Daily Archives: June 9, 2018

NYC18: things to do

I attended a wine & cheese tasting class today at Murray’s Cheese on Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village.  I learned some things, and enjoyed a delightful 90 minutes of noshing.  That my old student Luke Meyer was with me made the class even more fun!


Today’s panhandler was so polite that I gladly gave the $3 to him.

I was sitting in Union Square Park, enjoying the last few pages of a book.  The breeze was cool, and the long park benches just invited people to sit down.  My coffee was at my side.  I kept hearing acoustic guitar music, and finally realized that a 20-something guy was noodling on his beat-up old guitar, further down the bench.

The sound was enchanting, but I was engrossed in my book.

I didn’t realize he was getting ready to leave until he said “Sir, I’ve not had any coffee today and sure could use some.”

My Dunkin Donuts coffee had cost me less than $3, so I handed him that same amount.  Then we talked music theory for ten minutes.


NYC is bedecked in rainbow decals. Store windows have posted broad swaths of rainbow flag stripes.


Union Square market on a Saturday is a lovely place to people-watch, sample food and drink, and (were I to live here) gather foodstuffs for a week.

Photos from this morning:


Get out of Midtown, and suddenly prices do drop a bit.

Kurt and I were in Williamsburg yesterday, and stopped at a bakery.  Two pastries and two iced teas were less than $10.


Time now for a nap before seeing another show this evening!

NYC18: Friday dinner

A dear friend joined me for dinner on Friday before we saw the glorious revival of Once on this island.

I bought the show tickets, so he treated to dinner at Robert, the cafe atop the Museum of Art and Design.

Starting with a tuna tartare tartlet with passionfruit mousse, the dinner continued with wild mushroom strudel, filet Mignon with white asparagus, and a banana mousse encased in white chocolate.

The meal was as good as the show!