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    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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Ethel moves to Normandie Court

After 30 or more years of memories of her life spent in ‘The Corniche’ on 87th street, Ethel has up-staked and moved to ‘Normandie Court’.  With comfortable new furniture, (courtesy of Ramour & Flanigan and The Home Depot) she is happily settling in to her modern new apartment. She has already mastered the intimate little coffe-maker and  the state -of-the-art microwave.  The modern dishwasher is likely to take her a little longer to come to terms with. She really is delighted with her new surroundings!

(Click on the pictures for detail)

View of 'Normandie Court' with minaret  and domeof the mosque behind it. Funds for the mosque were donated by grateful Kuwaitis for our freeing them from Husain

View of ‘Normandie Court’ with minaret and dome of the mosque behind it. Funds for the mosque were donated by grateful Kuwaitis for our freeing them from Husain

Ethl surveys her new abode

Ethel surveys her new abode

Entrance and driveway

Entrance and driveway

In the Lobby with one of her new friends

In the lobby with one of her new friends

Comfortable living room--only the pictures still to be hung

Comfortable living room–only the pictures still to be hung










- - -  Ethel at work in it!

– – – Ethel at work in it!

Ethel's souvenir plates

Ethel’s souvenir plates

The bedroom - - - -

The bedroom – – – –


Daily jewellery selection!

Daily jewellery selection!

Memory of the wound clinic at Mt. Sinai

Memories !

End of the tour.

End of the tour.


7 Responses

  1. It’s a beautiful apartment Ethel! Great job Ben with all you did to help her. She’s a lucky lady!

  2. Fabulous! Everything is beautiful!! I LOVE all the light. Gorgeous couch, and the snazzy rug is pure “Ethel”! Thank you so much for posting the pictures, Ben. I can’t wait to see it in person. Much love to you both. Bonnie

  3. How beautiful! What a fantastic setting!! Thank you, Ben, for helping our lovely lady live in the digs she deserves. Can’t wait to visit and ENTER the apartment!

    The upcoming trip on the QM2 will be a wonderful way for you and Ethel to relax after all the hard work!

    I love you both and miss seeing you everyday!



  4. Claire and I wish Ethel much happiness and contentment in her new digs. Looks beautiful with lovely furnishings and decor. Don’t feel bad about the dishwasher. We got a new one about a month ago and are just starting to get the hang of it.

    John and Claire

  5. Ethel, the apartment looks amazing. Love the new rug.

    • Thank you all! When the pictures are up, you must come for coffee and cocktails. You will always be welcome to visit. Love, Ethel

  6. Ethel your new apt looks so nice… My best wishes to you and enjoy your apt! Love Spangler Amy

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