…… in pictures.
It was a great week. As most of them are, here in NY.
There is ALWAYS something to do.
And there are ALWAYS free things to do.
So, my friend Kelley scored two comp tickets to see the comedienne Elayne Boosler. And she invited me to go with her. She and Elayne are friends and I was thrilled to go with her. I’ve liked Elayne for eons! Or so it seems.
It was a great evening. Elayne was hilarious, as I expected, and she was also very, very nice. We hung out until most of the crowd was gone so that she and Kelley could talk.
And take pictures, of course.
I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
And now Elayne and I are friends on Face Book.
This is Elayne with Joy Behar. They’re good friends.
This is Elayne with Kelley and me. 🙂
I signed up for a free walking tour of Greenwich Village earlier this week. The following pics are from that day. It was a lot of fun and VERY interesting!
This was the building that housed medical services for the hired help back in the day. That class of folks couldn’t afford to go to ordinary doctors, so this was a place where they could go and be treated.
It later became a dental office building, but now it sits empty. That’s because the original deed states that it has to be used as a building that offers public services and the building needs so much updating that no one wants to buy it.
I took this picture so that you could see that this building is built in the shape of a triangle. If you look through these windows, you can see through the windows on the opposite side of the building.
There are quite a few triangle-shaped buildings in Greenwich.
This is a building that connects to an underground tunnel, which was used for the Underground Railroad surrounding the Civil War.
See that door down there? That door leads to a tunnel that runs under the street and up a ways. So very cool.
This is the only wooden house left in NYC:
This is the building where the girls lived on “Friends”. Recognize it?
This is the coffee shop on the first floor of the building that the “friends” sat in all of the time.
Only it’s not really a coffee shop. And it’s not called Central Perk. It’s a nice restaurant that takes weeks to get in to.
This is the smallest house in NYC.
It’s 8 feet wide, on the outside, and 30 feet long. And the address is 7 !/2 (I think).
There are now quite a few 1/2 addresses.
This is one of them, but the actual apartment/building, is behind these buildings. So you go through this door and enter a courtyard, and then see the building.
And yet another 1/2 residence. Or the door that leads to it:
This is a cafe/bar where Jimi Hendrix and many other singers of the 60’s hung out and sang. Cafe Wha …. google it.
This is in Washington Square Park. If you saw “Chasing Bobby Fischer” then you’ll recognize the area where people sit and play chess. All day long. Players sit there and charge $60 an hour for you to play with them. When we were walking by I spotted this little guy playing. He looked all of 4 years old. And was very, very good:
One side of the park is projects …… home for the poor.
The other side of the park has homes that were once single family homes …… for the very rich.
Quite a difference …… from one side to the other.
These are statues of George Washington …… on each side of the arch:
And these two pics are from outside the arch, where Sally dropped off Harry when they drove to NY in “When Harry Met Sally”:
And these pics of of my spoiled cat, Oliver, who was very glad to see me when I got back from Florida and Houston:
These pictures are of Faberge eggs that have been “hidden” all over NYC. There’s a contest to find all of them, and they’re selling small versions of the eggs.
I didn’t enter the contest, but saw several of these amazing eggs.
This one was made out of money. You know, bills.
This egg was very cool. It’s a globe, and it looks like it’s made of very small pieces of egg shells. Lots and lots of egg shell pieces:
My friend Jeni and I went to see this show Wednesday. This was a stretch for me because we didn’t have tickets. We just walked to the theatre and asked if they had any tickets left for the 2:00 matinee (we got there at 1:30). This is how she likes to see Broadway shows. Me? Not so much. I like to make sure I have a good seat. And a ticket.
But it totally worked, and we got the most amazing seats. We had no idea that they sold tickets for actually sitting on the stage. The play takes place in a club, where Billie Holiday is singing. So they had several tables on the stage. If you had tickets there you also got champagne.
Audra McDonald played Billie Holiday and she was amazing. If you don’t know who she is, Google her.
Last night I went to one of those “Wine and Painting classes”. I’d never been to one before but it was so much fun! A friend went with me and we had a great time. And we also came home with some pretty neat paintings. 🙂
OK, that was pretty much my week.
Today I did laundry, ran errands, and packed to head to Oklahoma tomorrow.
I’m going to hang out with Son #3 because it’s Mom’s Weekend at OSU. I can’t believe that I’m old enough to go to a Mom’s Weekend. I have great memories of my mom coming to Mom’s Weekend when I was there. It seems incredible that enough time has passed for me to be doing this.
But I am.
And I’m going to hang out with Vicki and just enjoy being in Ok.
I’m also going to visit Jim’s dad, because his birthday is next week. Daughter #2 and Son #1 are driving up from TX to join Son #3 and me at the farm. Hopefully this will be a surprise for my father-in-law. I think he’ll expect Son #3, but not the rest of us.
I’m looking forward to spending time with him.
Even though it’s a very bitter-sweet place for me.
For all of us.
The house stuff seems to be moving along, so it looks like I’ll close on the new one May 1st. I plan to be in TX for most of the month of May …… to close and get moved in.
Now I just need my current house to sell.
I’m really looking forward to moving into this house.
A new house …… for new experiences. A house that will be mine. A home in which to make new memories.
I have no doubt that it will be heart and gut wrenching to finally move out of our current home.
I have such mixed feelings about that.
On the one hand, I can’t wait to walk away from that house.
On the other hand, it will be another kind of grief to leave behind a home that holds so many memories.
Nothing is ever easy.
But it’s time.
Have a great weekend, Peeps.
I know I will.
Janine the pictures were nice to see, especially the egg pictures. Lot of talent making those. Have a safe trip to Oklahoma..
Thanks so much, Duane. Glad you liked the eggs. I need to go find some more of them. 🙂
I’m inordinately excited to see the “Friends” apartment building. And thanks for accepting my linked in request. 🙂 I’m usually so, oh no that person would never, ever, ever want to be linked to me, why no,….so thank you. And see slowly I’m lurking less and actually commenting. 🙂 Have a wonderful trip.
Chris — You’re very welcome. I’m so glad that you’re coming out of lurkdom. 🙂
And glad that you enjoyed the “Friends” part of the tour. 🙂
wonderful herstory lesson! i gotta come visit you in NYC sometime when u r back there…
Any time, Donna ….. any time. 🙂