New York's Public Theater is one of the great non-profit theaters in the world. http://www.publictheater.org/content...tegory/17/138/
It is probably best known for producing free productions of Shakespeare each summer in Central Park. http://www.publictheater.org/content/view/126/219/
But the Public also presents productions, often new works, all year round in its building near Astor Place in the Village. It also is home to an excellent small music venue called "Joe's Pub" (named after the late Joe Papp, the Public's founder).
My wife's old boss had tickets to a play at the Public that he could not use. He offered them to her -- so off we were last night.
I agreed to meet her at a restaurant relatively nearby.
I passed by Park Avenue on my way to the subway stop on Lexington Avenue. From Grand Central Terminal to 97th Street or so, Park Avenue has a meridian diving uptown and downtown traffic. In the residential areas above 59th Street, many of these meridians are tree lined -- and the trees are decorated for the holidays:
Off to the Lexington Avenue IRT -- the No. 6 train downtown. For those of who saw "The Taking of Pelham 123" -- this is the train line featured in the movie. I must say I liked both versions -- the original with Walter Matthau and the remake with Denzel Washington. Both versions are just good, fun "action" films (the remake changes a few plot points). They also both comment, obliquely, on the state of the City at the time they were made:
I was later than I should have been. I was supposed to be at the restaurant at 6:30. At 6:26, I was still on a crowded train!
Finally, I got to the Astor Place stop and hustled up to the street:
Of course, as my wife noted, with a withering look, if you're stopping to take pictures along the way, you're not really "hustling".