Thursday, April 16, 2015


We walked to the White Plains train station and arrived at Grand Central Station in time to have lunch.  Jerry had Chinese and I had a salad.  While we were having lunch we visited with a man from Lebanon who is an industrial engineer who does consultation on the underground water, heating and power at Grand Central and other places.  He has a project to replace the 8,000 man hole covers in NYC with a fiber optic security system.  I gave him a #BecauseHeLives pass along card.

We took the subway to Time Square and then the Red Line to 50th Street.  It is a Froehliche Tag! German for Beautiful Day, with warm temperatures, blue skies and flowers blooming.

We arrived at Radio City Music Hall for the Rockettes New York Spring Spectacular and entered the line about 45 minutes before the show. It was spectacular indeed.  It was a celebration of New York City and everything about it.  It tells the story of Bernie, a tour guide who is about to be replaced by technology.  The goal of Derek Hough, from Dancing With the Stars fame, is to convince singer, Laura Benanti, that the personal touch is still needed.  Various comedy, sports, media and fashion stars make the show come to life with movie clips like: West Side Story, Barefoot in the Park, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Crocodile Dundee, Saturday Night Fever, The Wiz, Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember, Big and Spiderman are featured.  The New York Rangers, Giants, Knicks, and Yankees are fun to see, as the Rockettes dance in the various sports uniforms.  The real show stopper was Singing' In The Rain (which included Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head).  The Rockettes tap-dance exuberantly as 500 gallons of water pour down on them.  They wield umbrellas, and wear daffodil-yellow raincoats with bright purple trim, and matching boots fitted with waterproof mikes.

A visit to the Metropolitan Art Museum, with real ballet dancers from the Degas painting, a huge Statue of Liberty talking head, a dance through Central Park, and dancing on the top floor of the Empire State Building are all amazing.  The finale is to New York, New York.  Even four elders from The Book of Mormon Musical join the show doing gymnastic moves.  It was by far one of the most fantastic extravangaza shows we have ever seen.

After the show, we decided to take a City Tour bus.  It was such a beautiful day that we went to the top of the open bus.  Sometimes the NYC traffic was at a stand still, but we passed and listened to a lively commentary through our ear phones, and saw many famous buildings, parks, museums and even a demonstration for higher minimum wages.  By the time we walked back to Grand Central Station, stopping to get a slice of pizza on the way, and then took our train back to White Plains, and walked four blocks to our Avalon Apartments, we could say it was quite a fabulous day, and we were ready for a good nights sleep.

No comments:

Post a Comment