Tuesday, July 26, 2005

July 20, 2005

Due in part to sore feet from the day before and in part to the fact that we wanted to learn more about NYC we decided to take a double decker tour bus around the city.

The first tour we took was the downtown tour which brought us through SOHO, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Chinatown, the financial district all the way to the tip of Manhattan - Battery Park. From there, instead of heading back to the Times Square area where our hotel was we decided to take a second tour through Brooklyn which lasted about 2 hours. Nice to see Brooklyn. Completely different from Manhattan. One interesting stat to learn: The population of Manhattan is 1.5 million which increases to 5.5 million during the day. That is, 4 million people commute into Manhattan every day. Staggering.

Back to Battery Park for lunch and then back to Times Square. At this point we thought it best to line up at TKTS for some tickets. For those of you unfamiliar with London or NY theatre, TKTS is where the theatres send their unsold tickets from that day. There you can purchase them for half price but you take your chances on what to see. Our first two choices: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels or Glengarry Glen Ross. Thankfully, we were able to get tickets to Glengarry Glen Ross.

Lots of time before the show though so we took the uptown tour that goes right around Central Park and into Harlem. Fascinating to see but MAN did we get the weirdest tour guide ever. Not sure what he smoked before the tour but for those of us who WEREN'T high it was a bizarre and disconcerting time. His voice was dull and monotone but more than that for no apparent reason he would start randomly quoting Elton John or Beatles lyrics. And then, when traffic was bad he took to reading to us from a book he'd just bought. Very, very odd. 2 hours I can never get back.

Once back at the hotel we took some time to freshen up, wandered through Times Square a bit more, grabbed a light supper and it was off to the theatre for Glengarry Glen Ross. What can I say? It was phenomenal. Alan Alda was marvelous, Liev Shreiber was magnetic and Jeffrey Tambor was heartbreaking.


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