July 15, 2017

I heard that the Halal Brothers had good grub at good prices, that the line is always long and eating is outdoors any time of the year. Their food cart is located at 6th Ave and 53rd Street in Manhattan, if you are in the area, you can’t miss it. The big difference from other carts is that it’s open design and a team of five run it.

Food is served 10:00 AM - 5:30 AM non stop except for 5 minute breaks called by the Cart Manager who takes orders. He transforms into a Marketeer during any...

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Art in Motion

July 1, 2017

An exhibit about public space surveillance named “Hansel and Gretel” intrigued me because I would be part of the exhibit. Occupying the Armory's Drill Hall, facial recognition technology, infrared imaging, and camera-equipped flying drones created a playful experience to made one wonder —who is watching me?

As I entered the immense darkened space, there was some disorientation followed by trial and error experimenting to discover “how to get seen” and how to wander without detection. Part...

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Unusual Timing

June 21, 2017

Attend a Summer Solstice concert at 4:30 AM in NYC as a solo? I decided “yes”, because of the majestic venue of St. John the Devine Cathedral, Paul Winter's ethereal music and for the adventure. It meant staying up all night because of the train schedule from Connecticut. I had explored overnight accommodations, but at best, I would get just a few hours of sleep and so I stayed up and spent time at a late night music club in the area before the concert. 

I arrived in front of the church and...

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Late Night

June 18, 2017

I wanted to stay up in the “city that never sleeps”.  I relied on the New York Public Library and networking to help me discover my best options. A Musician friend told me about a couple of places he had performed at. I chose Silvana because its location on West 116th Street.  

During the day the street level storefront is a coffee shop and restaurant. In the evening, the door to the far left leads downstairs to a music haven open until 3:45 AM.

I arrived at 1:30 AM. The minute I stepped...

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TV "Engagement"

June 10, 2017

Unique events sometime pop up when I do research for an unrelated trip. This was the case of finding tickets available for the TV show taping, “Showtime at the Apollo”.

It took place in front of a live audience at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. I went with the knowledge that Comedian Steve Harvey would host the talent show, but not much else.

The experience began with fun networking on the ticket holders' line.  The contestants were singers, a musician, comics, a circus...

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