“Jihan Zencirli will install thousands of compostable, biodegradable balloons in a series of installations in January and February – her largest project to date. The balloons will range in size from ten inches to ten feet, and will live inside NYCB’s home at Lincoln Center.  As Zencirli explains, “Balloons are only for a moment. They disappear and vanish. So rooted in my work is this reminder that you will only have this experience at this particular time. You’re here, you’re seeing it, you’re alive.”

Jihan Zencirli is a Turkish American visual artist, experiential writer and performance artist, creating under the moniker GERONIMO. Her interest lies in creating emotional and physical spaces that can break up the monotony of a day, connecting us to one another and bringing joy. She is most notable for her internationally regarded ephemeral sculptures located in public spaces, massive in scale and scope, and designed to be democratic in their availability.”*

And you don’t have to buy a ticket to the New York City Ballet, but you could, they are wonderful. The  NYCB will host FREE, open hours for the general public to view the exhibition February 17 through February 25 at the following times:    Mon-Fri 10 AM – 6 PM:  Sat 10 AM – 12 PM :  Sun 10 AM – 1 PM.

Wow…never know what’s coming in this great City!  Love it!


IMPORTANT TO KNOW: The website will give you more information on this stunning exhibition .

GOOD TO KNOW:  Lincoln Center brings us yet another FREE  wonderful event. This one is part of the New York City Ballet’s art series at the Koch Theater.

*Photo and excerpt  courtesy of NYCB website

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Or…only in New York!

Polite bikers waiting to roll!

I was walking home  on 1st  Ave under the Queensboro Bridge when the roar of a hundred or more bikers came rumbling down 59th  and stopped at the light.   I looked at them and they waved me across and one said, “Take your time.”  In the meantime the light was changing, but not one of them moved until this shopping bag  lady made it safely across! Then they were off as we all stood  watching  their  thunderous departure.  As they quickly moved on, we blase’ spectators  proceeded to wherever we were headed with barely a pause.

Love this City!

Kay’s Notes:  You just never know what you’ll see on an otherwise normal Saturday afternoon in this great City.

My photo.

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Or…As the NY Times article says..”.A  night at the theater from your couch!”

Remember my post on kanopy a few weeks ago…   Alright, Mr. DeMille,   ?  Well there was  an Interesting article  in the Arts section of the Times recently  not only about  kanopy, but also other streaming services   including Broadway HD and PBS.   Some free, like kanopy, some not.

 From the Times  Arts section (Nov 21,2017) by Elizabeth  Vincentelli

“Another fairly recent arrival on the streaming scene is kanopy, which is free with a public-library card in 200 systems nationwide. A big chunk of bandwidth is occupied by Shakespeare telecasts the BBC produced in the 1970s and ’80s with a dizzying array of star (or not-yet-star) actors. We’re talking Helen Mirren in “As You Like It” and a 1981 “Othello” with Anthony Hopkins as the title character (this wouldn’t fly anymore) facing Bob Hoskins’s Iago. I was happy to rewatch my favorite Lady Macbeth, Jane Lapotaire, whom I had discovered when that BBC production was shown in France way back when. Offerings of more recent vintage include a “Julius Caesar” transposed by the director Gregory Doran to the Arab Spring.

Just as good are the documentaries, especially a 1990 interview with the performance artist Karen Finley; a chat with Martha Wilson, founder of the experimental performance space Franklin Furnace; and an illuminating exploration of “Hamlet” with David Tennant, Simon Russell Beale and Ben

 Whishaw. For me, though, the biggest find was “Theater of War,” about the 2006 production of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, at the Delacorte Theater, with rehearsal footage and a step-by-step breakdown of the production’s evolution.”

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park… Love this City!


Important to know:  For the full article on streaming services  go to the link below…  I highly recommend the read.    Elizabeth(author)  says you can crinkle candy wrappers whenever you want;  I say, no one will care if :you dig into that popcorn and  pop a bottle of bubbly!

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“Well, one does want a hint of color”*

Or..How a play, a bus trip, and a piece of attire  can make for an interesting fall evening!

I was riding home on the bus from Lincoln Center sitting in the “elderly” section, when an elegant couple dressed in traditional NY colors of black and black, came on  and joined us.  They were  laughing and continued to laugh all the way across town. When  the couple across from them got up to leave, the woman looked down and  said, “I like your red socks.” I hadn’t noticed them before  but, along with everyone else in our section, we also   looked down and smiled  at the bright red socks in his shiny well-polished black shoes.  The comment sent the couple into gales of laughter. (Inside joke?)  It appeared they had been out to dinner as  red-socked man was  holding one of those ubiquitous restaurant bags, probably with  leftovers.  Couldn’t help but wonder was it for them to snack on later   or for their dog?

