Theatre Thursday: The Nederlander

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The Nederlander Theatre – 208 W 41st Street

The Nederlander wasn’t always called that, it had several different names including the Nation, the Billy Rose and the Trafalgar up until 1980 when James and Joseph Nederlander bought the theatre and named it their namesake.  In May of the next year, the theatre had one of its most distinguished shows to date, Lena Horne in Lena Horn: The Lady and Her Music.

Over the next few years the Nederlander housed many shows including Raggedy Ann in 1986 and Our Country’s Good in 1989. On April 29, 1996 the show that called the Nederlander its home for 12 years opened, Rent. Rent was a rock opera that dealt with strong subject matters and this theatre couldn’t be more perfect. The Nederlander at the time sat away from the rest of the big Broadway shows, creating this grungy off-beat area for what would soon be the hottest ticket in town.

On September 8, 2008 the cast of Rent closed the curtain one more time and the Nederlander started looking for another play to call them home. They started to vamp up the appearance of the theatre around this time with plush seats and carved wood panels to make way for Guys and Dolls.

After a few plays opening and closing their doors at the theatre, Newsies found their home there in 2012. Originally only opening for limited engagement, that spark that found its way between the Nederlander and Rent was now lit up again five years later.

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Not your average Broadway theatre but much more.

Rent took the Nederlander stage for 12 years.

Today, Newsies called the Nederlander their home.

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8 Wonderful NYC Travel Quotes

Quotes about New York City by famous (and not so famous) people:

Ryan Adams

“When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing like I’m in a movie.” – Ryan Adams

G.K. Chesterton

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

Simone Beauvoir

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless” – Simone Beauvoir

Alistair Cooke

“New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.” – Alistair Cooke

Marilyn J. Appleberg

“More than anything else, New York is a city of superlatives, a place where the best, the brightest, the biggest is the norm.” Marilyn J. Appleberg

Roy Blount Jr.

“New York walking isn’t exercise; it’s a continually showing make-your-own movie.” – Roy Blount Jr.

Milos Forman

“I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.” – Milos Forman

Charlie Chaplin

“The Glamour of it all! New York! America!” – Charlie Chaplin

All Hail the Cabs: NYC Taxis 101

After you get to know the city on your City Sights double decker tour, you might feel comfortable enough to take a good ol’ New York City taxi cab! Here are some tips as you try and hail your taxi:

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The taxis aren’t stopping for me and my arm is starting to cramp!

You’re on 6th Avenue and there are tons of taxi cabs driving by but no one is stopping. Well, not every taxi is on duty or may have passengers already. There is an easy way to distinguish when your arm should be up and when it shouldn’t to prevent further cramping. On top of each cab is a mix of numbers and letters, if these numbers are lit up, then throw your hands up like you just don’t care, and if they are not, well put your hands in your pockets and play it cool until the next cab rolls along.

 

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My taxi driver doesn’t know where 230-41 West 24th Street is!

Know the cross streets you need to be dropped off at because an exact address isn’t always going to do. This will save you cab fare as well as a long tour across 24th street until you get to your destination. Your cab driver will appreciate the 10 second you took to plug the address into your iPhone and give him an address he can more easily maneuver to. To 24th Street and 9th Avenue we go!

 

nyc gridlock taxi

Most offices let our around 5pm during the work week – get off the streets, off the road, just hide.

Most impossible time to get a cab? Around 5:00 pm on a weekday, not only because those big buildings are full of people being let out of work but this is also around the time that cab shifts change. Not only will it take you about 20 minutes to get a cab (if you’re lucky) but be prepared to empty your wallet on cab fare because of gridlock traffic. Leave an hour before or after this time to make sure you can get where you are going. Same goes for when it’s raining, good luck to you and may the force be on your side.

 

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When a black car pulls next to you and tells you to get in.

This is not a secret spy mission that you have been selected to be a recruit, this is a car-for-hire, also known as “gypsy cabs”. The thing about “gypsy cabs” is half of them are legitimate, the other half aren’t and it’s not always the easiest to tell which it is. There are no credit cards accepted and the fare can basically be whatever they want it to be. It’s easier to just stay away from these but if you do find yourself in a situation where there is no other choice but to risk your life and get into one, make sure you agree on the fare before you get in.

