Archive for June 27, 2012

Invisibility

Today I finally figured out that when walking the streets of Manhattan I am invisible to others.  It’s the only explanation I can come up with to explain why people walk straight at me, knock into me without an apology, lean on me in the subway car, walk right in front of me when I’m on line at the bank, etc.  I mean I KNOW I’m really not invisible (and I’m not just saying that because I don’t want to be taken to Bellevue for a quick psych exam) – it’s just I sometimes FEEL invisible. 

It gets tiresome being the only one on the street who moves out of the way – to avoid collision and serious bodily harm – when walking down the City streets, moving over on the subway so I’m not being leaned on, etc. (I have loved the word etcetera since first hearing it spoken by Yul Brenner in “The King and I”).   I guess I will have to accept the curse of invisibility as there really is only one cure – but unfortunately moving out of New York at this time is not an option.

 

Restrictions in Truck Routes

Here is a partial list of changes that were made to the Legal Truck Routes,that are not shown on the Map.The following are in Manhattan.
Eastbound 23st No Left Turn onto Northbound 1st avenue
Eastbound 34st No Left Turn onto Northbound 1st avenue
Westbound 34st No Left Turn onto Southbound 2nd avenue
Westbound 23st No Left Turn onto Southbound 2nd avenue
No Left Turn onto Southbound 7th avenue
No Left Turn onto Southbound 9th avenue
Westbound 14st No Left Turn onto Southbound 2nd avenue
Northbound Bowery No Left Turn onto Westbound Kenmare/Delancey street
Eastbound Kenmare st No Left Turn onto Northbound Bowery st
Eastbound Delancey st No Left Turn Northbound Christie street
Eastbound Grand st No Left/No Right turns onto Bowery st
That is it for now. More to follow,as if this was not enough.

53rd Street and Lexington Avenue Subway Station

Last night on my way home I really took the time to watch the people walking up the stairs at the 53rd Street and Third Avenue exit (FYI – you can exit at either Third Avenue or Lexington Avenue via escalator and stairs – mid-platform is an elevator) on the E and M line.  Most of the people I saw walking up those stairs looked like they wished they had turned around midway and went back to the escalator. 

The stairs are killer – trust me, I’ve walked up them and hated every minute of it.  Most times we’re forced to walk up when the escalator isn’t working and then you can’t even stop for a minute and catch your breath if need be.  The people who walk up the escalator (on the left hand side please) think they’re getting a pretty good cardio – HA – they should take the stairs and see what they’re missing.

 

 

Cirque Du Soleil

Last night I had the privilege of seeing “Zarkana” by Cirque Du Soleil.  I never saw a live performance by the troupe before and I must say they were amazing.  If you are visiting New York during the summer months the show is running for a limited time (the last show is September 2, 2012).  And Native New Yorkers please note that this is your last chance to see “Zarkana” as it will not be performed in New York City again.

The acrobats and ariel artists were amazing, the music powerful (even though I think they made up their own lyrics in an unknown language – I thought I caught a word or two in Latin, Italian, and Yiddish), and the star “clowns” had the audience constantly laughing. 

Should you decide to attend, I would suggest purchasing seats in either the first or second mezzanine as I’m not sure you would be able to appreciate some of the scenes/effects from the orchestra section.  And a little sidenote regarding the purchase of tickets – visit www.broadwaybox.com as I believe there is a coupon you can print out and bring to the box office of Radio City for a $30.00 – $35.00 discount (I love a bargain).  Also when you go to the box office in person you save the additional Telecharge fee. 

To those who decide to take my advice and see “Zarkana,” send me a comment and let me know how you enjoyed the show.

NYC’s Mayor

I heard on the radio last week that Mayor Bloomberg is trying to prohibit eateries, etc. from offering super-sized sweet beverages for sale as they are not good for us.  I mean really, if posting the calorie content for food and beverages at let say McDonald’s hasn’t gotten people to stop ordering Big Mac’s, large fries, and sweet tea/regular soda, I guess our Mayor has no other option but to step in and save us from ourselves.

REALLY???

What happened to freedom of choice?  Oh wait, I believe that went out the window with the ban on smoking.  I believe I mentioned in a prior post that once you allow one freedom of choice to be taken away from you (even if it might be in your best interest), it gets so much easier for others to be taken away too.  Hmm, I wonder what he’ll try to take away next?