I have spent a lot of time in New York City because my son lives there. I visited him recently and we took advantage of the many attractions that New York is known for.
I had obtained tickets beforehand from Ticketmaster to see the musical Billy Elliot at the Imperial Theatre on W. 45th Street. Billy Elliot was the most spectacular musical I have ever seen. I read in some of the literature we received that the show is slated to close in November but will move to Toronto, Ontario in Canada to resume its successful run. Click here for my review of the musical Billy Elliot.
Times Square has been closed to traffic for the past year or so. In its place, the area has small tables and chairs where tourists can rest their feet and people-watch if that is their liking. We were interested to see The Naked Cowboy in the square, performing for small groups that gathered, and collecting tips in his guitar.
We had dinner at my favorite restaurant, Joe Allen’s, on W. 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. I believe I have the same entrée each time I go to Joe Allen’s. Their meat loaf dinner is outstanding, topped off with their special banana cream pie. We also had an appetizer of guacamole on endive leaves. I first heard of Joe Allen’s from Regis Philbin who often mentions where he and his wife Joy dine. It was also a favorite spot of Rosie O’Donnell a few years back. Once when I was there with my son and daughters, we were pleasantly surprised to be seated next to Jane Seymour and her husband and another actor that was familiar to me. Jane Seymour is remembered mostly for her role as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
We had nothing planned for our first evening so we stood in line at TKTS in Times Square. The line for tickets to plays was shorter than the line for tickets to musicals; therefore, we stood in the ticket line for plays. I was surprised to see that the play Brief Encounter was playing at the Roundabout Theatre (formerly Studio 54) on W. 54th St. Brief Encounter has always been one of my favorite movies, made in 1945 with Leslie Howard as the male lead. It is often on late night television; I have seen it about five times. Click here for my review of Brief Encounter.
I was surprised that they turned this serious play into a musical comedy. The original is a touching story about a couple who meets at a railroad station each week and fall in love, although they are each married with family responsibilities. The comic element gave a lighthearted air to this otherwise somber story, but I am not certain I am pleased with what they have done with it. The full house seemed to like it.
We spent an afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on 53rd Street. We restricted our time to the 5th Floor Collection of Painting and Sculpture which featured the work of the major impressionists. It was a thrill to see Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night. Click here for more details of what we viewed at MoMA.
When I am with my daughters in New York, we always take a short trip down to Canal Street where they can get knock-off handbags by Dooney & Bourke, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and other major houses. Wallets, sunglasses, men’s ties, scarves and perfumes are available for cut-rate prices. It is a fun place to visit.
There is so much to do in New York City. The red double-decker bus will take you around to all the famous spots. The Statue of Liberty is another attraction, along with Ellis Island. Central Park with its Strawberry Fields is also an interesting place to visit.