Monday, April 6, 2009

The sky is brown and the water is brown. Or, "Why Angela Lansbury Hates Me".

Anyone remember that show "The Critic" that was on in the mid 90's? The only thing I remember from it is this version of "New York, New York". It goes a little something like this: "New York, New York, a terrible town. The sky is brown and the water is brown. The cabs don't stop they don't even slow down." Joel remembers. Anyway, Ryan and I got back a week ago from a whilrwind trip to New York. We had a free hotel stay and free plane tickets so why not? Ryan went a year or two ago for a business trip and had been wanting to go back with me so that we could see some of the sights. And it was not a terrible town.
The skies were mostly gray, not brown. It was supposed to rain most of the time we were there but we ended up having pretty good weather. It was raining the day we got there but we still headed down to Greenwich Village to visit the Blue Note Cafe.

Grand Central Station at night. Can't really see much, I know. But there's the clock. This was right before our first attempt at riding the subway. I managed to have the doors close on me twice before I could completely step inside. Tourists.

At the Blue Note.

James Moody (saxophone) and Jon Faddis (trumpet) performing at the Blue Note. James Moody used to perform regularly with Dizzy Gillespie.

Oh this? This is just Carmine driving us around in a Rolls Royce. No big deal. (The Rolls was a perk of the hotel we stayed at. Complimentary travel anywhere within a few blocks.)

Grand Central in the daytime.

Friday we tried to get as much sight-seeing in as possible since we thought it would be our one day without rain.

This is somewhere near Times Square.

The closest we got to the Statue of Liberty. We went to Battery Park, planning on doing the ferry tour thing, but there was a two hour wait just to get on the boat so we'll have to come back another time to do that.

Ground Zero.

This sculpture was near Ground Zero. There was no sign or explanation, but we still took a picture of the giant twisty balloon.

St. Paul's Chapel. The oldest public building in Manhattan (1766?). Now it's kind of a shrine to September 11th since it was a refuge for many people during that time. It was fun to try to read some of the headstones. Most of them have been worn down but we were able to make out an "1805" on one of them.

Inside St. Paul's Chapel.

George Washington's pew in St. Paul's.

Trinity Church, on the corner of Broadway and Wall Street.
Looking down Wall Street.

Federal Hall, the site where George Washington was inaugurated.

The Bible used when George Washington was sworn in as President.

From the steps of Federal Hall we had a nice view of the New York Stock Exchange.

We also unfortunately had a close up view of Michael Moore, who was filming something there.

Ryan and the Bull.

Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall nearby.

We went up to "The Top of the Rock" to view the city.
This one shows how huge Central Park is.

The Empire State Building.

That night we saw the play "The 39 Steps". It was a lot of fun and we recommend it to anyone if they are looking for something other than a big musical to see. While we were there we noticed that the theater across the street was playing "Blithe Spirit" with Angela Lansbury and Rupert Everett, so we decided to see that one the next night.

Saturday we had a quick walk through Central Park on our way to the Met. We met up with Ryan's friend Richard who he's known since elementary school and hasn't seen for 15 or 20 years. He took care of our admission and lunch, and showed us around the museum. They don't come any nicer than Richard.

Anyway, the Met was definitely a highlight. It was fun to look at the modern art and be reminded of how much of it we just don't get. Other favorites were the Rembrandts and all of the Impressionists.
A couple of Van Goghs, a Seurat, and a Vermeer.

After the Met our feet were done for the day, so after saying goodbye to Richard we picked up a couple of I heart NY T-shirts for the kids, had dinner and went to see "Blithe Spirit." Again, it was a fun little play. Angela Lansbury is 86, but she still danced around the stage. I have to say she does at least look older now, compared to that 30 or 40 years when she seemed to look the same. As the curtain was rising for the second act, I scooted the backpack under my seat a little with my feet. I have this new cell phone that I'm still getting used to, and it has an mp3 player on it. I had already turned off the ringer, but must have bumped the phone when I pushed the backpack. It started blaring some Usher song (it came with the phone) and of course it felt like forever for me to pull it out and turn it off. It took a long time after that for me to calm down enough to enjoy the play. So, if you ever hear Angela Lansbury complaining about a hip hop song blaring at the beginning of the second act of her latest play on Broadway, you'll know it was me.

Other than that little embarassing moment and the 8 hour flight delay on the way home it was a great trip. Does anyone know why it's called the Big Apple?


Ben and Alissa said...

I'm so jealous! It looks like you guys had a great time! One of my favorites is the pic of Carmine and the Rolls Royce.

Bananie said...

What a blast!
Now about this Blue Note Cafe. Are you guys fellow jazz fans & I just didn't know it?!
Love the pic of you two with the Empire State Building in the background. It makes me all "An Affair to Remember" mushy & stuff!

rebecca said...

Jealous! I want to go to New York! It looks like you guys had fun. That pic of you with the Statue of Liberty in the background - you look great.

emily said...

megan, you always make me laugh.

looks like an awesome trip; glad you two got to go and enjoy.

nope, no idea on the whole "big apple" name. but i'll probably google it. . .

emily said...

there's a link. it's too long to paste here.

p.s. my word verification is "lummiest." i like it.

Mooy oh Mooy! said...

thanks for wonderful tour!! looks like you had a great time!!!