Thursday, May 15, 2014

New York City Happenings

I went into New York yesterday with Woman's Club on a bus.  When we arrive we are free to pursue whatever activity we want.  Several of us got on the "cheap tickets" line for Broadway shows.  Cheap tickets is really a misnomer because "cheap" means eighty dollars or more instead of the usual $130+.  These are tickets that have not sold and are obtainable for that day.  You take a chance on getting what you want. Our first choice was "Book of Mormons" and that was totally unavailable. Our second choice, "Kinky Boots" only had first row available.  Not for me, that stiff neck craning up during the whole performance, so we got our third choice, "Newsies".  Our seats were in fourth row center orchestra, also a little too close , but still thoroughly enjoyable.

It was a fun musical roughly based on the newsboys strike in NYC in 1899 and you can read about it here. The mostly young cast members were very energetic and the dancing and singing were great.

After the show we were to meet on our bus  on 8th Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets.  But this is what greeted us when we got there.  President Obama was in town and the streets were totally blocked off.  We were stuck!  After making a few phone calls (thank God for cell phones) we were able to reach another member of our group and find out where the bus was.  We had to do a big circumvention of several blocks to get there.  Almost everyone missed the 5PM deadline, but the bus wasn't able to move anyway.  The driver was very resourceful and managed to drive a creative route to get us out of town.  We were only delayed by 30 to 40 minutes, not too bad.

No, we never did see Barack, just lots of police cars, black SUV's, and policemen on foot and horseback. It did add a bit of excitement to the day.

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