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Saturday, June 27, 2009

New York is for... everyone

First, I AM sorry, Nova and Zee, that we didn't find time to arrange a blogger coffee visit. It won't happen again and I'm sure New York will. The only friend I looked up was Scott, who I spent years in an ashram life with. He came down from near Woodstock for the day and time melted like an ice cream cone on Wall Street in August.

I love the place. It's not just the endless familiar sites - anyone not heard of Broadway, Central Park, Greenwich Village, Times Square, The Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Harlem, and on and on...?

It's more the energy of the place. Crowded, everyone walking or taking the subway, towering buildings, movement and noise. And then a little closer you find people who talk to you, sometimes really interesting characters, sometimes just chatty, sometimes just friendly.

The arts? Best available. We did a Broadway play by Noel Coward, Blythe Spirit, The Met, The Guggenheim and more.

Food? Oh my God. Just browsing in Zabar's is enough reason to visit NY.

Architecture? Even a Lower Eastside tenement is a gem.

Here are a few snaps.

I bet you know this exact spot Nova - big nature in a big city

A photo I loved at Ellis Island - bath time was never so fun... or dirty

Anna's hair reaching for Ms Liberty (whose lookout is closed to visitors for security reason ironically)

New York's finest on Museum Mile night (free museums and street fair on 5th Ave)

I took this from the Empire State Building late at night - Times Square glow

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Your lighten-up item for the day...

VTM, a television station in Belgium, recently used a flash mob dance stunt to announce their newest reality television program “Op zoek naar Maria”. They are prmomoting the program’s search for an an actress to play the leading role in the The Sound of Music.

As performance art, it's just plain fun and it has Julie Andrews's voice, which is a story in itself. Oh Julie!

Have a look and see what you think. (Thanks for this Michael R.)

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