September 2010

Lumpy Bumpy Cowl

I’d picked the yarn for this up when I was in NYC. One skein & a lot of fun made for a quick & easy cowl…

Marco Polo – the Musical: Rehearsals

As soon as I got back from my trip, my evenings and weekends have been devoted to working on the show. I’m Assistant Directing it, and until we get a Stage Manager, I’m filling in with that as well. We were all pretty pumped once we got a chance to rehearse the music with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra…

Self-striping Vacation Socks

I knit one sock while on vacation and then I finished the second one the week after I returned to Saint John. It’s just a basic sock pattern using KnitPicks self-striping Fellici merino sock yarn. I got most of the second sock done on the weekend of the 12th as mom came up for a “girls weekend” (consisting pretty much of knitting, window-shopping & watching chick flicks!)

NYC – Day 5

Our day began with a breakfast in Central Park, and then a walk to FAO Schwartz on 5th Avenue, where we made our own Muppets at the Muppet Whatnot Workshop…

FAO Schwartz

 

Onieda, Kizzy’s Muppet (left) & my Sylvia (right)

We dropped our Muppets off at our hotel and cabbed to the Metroploitan Museum, where we spent the first half of our day (and had a fantastic brunch!) If I lived in NYC, I’d get a season pass. There’s so much to see – it’s just huge. It took a few hours just to power-walk through the place.

The MET

 

We then took a subway to Chelsea where I was able to do a bit of yarn shopping at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, and then at Purl Soho…

Lion Brand Yarn Shop

 

After that, we headed to Little Italy & Chinatown. Kizzy’s cousin’s husband gave us a tour of the Chiatown firestation that he works at, and we wound up having a tasty & very filling meal in Little Italy…

Little Italy

 

Touring the Chinatown Fire Station

 

Finally, we had the energy to get dressed up and do one night out at Don’t Tell Mama’s Piano Bar…

At “Don’t Tell Mama’s” piano bar

NYC – Day 4

We started our day with a walk through the 79th Street Transverse in Central Park, where we checked out some very scenic & recognizable spots.

Bethesda Fountain – as seen in the movie “Enchanted” (among numerous other films).

A bridge with a scenic view. Also in a ton of films.

The Hans Christian Anderson Statue is quite large.

After that, we headed over to Park Avenue & Lexington to grab a Subway to head to Times Square where we stood in line at the TKTS booth to get standby tickets to see the Matinee viewing of “Memphis” at the Schubert Theatre. No wonder it won a bunch of Tony’s this year – it’s a great show! We did have a bit of time to kill before the show to have a laugh at Madame Tussauds and then grab a bit of lunch at a nearby Irish pub.

In line at TKTS in Times Square.

Lots of great cheesy fun at Madame Tussauds.

 

Memphis at the Schubert. Photo courtesy of Kizzy Kaye.

We got out of Memphis and headed straight back to the TKTS line to get an ticket to see another show that evening. We then had a fantastic dinner at Brasserie, and then headed back to the theatre district to see “La Cage Aux Folles,” starring Kelsey Grammer. It was very enjoyable, although the seats were pretty scrunched & I was a little overtired.

NYC – Day 3

Another early morning as we headed via subway to Battery Park. We looked out towards the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, and then started walking up towards the Financial District. Kizzy got the best photo of the entire trip – as the Sad Panda was being ignored by the crowds who were gathered around the Charging Bull Sculpture:

We walked around Wall Street area and over to the Word Trade Center site where they are building the memorial. I found a few deals at Century 21 (super-comfy Anne Klein iflex loafers, a watch & a pair of sunglasses) and then we continued out walk up past city hall and into Soho.

We walked along Canal Street and then up the Avenue of Americas to the Aquagrill, where we had an amazing lunch (including incredibly refreshing cocktails called “The Glacier”).

After lunch, we shopped around Soho, stopped for a sorbet at a very cool chocolate shop before we headed back to the hotel to regroup:

That evening, we headed out to the East Village to meet up with Kizzy’s Cousins, Lisa & Dee and they took us out and treated us to an amazing sushi dinner. Check out this awesome sushi boat!

NYC – Day 2

We got up early and picked up breakfast to go (from Pax whole foods) and walked down to Rockerfeller Center to wait in line to get standby tickets in the hopes that we could be in the audience for a taping of the Jimmy Fallon Late Night Show. Thank goodness I’d brought some knitting – it made the wait seem very short!

Waiting to get Standby Tickets to the Jimmy Fallon Show at Rockerfeller Center…

Started a pair of self-striping socks. Thought they’d be a great project while traveling.


At the Redeye Grill with Kizzy (photo courtesy of Kizzy)

After we got our standby tickets, we headed to Grand Central Station to check it out and then do some more shopping (where I found a great dress at Anne Klein!) and we stopped into Saks 5th Avenue where the ladies at the Lancome counter gave us free makeovers.

Grand Central Station

The Interior of Grand Central Station

We had enough time to stop back at the hotel and get changed before heading back to the Rockerfeller Center, where we stood in a further series of lines in order to get in to be part of the audience for the show. It was SO worth it. The show was great – and as an added bonus, Heart was the musical guest and they sang Barracuda! Also, Jimmy Fallon ran up and high-fived us, which was pretty cool.We decided to eat at the Redeye Grill where we were royally treated. The food was delicious, and the black current & cabernet sorbet was an amazing dessert!

At the Redeye Grill with Kizzy (photo courtesy of Kizzy)

NYC – Day 1

Kizzy & I arrived early in the morning (after an early flight from Bangor) and once we dropped our luggage at our hotel, we started walking. We window-shopped 5th Avenue down to the Library and popped in to take a quick tour. If you ever make it to NYC, it’s worth taking a few minutes to explore the beauty of the library.

NYC Public Library: Reading Room on the 3rd floor

We also breifly checked out St. Patrick’s Cathedral before continuing down 5th Avenue to the Empire State Building. By that point, I was getting massive blisters from the shoes I was wearing, so we started looking for some flip-flops for me. After a fair amount of shopping, we finally found some at Macy’s. $13 for a pair of discounted yet fancy Nine West wedge flip-flops. After that, we had a quick & delicious lunch at the café in the basement of Macy’s (mmm… delicious turkey burger!) and then walked back up through Times Square, stopped at a wine shop, and returned to our hotel for a wee break. We treated ourselves to some champage in our room and then headed to the rooftop pool to cool off. It was 37ºC so the pool was a refreshing treat! (I checked it out and we’d walked 48 blocks that day!)

Photo courtesy of Kizzy Kaye

That was a much needed refreshing break before heading back out. We treated ourselves to a couple of cocktails in the hotel lounge and then went to see The 39 Steps, which was just amazing! Smart, funny, and well-choreographed. The play is a parody based on the Alfred Hitchcock film and the four actors play about 140 characters. If you ever get a chance to see it, I highly recommend it!