Archive for September, 2011

NYCityPASS Saves Time and Money for Tourists

Roy Sadler | September 26, 2011 in Tourism | Comments (0)

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Visitors to New York should know about a great way to save money and time when they visit some of New York’s most beloved attractions, CityPASS.

For only $79 for an adult and $59 for a child, New York CityPASS allows holders to strut right past the lines for tickets to the following six destinations, at about half the price it would cost if the entrance fees were paid for at each site.

•    The Empire State Building
•    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
•    The American Museum of Natural History
•    The Museum of Modern Art
•    Either the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour or a Circle Line Cruise
•    Either Top of the Rock or the Guggenheim Museum

The CityPASS is valid for nine days from the time the first attraction is visited. You receive with your tickets in-depth information about each site, including hours of operation, location, a map and tips.

Next time you are in New York, consider getting a CityPASS to ease your stay and make it the best visit to the Big Apple that you ever had.


Sister Act Reborn on Broadway

Roy Sadler | September 19, 2011 in Entertainment,Theater | Comments (0)

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Sister Act on Broadway

Remember the film Sister Act? Whoopi Goldberg plays a singer who must hide from the Mafia after witnessing a murder, and the police hide her in a convent where she must play the part of a nun. The screenplay was adapted for the theater and became a big hit in London’s West End after it opened there in 2009.

Now you can see Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy on Broadway. Unfortunately Goldberg is unable to reprise her role as Sister Mary Clarence, but Patina Miller is up to the challenge, with a wonderful voice and amazing stage presence. The chorus of nuns backing up Miller is spectacular, singing some old favorites and original tunes by the likes of Alan Menken, who gave the Little Mermaid her voice, and Aladdin his genius.

Sister Act is taking part in “Broadway Week,” and tickets can be purchased at the 2 for 1 price for shows beginning September 18 through the 30th.


Ground Zero Museum Workshop Not to Be Missed

Roy Sadler | September 12, 2011 in Culture and History,Museums | Comments (0)

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Ground Zero Museum Workshop is Kid Friendly

This is an appropriate time to remember the events of September 11, 2001, now that it is exactly ten years after that horrific attack on New York’s World Trade Center, Washington DC’s Pentagon, and a downed airliner whose final destination can only be nightmarishly imagined.

In New York the Ground Zero Museum Workshop:Images and Remnants from the Recovery is the ideal place to spend some time, looking at stunning and rare photos taken by the “Official Ground Zero Photographer for the Uniformed Firefighters Association,” Gary Marlon Suson.

Visitors have described the one room exhibit as the “biggest little museum” in New York; with large content in a small facility.

Many photos are displayed in realistic 3D installations. Also on display are remnants from the towers and rare video footage.

There are daily two-hour long tours with your own tour guide for explanations. Entrance fees are donated to 9/11 and FDNY related charities. The images are non-graphic, making this memorial to the tragic day a kid-friendly venue.

Please note that the Ground Zero Museum Workshop is NOT located at Ground Zero, but in the meat-packing district just 7 minutes away on the “E” train from the site of the WTC at 420 West 14th Street, 2nd floor, 212-209-3370.

On most days there are two tours, and it is strongly recommended to buy tickets in advance, they sell out quickly since only 28 people can be on any one tour at a time. Follow the link for more information.


Glen Campbell Says Farewell to Fans on His Latest, and Last Album

Roy Sadler | September 5, 2011 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

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Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell was in New York recently to promote what will be his last album, “Ghost on the Canvas.” Still young-looking at age 75, and still the same genius on the guitar that he was decades ago when he played with the famous Los Angeles group “Wrecking Crew,” so why is this his last album?

Campbell, sadly, is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and although he still gives a wonderful performance, and this last album may even be his best, his memory is showing signs of deterioration. He already cannot remember who in his family rescued him from drowning, the name of the last city he performed in, or which guitar he played on “Good Vibrations.”

The songs on “Ghost” were written by such talented songwriters as Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan and Teddy Thompson and others were co-authored with Campbell, and are every bit as good as some of Campbell’s greatest hits like “Galveston” and “Wichita Lineman” from the late ‘60s.”

When asked if his memory loss has impeded his ability to play and sing at all, Campbell had this to say:

“Not really,” he answered in the faintest Arkansas accents which still sharpen his vowels. “My producer, Julian Raymond, and I went through about 50 submissions and picked a bunch. Co-wrote some others. Recording is still easy for me. Like when I played with the Beach Boys. I just put the capo up to the proper key and go! We had a saying in the ’60s: ‘Make the feel, feel good.’ It was no different this time.”