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'New York, New York, it's a wonderful town'

How long ago did we plan this? A year, or almost. Ample time to get the pounds off, I'd have thought. So did I manage it? Did I, bollocks! Looks like poor JM is gonna be squeezed out of the picture (but that's alright 'cause he's gonna be bald and not!likeSpike in the slightest, so...why should I bother?)...

Still, I'm looking forward tremendously to my upcoming visit to New York. I can't believe it's a mere 6 weeks away (and only 3 weeks to the GotR gig in Amsterdam); I'm so excited about it! Last time I was there, I didn't get off Manhattan except for one occasion when I went to the ballet in Brooklyn, so I'm hoping to get a chance to this time...but I've only got 4 1/2 days before I have to go back again. Anyone got any ideas as to what I really have to make it my business to see/experience while I'm in the city? And bear in mind I've already done all the touristy stuff, soaking up the culture and looking around going ahhhhh!...all except the Statue of Liberty which I'm going to have to make sure to see this time round (I was on my way to Battery Park 3 years ago when I got waylaid and given a private tour of the NYSE and a lovely luncheon that lasted virtually all afternoon in the NYSE Club, and so the boat left without me). Any and all suggestions gratefully received!

calove and I are going to go up in a helicopter, I think (and maybe julchek will join us, even), but other than that we haven't made any definite plans for further entertainment yet. Which is fine by me, as I'm a very go-with-the-flow/spur-of-the-moment kind of person anyway, but I wonder: Cass, are there any things you particularly want to see/do on our trip? I'm game for anything, so don't feel you have to hold back!

Think it's about time I started to let people know I'm coming...now where's my little black book?

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calove
Apr. 20th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC)
Please don't mention the hair thing. I don't thing I can cope with the hair thing. I wanted gentle weaning off Spike via the BHoR. I really, really don't want to think about the hair thing...

As to NYC, game for anything. You'll probably have seen everything I'd kind of like to see (the Guggenheim, maybe the Met, Central Park, Empire State, general ooo-ing and ahh-ing) but to be honest, I'm just so excited to be going to the big apple at last I'll find anything wonderful. I haven't had a trawl through the net or pick anyone's brains as to any suggestions (beyond "shop, shop and then shop some more" from Em), but it's not long, is it, so best start making plans! Oh - and the zoo; Jules is taking us to the zoo. And the helicopter just has to be done, even if I spend the whole trip with my eyes shut. Coo! I'm getting all excited!
gamiila
Apr. 20th, 2004 02:06 am (UTC)
The zoo! How could I have forgotten about our outing to the zoo -- I haven't been to the zoo (any zoo) in ages!

the Guggenheim, maybe the Met, Central Park, Empire State,

Check, check, check and check -- but that doesn't matter because they're all wonderful places and I really wouldn't mind seeing them again. There's loads of other museums too, like The Cloisters and the Frick Collection, that are well worth a second visit -- but we certainly mustn't forget to find time to "shop, shop and then shop some more" as Em suggested. I know I haven't finished checking out Saks Fifth Avenue yet! And there was a pet shop on Lexington that had puppies and kittens in the window...

Maybe we can find a jazz or open mic nite in one of the bars downtown, and we need to think about great/interesting places to eat, and maybe take in a show on Broadway or something...

Please don't mention the hair thing.

You've got it: no more mentioning of the hair thing. Promise. At least until after I've seen it for myself, and know what we're dealing with, OK?
calove
Apr. 20th, 2004 02:19 am (UTC)
No kittens. I'm a complete sucker for kittens and if I can't buy them all, I'll just spend the rest of the holiday brooding about the fact the poor little things have no-one to cuddle them.

Oh, yes to any live music - love a bit of Jazz - and a show would be fantastic, or maybe the ballet (it's years since I saw a good ballet), and we must find somewhere with great seafood... and what's that place famous for it's sandwiches (although I may give the pastrami a miss - not big on red meat).

WHEE!!! Now I'm REALLY excited!

no more mentioning of the hair thing

Thanks. I may come to terms eventually.
gamiila
Apr. 20th, 2004 02:35 am (UTC)
No kittens. I'm a complete sucker for kittens and if I can't buy them all, I'll just spend the rest of the holiday brooding about the fact the poor little things have no-one to cuddle them.


