Juilliard School

Received an email from https://www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home, only to discover the myriad of events available at the Juilliard School. Prices are reasonable and school related programs are often free with the students giving world class performance. The Juilliard box office is open 10-6, and some tickets are available on line. The School and stages are adjacent to Lincoln Center on 65th St.

On this evening for a mere $20., I delighted in a performance by an ensemble of 20 for over 2 hours. The music was Latin/Cuban and amazing! Their guest conductor, Jose Madera, was a man with a lengthy c.v. of jazz related experiences and credentials. If in the area pick up a calendar of events at the school.

The event was also available on line, and information can be obtained on the website. https://www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home.

And who knows who’ll you recognize in later years. When I was doing psychiatric nursing at St. Luke’s Hospital in NYC, a young student named Jon Batiste, and his fellow Juilliard students played for our patients.

New York City Ballet

Ballet Open Again!

Was excited to hear the New York City Ballet has returned. Attended a January 2022 performance with three works:

  • Mozartiana – a Tschaikovsky/Mozart combination with Balanchine choreography, sublime.
  • Rubies – a fanciful collaboration of dancers in red set to Stravinsky with Balanchine choreography
  • LaValse- Ravel music, Balanchine dance, a bit sullen but beautiful.

Tickets were a mere $38. for a delightful 2 1/2 hour performance. What a steal!

Sculpture in Lincoln Center NYC Ballet Building

Chinatown

It’s been 16 months since I last visited New York City and Chinatown is the spot I missed the most. So much activity and the food, baked goods and massages are to die for.

Welcome Back

Menu, what shall I choose??

Noodles..

With a demonstration on how to twirl..

And soup..

Then a walk through town. Some interesting signs..

Good advice from Snoopy and Lucy.

And finally.. a foot massage, what a treat and so missed.

Another different restaurant pod, fascinating.. Think I’m getting obsessed with these? Me, too..

And finally a new New York City historical site to monitor and eventually visit. The oldest brick building in New York is under renovation. A future blog…

And don’t forget Little Italy is just across Canal Street. If only I had room for one of those delicious cannolis…

This ends my visit to New York City … will be returning in November and already have a play ticket.

Life is good. New York is back.

Central Park Visit

Our trio visited Central Park next. Another amazing time. We started our visit at the Central Park entrance near the American Museum of Natural History began by Theodore Roosevelt. Here he is in stone.

We were greeted by some amazing flowering bushes and trees. What colors…

A variety of dogs crossed our path – some yappy, some chilling, and some friendly.

And the sign posts in the garden splendor, share your story..

Shakespeare Garden

The splendor of the garden.

View From Belvedere Castle

The Castle

Strawberry Fields .. make a stop

Have some fun in the Park.

Enjoy the views.

Time never ends in a garden.

Socrates Park

Next on the agenda was Socrates Park, a sculpture garden on the Hudson with amazing views of Manhattan.

While currently changing exhibits they did have a few stationery sculptures.

And always interesting to see the inner working of these operations.

Then some of the bonuses, like a place to sit in the grass or a picnic area,

A final laugh – look what we found on the street outside. A parking lot for ice cream trucks, only in New York!

And for tonight, the drive in..

Astoria, Queens

Wow! Another hip NYC place I’ve missed, but make sure you don’t! Food was delicious as was the sights and sounds. Tried to get in to this famous spot for dinner without success.

Lesson learned: Call for reservations.

Of course it didn’t help that it was Greek Easter weekend and Greeks own and run the majority of the restaurants in town…

So #1 daughter and I continued to stroll looking for a restaurant and finding dogs snoozing along the way as their owners socialized.

Caught a variety of restaurant shelters each with their own personality. What creativity..

Then decided on a restaurant, what a good choice!

Even grand dog Mo liked the place.

And what a feast for a ridiculously low price..

Make sure you get the gyro bread – warm and delicious as well as everything else..

Last find was a great bakery for dessert later..

What a fun afternoon and another must see and do in NYC

Next: Socrates Park

Queen’s Museum

Queen’s Museum overlooks World’s Fair Park. The Museum initially hosted the UN General Assembly from 1946-1950.

The Borough of Queens fascinates with over 80 languages spoken here. And it’s Museum is a delight.

Here’s a sampling…

NYC Panorama – watch this Panorama go from Day to Night…

Outside the Panorama .. World’s Fair Memorabilia

I remember these license plates – gosh I am old..

Exhibit: Food Bank Operations

My personal favorite – The Tiffany Lamps.. Watch the films and check out the lamps

And last but not least pictures of those who make up NYC … from their “home” lands,

Another must see..

Ashe Stadium/World’s Fair Park

After scoping out the Drive In jaunted over to World’s Fair Park. The walk included passing the Ashe Stadium where many tennis events are held.

Close up of Statutes in front of Stadium

And for those who don’t know Arthur Ashe, shame on you, so let me enlighten. Arthur was an American tennis player. As a black man he won several firsts, here are a few:

  • Won 3 grand slam titles
  • First black player in the US Davis Cup
  • Only black man to ever win singles at Wimbeldon

Sadly, we lost this man too young at 50, however his impact remains worldwide.

World’s Fair Park

After passing the “globe” numerous times on my trips to the airport, finally received a close up. It’s been over 50 years since my visit to the World’s Fair. She’s held up good and all of NYC was enjoying her Park on my visit. What a fun place.

On your visit stop by the vendor selling spicy hot dogs. What a taste treat.. And don’t forget the gelato, it is sublime.

Next Stop: Queens Museum

NYC Drive Ins

#1 and only daughter and future son in law, (FSIL), work in the event industry. They met in Sundance, thank you Robert Redford, and yes I did send him a letter of thanks, true story, but no response.

Upon their return to Austin, Texas, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, respectively, they conducted a midwest, north-south, phone romance for a month before the Pandemic was disclosed. Upon Pandemic strike, Gouda, (my pet name for FSIL), was invited to quarantine in Austin. Arriving 15 hours after invite he has never left.

Since all job potential had ceased for the two, and one received unemployment, they took off on a cross country journey visiting all national parks. Living out of a tent attached to a Subaru for close to 3 months they made the best of a bad situation, saw much of the country, and, quite frankly, I am envious. Yes, I am getting to the end of this saga..

While in Idaho a friend called about work in NYC Drive Ins. Who knew NYC had drive ins? And for those who don’t know it’s a big screen where movies are shown and people sit in cars to watch. Another friend offered a room with no window at a reasonable price and they were employed.

Here’s the Queens Drive In adjacent to the Queens Museum. They charge by the car load and wish I had the specifics. At some shows directors and actors have appeared so it is an interesting and fun event.

Saw Ground Hog Day with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell while visiting. There were no appearances of Bill or Andie, however, it was a memorable event and if you’ve never been to a Drive In put it on the Bucket List.