Yesterday my wife had her left eye cataract surgery, 2 weeks after doing her right eye. She now has perfect vision and can see without glasses, which she's been wearing since she is 4. (So she actually can see what she married.) Today we had a follow-up appointment with the eye surgeon to make sure all was well. I originally intended to head back home and go back to the city later for the rally at Union Square and the meeting at Legacy HS tonight.
But the weather was too perfect -- Feb. 1 and 60 degrees was amazing -- so we walked down to the half price ticket line near Times Sq just to see what was available. We got there before 11:30 and there was no line. And they had Porgy and Bess for the first time (they said) with center orchestra tickets --- really as good seats you can get even in the best circumstances. What is going on here? Is the fact there was no line and perfect tics to a great show an economic indicator?
Well, we had two and a half hours to kill so we spent a half hour doing our favorite thing --- looking for a restaurant where we could kill at least an hour and a half. We ended up at Joe Allen on restaurant row -- first time we've been there in about 20 years. It is still restaurant week so I had the 3-courser despite my diet. Pulled pork and fries. I won't even get into the details of the brownie covered with vanilla ice cream.
On the way over we ran into my wife's former boss' wife who was going to the same show with advanced tickets in the mezzanine for probably double what we paid. That makes any show so much more enjoyable. (I am my 94 year old father's son who doesn't enjoy food unless he gets it at a bargain).
Well the show was perfect --- not the original P and B but a somewhat controversial modified version. I tried to entice my wife to go down for a peek at Union Square but no go. Anyway the tweets from Gotham followed by Leonie's tweets from the Legacy hearing gives a pretty good picture. Do you get a feeling things are beginning to crumble for WalBloom? Not to worry though. They will leave as much destruction as they can before they leave and humpty will not be put back together again.
First -- Rachel Kromidas just posted a good story at Gotham with a great pic:
Here are her tweets:
Leonie from the hearing:
From Jaisal Noor (look for his video in a few days).Across the country cuts to education are threatening programs and services. Texas school officials say arts and culture programs could get hit after lawmakers approved a $4 billion drop in public education funding. And in Los Angeles, the city’s long-running Adult Education program - which serves many from the city’s immigrant and low-income communities - could be virtually wiped out if a current budget proposal is approved. But the cuts are also prompting action. In New York, high school students have called for a city-wide walkout today to protest the latest round of school closings and budget cuts. Community News Production Institute Reporter Jaisal Noor visited some of the schools taking part and brings us this report.
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