Valentines Day in Times Square: February 17, 2007

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Valentine’s Day in Times Square

Jam and I had a whirlwind trip to New York and saw a few shows including The Drowsy Chaperone, The Late Show with David Letterman and Chicago. This was during a huge storm, which hit New York, which caused chaos within Manhattan while we were there. In fact a dog died because of this storm, which was reported in the New York Times. A little dog was walking over a manhole cover, which was covered in salt (salt conducts electricity). The poor dog leapt up, yelped and then died. The owner tried to give the dog mouth to mouth to save it. I was also witness to a man falling right onto his back in the middle of an intersection in Times Square. Not as interesting as the dog – I know.

Our cab ride into the city was with a driver who was a cross between Barbarino and Epstein. He was about as funny as the fourth season of Welcome Back Kotter. We basically didn’t leave Times Square except for a quick trip to Strawberry Fields in Central Park, The Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 site.

The first day we ate at the Rockefeller Plaza Grill where I tried to eat a burger bigger than my head. Then we went to the Top of the Rock where you can get a clear view of the entire island (the storm hadn’t hit yet). Our hotel was called The Amsterdam Court, which had very small but clean rooms and a free cappuccino bar downstairs. The best thing about the hotel was the close proximity to all the shows in Times Square. We were across the street from Wicked and five minutes away from the Ed Sullivan Theatre. On the first night Jam and I ate at Lindy’s where we had an excellent but extremely expensive meal ($75.00).

The first morning we ate at the Brooklyn Diner in Times Square, which serves polenta with breakfast instead of hash browns. This was one of the best diner type restaurants I’ve ever eaten at and it’s the only restaurant we went to twice.

On our way to Central Park we decided to just see if we could get tickets to Letterman. We were interviewed by someone who said they would enter our name into a lottery and they would call us. I was really surprised when, in line at the Statue of Liberty security line, the Letterman show called and told us we had won four tickets. The security guard yelled at me the entire time because you aren’t supposed to use phones when you’re going through security. So I ended up yelling at the woman from Letterman because I was so freaked out as I nervously ran toward the exit.

Then we went and saw The Drowsy Chaperone and I don’t think I have to tell anyone that it was amazing – of course. I think Canadians should go down to Manhattan and support this show. It’s pretty amazing to see the sign for the show right on Broadway. Afterwards we went for a drink with a cast member we know and we saw Jonathon Pryce (Brazil, Tomorrow Never Dies) having a drink.

Then we went to yet another deli in Times Square where I had the third sandwich bigger than my head on this trip (sorry vegans). The Deli is called Roxy’s. The choice of food in Times Square seems to be deli, deli or deli. The quality of which depends on how much dough you have.

The next day, Valentine’s Day we went to Letterman. We ate at this amazing Italian restaurant right beside the Ed Sullivan Theatre which I forget the name of. Sorry but you can’t miss it. They seated us in the fourth row and insisted Jam sit on the aisle. When Dave came out he answered two questions, the second one was from Jam. She asked him when he’s releasing Cabin Boy 2 and this made him laugh and then the show started with guests Martha Stewart and Norah Jones. It was a great Valentines Day.

After that we went and saw Chicago with Bebe Neurwirth. It was amazing. What else can you expect? It was great to be in a city that truly appreciates theatre. I was disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to see more shows like Grey Gardens or The Color Purple. If I had had another day I would have tried to see The View. Afterwards we had our first crappy meal at a place called Maxies.

Lesson to be learned? If you can go, then you should go to Manhattan. Times Square is completely different from what it was the last time I visited New York. You don’t fear for your life as much.


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