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Fall Foliage, Day 45 - New York, New York

After spending an hour driving into the city and approximately another hour moving two blocks to the parking garage, we were in NYC again.

We walked up to Sacco Pizza again for a plain slice for me, then stopped for juice and smoothies on the way to the theater for Aladdin.

The show was very theatrical’ with lots of big production numbers and glitz and glamor, but after seeing Matilda earlier this week the plot (and the fight choreography!) was a little weak. Really the best part for me was the set design and stagecraft - some really cool appearing/disappearing” tricks, and duh the magic carpet ride?

At first we were going to walk to East Village for our AirBNB stay, and along the way we stumbled on Bryant Park. It was a nice little haven with an ice-skating rink and lots of little shops where we stopped for dinner.

Ice-skatingIce-skating

SUPER THICK hot chocolate (drinking chocolate) and crepeSUPER THICK hot chocolate (drinking chocolate) and crepe

Christian's empanadasChristian's empanadas

We were literally right behind the public library, so we stopped by but it was closing. I’m hoping we can go back tomorrow so I can see the inside!

Between the lionsBetween the lions

So many Ghostbusters, I feel much safer now.So many Ghostbusters, I feel much safer now.

To make it to our home for the night in a timely manner, we called an Uber and got there in 15 minutes (instead of a 50 minute walk). We arrived in East Village and got buzzed in!! And there was a fire escape outside!! Side note - I realize how unrealistic FRIENDS is now.

#tourists#tourists

After a little time chatting with our host, Micah, we gussied up and headed out to the Halloween party at Theater for the New City as Batman and Catwoman.

Swing dancing in Gotham CitySwing dancing in Gotham City

One of my most favorite things about the costumes we chose is peoples’ reactions to them. A little girl dressed as Robin said hi and Christian, in his best Batman growl of course, said, You go that way! Save the city!” She walked past with her family with a huge grin on her face.

The party overall was a little strange but a great choice for Halloween instead of bar-hopping or just waiting for trick-or-treaters. When we first got there, the ballroom was closed, so we explored some of the other rooms.

We held a corn snake, listened to some pretty terrible (but high enthusiasm!) budding musicians. In one memorable moment, the solo acoustic guitarist/singer practically went into convulsions during the song. This was the same artist who ended every song with violent strumming at no discernible rhythm.

Then we went to the cabaret” which was a spot for short skits and singing. We heard a cool compilation of Broadway songs with a Halloween theme, including Defying Gravity, Ding Dong the Witch is Dead and one about that old devil moon in your eyes.”

Finally the ballroom was open with a swing band/orchestra playing - what else - swing. Batman and Catwoman tore up the dance floor! Definitely one of the more interesting dance floors we’ve ever been on, with the visage of Frankenstein’s monster looming over us.

We took a break from dancing to see a comedic vaudeville re-imagination of Poe’s The Raven” and something called The Halloween Scream” which was a poem reading interspersed with screams provided by audience members/contestants.

Then we went back to the ballroom for some latin rock and the costume contest to round out the night. We stopped for a pic with the bartenders, Poison Ivy and Two-Face.

They called a truce for the nightThey called a truce for the night

After grabbing a burger and some pizza, we went to (a VERY comfy) bed at our AirBNB stop.


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