Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

NYC, december trip

arrived to NYC last Thursday around 2pm and got into Manhattan about an hour later, and to my hotel from grand central by 4pm. I got all checked in to my hotel and then back into the city and TIME SQUARE woot woot..by 5:30..and then picked up my tickets at the St James theatre and back there by 7pm to see a broadway show, the revival of Finian's Rainbow. I was right smack in the middle about row N. Excellent show, perfect song and dance experience on broadway. The guy playing Finian was an absolute genius with ever word, move, gesture, and turn. WOW, the guy playing the leprechaun also did an excellent job, complete cream of the crop up on that stage. I have to say Finian and the Leprachaun really stole the show for me. Through a connection of a friend, I got the chance to go backstage after the show. I was a bit nervous and excited and hyped up after the show... the cast was walking all around back and forth. The connection who worked backstage introduced me to each one saying how I'd come from OKC to see the show and I was saying "wonderful job, loved the show" to everyone. ha ha.

Friday I woke up and headed up to Rockefeller center, to see the tree and all...stood outside of the NBC studio for a little while. The end of the Kathy Lee and Hoda hour was going on and you could kind of see them inside so that was cool. walked around shopping after that, taking pictures and all. My friend Heath was in town for work and called and we met up for lunch. We walked back up to Rockefellfer center , then down to bryant park, and then said our goodbyes... he had to get back to his friends in town and was going back to Austin the next morning.
I went back to my hotel to drop off some things, then walking back uptown through the meatpacking district on my way to the Hell's Kitchen area for dinner at Arriba Arriba on 51st and 9th.
Saturday!! Soho and Financial district on my list. walked down greenwich to photograph the former house of Robert Isabell , he was an event planner who died last spring and Sotheby's is having an auction of his furniture and stuff this December. Next I shopped in Soho eventually getting on a subway down to Century 21 dept store for a bit more shopping and then Seaport to check it out and also buy a ticket for Hair. got a taxi back to my hotel to unload all my bags and get ready to meet up with a former Honduran student in Brooklyn. Leo is living in Brooklyn just now and another girl student, Lisa L, was in town from Philly. I met with both of them for dinner in Williamsburg, so much fun! Leo showed me a furniture gallery he's interning at, and then we met up with Lisa in town from PA. I've known them since teaching them in 7th and 8th grade and couldn't be more proud of all the steps they're making in life. Leo took me by one of his favorite bookstores on the way to the substop and bought me a book "Design as Art" by Bruno Munari. I'm slowly but surely reading it... we left Lisa on the L train and took a sub north towards the Al Hirschfield theatre for Hair. I had only bought one ticket earlier, but told Leo to come and I'd get him whatever ticket was left to see the show with me. 3 months in NYC and he hadn't seen a broadway show yet. get this! my ticket was orchestra 8 rows back furthest left seat, which wasn't too bad really although a side view. So we get there before the show and I ask them for one ticket whatever they have etc. the ticket they sell me is orchestra 5 rows back center!!! ha ha, well of course I'm nice and let Leo have the ticket. excellent seat. to his right on the other side of the aisle was Kate Beckinsale. I liked the performance, having seen the movie and owning the soundtrack in college. what a night.
ok so SUnday morning basically got packed and slowly made my way back to grand central etc.... back home Sunday night. what a trip!!! maybe I'll get back there someday...