Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NYC theater trip, Aug 2014

NYC theater trip, August 2014

I love going back to NYC!  Our friends knitpig and M had never been and we needed a theater trip to see our friend James as the Genie in Aladdin...and he won the Tony!!
Cause he is amazing!  Go to YouTube and Google James Monroe Iglehart and watch the Tony acceptance speech.  Or anything else-he is just wonderful.

We started the weekend at Ellen's Stardust diner, home of the singing waitstaff.  There was a line to get in and they have the windows well covered and sound proofed so you don't really know what you are getting into until you are inside.  Wow.  This is an only in New York thing.  It is packed and loud because the waitstaff are always singing.  
Not some sort of tame, stand off in a corner singing, but all over the room and on a mini stage-walk in the center of the room.  The staff are all aspiring to make it to Broadway and were excellent singers and good waitstaff to boot.  The food is pretty standard but clearly you are here for the experience.

After dinner we went to our first show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris.   Wow to everything.  The show is good, NPH is amazing-you can see just how much he throws himself into the role so completely.  Live theater is just so good!!

It is always easy to visit Times Square.  So strange because there is not really anything to do except see the crowd of people there to see the crowd of people....

The next day we hit the iconic Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center.

Love Art Deco!  Note to self-look into an art class...

What is NYC without some shopping?  There is a huge Lego store and normally we would just be looking, since you can buy it all at home.  Except!  They had just launched the Research Lab and I knew those would sell out...so I got a couple

Woo hoo chemist!!

The whole team is awesome!

 A special art installation was happening-not a huge Koons fan, but it was right there


Next up, Grand Central Station!
vertical panorama looks a bit funky...

It is nice to stop and check out the classic architecture and people watch.

But the real reason we went was to ride through the City Hall Subway station.  This station is not used because the turn is too tight and it is unsafe to load and unload passengers.  But if you ride the 6 train and stay on after the last stop you can catch glimpses.  This photos I grabbed out of the Columbia Alumni magazine, summer 2014, you actual viewing experience will be dim.  It is cool if there are others who stay on the train as well to spot the stop.

In all my time I never managed to go into the library...manged to fix that this trip!

Great use of the iconic lion

which is tough to photograph

 Yes, inside is what you imagine it to be-stately, quiet, full of information, many readers, so tourists...good stop!
More in the second half.

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