Now speaking of animals… (nice segue,  if I say so myself) I was on the   bus after seeing Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The Wolves.   A good interesting   play about a high school girls’ soccer team at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater.  (See Kay’s Notes  for more  on the play and the playwright.)

 While  I was waiting for the bus after the play,  some of the young  cast went by and shouted, “Thanks for coming, hope you liked it!” as they saw us in the queue  holding our  PLAYBILL with its yellow logo.

Seeing the bus  approaching,  I got ready to step up those steep stairs, Metro card in hand with  my red sweater  under my black cape. (BTW, I was freezing, it was a cold windy night)     And behind me came  the laughing  well-dressed couple,  and the rest, as they say, is history.

 Interesting happenings…happen all the time in this City.

Men's Chaps Ribbed Crew Socks, Size: 7-12, Red

 For more than a hint of color…Central Park in the fall is gorgeous!

Love this City! 


IMPORTANT TO KNOW:  From LCT’s website…about the playwright and the play:  Last season a young playwright, Sarah DeLappe, brought her debut play, THE WOLVES, to New York and it became something of a phenomenon. It was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; the production won an Obie Ensemble Award; it won a special Drama Desk Award for its acting ensemble, and was nominated for Lucille Lortel and Drama League awards for Best Play, as well as for the Outer Critics’ Circle John Gassner Award for Outstanding New American Play.  At its most straightforward, THE WOLVES is a fly-on-the-wall look at a girls’ high school soccer team as they go through their warm-ups. Beyond the surface, though, is the thoughtful and eloquent way Ms. DeLappe delineates each of the young women in the space of 90 minutes and six scenes.

GOOD TO KNOW: Lincoln Center Theater membership link and remember tickets for MY FAIR LADY now on sale  opening in Spring 2018, a production by Lincoln Center Theater.

*Fun to know: The line I used to intro this post came from Nathan Lane’s character in   the movie The Birdcage. In the scene he came out  in a suit (not his character’s usual attireand    when he crossed his legs..voilà…  pink socks!  Hence, one of the favorite quotes from the film.    If you’ve seen the movie you know the scene, if not you’re missing a really funny and touching movie.

Image result for The Birdcage The cast with  Nathan Lane and Robin Williams   is one of my favorites. I’ve seen it many times, know the lines and still laugh out loud …I think I’ll watch it again soon.

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“Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup!”*

Or…where to find those  movies you always wanted to see or have seen  but wanted to see again without leaving the comforts of your cozy home?


It’s kanopy baby, a new free service offered by many public libraries.

“kanopy offers a broad selection of more than 30,000 feature films, documentaries, foreign language and more. “ from the NYPL website.

I was reading my favorite newspaper and saw that not only is the New York Public Library offering free streaming from kanopy but so are many libraries across the country.  Then the  email hit my inbox from  the NYPL officially  announcing this new free service available to its members.     Really true, libraries are definitely not just about books any more.  Check out your library to see if they have it…if not, see if they’ll get it. (BTW did you ever return that overdue book?)

Have your popcorn ready and something good to drink, and find a movie you wanted to see that’s  not in the theaters, not on Netflix or any other streaming thingy, but maybe, just maybe,  there it will be FREE  from your local library. And really good news, you don’t have to leave your domicile- just sign up – and let it stream right to your living room, den, bedroom or whatever!


Important to know:  If you’re not already a member of your library (tsk tsk) do it and then subscribe to kanopy.    Check out their website or the NYPL website  for more info:

Good to know:    NYPL members – get ten selections a month.  Your library system may vary.  Now depending on your city/town – library funding is usually thru our  taxes.  So OK – maybe not totally free – but close enough.   Right?  No direct cost to join or use.
FYI – some universities and colleges also offer this service to students and alumni.

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Fun to know: * For those who have not seen the movie or the Broadway show…or just too young (probably no one that reads my blog) to know… it’s that famous line from SUNSET BOULEVARD  that Norma Desmond (aka Gloria Swanson, 1950 movie  and Glenn Close, musical, first run 1994) says so dramatically.  “Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup!”

Photo of Sunset Boulevard  poster courtesy of  Posterazzi. 

