NYC in August

We made a weekend trip to NYC so we could catch up with Coney Island before it becomes completely Disneyfied:

    + Aquarium
    + Boardwalk
    + Wonder Wheel
    + Freak Show
    + New Luna Park
    + Cyclones baseball game

I also wanted to visit the Red House, my old Manhattan apartment building where I lived for ten years, and specifically wanted to try to get into the lobby. When we arrived, a woman was exiting the building and held the door open for us (too trusting). The interior is exactly the same, nothing has changed, which gave me a stalled-in-time sensation. Oscar my superintendent is still there, though I didn’t get to see him. That would have been fun.

The only thing that has changed is price. As you can see from this listing, in May 2010 my small studio apartment (unit #1) was going for #1,350 per month. When I left in November 2001, I was paying $690 per month. (Note: the website is incorrect in that there is no doorman. Would have been great if there was. I wouldn’t have had so many package delivery snafus.)

We then strolled through Central Park to get to the Upper East Side (passport country—I rarely hung out on the east side because I’ve never liked it and still don’t). Our destination was the Park Avenue Armory because the Royal Shakespeare Company is doing a guest repertory stint there this summer, and we had tickets for The Winter’s Tale. The RSC built not just a set, but an an entire theatre, inside the Armory. A building-inside-a-building. The actors didn’t disappoint, the set was great, and they had a giant puppet. We all know my affinity for giant puppets.

But it was a hot and humid weekend. On Saturday we had the Coney Island breeze to keep us cool, but Sunday was a typical claustrophobically-humid summer city day with no breathable air.

Click for photos from August 6 & 7, 2011

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Shawn’s birthday

Click for photos from May 22, 2011

Mets. vs. Marlins

On Friday, June 4, I drove Mom to NYC to accompany her to a wedding that weekend. Luckily for me, the Mets were on a homestand, so couseen Mary and I treated ourselves to VIP seats for the game on Saturday, June 5.

I only get to one game per year, and for this one we decided to go hog-wild because we could. They were once-in-a-lifetime tickets thanks to their price, but we were finally able to experience the VIP seating behind home plate, with access to the private club located behind the press box.

Get too hot watching the game? Escape to the private club for some air conditioning. The cushioned VIP game seats are still not comfy enough? Escape to the private club for a more cushy, more comfy couch. Tired of squinting in the sun? Escape to the private club and watch the game on a high-def flatscreen TV. That was livin’. And we’ll never experience a Mets game quite the same way again.

The professional photographers managed to seek us out again, twice. Happens every time lately. We’re in the sixth row in this gallery, and we’re in the ninth row in this gallery.

The Mets defeated the Marlins, 6-1, with D-Wright hitting a two-run homer, and Ike Ike Baby going 4-4 on the day.

When you release two goofball Mets fans in Queens for the day, this is what you get.

Red Sox vs. Royals

Click for photos from May 30, 2010

Part of my birthday gift to Shawn was Red Sox tickets for the Sunday afternoon game of Memorial Day weekend.

The official photographer managed to find us again—they have a knack for that. They took two photos which are split across the gallery page—we’re in the last row, last photo on this page, and on the following page the first row, first photo.

Now lemme hear again some of that middle-of-the-eighth-inning sweet music to my ears—my favorite part of Fenway games.

Thank you, Boston fans, for the great sense of community at your ballpark.

Opening Day 2010

Home Run Apple is raised for David Wright's first-at-bat, two-run blast

Jason Bay singled and then tripled in his debut as a Metropolitan

NY Post headline

In their the new crème retro pinstripes, and traditional blue caps, today the New York Metropolitans defeated the Florida Marlins by a score of 7-1 at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens. (I, however, was listening via the internet in New Hampshire.)

Shawn’s birthday

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And we’re in this photo gallery… in rows six and seven.

Opening Day

Opening Day ~ April 13, 2009

Opening Day ~ April 13, 2009