The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is in the middle of NYC’s current transportation transformation. They built a new Goethals Bridge between Staten Island and New Jersey, rebuilt the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, and did extensive renovations on the George Washington Bridge. JFK is getting a $13 billion transformation, LGA is in the midst of an $8 billion renovation and EWR’s Terminal One is being redeveloped. They’re also looking at a replacement for the obsolete Port Authority Bus Terminal.
So when the Port Authority suddenly announces proposed plans for toll and fare increases, is anybody really surprised? Raise your hand if you are. Anyone? Bueller?
“Don’t get a hot dog from a food cart! They let dogs pee on their food!”
As a native New Yorker, that’s what I grew up with. Of course, it was never that bad (well, I hope not, LOL! But I also grew up sniffing my hot dog buns for traces of pee smell. What can I say…I was a naive child.), and food carts and food trucks on the streets have been routinely inspected for years. But for the past few months, they’ve also been getting grades, just like NYC restaurants do.
Broadway shows are expensive. So much so that I’m always looking for ways to find them cheaper. I did find a bunch, which I outlined in “How To Get Cheap Tickets For Broadway Shows in NYC” while back, but a friend of mine just turned me on to another, in a relatively unusual place…
New York City has a lot of cool, old buildings that go as far back as 1652, and I personally love to find pictures of what they looked like when they were being built (well, maybe not the one from 1652 LOL), or were still very new. I enjoy seeing how they may have changed over time, not to mention what the surrounding neighborhood looked like in the background. You know, stuff like this:
The problem was that if I was walking around NYC, I could rarely learn about the building as I was walking around. At least, not with stopping to look it up. And if I waited until I got back to the hotel or home, I’d forget what I was going to look up or I couldn’t appreciate seeing the old photos with the real thing right in front of me.
Sharon and I make no secret about our love for Broadway and, in particular, our love for Broadway musicals. Most of the current shows seem to be based on movies or around the songs of a famous musician. Coming up with an original idea isn’t easy and there’s no safety net of a built-in audience. So when someone pitched a musical about events that happened during 9/11, I’d imagine the initial response wasn’t very positive. But that’s exactly what the show “Come From Away” is about. And believe it or not, it’s one of the most endearing, uplifting and inspiring things I’ve seen in quite a while. The fact that the story is based around aviation didn’t hurt my investment level in the show any, either.
Everyone who was alive that day has a story of what they were doing. Knowing the audience of this website, I’d imagine there were a few of you who were flying or due to fly that day. “Come From Away” is based on the stories of people who were just in that situation, flying on a plane when the events of 9/11 happened.