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    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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NY Day – Tunnelers’ progress

The tunnelers tell me that the drilling head has now reached 83rd Street, 10 blocks south already. As many as 40 trucks are being loaded in an 8-hour shift!

Separately, I am told that the rock near the entrance is not stable enough to withstand the battering of the return tunnel–currently holes are being drilled at various angles in the area and these will be filled with a freezing liquid to stabilise the rock.

Massive sections are being lowered into the excavation

 

The loneliness of the nightwatchman.

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4 Responses

  1. Ben,
    I hope this isn’t a manufactured earthquake. I always thought that Manhatten was solid rock.

  2. John. We hope so too. The amount and power of the blasting that was required to hollow out Second Avenue was a great deal more than was expected. Several of the old walk-ups have had to be reinforced.

  3. Hey can I copy and paste this post on my web site? What references must I give? You might give this info for other people too.

    • Go ahead. The infomation is a little out-of-date though–The drilling head is already south of 78th Street and the garden of freezing pipes is about to be cultivated (Frosting). I hope to put up later pictures in the New Year

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