Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Philharmonic in the Park

Once a year the New York Philharmonic gives a free concert in the park. This is a big deal and a lot of people show up (This year was estimated at 150,000 people on the great lawn in central park.) There are speaker systems going all the way back and people come early setup blankets and have a picnic to claim the best areas. We showed up about an hour and half early and were able to get about 1oo feet back off to the side. We enjoyed our picnic dinner and then noticed how much more crowded it had become. Any empty walking spaces had been filled in with people’s blankets. Watching people move now was like they were jumping between stepping stones of grass between a sea of blankets.
When the music started it didn’t get quiet. People continued to talk to those around them and enjoy their dinner. It was more of a lawn party with 150,000 of your closest friends rather than a classical concert. New twists were that people could vote for which song to hear next by texting on their cell phones to vote. Any of the intermissions were also an excuse for everyone to call people on their cell phones so I noticed the signal on my phone go from full to none as soon as the music stopped playing.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

4th of July

So we had to come up with an idea of what to do for the 4th of July. This was the 400th anniversary of Hudson sailing up the river so all the fireworks were going to be on the Hudson river instead of the East river. This meant that we would not be able to see anything from my friends house in Brooklyn. I had the idea of rowing our kayaks out and watching it from on the hudson. We decided against that idea since it would have been too crowded and I was probably the only one in good enough shape to deal with the tides.
Instead we ended up going kayaking with some friends from my work in the morning. We all had a fun time and allowed me to get that out of my system. Also for some reason the town I lived in decided to do all their fireworks on July 3rd, so any need we had for watching fire and explosion we got that out of system too. So, we ended up going to my friend’s house in brooklyn anyways and just hanging out with people and having a barbeque.