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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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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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