attend, so Sunday would be best for my maiden voyage.

    edited to add: I was at Lincoln Center yesterday, and the Wafels and Dinges truck is indeed there - parked at Broadway and 68th, right by the century 21 store.
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    So, Sunday afternoon I was prowling around in the Village, and have yet another place to recommend, Molly's Cupcakes:
    http://www.mollyscupcakes.com/ny/home.aspx
    IMO they are even better than Magnolia Bakery. The coconut macadamia was awesome, filled with the most yummy coconut custard. The coffee was pretty nice, too.

    On a totally different note, I strolled through Washington Square Park, I hadn't been there in quite a while. What happened to the drug dealers, have they relocated? In the eighties, if you wanted to buy pot, you walked into the park at the northwest corner, where there'd be a bunch of shady looking guys hissing, "sense, sense, sense" as you walked by. If you wanted to buy, you put out your hand, palm up, with your five dollar bill folded up, and someone would simultaneously scoop up your five and drop your nickel bag in your palm. Not that I would know this from personal experience, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    So, Sunday afternoon I was prowling around in the Village, and have yet another place to recommend, Molly's Cupcakes:
    http://www.mollyscupcakes.com/ny/home.aspx
    IMO they are even better than Magnolia Bakery. The coconut macadamia was awesome, filled with the most yummy coconut custard. The coffee was pretty nice, too.

    On a totally different note, I strolled through Washington Square Park, I hadn't been there in quite a while. What happened to the drug dealers, have they relocated? In the eighties, if you wanted to buy pot, you walked into the park at the northwest corner, where there'd be a bunch of shady looking guys hissing, "sense, sense, sense" as you walked by. If you wanted to buy, you put out your hand, palm up, with your five dollar bill folded up, and someone would simultaneously scoop up your five and drop your nickel bag in your palm. Not that I would know this from personal experience, of course.
    You need to come to Colorado. We even have strain reviews linked on the front page of the Denver Post website these days: http://www.thecannabist.co/2014/05/3...-hybrid/12420/

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