September 24, 2013: 100 Years  
On April 15th Greg and I flew to New York, City. I arrived around 5:20PM (40 minutes ahead of schedule. Greg's flight was also early. I took the E-subway train from the Jamaica Station all of the way to our 2 bedroom apartment at 51st Street and 8th Avenue.

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At Washington Square

Tuesday: We spent the morning going to each theater's box office for shows we wanted to see. By 2:00PM we had tickets for 8 shows. We took the subway down to the West Village to the box office of Michael Urie's one-man show Buyers and Cellars. We ended up stopping for lunch and buying the tickets on-line as we ate!

Bought a few groceries at the Food Emporium which is close to our apartment.

Attended the7PM performance of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike with Signourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce.

Wednesday: This morning we walked up to Time Warner Center. Greg had watched the Josh Grobin concert in the performance space here. It is on an upper floor, overlooking Columbus Circle. We snuck into the stage area where I took some panorama photos.

Columbus Square.

We walked a little further north near Lincoln Center to find the ABC studios where we would be on Friday to see the Live Kelly and Michael show. Checked out "product" at the Kiehl's store across the street. At lunch at Europa acafe.

Saw Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at 2PM.  Lots of little girls wearing princess costumes and tiaras in attendance. A lush and lyrical performance.

The evening show was Kinky Boots at 8PM written by Harvey Fierstein and Cindy Lauper.

Wednesday:  Took the subway down to 30th Street and walked over to the northern most entrance to High Line Park.  The part was finish since I was here last year. The weather has remained mild and there were a lot of other people admiring this urban park.

We ate lunch at a French-Moroccan restaurant calle Meme (grandmother) in the West Village.

On our way to midtown, we went to Grand Central Station to admire the great hall then walked on to the Waldorf Astoria, and to Rockefeller Center.  The ice rink was covered in a huge Tiffany Blue "box".  It was to introduce a new line of jewelry inspired by the new movie The Great Gatsby.  We could peek through curtains to see the Rockette's kicking up their heels. All of the actors were there that night for the opening of the movie.

That evening we saw The Nance with Nathan Lane, a play about burlesque and a specific type of sketch character (played by Lane.)  It was funny and sad.

Friday:  We got up early and took the subway up to the ABC studios to see the Live Kelly and Michael Show being shot.  There was a lot of waiting and when we finally got the audience space, we were off to the side.  Our vision was obstructed by a post and camera equipment.  Carson Kresley was the guest host filling in for Michael Strahan and Susan Sarandon was the guest.

Gelman (executive producer) was warming us up and telling us to clap twice and fast to make a sound twice as loud!  The audience didn't seeme to need much training in screaming and clapping.

Susan Sarandon entering the set.

After the Kelly and Michael show we went up to 99th Street and found St. Michael's Catholic Church known for the installation of many Tiffany ornamentations:  stained glass, carved marble altar, mosaics, bronzes, lighting and so on.  Very beautiful.

Tiffany mosaics 

Stained glass windows.
We met friend Dorene for lunch on the upper East Side at a Turkish restaurant called Beyoglu.  Great food.  Dorene moved to NYC from the West Coast about 15 years ago and is still finding it an adventure.

After lunch we took the crosstown bus back to Central Park and to the Metropolitan Museum.  I showed my Bay Area museum memberships and they let us go in free!  We spent the most time in the American Wing where we saw Frank Lloyd Wright and Tiffany works among many others.

Tiffany fountain taken from his home in Oyster Bay.

This night we saw a touching performance of Trip to Bountiful with Cecily Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr