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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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NYDay – High Line and Thayer

New Yorkers have a new institution to take pride in; the “High Line”, a kind of poor man’s Central Park. It is built upon the leftover structure of an old elevated freight train line.  As of now, it runs from Gansevoort Street, north to 20th Street. Very shortly, it will be extended to 30th Street and eventually to 34th Street. It is accessed by flights of steps at every 2 blocks or so and there is an elevator at 16th Street for wheel-chairs and baby carriages. It is a modern designer’s paradise. All the materials used are state-of-the-art except for the clever placing of some of the old rails to give a sense of historical continuity. And the plantings are wonderfully designed to evoke every kind of mood, from quiet reflection to sunbathing nymphs. There is even a virtual paddling pool (you can actually get the soles of your  bare feet wet if you stand in it!).

The path twists and turns and dives under one of the highrise buildings

Secluded lunch

Unexpected glimpses of familiar sights

Exotic plantings

The new modern architecture

That plant again!

Could this be downtown NY City?

Formal gardens

Long-lens view of the Hudson River dockside

Another view of the new architecture from the bottom of the 16th Street entrance stairs

It was "Fleet Week" so I included this long shot of one of the visiting vessels

View of busy 10th Avenue below. The High Line actually crosses the Avenue further down and you can watch the traffic speeding underneath from an observation arena fitted with banked benches.

The temporary end at 20th Streeet

You will have to retrace you steps because the 20th Street entrance is being refurbished at the moment

I couldn't escape that plant!

On a totally different tack, we took a turn round our Hudson River Valley to start the summer off. Naturally, we drove across the George Washington bridge to the Pallisades Parkway (Gas is 60 cents per gallon cheaper!) up to Bear Mountain and Perkins Scenic Drive and look-out where Ethel chatted with the Bikers and volunteer ground staff. Thence, across the Bear Mountain bridge,  past “Boscobel”, to Cold Springs where we flashed our tennis raquets for half an hour. Daunted by the thought of the stodgy food served at our otherwise favorite restaurant in Cold Springs, ‘The Railway Station’, we retraced our route back across the bridge to West Point. We sat with a beer and a hamburgher lunch overlooking the river in the Thayer’s newly opened roof-top bar and cafe. A sunny afternoon–most enjoyable!

The Hotel lawn being set up for the Memorial Day ceremony


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