• Upcoming trips

    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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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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