In which producer Richard Darbourne arrives in NYC, recreates Christmas movie moments and visits the Occupy Wall Street site…
Well, it’s Day One (or is it Day Two, I guess it’s Day Two) in Manhattan. Arrived early evening yesterday and sat in Central Park whilst it went dark. I watched some children playing ice hockey on the ice rink where John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale reunited their pair of gloves in Serendipity, which always gets shown around Christmas time.
First impressions have been very good. Everyone you meet is very friendly and accommodating and always very keen to have a chat. Last night I met up with a friend and went for a beer in a bar called Blind Tiger followed by dinner in a BBQ restaurant called Wildwood BBQ. It turned out to be National Pickle Day and being a big fan of all things pickle I was very pleased with this. We had a full rack of ribs and some beef brisket before the jet lag caught up with me and I felt suddenly exhausted. Had a good ten hours sleep and woke at 8am feeling spritely.
Am staying in the West Village, which is mega trendy and really lovely. Just like how I imagined it from films and such like. I headed to Zucotti Park to check in on the protestors. Was really interesting. So I arrived about midday on the morning after the police had moved in to remove them from the site. There were about 200 people still there and stood around barricades on the edges of the park with police stood in the middle. Lots of people had banners and there was a silence about the place. The atmosphere was one of ‘what’s next’ with people standing in defiance and saying they were not going to be moved. The police didn’t react to anything but stood still and the place was peaceful…you felt that could change though.
Headed off to the theatre now and every excited to see Felix and the show and see all the people running the theatre. Get in.