Happy hailing!

Taking Advantage of the Long Weekend in NYC

You have a long weekend, NYC. Here’s how you can take advantage of it.

Tropical Paradise

image via NYBG / Barbara Reiner

image via NYBG / Barbara Reiner

The New York Botanical Gardens opens up its wonderful winter exhibit to make you feel like it’s summer again. Head up to The Bronx to see some of the most beautiful tropical plants in the world. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.)

Mike Kelly

image via PS1

Mike Kelly’s exhibition at MoMA PS1 is coming down soon, so use this long weekend to get out to Long Island City and see it before it’s too late

Super Bowl Fashion

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Shopping? Fashion? Head over to Bloomingdale’s to see their Super Bowl Fashion exhibition, which features 48 really cool looking helmets.

What are you up to this weekend? Tell us at @CitySightsNY

NYC Borough Series: The Bronx

When people think New York City, their minds often don’t wander past the island of Manhattan. The problem is, NYC consists of five boroughs and Manhattan is just one of them. Sure, Manhattan is the one with the famous skyline, the buildings with names you recognize, and the sights you recall from movies, but the other boroughs have quite a bit to offer on their own.

Of the five New York City boroughs, there’s only one so important that it needs “The” to preface its name: The Bronx. The borough that’s home to the Yankees and the city’s best zoo resides to the northeast of Manhattan, separated by the Harlem river. The Bronx is known for its beautiful open space, culturally diverse community and delicious food on Arthur Avenue, but has so much more to offer.

5 Fast Facts:

  • The Bronx is home to NYC’s largest Park – Pelham Bay Park
  • The Bronx was originally called Ranachqua by the Siwanoy Indians
  • From 1900-1930, population increased by over 1 million people
  • From 1930-2010, population only increased by about 100,000 people
  • The Bronx High School of Science is widely considered the premier science magnet school in the US

The Yankees

The New Yankee Stadium Gate #4

The New Yankee Stadium

The Bronx is home of the New York Yankees, the world’s most recognizable sports brand. The original Yankee Stadium was opened in 1923 and has been the home of some of the most famous baseball players of all time including Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, and so many more. It was the scene of Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell speech in which he declared himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth,” the Greatest Game Ever Played, and the record breaking 61st home run by Roger Maris. In 2008 it was torn down and the new Yankee Stadium was built, which still stands on the corner of 161 Ave and River Street.

Pop Culture

The Bronx is highlighted quite a bit in popular culture, though not nearly as much as some of its counterparts. Robert De Niro’s A Bronx Tale, as well as much of the novel Underworld, takes place on or around Arthur Avenue. The borough was also home to Edgar Allan Poe for a short time as well as one of the key starting places of hip hop music.

Many famous people got their start in The Bronx, including Mary J. Blige, Carly Simon, Lou Gehrig, Vin Scully, Kemba Walker, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. The borough was also the home the infamous crime boss, John Gotti.

Food

via flickr / Bob Jagendorf

via flickr / Bob Jagendorf

The Bronx’s Arthur Avenue located in the Fordham section of the borough is home to NYC’s “other” Little Italy, though many believe that it should be the other way around. While Manhattan’s Little Italy has gone the way of tourism in recent years, Arthur Avenue still has some of the best, original Italian food on all of NYC.

Parks

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New York Botanical Gardens

One-quarter of the land area in The Bronx is dedicated park land, including Pelham Bay Park, which is New York City’s biggest. Van Cortlandt Park, NYC’s fourth largest, is also considered one of the most beautiful green areas in the city. One of the most popular parks in New York City is Bronx Park, which is home to two my favorite places, the New York Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo. While The Bronx may not be the most popular tourist destination in terms of boroughs, it is quite arguably the most beautiful. If you ever want to get out of the city without getting out of the city, you should take a trip to The Bronx.

So what’s your favorite part of The Bronx? We didn’t even touch on some of the more visited spots, like the Grand Concourse or the Bronx Museum. While the Borough does have a lot of negative connotations with it, we choose to think of The Bronx are the prettiest borough of them all. With all of the green land and open space, who wouldn’t want to spend more time there? Oh and Yankee Stadium. Nothing better than catching the Yanks form the bleachers.

