Broadway and a Movie in with a view

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

I checked CouchSurfing for events that were happening in the New York Area. Two things seemed very interesting and fun. There was a preview of some Broadway shows in Bryant Park, and there was an outdoor showing of 'Annie Hall' at Pier 1 in Brooklyn and a fellow Couchsurfer had arranged a spot for us.

So we headed out to the morning previews in Bryant Park, not far from the Hotel. The park was filled with people as we arrived a bit late. The previews showed were: Promises Promises, In the Heights, Nunsense and STOMP. We grabbed a couple of chairs and settled down on the Lawn. We were quite far from the podium so the sound was not that good, still it was quite enjoyable sitting outside, listening to the Broadway tunes performed by the original casts. The preview that I liked most was 'Nunsense' a musical based on the 'Sister Act' movies. It plays off Broadway, in Greenwich Village. The STOMP preview was a bit disappointing, as we could barely hear them stomping.

After the show we tried to locate the street cart 'Wafels en Dinges'. This is a street vendor selling Belgium Waffles, both the Brussels and Liege variates. We saw this cart on the Travel Channel once, and thought, lets try that out. The owner is a Belgium guy that used to be an IT consultant for IBM. I guess IBM is not such an interesting place to work as he is now selling waffles in New York. The waffles were very nice, I had the Liege with whipcream and strawberries, Linda had the Brussels with ice-cream and banana. We enjoyed our street cart brunch in a little park area in front of an office building. Simple things can be so nice.

We had one other chore on the list, as Linda did not get a Veil for the dress yet, and Wedding Atelier forgot to mention that it takes six weeks for them to make one, we had to try to find one in the city. They did have a few on stock at Wedding Atelier, but their prices are ridiculous. First we cabbed out to Davids Bridal, a store we went before. They had quite a collection but nothing that really appealed. So we walked down 7th Avenue (Fashion Avenue) and finally found a little store that had some veils and hair accessories. They had just the perfect one for Linda, so we got that one. New York is great, you can find just about anything here.

Back at the Hotel where we dropped off our catch of the day, we grabbed a coffee from their coffee shop (A Cafe). This was surprisingly good coffee, far better than the usual starbucks. We gave our feet some rest and relaxed.

Later that evening we packed our backpack with the last little bottle of wine from Napa, a sandwich that we made out of the left over steak from Smith & Wollenski, a couple of towels and a corkscrew. We headed out to Brooklyn where we were going to meet up with fellow CouchSurfers to watch 'Annie Hall' at Pier 1. We decided to take the subway for a change as it was evening and we reckoned it should not be that hot down there. We were so wrong, it was boiling in the subway tunnels, and we were glad to reach surface in Brooklyn, gasping for air.

Watching the movie in the park was an experience, we had a great view of the Manhattan skyline from the other side of the river. The fellow CouchSurfers were friendly, but as most of them kind of knew each other they sticked within their own circles. Watching the movie was a challenge, sitting on a towel packed together on the grass with a couple of 1000 others. The constant noise of people on cell phones and the occasional person walking around in front of the big screen. We did not make it to the end, but did enjoy the experience.

As we were not willing to suffocate in the underground tunnels, we cabbed back to the island.
Tomorrow we are taking a photo tour through the village, should be fun.
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