I'm in a New York City state of mindrtb -- Saturday, August 31, 2002 -- 12:33:01 AM
Do you live in NYC? Work or play there? Planning a vacation there? Here's the place to ask for or give recommendations on housing, hotels, restaurants, services, kid-friendly activities, museums, music, shopping, theater, and anything else you need to trip the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York.This thread is tagged: vacation, locale, chat
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So, my mother was just in town visiting me. She stayed at the InterContinental-Barclay Hotel, in Midtown. It's very centrally located and has just been through some extensive renovations. My mother's room was nice enough; clean, small, with a very very comfy king size bed that was so tall we had to hop up onto it. The bathroom was miniscule and the shower head pointed straight at the wall, making things awkward, and the walls were thin enough to hear the neighbors' conversations. But, funnily enough, there was relatively little street noise (no hotel I've stayed at in NYC is street-noise-free). The phone was acting weird and when we called down someone came up immediately to fix the problem. Very nice, personable, helpful staff. I'd recommend it IF you got a deal on the price (as she did).
I know the people who run it (who are very nice) and some who worship there. We worked on the restoration. It's the oldest Jewish house of worship in continuous use in the city. It's a national landmark and one of the most beautiful houses of worship I've ever been in. The synagogue was destroyed by a fire when they were almost finished with a renovation and they decided to do a historic restoration. They had to build a sub-basement to put in all the A/V equipment. The acoustics are beautiful, the new organ is magnificent and Rabbi and Cantor are really cool.
rtb, you beat me to it. I wanted to start a thread about NYC.
rtb, thank you! A home.
Mistress Manners, my first husband's family went to The Village Temple, which I liked very very much. The rabbi is different now, but the cantor is still the same guy, and looking through their website, I recognize many names in the active community. It was a very welcoming community, I felt.
The congregation is packed with interesting people from all Village-like walks of life (I won't go so far as to say all walks of life). They do HHD services (or at least, they did) at Cooper Union in the hall where President Lincoln gave an important speech, which I can't remember which one it was.
They are very liberal and community service minded, and there are lots of volunteer activities, including a great soup kitchen.
Which holiday is the one with puppets? Purim? They do a VERY cool and fun Purim festival on the street just outside their temple building.
I have no idea anything about the current rabbi's attitude toward conversion practices, but the extremely preliminary conversations I had with the previous rabbi were very thoughtful and welcoming, yet appropriately serious.
It would at least be worth checking out.
I attended services a couple of times at a Conservative egalitarian shul in Park Slope. I know you asked for Reform, but I liked this one SO much that I decided to tell you about it.
Has anyone seen Hairspray yet?
Annie, I'm glad you mentioned the Village Temple, because I was going to but since A) I'm not Jewish and B) I don't know anyone who's actually ever been a member or attended a single thing there I didn't think it would be a very effective recommendation! All I knew was that my friend had said that was the temple she'd belong to, if she could afford to, that it's in a great location, and that the people standing around outside always seemed nice, young, hip, intelligent, whatever you can tell about a group of people you pass by in the street.
Haven't seen Hairspray -- I had thought it looked interesting (normally I am NOT a Bway musical person), and the Marc Shaiman/John Waters combo was extremely compelling, but then the buzz started and was lukewarm to icy, so I sort of forgot about it.
Anyone heard anything about Edward Norton and Catherine Keener in Burn This at the Union Square Theatre?
Thanks for the suggestions. We have a synagogue we're looking at (right here in the neighborhood), but it'd be nice to comparison shop a little.
RTB, Shaiman's music is the main reason I'm interested. As schticky as the South Park movie was, I watched it again recently and noticed how brilliant the music was underneath the camp.
Ed Norton, huh? May have to check that out. DH loves him.
Our third anniversary is coming up in October, and I thought a weekend in the city, sans kids, would be fun, hence my interest in shows.
I am starting to have a lot of, um, feelings. I have to be out of the City on business Sept. 8 to the 11th. I am flying home on the 11th, but I won't actually get home unti around 6 pm.
Are any of you planning to go to special services or the vigils in the parks?
I am watching the History Channel special right not; it's quite well-done.
Personally, I want the 11th to be as normal a day as possible. I realize this is a HUGE YMMV-type situation, and it's also entirely possible that in a week my feelings will have changed dramatically. I started tearing up the other day when a newscaster mentioned the elections, on the 10th, and for the first time I remembered that the 11th was Election Day, and there was a whole new association that hadn't occured to me yet (unlike the weather; days like, well, like how today seems to be shaping up, get me). Well, I want to push through all the possible associations so I can reclaim them, as it were. I want every Election Day to be a day to go to the polls; I want every brilliant blue sky to be occasion for untempered joy; and I want the 11th day of the 9th month of every year to be my friend's baby's birthday. I can't wait until 9/11/01 is a date in a history book, so naturally I want to start living that way as soon as possible. But I recognize everyone has a different way of dealing with this and different needs.
I will not be watching specials on last 9/11 until it feels like History, not like the Present. I suspect once we get past the year anniversary that will be the case, for me.
No, I'm fine. I just got an email frm the airline saying I'm upgraded on both flights! So at least I'll be off the plane quickly on the 11th. With any luck, I may even get to go to the park that night! Do you want to meet for a drink near you, since I'll be near you, if my plane is on time, or will you be with M. G.?
Annie, I'm not planning on going to any of the vigils. But then I didn't go to any last year also.
Like rtb, I'd like the day to be as normal as possible. I've avoided the TV shows and specials about that day. I watched enough that one week a year ago and the wound is still too fresh for me to examine it yet.
How can it be normal, though? I can't contemplate letting it be normal. It's bad enough that I'll have to work all day, in another city.
Everyone has a different way. I really get strength from being around my neighbors. My DH is much more like you, Carene, although he is into watching the History channel shows, which are (so far) more about how the Towers were built, what happened in the collapse, how the dig was planned and executed, etectera. Sort of like, technical information. Not at all exploitive, to my eyes.
I will need something that day for the rest of my life, I think. I just don't know what it is.
Not normal. As normal as possible. The day won't go by without me thinking about last year. But a day hasn't gone by since 9/11 that I haven't thought about it. I'm reminded everyday when I walk to and from work and the WTC is not there. I'm reminded when I enter old business cards into the database and come up with one whose address is One WTC, suite 8365. I'm reminded when I visit MIL who lives just 2 blocks away.
So in that way, 9/11/02 is going to be the same, for me, as 9/12/01 and everyday since then.
What Carene said, particularly this:
But I also wholeheartedly agree with this:
9/11/02 is going to be the same, for me, as 9/12/01 and everyday since then.