The Dalai Lama is Coming to NYC

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From October 18 – 20, welcome the holy of holiness, The Dalai Lama as he makes his return to New York City. Join The Gere Foundations and The Tibet Center as they host the event in one of New York City’s biggest landmark theaters, The Beacon Theatre. Come see His Holiness explain the texts and philosophical views of The Heart Sutra, The Sutra of Truly Remembering the Sublime Three Jewels and The Wisdom Chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life.

Tickets for event will go on sale on September 12 and will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster. For more information be sure to go to the official website http://dalailamany.org/.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia / Yancho Sabev

Some info about New York City, its counties and boroughs.

So i found this interesting and informative post on yahoo answers  on the  counties and boroughs that make up the city of New York.  I hope you find it interesting as did I. 🙂

Thanks to the poster Lisa for the information..

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New York City, actually the correct name is “The City of New York”, was formed in 1898 with the merger of 5 counties, not 5 boroughs (the boroughs & counties are different) like most people think. The 5 Counties are: New York County, Kings County, Queens County, Bronx County, & Richmond County. All 5 counties combined make up The City of New York. Most people only know Manhattan, but its all 5 counties that make up The City of New York. The Suburbs would be Long Island, parts of Connecticut, Yonkers, New Jersey, etc.

New York County Includes –> The entire Borough of Manhattan plus Roosevelt Island, Randall’s Island, Ward’s Island, Governors Island, Liberty Island, Ellis Island, U Thant Island, and a small section of the borough of The Bronx.

Bronx County –> Almost the entire borough of The Bronx plus City Island, and Hart Island. By the way the county name is “Bronx”, the borough name is “The Bronx”

Queens County –> Largest of the 5 counties. All of the borough of Queens plus several Islands part of Gateway National Park.

Kings County –> Most Populated of the 5 counties. All of the Borough of Brooklyn, plus several small islands.

Richmond County –> The Least populated county. All of Staten Island plus The Isle of Meadows, Prall’s Island, Shooters Island, Swinburne Island, & Hoffman Island.

Basically The City of New York is set up like a small USA. You have 1 mayor for the entire city (kind of like the president). Each borough has a Borough President (kind of like a governor of a state). The Borough Presidents do not really have any power, they are basically just a figure head.

When you mail a letter to New York City, it will never get there if you addressed it New York City, NY LOL. You need to know where in NY it is going and each borough you address not only differently but some you go by county name, others borough name, others the neighborhood name.

So to mail a letter to Manhattan you would address it to either Manhattan, NY plus the zip or NY, NY plus the zip. NY, NY is more common. The NY, NY stand for the county name plus the state.

To mail a letter to The Bronx, you address it Bronx, NY plus the zip. For the Bronx you use the county name without the “The” in front of Bronx.

To mail a Letter to either Brooklyn or Staten Island you use the borough names, not the county names. So would be Brooklyn, NY NOT Kings, NY. The same for Staten Island would be Staten Island, NY not Richmond NY.

Now Queens is unique when mailing a letter. The reason being, before Queens became part of the City of New York, each of Queen’s neighborhoods were individual cities, and the custom of mailing to that city continued after Queens became part of NYC. So to mail to Queens you would address it to Flushing, NY, or White Stone, or whatever the neighborhood name is.

So to sum it up. NYC is configured differently than any other city in USA. Most US cities are configured this way: the state then the county and lastly the actual city. New York is completely different. It’s the state then the city then 5 counties then 5 boroughs then lastly 100’s of individual neighborhoods.

I know it’s confusing, but its just 1 huge city, the boroughs might be prideful to those who live in that borough, and each borough has its own charm, but its 1 city and it doesn’t matter if you live in mid town Manhattan or the outer parts of Queens and Staten Island that looks like the middle of a forest, it’s still 1 city.

Also, when you live in the area, when you hear people say they are going to “the city”, even if you are in Brooklyn when you hear that and you are in NYC, it means you are going to Manhattan. It’s an expression that started back in the 1800’s before there was a NYC. Also the reason it’s called “The Bronx” is in the 1600’s what’s now the borough was owned by a family called “Bronck” and people would say they were going to the Bronck’s to visit. As time went on the spelling changed from Bronck to Bronx, but the “The” remained, but only for the borough name you say “The” not the county name.