So busy!

Hello everyone! Its been a crazy last couple of days and we have scrunched in SO much that I almost don't know where to start... but I will give it a try!

Our great friends Gretchen (someone I am sure is my long lost sister) and Doug came to visit from Santa Monica for a long weekend. Gretchen has some business in the city this week but they came early to visit with us and some other friends of theirs. Tom and I drove into the city to meet up with them Sat and Sunday and the time flew by TOO fast!

After meeting for some cocktails Sat night and then a fab dinner at Bar Americain (a Bobby Flay restaurant for you "foodies" out there)

...we headed to the Tony Award winning show In The Heights. Last year this show won Best Musical, one of the highest honors a production can receive, Best Score, Best Choreography as well as Best Orchestrations.

Instead of me writing a review, I figured I'd post what the In the Heights web page has down for detail on this wonderful show!

WELCOME to the show that won Broadway’s highest honors by first winning its heart. WELCOME to the next chapter in the classic American story on stage. WELCOME to the kind of musical that comes around once in a generation. A musical that builds on the best traditions of theater while forging into fresh new territory. A musical about the importance of home, family and finding where you belong.

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

This synopsis describes the feel perfectly. The set was so creative with life like bodega's (corner stores), car service companies and hair salons complete with apartments above the businesses where the residents of this neighborhood lived and worked and flew the flags from their original countries off their rod iron fire escapes.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Manhattan area, Washington Heights is way uptown, past Central Park, past Columbia University and up to 181st street right near the Bronx. The subway can take you all the way... its definitely a different feel for the visitor compared to the "run of the mill" Times Square, Empire State, Greenwich Village tourist spots, but very much part of NY in history as well as in our modern day.

It was a great show and we left feeling fortunate for being able to experience a show that is very different from anything playing right now. Above are a couple pics from the In The Heights website and one of us getting ready to see the show!

Today Tom and I headed back out to the city and had plans to hit some museums with G & D as it was very rainy... but instead, we ended up hunkering down at an Irish Pub near Central Park to watch some football!! It was awesome! Doug and Gretchen had already been to a couple museums on this trip and since Tom and I can go to one any time, we felt our time was better spent visiting, laughing and cheering for the Jets, Giants and Vikings (well, Gretchen cheered for the Vikings :)

Such a good time with friends and as always, I LOVE NYC--I love every bit of it. Maybe a post is due that just lists the things that make NY so perfect in my mind... :) Wait for that.


  1. Lauren said...

    Go Vikes!!! Where is Gretchen from that she's a Vikes fan? Don't find too many of them outside the midwest. My sister went to the game yesterday.  

  2. Di and Tom said...

    She's originally from Minnesota :)  

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