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Cost of Senior Pass for US National Parks is going up On August 27, 2017

 Or…Act now, to get the Senior Life Time Pass to all National Parks, all 417 of them before the price goes up from $10 to $80!
Thanks to Senior Planet for sending out this post! I copied it in its  totality (like the eclipse) .

Act Now for a National Parks Senior Pass

One of the perks of turning 62 has long been the privilege of buying a Senior Lifetime Pass that covers you and your traveling companions at all 417 National Park Sites only $10—but don’t wait till you’re planning a trip to get yours. The price for a senior pass price is about to go up dramatically, and the rush is on.

The National Parks Department will raise the price of the Senior Lifetime Pass to $80 on August 28; a new $20 annual Senior Pass will become available at the same time.

On its website, the Parks Department promises that all eligible senior pass orders placed online before 11:59pm EDT on August 27, or mail orders postmarked on or before the 27th, will be processed at the $10 price. (There’s also an additional $10 processing charge.)

Why the steep increase? Blame Congress. It’s an indirect result of the America the Beautiful parks pass going up as legislated by Congress in 2016.

How to Get Your Senior Lifetime Pass

Unless you plan to visit a National Parks site before August 27, fire up your computer now.

  • Click here to access the store’s Senior Pass Page, where you’ll find all the info about the pass.
  • On the Senior Pass Page, you’ll see a link to “Purchase your pass via Your Pass Now.” This is a digital validation service that’s helping the department handle the rush of applications by automatically verifying your age against public documents. That’s good news for you, because it saves you having to upload an image of your driver’s license or other state issued ID. You will have to enter your personal details, including Social Security number, but Your Pass Now says it deletes all information once your application has been processed.
  • If you can’t bring yourself to enter your Social Security Number (or the site doesn’t work for you), you can use the standard application here and upload a photo or scan of your ID.
  • Print or save your confirmation page—due to the last minute crush, it can take up to 12 weeks to receive your pass; meanwhile you can use your confirmation for entry to the National Parks.
  • You can also apply by mail by printing and completing this application along with a photocopy of your ID.

Once you get your pass, hold on to it; the passes are non-refundable and can’t be replaced if lost or stolen.

Questions? Contact the National Parks Department at 888-ASK-USGS and press 3, or email You can also check the Senior Pass FAQ here.

Happy camping!


IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Senior Planet is a website for seniors offering all kinds of good info on events in NYC.  Check them out to see if they are in your area

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You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught!

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

Back in 2009 I saw the revival of SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center.  What a wonderful Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.  Those marvelous songs, “Younger Than Springtime”,”There’s Nothing Like A  Dame”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, but the song from the musical that has been repeating in my head since Charlottesville and Barcelona is, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”…

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You’ve got to be carefully taught


With love and with  the hope that in my  old age I will  live to see prejudices of all forms disappear from this country and this world.



Want to Become a Professional NYC Bus Rider?

Or… Easy, just follow  my  four  rules and become a suave sophisticated, “I know what I’m doing” with an attitude, rider.

It seems to me that taking a bus shouldn’t be intimidating, because pretty sure the odds are good that we all have taken buses at some point. We got on, we got off and ended up where we wanted to be.  Right?

Well, when I became a permanent resident here, the thought of riding a City bus was not only intimidating, but downright scary. Instead I took cabs and car services, a costly way to travel I quickly founImage result for nyc bus photod out.

So I decided one night to stop being a wimp and just do it.  The next morning, after checking  the schedule, off I went with my “unused” reduced fare (senior)  Metro card safely in my wallet.   I took the M66 to Lincoln Center an easy trip across Central Park.  I can report now that nothing, absolutely nothing, happened to me. I got on the bus, I got off the bus and gave myself a high-five as I landed on the sidewalk.  However, I did begin to learn of the unwritten rules of riding a City bus which helped to reduce my angst from a 10 plus down to a “Hey, I’m a professional bus rider here, people!”

Following are my  lessons learned, but first a word of advice.  Ignore all the stuff that goes on around you, including the passenger who  not only hates the bus, the bus driver and everyone on the bus, but will also tell you why in words your mother told you never to say!

Rule 1
Always, and I mean always, allow extra time.  
Because anything could and probably will  make you late.  Those huge delivery trucks seem to be dropping off all kinds of stuff just when your bus approaches and then there’s the ever -popular surprise detour for a myriad of reasons – it is New York you know. 

