We took an early birthday trip for me up to New York City this week to take in some sights and attend some of the 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival along with our friends Danny, Brenda, Wayne and Bethany. Hello again, Big Apple!
Wednesday, 4/13 - We flew up to NYC via Southwest today and took a private car to our a cool two-story loft apartment in the Tribeca area that we found on AirBnB. It is situated over a pizza parlor called Saluggi's where we had our first meal in the city and it was fantastic. The building is also just a couple blocks from the hotel where everyone else was staying.
We had tickets to an evening performance of Fully Committed starring Jessie Tyler Ferguson (our beloved "Mitchell" on TV's huge hit, "Modern Family") at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway. It was an amazing one-man show with Jessie doing over 40 different voices. We had great seats very near the stage. After the show we met up with everyone else nearby at The Perfect Pint for a drink and then hit Times Square and wondered around in the glittering lights before walking back to our "neighborhood"and turning in for the night.
|The gang enjoying a toast of vino at the cool Tartinery Restaurant in Nolita during our food tour. Photo by our guide, Annie.|
|Superstar Justin Timberlake on the red carpet at The Tribeca Film Festival. Can't believe we got this close!|
|That's a lot of finger-food for after 10 PM, but when in New York...you eat at the trendy restaurant, Vandal, where they have taken street food to a whole other level.|
|I know this looks posed for a lame cell-phone ad, but it's not.|
|My lady in Lady Liberty's crown.|
|The winding staircase to and from The Statue of Liberty Crown.|
|A surreal and spooky shot from the new Freedom Tower's One World Observatory looking down into the 9/11 Memorial where the towers once sat.|
|The "much lovelier in person" Katie Holmes introducing her film All We Had. She starred and directed it. It was a solid film with good performances throughout. As you can see we got great seats for this presentation.|
|The Washington Square Park and it's famous Arch were just a short walk from our apartment. Although we've been to NYC several times this was our first visit to this iconic place.|
|What a perfect day to catch a game from the outfield bleachers at Yankee Stadium...and the bucket of chicken and fries for $20 that our friend, Wayne, found was amazing!|
|Sunday, 4/17 - We flew home today in perfect weather again and in time to watch the Preds play and win again on the road in the NHL playoffs.|
The birthday extravaganza continued the following week with three great shows in three different cities for a great musical trifecta:
Wednesday, 4/20 - It was a happy "official" birthday to me today with a SOLD OUT show by Dawes in Nashville at The Ryman Auditorium. And "When My Time Comes" I hope it's singing out loud at The Mother Church to a great band like Dawes similar to the short video below.
Thursday, 4/21 - Tonight we attended our first 2016 Preds First-Round Playoff Game( # 4) vs. the Anaheim Ducks. It was a very disappointing outcome, but at least the chicken and biscuits were good before the game at the arena and we did get to sit close to arena organ-player extraordinaire, Krazy Kyle. (By the way, Nashville would go on to win the series in dramatic come-back fashion 4 games to 3).
|Just a man in a dapper suit and a giant arena organ...go Krazy Klye, go!|