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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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Great New York Day! – The Second Avenue Subway opens!

The trains will not be running until New Year’s eve but the Stations are open for viewing. Yesterday the MTA held an open day at the 96th Street station. I missed the dignitaries at the opening but I did get a souvenir tee shirt and a cookie! I was able to walk around at leisure on the mezzanine and track levels and also try out the 94th Street escalators. Click on the pictures for detail:

All come to the party!

All come to the party!

 

The main entrance

The main entrance

 

The crowd was well guarded

The crowd was well guarded

 

Descending the Main entrance escalators for the first time . . . .

Descending the Main entrance escalators for the first time . . . .

 

Looking back up . . . .

Looking back up . . . .

 

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View of the track level from the mezzanine . .

View of the track level from the mezzanine . .

 

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Down to the track level . . .

Down to the track level . . .

 

The track - Nobody kept away from the yellow stripe today!

The track – Nobody kept away from the yellow stripe today!

 

The new subway map . . .

The new subway map . . .

 

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The artists involved . . . . .

The artists involved . . . . .

 

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94th Street exit, sw corner . .

94th Street exit, sw corner . .

 

94th Streer exit, NE corner

94th Street exit, NE corner

 

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We salute them all - but, after six years of devastated streets, uprooted trees and treacherous sidewalks, we are glad thteir task is finished!

We salute them all – but, after six years of devastated streets, uprooted trees and treacherous sidewalks, we are glad their task is finished!

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8 Responses

  1. Seems like just yesterday you and Dave were looking over your balcony supervising the beginning!

    • Amy, you’re right. David would have been in his element directing the final stages–and I would have encouraged him!

  2. Ben, well done!

  3. Finally Ben – looks good. Enjoy your subway travels! 👍

  4. Wow! It is almost done after 6 years of inconvenience, disruption and $6 Billion. And it looks magnificent! Ben, your photos documenting the beautiful outcome are a sight to see. I look forward to taking my first ride in January.

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