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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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NYD – Big bangs

It occurred to me that I have not had much to say about the Tunnelers of Second Avenue lately. The reason is that most of the work in front of my block is now taking place underground. The old walk-ups next to the Waterford have had to be reinforced with steel girders bolted to the outside walls and, I suspect, the one next door is a lost cause since it had moved six inches or so before the Tunnelers began their work.

The surface action has moved to the station sites at 96, 86, 79 and 71 streets. In the meantime we are being subjected to whistles and big bangs four or more times each working day. The rock beneath our three blocks is being blasted away to a depth of 100 feet to make way for the drilling machine which will be lowered in parts and reassembled  under the Avenue in March.  The activity we see is largely of strings of trucks carting the rock away.

Visual source of unease outside our door. We have become accustomed to the building shakes!

But, Central park is always a haven. Here are a few current views:

Darker mood - The reservoire on a late afternoon

. . . . . earlier, the same afternoon!

Playing in the Conservatory Gardens to an audience of one!

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