It's Tuesday. costumessets, makeup, accessories - everything is attractive, as the Irving Berlin song says. Broadway will be back tonight. Image
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Tonight is night: at night, the lights will finally go out and the curtains will finally rise. It'll be the night that Broadway's biggest shows reopen, a year and a half after the pandemic closed in New York City, and they've closed.
The Actors The clues have been checked and rechecked, the costumes refreshed, the lights focused and positioned. And like my colleague Michael Paulson writes, Broadway is determined to bounce back .
Symbolically and emotionally, tonight will be an important step for New York. May this be a good stepor worse, we won't know for some time. If all goes well, if we don't see any reports of infections among the first few nights - the crowd Broadway relies on might feel comfortable taking their seats back.
Otherwise, New York could be in what Mili Diaz, who will be making her Broadway debut in "Wicked " tonight, called "another century of quarantine ".
She will play Nessarose, aka the Wicked Witch of the East. Her debut will be several orders of magnitude above her first performance in this role in a touring production of the show. It was in Indianapolis in 2018. A Broadway debut is an unforgettable moment in any acting career. She used words like "unreal" to describe this one.
Then she talked about a moment just before the dress rehearsals on the weekend. end.
" As soon as we heard the applause "she said, referring to the cast, " we knew. We knew we could do it. We knew we could do theater again. We knew we could share the theater with everyone and be safe.
The audience was energized, as were the artists. Patrick Goodwin , a casting director who attended the " Wicked "guest dress rehearsal on Sunday, wrote that the applause " wa was so loud that my Apple Watch has issued alerts on "unhealthy decibel levels " for sustained listening ". This is a sound that has not been heard since March 12th 2020 .
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As Michael explained, Broadway is a major employer that has become an indicator of the city's economic and emotional well-being. Broadway weathered the tax crisis of the 1970s, the cleanup of Times Square in the 1990s, and the recovery from the 9/11 attacks. Now the producers are betting that the public is ready to make an entrance, vaccinated and masked.
As with the reopening of schools, this bet seems less certain that it does in May, when the the reopening date has been announced .
Still, Michael sees reasons for hope. Four productions - the concert show " Springsteen on Broadway, "the new piece Pass Over , " and the musicals " Waitress "and" Hadestown - started performances this summer. They served as laboratories for Broadway security protocols. So far, none have missed a performance.
Schools reopen, and the Covi Portal d-19 screening balks. There had been euphoria. There was joy (perhaps more in the parents than in the students). And it was chaos. As my colleague John Woods put it after taking his son Theo on the first day of the third year: "Acrowd scene in the schoolyard. Messy line. Dogs. Distracted parents. Not sure if it was just nervousness, or the fact that so many people were all far away last year and are not used to filing. Blasio said Monday was "a game changer, a difference maker, a turnaround day" for the city. But the website parents use to answer Covid-19 screening questions failed its first big test: it crashed as hundreds of thousands of people went online. This led to long queues at some schools, with staff members using old-fashioned paper forms to record how each child was feeling.
It 's another rather sunny September day, maybe not as hot as Monday. Savor the tempatures in the 70s. They will date back to the mid-80s on Wednesday.
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At the bottom of the farm? This farm has eight stories up.
Ben Flanner was planting beets in an orderly row. It was just another day at the farm.
Except this farm is eight stories above the street on the roof of a newly completed section of the sprawling Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan. And it has something that Old MacDonald didn't: a view of the Empire State Building.
You won't hear an oink- oink here or a moo-moo there, there are no cattle, no rattlesnakes, like on "Green Acres ”. The Javits Center farm isn't even a green acre. It's just a little less than a full acre. And she has something that "Green Acres " didn't have: dirt that got there through a pipe from dump trucks on the street. It was faster than unloading carts full of dirt and collecting them in elevators.
The farm is a sign that the Javits Center is leaving its pandemic existence . It housed a hospital for Covid-19 patients last year and a vaccination center this year, until July. Now it is once again a place for illuminated exhibits and carefully microphone panelists. The Armory Show, the first major art fair since the pandemic, opened last week. This week, a conference animated by former Trump administration adviser Anthony Scaramucci is planned. Tickets cost up to $ 9,000 .
As for the farm, the planting was planned since 2018 . Alan Steel, president and CEO of the Javits Center who led me on a tour last week, expects the farm to deliver 40,000 pounds of produce per year. Flanner and his colleagues from Brooklyn Grange , the developer of urban farms he co-founded, will put 51 cultureses in the ground, from the arugula to the zucchini, in order - and everything will be served a few steps away, to the people attending the receptions at the Javits Center.
To the west of the farm, on another part of the roof, is an orchard with over 30 apple trees and a few pear trees. The Javits Center team had picked a few apples - McIntoshes and Liberties - but warned they might not be ripe yet.
I wanted someone with more refined taste buds to taste them, so I enlisted the Food columnist Melissa Clark . She said the McIntosh had "a pleasantly crunchy texture, with a flavor on the tangy side of a Granny Smith - some crinkle but just enough sweetness through.
But the Liberty "immediately gave me a pickle-eyed face, " she said, adding, "I couldn't get past a bite.
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Electric circus Image
The man I have been married to for over 50 years and still dated back then. We were walking down Fifth Avenue on a Saturday night when a car stopped.
"Where is the electronic circusic? People in the car shouted.
For those who don't know, the Electric Circus was a nightclub in St. Mark's Square which was a popular destination for the city's hippie culture in the late 1960s.
My husband explained to me where it is.
"How is it? " they asked after thanking him.
He had never been and in fact disdained such establishments, but he answered anyway.
"It 's great", he said. he says. " You will love.
After they left, I asked him why he said that.
" They were going anyway "he said. "Why spoil it?
- Michelle Braverman
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