Busy taking a bite out of the Apple

Spring in NYC! What a glorious time to be here!

Last time we visited the trees were bare - love the change of seasons!

As usual, the days are just packed. We’ve been to two plays, both of which have convinced us we have a long way to go before we can consider ourselves “theatre people”.

We suffered through War Horse, which has gotten rave reviews but, for us, was an exercise in torture – ours and the horses’. Animal lovers may want to skip this one. Kind of wish we had said neigh to WarHorse.

The horse puppetry is truly amazing, but the experience was in no way what we would call "entertainment"

And, unfortunately, watching Edie Falco yap like a dog on all fours in House of the Blue Leaves also left us barking up the wrong tree. Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alison Pill also star, but apparently one needs to be more sophisticated than we are to appreciate this John Guare revival.

Ben Stiller and Edie Falco in House of the Blue Leaves (image from nydailynews.com)

One thing we do know how to appreciate is food, of which there is always plenty in NYC. Had a great meal at Dovetail on the UWS with friends the other night and a wonderful lunch with Tina at The Modern yesterday.

W. 77th at Columbus. Go!

The CE and Tina at Rockefeller Center after lunch on a beautiful spring day in the city.

A very sweet food event occurred on Thursday when Jamesy celebrated his 3rd birthday with cupcakes at school:

Happy Birthday James!

And, of course, nothing makes me happier than dinner with Daniel, who took a break for studying for finals to join us last night:

We’ve taken some long city walks, one from the Columbia campus back to Columbus Circle, and I have the blisters to show it. We had a “small” celeb sighting on the way, passing Peter Jacobson (Taub from House) in a crosswalk on Broadway.

House is right. Taub is short.

We stopped in to see the Pompeii exhibit at Discovery in Times Square. Well worth the visit, but would not recommend it for children.

Incredibly well preserved artifacts from Pompeii are on display at the Discovery galleries in Times Square.

A beautiful Fresco found in the ruins of Pompeii.

Also saw these Zodiac heads at the Pulitzer Fountain next to the Plaza Hotel. They are the work of detained Chinese artist A.I. Weiwei:

And now must run…another day, another lunch reservation…

Tomorrow is May 8: Call your mother!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Busy taking a bite out of the Apple

  1. Katherine says:

    Yikes – so sorry to hear about your theatre experiences. From now on, just see things that Dan is in. Glad to hear that your other NY experiences are much better – meals & cupcakes with family, art, and changing seasons. And happy early Mother’s day to you, our favorite Mother Hen!*

    * wait – that’s supposed to be a polloplayer-related compliment, not a suggestion that you’re overprotective which is what google just told me it means…

  2. Ang says:

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!! Fwiw, Ben Stiller bugs me.

  3. Duke says:

    Having a great time here in the city with the Chicken Lady. Thankfully, she left behind her chicken apron or we could never get served in the fine dining establishments she so skillfully chooses for us. Lots of good food and many fun times with the family, so I am grateful to be here with the CL; and especially so on this warm Mother’s Day here in the world’s greatest city.

  4. polloamigo says:

    Daniel looks very happy. Love the zodiac heads. Wonderful to see leaves on trees. Everything looks lush. Walked the dogs today. We miss you!

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