Another Rainy Day in New York City

Tourists in New York City brought our Art Institute of Chicago Masterpiece "Paris Street; Rainy Day"

Tourists in New York City brought our Art Institute of Chicago Masterpiece "Paris Street; Rainy Day" to mind.

It may have been raining, but it couldn't stop our good times.

Barb and I spent Saturday and Sunday on our annual New York City Theater Trip. A quickly booked replacement for our canceled Yellowstone National Park adventure, we swapped Old Faithful for Times Square, and wildlife sightings for wonderful people watching.

Ever since Laury lived in Manhattan, we have made LaGuardia our NYC airport of choice. Friends warned us that it was no longer the thing to do as the airport was a mess due to construction, but apart from needing to take a shuttle bus to the cab stand, we didn't come across any major obstacles. In fact, our plane docked in the new area of Terminal B, which was quite nice, with wide corridors and plenty of food options. I hope the future O'Hare renovation yields similar results.

We stayed at the Parker, a hotel just south of Central Park that we have made our New York home for several visits. Its age and general grunginess are beginning to wear me down, but we like the location and keep going back. The Registration staff swears that by our next visit renovated rooms will be available. We will see.

Speaking of seeing, we crammed in as much Broadway as we could, watching Oklahoma! Saturday night, and Hadestown at a Sunday matinee. Oklahoma! is, of course, an American musical classic, but the current production is quite controversial with a much less orchestral sound and less joy, more darkness. I liked it, many have not.

Hadestown, a musical mash-up of the Orpheus-Eurydice and Hades-Persephone Greek myths, is one of the current Broadway fan favorites. Thundering applause followed every musical number. Barb loved it, I was left a little cold.

Both shows featured Tony Award winners; Ali Stroker as Best Featured Actress in Oklahoma! and André De Shields as Best Featured Actor in Hadestown. It is always a privilege to watch great professionals at work.

As per our normal Manhattan routine, walking was our preferred method of transportation, although we did take the subway for a ride downtown Sunday morning, meeting some east coast friends for a delicious brunch and exploration of the SoHo area. Our friends were kind enough to drive us back to Broadway for our afternoon matinee as rain droned down and umbrellas popped up.

Did I mention shopping? Isn't that what New York weekends are for? Some of this, some of that, and a lead on a new piece of Israeli art for our foyer.  I must say, Barb has honed her negotiating skills, even if only for a sidewalk scarf and not for the somewhat more expensive artwork. In any case, she can out-bargain me with ease.

A fun, quick trip. And we plan to go back soon. Hugh Jackman in The Music Man anyone?

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