March 30, 2005

1/2 a day in New York

1/2 a day in New York, I figured out that New York is like Philadelphia but more (except Philly is cleaner and not as crowded). I'm a bit more comfortable now using the subway and walking in New York and finding my way.

the day started with using a train and a subway...I didn't exactly looked at the subway map to figure it out, I just asked people...of course I didn't just go up to a stranger, I was selective (I had to make sure the stranger is not totally a stranger-- you know the strange kind of stranger). One time I asked a person who wasn't from New York, she was from another country...I finally asked subway employers: a police man and a ticket salesperson...the Grand Central Terminal was huge and pretty...I only glimpse its interior because my cousins and I were in a bit of a frazzle, we were trying to get to the Empire State Building...the ticket lady told us to take the 6th and to stop at 33rd Street...

Our "handy dandy map" was very useful, we used it to locate our first destination:the Empire State Building (in the past I've always mistaken the Chrysler Building for the Empire). Originally I wanted to go up the Empire but the long line outside of it dissuaded me from going.

We ate lunch and walked to Rockefeller Center around 48-50th street. On the way, we stopped by the New York Public Library ( the famous one, where the day after tomorrow was shot, also spiderman, also Thirteen Going on 30)...the inside was so cool...all the way to the third floor, there was this great ceiling painting (de sotto en su style) and tall mural paintings in the Rotunda...it was so beautiful.

We were going to ice skate in Rockefeller but it was too much and crowded. But on the way to the rink, there was this cute expensive french store that sold french "paraphenilia"...it was called "Librarie de France."

Right across this place was the awe-inspiring gothic St. Patrick's cathedral. The skeletal frames reminded me of "Chartres". I went inside, and the ribbon-like and spidery rib vaults that ran parallel to the nave were simply exquisite. I was literally transported away from America to Europe.

After this, rather than using our all-day subway pass, we took advantage of the fair weather and walked to Central Park. On our way there we saw performers dancing. We were greeted by the smell of horse manures and the sight of art works on sidewalks as we approach central park.

We went ice skating in Wollman Trump Skating Rink, it was beautiful, not as crowded, large and inexpensive. The view--wow---the manhattan skyline with the famous "Plaza" towering over vein-like trees like fingers groping for the soaring sky-rocket scrapers...with pavement of scattered diamonds...

We had dinner at TGIF Fridays' in Times Square, and what would a day in New York be like without watching a Broadway--an off-broadway musical in Dodgers Stage/ Stage 5, 303 50th West between 8th and 9th Avenue. My cousin and I watched:

The Musical of Musicals: the Musical
This was a hilarious show. This musical parodied great musicals of the past by the masters: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sodheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander and Ebb. It had one plot, told in my different musical styles: the universal plot of "trying to pay rent and living."

One could interpret this theme of paying rent several ways. Singer-song writer Dido wrote "if life was for rent and [one] did not learn how to buy [then one] deserved nothing more than [one would] get, cos nothing [one had] was truly one's own." Dido demonstrated the importance of making choices and the consequences that would follow. Or one could just simply enjoy a study of different musical styles and theater. It' was a bit tongue-in cheek, but still hilarious.

The stage was small, similar to Reeves Theater, and there were only 4 members in the cast, and voices (dufferent accents) and an upright piano. The costumes were plain and modern not "so over the top." The sceneries was depicted with background lighting and voice-over narration.

It was at its funniest when I understood the puns and allusions, but even those who weren't aware of the different musical plots would still have a laugh because of its random order and juxtapositon. 4.5 out of the five musical styles, I was able to catch the allusions of; it was great! They said that imitation was the greatest sign of flattery. The Musical of Musicals: the Musical "ripped" off from the great musicals of the past in an innovative way. The whole show was more of a celebration of Musicals rather than a mockery of theater. The Musical of Musicals: the Musicals was awesome! Go WATCH IT!


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What would a day or even a night in New York without coffee--Starbucks Coffee.

My cousin asked "Aren't they close already?"

"Of course not, this is the city that doesn't sleep, I answered, there's a starbucks at least at the end of every block..."

The air chilled, temperatures dropping in the 30s, White Chocolate Mocha warming up my hands and my taste buds; I walked through Times Square, capital of insomaniac city. People bustling to and fro, garish lights and billboard spectacles, the aroma of pizza and chinese food fused together in the air, princess walking around getting photographed in her cinderalla blue ball gown, stretch limos gliding through, I was ready to sleep.

Posted by Michael Diezmos at March 30, 2005 1:33 PM
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