Sunday, January 13, 2013.
Today I decided to spend time in Greenwich Village before making my way to the Nederlander Theater to see the Broadway Show, “Newsies”. As I made my way toward Greenwich Village, I realized I had not taken any pictures of my experience on the trains and subways. I love the trains and subways in New York!
This is a mediocre picture inside of Grand Central Station fairly early on a sunday morning.
…and the inside of the “S” subway shuttle that connects Grand Central Station with Times Square.
This guy was really good. The entertainment underground in the subway tubes blows me away!
It took me a little over an hour to get from White Plains to Greenwich Village. I had checked online to find a great coffee place and I did. Jacks was small, but the coffee was great, and I could watch the locals talk about politics, their families, or in one case, a recent trip to Patagonia (I wanted to join in on that one).
After hanging out for 20 minutes, I headed out to walk the streets of the Village. Here are my rather bizarre observations of the streets, unsupported by photos. First, there were Christmas trees everywhere. Apparently, in Greenwich Village, people leave their Christmas decorations up for a long time! Second, many people have dogs, mostly little bitty ones. They walk around with glove doggie doo gloves as thankfully, it is illegal to leave your dog defecation on the streets or sidewalks. It is NOT illegal to leave your dog’s puddles. I think everyone walks their dogs on Sundays. There were pee puddles everywhere!
Finally, I started looking up instead of down. I noticed a famous street…Bleecker. Remember the Simon and Garfunkel song??? Well, if your not in your 60’s, you may not…unless you hear it. So up and down I went, along Hudson Street, W 11th, W 10th…which intersects with W 4th! Charles, Perry and on and on. Many very old brick streets, with apartments that look like they were built over two hundred years ago, yet still full of their original charm and I’m sure priced accordingly. Finally, at 11 am, I was ready for Brunch at the “Spotted Pig”.
This was a delightful albeit overpriced little corner restaurant, that had a line of about 25 people by the time I showed up at 10:50! It must be good. I sat at the Bar upstairs and had a delightful little concoction called …”Dutch Baby with House Smoked Bacon and maple Syrup. With apologies to the vegetarians, it was very good! It was essentially a crepe with bacon and syrup.
After Brunch, I decided to hoof it along the East River the two and a half miles to the Nederlander Theater, the site of “Newsies”.
As always the case in New York, there was plenty to see…including these two rather cool glass buildings…and the church below…
This a Croatian monastery…
Being too early for the show, I decided to drink beer and watch the football playoffs, so I’m sad to admit I hit the touristy Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square…
Finally, after two beers…I was off to the show!
I was amazed to find a line around the block…”this show must be pretty good” I thought to myself. The line moved fast, and we even had some entertainment along the way!
And finally, we arrived…
You are forbidden to take pictures inside these shows, but I couldn’t resist…:(
The show was really good except that the “understudy” who had the main role, had a pretty weak voice. Other than that, the show was fantastic! The set was very cool, the dancing lively and entertaining, the story was good and the music had some nice melodies. All in all, this critic gave it an “A”.
So another fabulous day in New York. And although I wish friends or family (or both) were here to enjoy it with me, I think I am making the best of it!
Stay tuned for my next adventure…January 21st to the Metropolitan Museum of Art…