NYC Day 3

30 July, 2014
Rat Fink

While this has been one of the shortest Odysseys we’ve taken over the last five years, it’s definitely been one of the most exciting.

Advice to anyone doing a road trip that involves Manhattan: Stay in New Jersey, and take the bus to the city every day. Totally stress-free (depending upon your personality…I loved every minute and could move here tomorrow, while it took the Thriller a bit to grow accustomed to the constant press of humanity — I’m not sure he ever did, haha), and New York City has the most intricate and comprehensive public transit system in the world. There’s almost no place in the five boroughs that cannot be reached by the trains, ferries, cabs and buses. Imagine if I had no car payment, and no auto insurance payment…ah, dreaming…

Anyway. Yesterday began and ended with fun stuff that I simply can’t do when I have my choir with me, although I would love for them to experience it all. OK, our Tuesday:

We had coffee with Luke, a former student of mine. Wonderful way to start the day. This man is one talented fellow. Hear (and support him by buying) his music here: http://www.lukewesley.com/media

Late morning, we had coffee with Luke, a former student of mine who schlepped it all the way in from Brooklyn to be with us. Wonderful way to start the day. This man is one talented fellow. Hear (and support him by buying) his music here: http://www.lukewesley.com/media

After saying goodbye to Luke, we walked down 42nd St. to Bryant Park. What a beautiful place in the heart of the city. When corporations build and obscure the sun, they also provide a place for the public to enjoy. There are little parks like this all over the city.

After saying goodbye to Luke, we walked down 42nd St. to Bryant Park. What a beautiful place in the heart of the city. When corporations build and obscure the sun, they are also expected to provide a place for the public to enjoy for free. Therefore, little (and big) parks like this exist all over the city. Bryant Park has lots to offer — even a carousel!

Lots of places to relax.

Places to have lunch, read, meet people, and generally relax.

After walking the park, we had lunch at the restaurant, located next to the NY Public Library. We enjoyed our Caesar salads while sitting outside in the perfect, 78-degree sunny day.

After walking the park, we had lunch at the restaurant, next to the NY Public Library. We enjoyed our Caesar salads on the patio of the Bryant Park Grill in the perfect, 78-degree day.

We walked through the NYPL, after which I had to pose by the iconic lions. Rawr.

After lunch, we walked through the NYPL, after which I had to pose by the iconic lions. Rawr.

While in Midtown, we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and went right to the European paintings section, my favorite. We then unleashed our inner middle schooler.

While in Midtown, we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and went right to the European paintings section, my favorite. We then unleashed our inner middle schooler.

After the museum, we took a leisurely walk in Central Park. Such a beautiful, peaceful place in the middle of the craziness.

After the museum, we took a leisurely walk in Central Park. Such a beautiful, peaceful place in the middle of the craziness.

Literally steps away from the peace and quiet is the 72nd St. subway station, where we waited for the train back to Times Square. The main A train had some problems, so everyone (and I do mean everyone) piled on our C train. It was rush hour. My personal space was invaded, raided, taken hostage, and killed. I couldn't even snap a picture of the humanity.

Literally steps away from the peace and quiet is the 72nd St. subway station, where we waited for the train back to Times Square to find some dinner before going to the theater. The main A train had some problems, so everyone (and I do mean everyone) piled on our C train. It was rush hour. My personal space was invaded, defiled, taken hostage, and killed. I couldn’t even snap a picture of the humanity. It was awesome. :-)

Finally topside again, we grabbed some grub at the Port Authority, and took off down 42nd St. to the New Amsterdam for the final leg of our NYC stay. Far in the distance is the iconic Chrysler Building.

Finally topside again, we grabbed some grub at the Port Authority, and took off down 42nd St. to the New Amsterdam for the final leg of our NYC stay. Far in the distance is the iconic Chrysler Building.

The view from our box at the New Amsterdam, one of the oldest Broadway theaters.

The view from our box at the New Amsterdam, one of the oldest Broadway theaters.

Another view from Box 10.

Another view from Box 10.

Our final photo in the city. An usher saw me struggling to take a selfie at intermission, and offered to take it for us. Aladdin was sensational, with really  (and surprisingly, given the "poppy" nature of the music) fine singing.

Our final photo in the city. An usher saw us struggling to take a selfie at intermission, and offered to take it for us. Aladdin was sensational, with really (and surprisingly, given the “poppy” nature of the music) fine singing.

So that’s a sampling of our time in NYC. What a thrill it was! Again, thank you for clicking through the photos and going on the journey with us. After checkout this morning, we hit Atlantic City for a night at Caesar’s Palace (yay for comp offers the Thriller gets in the mail).

See you tomorrow, fiends!

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David
David
30 July, 2014 9:40 am

NYC is one of those places that at the end of every day you are tired and exhilarated at the same time. Though not my favorite city to play in (San Francisco is mine), there is so much to see and do…love the New Amsterdam, love the older architecture!
Thanks again for taking us along…enjoyed every pic.

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RD
RD
30 July, 2014 10:33 am

Love the pictures and your descriptions. Thank you for sharing your adventure. Sounds like you really enjoyed Aladdin. I’ve seen two “big city” theater productions. Years and years ago (probably in the mid 60s) I saw “Man of La Mancha” at a theater in Chicago. Can’t remember the name of the theater. Just years ago (probably sometime in the 70s) Bonnie and I take a brief road trip to Toronto to see “Phantom of the Opera.” Again, I don’t remember the name of the theater. I really enjoyed both of those productions. Seeing one in NYC is on my bucket… Read more »

Will A.
Will A.
30 July, 2014 11:26 am

Bryant Park is famous because it’s where Fashion Week is held (Things I only know due to Project Runway). I know I’m saying this about all your food but that salad looks fantastic and an outdoor cafe is always grand. Chicago has become my big city of choice but New York always looks fantastic!

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