Rule 2
Have your Metro card or exact change in hand when you board.
Otherwise, those people behind you that were nice a few minutes ago will change in a NY second if you fumble – and if it’s raining?  Fuhgeddaboudit!

Rule 3
Hit the strip  “Stop Requested” after  the bus  leaves the stop before yours.  Otherwise, it doesn’t light up and  I learned this the hard way as I watched
wide- eyed my bus driving right by my stop.    

Rule 4
No seat available? Grab any strap, bar, back of seat, but never, ever a person.
Unless of course you’re about to fall which could result in bodily harm,  which will stop the bus, which nobody wants. Then I can almost promise that your fellow  passengers will  offer to let you hold on to one of  them so that their  bus will just keep on moving without any further ado…hopefully.

And not a rule, but just a kind act of civility is to thank the bus driver when you get off – these people have to put up with all of us.

Love this City and have come to love the buses! (I don’t take subways).
Happy Trails!


Important to know: Just visiting?  You can get a reduced fare card as a senior citizen or person with disabilities even if you’re not a resident of NYC.  Check out the website – all info you need is there

Good to know: Many of you probably know all of this, but for those of you who don’t…hope it helps!
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Staycationing or Vacationing in the City?

Or… how about a quick FREE  trip to Vegas without ever getting in a plane, in  a car, in  a bus or on  a horse – well maybe a horse if you’ve been ” carriaging”* around Central Park.

Simply take yourself over to Lincoln Center Plaza on Saturday, August 26th.   Grab a chair and sit back  under the stars to see Rigoletto with all its lechery, murder, sex, gambling, kidnapping, deflowering and  disguises, just like the real Casino town!  This  hit production  by the Met of Rigoletto places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960.

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RIGOLETTO Vegas style

Yes, the Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival will be in full swing as of August 25th.  This is one of my favorite things to do in the City  as summer starts to murmur  with hints of fall.  I’ve had such great times watching these wonderful operas and enjoying the audience craziness before and after the screenings. And all free!!!!!

The Festival runs from August 25th thru September 4th.  All performances begin at 8 PM except for Sunday the 27th which begins at 7:45.

Here’s the schedule starting on the 25th

Beginning with the Ingmar Bergman film, The Magic Flute followed the next evening by  Rigoletto, and then in order, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, L’Amour De Loin, Manon Lescaut, Roberto Devereux, Tristan Und Isolde (on two nights) Eugene Onegin, Nabucco, ending on the 4th  with the beautiful La Traviata.

Hope to see you there!  Come early – relax and watch the seats fill up which they do. As usual – I’m the one with the hat, popcorn and wine.

Love this City  and love the Metropolitan Opera especially when it’s free.

KAY’S NOTES: (From an earlier post on this event)

Important to know: Met website at 2017 Summer HD Festival.
Good to know: The series goes on rain or shine except thunder storms. Suggest you bring extra jacket or sweater as it can get chilly. And perhaps a seat cushion.
Where to eat: All over the place. Many people, in fact, bring their own food, drinks and snacks. I, myself, am a popcorn and wine person.
Restaurant prices: In the area – varies from hotdog carts to OMG$$$$
Where is it:  At Lincoln Center Plaza known as the Josie Robertson Plaza in front of the Met Opera House on the Upper West Side between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Buses and subways close by. Plenty of parking. Met website has all kinds of info on directions.
Restrooms: Here’s the tricky part. If there is an event at the David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher) the restrooms are open in the Hall. But if not there are restrooms on the Concourse level below the Met Opera house. There is an elevator to Concourse level on the outside of the David Koch Theater or an escalator in front of the David Geffen Hall. Restrooms also at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd right across the street.
Kid Friendly: Absolutely and stay for a little while or for the whole performance. Lots of kids will be there along with opera loving well behaved dogs!

Photos  and italic text from Metropolitan Opera website.

*Carriaging – a made up word -but you get my drift.

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If you want to join in this year, the 2017 NYC Pride March takes place TODAY  Sunday, June 25 and kicks off at 12 p.m.
  •  (Photograph: Filip Wolak)
  • The route begins at Fifth Avenue and 36th Street.
  • The parade continues down Fifth Avenue until it turns right at the grandstand located on Eighth Street.
  • The marchers make a slight right on to Greenwich Avenue.
  • The parade turns left onto Christopher Street, passing the Stonewall Inn.
  • The march concludes at Christopher and Greenwich streets in the West Village.



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