Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Haiku #286, 287 - Hurricane Sandy

traffic is brutal
exercise in pranayam 
and bladder control

blockbuster movies
apocalypse on the news
it's all the same now

I missed Hurricane Sandy because I was out of town for the weekend, which turned into nearly-a-week. I have to work tomorrow, so I ended up renting a car and driving from Baltimore, which was as close to New York as my original flight itinerary could get me under the circumstances. 

I'm very grateful to be able say my apartment and its inhabitants are fine. Quite a few uprooted trees on the way back in, and of course I've seen enough pictures and read enough status updates to know how easily I got off. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Haiku #284 - NY Pizza - Artichoke

my margherita, Lacey's artichoke, and Rod's dainty little vodka slice
Artichoke pizza
passersby salivating
looking at my slice

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Haiku #281 - Edwin Drood

went with my friend Christy to the 1st preview of the Drood revival  -
Didn't know the show and it turned up to be
right up my Anglophile, mystery-loving alley.
Cast great, staging, design and music beautifully done - go see it!

so many choices
how to spend a Friday night?
clap and cheer for Drood!

People, Places, Things:
Roundabout Theatre 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Haiku #280 - City Hall Park


ketchup-alism 
and liberty coexist
in City Hall Park


People, Places, Things:
City Hall Park

‎"It must not be forgotten that the park is still the refuge of the people, the cradle of liberty."
-Henry B. Dawson

Monday, October 15, 2012

Haiku #277 - NY Pizza - $1 Pizza!

see dollar pizza?
don't get scared and run away
it's really quite good!

People, Places, Things:
Dollar pizza places can be found all over NYC. The one pictured above is on 3rd Ave in Spanish Harlem. There are a lot in Hell's Kitchen. Dollar pizza slices are a little smaller then average, and have not too much cheese (so you aren't dabbing away 3 napkins' worth of grease), and, because of the high turnover, are always fresh! Conclusion: Dollar pizza sounds like a bad idea, but isn't (though I don't recommend it more than once a week or so...)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Haiku #276 - Conservatory Gardens Sunflower

in the Conservatory Gardens
radiant light shines
from the sunflower itself
on a fall morning

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Haiku #275 - Doo Wop Guys

they sing and then say,
"smile - it won't mess up your hair!"
get some change, move on

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Haiku #273 - Chaplin

The band room door for Chaplin the Musical -
they call themselves the Flickers
playing for a show
inside jokes fly 'round the room
work is work and play


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Haiku #271 - Birthday Bash

the birthday boys: Ray (at the piano), and Brandon (on the mic)

Brandon and Ray share
October birthdays, ergo
drunken birthday bash

Monday, October 8, 2012

Haiku #270 - NY Pizza - La Nostra

Seriously. This is a small. 
i'm going to need
my roommate's help to devour
this "small" spinach pie

People, Places, Things:
La Nostra Pizzeria in my neighborhood - 110th and 2nd Ave. Nothing fancy, just average New York pizza - exactly what the doctor ordered for a cloudy, working-from-home, staying-in-my-PJs kind of day.

And probably three days thereafter, judging by the size of that pie. 

Note on linguistics/immigration/stratification: The menus and other material for this place say "La Nostra" (Italian)... the signage outside says "La Nuestra" (Spanish)...
 I don't think this place is very old, so I don't know what the scoop is behind that discrepancy, but it made me think of the different waves of immigrants who have come through this neighborhood.

Haiku #269 - Music Directors

music directors
meet over beers and discuss
nerdy things and life
Rachael, Emily, me
Steven, Brittany, Geraldine, Sarah















People, Places, Things:
Theatre Music Directors
Valhalla

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Haiku #266 - Metro Diner

Metro Diner, 100th & Broadway
what better on a
rainy Manhattan evening
than Metro Diner?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Haiku #265 - NY Pizza - Patzeria

Grandma slice from Patzeria.
That it doesn't look so great is due entirely to my lack of photography skills.
if I had to pick
one slice for the rest of life
it would be this one

People, Places, Things:
Patzeria on 46th St between Broadway and 8th Ave -
My go-to pizza joint when I'm in the theater district. Approx the size of a postage stamp. They also have a sit-down Italian restaurant with a small bar a couple blocks away. 

Juan usually serves me my pizza.
The place is filled with show memorabilia (eg upper left corner)