Maybe you're right. It was awfully difficult and upsetting to tear myself away the last time...But they were very cute.

and what's that place famous for it's sandwiches

I don't know, but we're going to have to locate it for certain! You're not thinking of Katz's Deli, are you, where Meg Ryan did that fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally? 'Cause that's on Houston, I think. We could drop in and see if anyone's gving their rendition one lunchtime...

And I just remembered, there's a Dutch restaurant opened it's doors there a year or two ago. Wonder if it's still there -- we'll have to find out.
superplin
Apr. 20th, 2004 02:12 am (UTC)
I highly recommend the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Some cool stuff, at least if you're at all interested in (the seedy side of) NYC history.

And, you know, when you're in New York I'll only be a couple of hours away...
gamiila
Apr. 20th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Oh yes -- that's a very good suggestion! I haven't been there before and I do have an interest in public housing and social history and stuff...

You'll only be a couple of hours away? Where? Maybe we can, you know...
superplin
Apr. 20th, 2004 02:36 am (UTC)
I haven't been there before and I do have an interest in public housing and social history and stuff...

I thought it sounded like something that might appeal to you. It's very well done, too, and they are constantly adding new tours and activities, so there's always something to do.

You'll only be a couple of hours away? Where? Maybe we can, you know...

Well, I'm moving to Philadelphia in less than three weeks, so that's where I'll be. The only thing is, I have no idea how long it will take me to find an apartment, get settled, what my various work schedules will be like, etc., so planning is a little difficult at the moment. But definitely, if it's at all possible, I'd love to get together.

I'll keep you posted on what's what, so we can work something out.
gamiila
Apr. 20th, 2004 02:40 am (UTC)
Well, I'm moving to Philadelphia in less than three weeks, so that's where I'll be. The only thing is, I have no idea how long it will take me to find an apartment, get settled, what my various work schedules will be like, etc., so planning is a little difficult at the moment. But definitely, if it's at all possible, I'd love to get together.


My, that certainly sounds as if you've got your work cut out for you in the next couple of weeks! Good luck with it all -- and yes, keep us posted!
vegmb
Apr. 20th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
I heard something on the news in the last couple of weeks about the Statue of Liberty having been closed since 9/11, but that they were opening part, but not all, of it back up to visitors. I don't remember all of the details.
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2004 12:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I heard the same thing: apparently, it's just the plinth that's opened to visitors these days.

But it's not the Statue itself that holds the biggest attraction to me. It's taking the ferry to get there, and putting in at that island where all the 'huddled masses' used to arrive.
vegmb
Apr. 21st, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
As I've not yet had the oppertunity to go, you'll have to give me your impression of it in full detail.
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2004 07:03 am (UTC)
I promise! Actually, I foresee lots and lots of posts on the subject - you probably won't be able to shut me up talking about my NYC experiences for weeks!
julchek
Apr. 22nd, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
Well, it's the Carnegie Deli, and that is a fabulous idea! They not only have great sandwiches, but they have THE best cheesecake, as I recall (it's been a looong time since I've been there). Plus the Zoo is a definite must - I'm a member so I can get us in with my passes. I actually have never been to the Statue of Liberty, or Ellis Island, so either one would be cool to do. Still not sure about doing the helicopter ride myself - heights tend to get me. We'll see.

I hope the RSI gets better soon, G - although I'm glad you're getting the time off (and Boy should go stuff himself over this, the prat), that's a bummer that it's hurting you like it is. *pets you gently*
gamiila
Apr. 23rd, 2004 04:44 am (UTC)
I hope the RSI gets better soon, G (..) *pets you gently*

::stretches like a cat, the better to be petted::
Thanks Jules; I hope it improves soon too, because it's particularly bad today, and I shouldn't have logged on really but I've got far too much to do to let it stop me.

Anyway, to answer your earlier question: yes, I did get in touch with Fran re: our stay in New York, but she hasn't come back to me with a definite yay or nay yet. I'm giving her a couple of more days, but if she can't have us, I'm meeting with someone from the IARF (=International Association of Religious Freedom) on Thursday and they've already offered to put us up in what they jokingly refer to as the House of Redemption, on E. 96th St if I remember correctly. However, the offer was made some time ago and I'm not sure it still stands, so...fingers crossed. I've also got another friend of a friend in Brooklyn I can try.

And if all else fails -- why, there's always the YWCA or a bench in Central Park ;-)

Cheesecake? Did anyone say 'cheesecake'?!
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