Best I can do for a photo right now. The view from my hotel window this morning, overlooking 8th Ave.Wednesday: Yay, 7 hours sleep! Only took me 10 nights to get it! I think I am finally on US time!
I am writing this post this morning knowing that I have not one photo from yesterday to put up with it, as my iPad has decided it is not receiving any photos from my phone any more. Might be the fact that I am not deleting the ever increasing number of photos on my phone, 'just in case'...and the iPad is just going 'not all these again.....over it'. So despite the 'do not transfer duplicates'...Mr iPad has given up. Pop over to my instagram feed to see some snippets of my yesterday.... @thehouseofam
Update! ....worked it out! Enjoy!
I have left every other problem behind in Australia and it is the most wonderful feeling. I feel like I am my 24 year old, backpacking self again ...waking up every morning with that delicious, 'what do I do today?' freedom. Its been so good for my soul. Now that I have New York in me, I am a different person. Where will this take me? I feel like I have been given another chance with something I don't know what yet. That's the delicious part!
I set off down Broadway, as you do (any excuse to walk through Times Square, again and again, morning or night!) and ended up in beautiful Bryant Park, opposite the New York Public Library. I sat for a while in the park, soaking it all in and then decided to wait patiently for the library to open, with all the note pad toting scholars waiting on the steps. I met a teacher who told me all about her life. She told me anything I wanted to know...about her life in NYC, her standard of living, how expensive her life is. Interesting .....$80k salary pa with her rent only being $1000/month for a spacious 2 bedder in Manhattan. For $1000/month in Brisbane, you would not be in Brisbane. You might get something for that in Ipswich? Darra? She said life is very good for her in NYC as food is cheap as so are utilities. It seems that if you are not in the service industry, you do quite well here. The maritime lawyer I sat next to in the Broadway show last night agrees with me! He had such a smiley face and beamed about how much he loves living in Manhattan. Wouldn't all lawyers living in Manhattan have smiley faces?
My new friend Paul, from Washington, showing me the good stuff.
Further up on the steps of the library I got chatting to this gentleman from Washington about whether the walls were marble or just the floor. We mused about the carvings on the door while we waited for them to open and when they did he told me to follow him, before the tourists found the spot he was taking me to....straight to the foyer outside the grand reading room. The frescos and the carvings on the ceilings!!!....that's when I started to cry...and then the reading room itself?....strangers were handing me tissues to mop up my tears. Will I ever stop crying? Stop AM, stop!
I stumbled upon the Architecture Reading Room and peered through the porthole window in the door that said 'no tourists'. I sized up the grey haired, bun-wearing, stereotypical librarian glaring at the eyes staring at her through the door and thought,'stuff it, I haven't come all this way to miss out on anything'. I waltzed in there as an 'Australian architecture student' and got given the royal treatment.
Still no smile though. Her job is serious....taking books off the shelves for scholars (you are not allowed to touch the books, they fetch them).....very frowny, serious stuff. I noticed an unattended backpack and reported it to her and the following rigmarole with security kept her busy enough for me to take photos behind her back. Thank goodness for that backpack.
The planets aligned for me with the whole library experience..the people I met, the lack of tourists, the stories I made up that just rolled off my tongue!!!! Ha! A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!
I skipped out of there and headed to Lexington Ave, to get the 6 subway downtown. Once downtown, I just wandered.
Anna Spiro told me about a beautiful shop, John Derian, on E 2nd St so I hunted it down and delighted in its treasures and the stories of its treasures. I have decided that Robert Ogden of Phildelphia, is the bomb when it comes to lighting design.... John Derian was full of his beautiful creations. I will load up photos of them here when I work out this photo issue. If the voltage was not different here, my suitcase would be full of lights and not converse sneakers!
I wandered the streets of NoLita, Little Italy and Greenwich Village, delighting in the gorgeous shops and quaint eateries.
They had some striking lights above the dressing cubicles made out of the old whisks from an old bakery. They were gorgeous! I told him I'd blog about him and his wonderful shop, so Dan, here you are! on my blog! Anyone who wants to visit a gorgeous boho frock shop in NYC, full of fabulous independent designer stuff, stop by 'Ibiza', 825 Broadway, Union Square...www.ibizany.com ....and say hi to Dan. He loves Australians so he will give you the best service.
Dan redressing the model he stripped of my frock!
As I wandered up town, I thought to myself how hot it was and how nice it would be to maybe lick an ice cream for the next 34 blocks (I was around 13th St and my hotel is on 49th!). Turned to my left... 'Eataly'....so I joined the gelato queue and chatted to everyone about the best choice of gelato. I ended up with the banana, choc chip half and half with raspberry. It was a spiritual experience slurping that thing up 30 blocks. Big statement coming....the best gelato I have ever had.
Long story short, got to my show, The Book Of Mormon'.....no words to describe the experience....but I'll try! It was hilarious and so, so clever and sharp and tight. The choreography was sublime and the choruses brought tears of joy to my eyes. The leads were superb, mesmerising, alive, so full of energy. I was so taken with 'Elder Price', he was like a cartoon character, he was so animated and hilarious! You could tell it was written by the Southpark guys....straight to the point, painfully true, and seriously hilarious.. I laughed and clapped at everything...so did everyone! It's the most successful, popular Broadway show on at the moment. Booked out until 2014. I see them camping out from 7am on the footpath every morning for standing room lottery tickets drawn at 1pm everyday. I got a ticket! I saw it! Worth every cent and more. Wow, wow, wow!
Backstage, looking out!And to top it off, I was one of only 10 people who got to go backstage and meet the lead!!!! ...who so happened to have relatives in the audience who I so happened to casually chat to during intermission! Of all the people to choose to chat to! They had a pass for 3 backstage and I was the third.
Blurry but a magical moment!I met Nick Rouleau, who played 'Elder Price', in the show. What a blast. I told him he had 'it'. He was so humble.
I cried as soon as I left the theatre. How could I not? What an ending to such a wonderful day.
New York, you are being so kind to me. I love you with all my heart.