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    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Governor’s Island

Christine  and I thought we might take a look at the changes to Governor’s Island since the City bought it from the Coast Guard for $1. We joined a long line for the GI Ferry but it didn’t take long to get through the ticket office  to the waiting area–pleasant surprise! Fare is only $1 return for Seniors. For entertainment there was a very loud Rock band and great fun dodging the cycling crowd. Christine managed to get a free glass of a local craft ale for us–which, in the heat of the day, was most acceptable. There was not much to see; the old 9-hole golf course  which I played many years ago is now an island fair with municipal and commercial stalls. But, the Island does offer some of the most spectacular views of New York harbor: Click on the pictures for best detail:

Approaching the Island with the Brooklyn skyline as a backdrop

Approaching the Island with the Brooklyn skyline as a backdrop

 

The old familiar dock

The old familiar dock

 

Waiting to get off . . .

Waiting to get off . . .

 

. . . . waiting to get on

. . . . waiting to get on

 

View of Manhattan from the GI dock

View of Manhattan from the GI dock

 

Substantial buffer . . .

Substantial buffer . . .

 

Tranquility in the bustling East River . .

Tranquility in the bustling East River . .

 

Sad reminder of past glories

Sad reminder of past glories

 

The World One tower framed in the Island's trees . . .

The World One tower framed in the Island’s trees . . .

 

Picnic view . . .

Picnic view . . .

 

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Public transport depot

Public transport depot

 

Sitting in the shade for a bit . . . .

Sitting in the shade for a bit . . . .

 

 . . . our final view from the island.

. . . our final view from the island.

 

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2 Responses

  1. I very much enjoy the sight seeing via your excellent photos.

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