Archive for June, 2009

twelfth night_a day in the park

Shakespeare in park_line

First really beautiful weekend in awhile, so I decided to take advantage of it and try and see Shakespeare in the Park’s showing of “Twelfth Night”.  Most of the shows have had to go on with light rain and chilly weather this June which is unfortunate, but not this past Sunday!!  As I mentioned in my earlier post about Shakespeare in the Park, it takes place in Delacorte Theater in Central Park and the tickets are free.  You can try and win limited tickets online, but really if you are up to it you should jut wait in line.  People start lining up at 6am in the morning and tickets are given out at 1pm at the theater.  You really want to get a spot in line at 6-6:30am if you want to get tickets for sure.  I know this sounds a little intense, but sooooo many people do it.  As you can see above the line gets really long since people are vying for about 1000+ tickets or more.  It’s really not that bad.  I had a really fun time!  On a beautiful day, it’s just relaxing to spend a nice morning in the park.   People get really into it and they bring lawn chairs, blankets, pillows, tables, board games, cards, computers, and books, etc to keep themselves and friends entertained.  People watching and dog watching is fun too.  I did alot of that.  And took a little nap. 🙂

My waiting in line kit included: blanket, pillow, The Chronicles of Narnia (all of them in one book), sour patch kids, chips and guacamole, strawberry jam, bread, water, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist DVD to watch on a little dvd player.

The show was excellent and had great seats.  The case included film and TV stars Anne Hathaway and Audra McDonald, and a VERY VERY talented cast of broadway and stage performers who did an amazing job.  The play was soo funny, the characters and actors were great, and the music was very fun and well sung by the actors.  Highly recommend going if you can!  I believe it’s only on for another week!  The next play of the summer will be “The Bacchae”  when “Twelfth Night” ends and later this fall Shakespeare’s “Othello” (with possibly Phillip Seymour Hoffman starring in it) will be put on at one of the PUBLIC theater’s other locations (Othello’s tickets may not be free however).  Can’t wait!


(image by: vivien chin)

car free times square

car free times square

Lawn chairs and people scattered in the middle of street where Broadway runs through Times Square.  This area’s been turned into a “car free” zone.   Cars can still drive on the 7th Ave part that runs through Times Square, but Broadway is just for the peaple.  Checked it out this weekend for myself and even sat in one of the lawn chairs for a little bit.  Moving around Times Square is definitely easier now that the crowds aren’t stuck to just using the sidewalks.


(image by: vivien chin)

the highline_etc

Beautiful sky behind the railing

Edge of the railing.  Fond of its simplicity

More blue sky…

Building overhead…just cutting through…

hmmm….how is that plant growing??

I really liked this building for some reason!


(images by: vivien chin)

the highline_keep it wild










Some examples of the various flowers and vegetation you can see up on the Highline.  And along the way you will see these little signs asking you to “Keep It Wild.  Keep On the Path”, which is ever so slightly sad because one of my favorite things about parks is being able to sit on the grass and you can’t really do that here, but that’s ok.  Still a really great place to be!!


A little ladybug that landed on my sunglasses and decided to migrate to my skirt.  Very cute.


(images by: vivien chin)

the highline_meeting the paving

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The pavers reach out like fingers to intertwine with the vegetation, gravel, and railroad tracks up on the Highline.  Very nice way to meet the landscaping and existing railroad tracks, fading out as they reach further out for the “paths”.

the highline_lounging over 10th

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Hovering over 10th ave is a portion of the Highline with wood, stepped seating where you can lounge and watch the cars passing from under you.  It’s a pretty nice little seating area where you can sit and car/people watch those below on the street level.


(images by: vivien chin)

the highline_furniture

The many options you have to take a rest on and sit awhile…

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The wood and concrete bench that seems to come up from the paving.  These are the 2 most common benches at the Highline to sit on.

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The all wood bench.  This is my favorite.  Love the all wood aspect of it and how it comes out from the floor boards.

Thick, all wood, loungers.

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Wood bench with corten steel details.

Yellow picnic tables at ground level

Fire pit??

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Water fountain.  So this isn’t really for sitting, but I do like how the water falls over the edge and down to the drain


(images by: vivien chin)

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