Things I saw, did and want to do in New York 02.22.12

These photos are from two separate weekends. They represent things I saw, did, and want to do around New York.

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I definitely want to see Silence The Musical.

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Break Dancing always fun to see.

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Cecil Beaton photo and costume exhibit at The Museum of the City of New York – so glad I got there before it closed.

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The did The Ride this past Saturday. Awesome fun.

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Jack – one of the hosts on The Ride. Doesn’t he look like Matthew Broderick/Jonathan Cryer?

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As seen on Columbus Circle courtesy of The Ride.

RE: Friday the 13th

Not only does 2012 have three Friday the 13ths, 13 weeks apart from each other, but it’s also a leap year. And I have decided that’s only going to make this year even luckier for me.

Here’s some interesting bits for you:

  • If you fear Friday the 13th then you are considered a triskaidekaphobe.
  • Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names. It is said if your name has 13 letters then yours will be the luck of the devil.
  • Many airports airports do not have a gate 13. Hospitals and hotels usually avoid having a room 13, and most high-rise buildings don’t have a 13th floor.
  • Popular rapper Tupac Shakur died on Friday the 13th.
  •  Four of the 12 movies in the Friday the 13th franchise were released on Friday the 13th;  the original (1980), the sequel (1981) and the 2009 remake.
  • Famous folks born on Friday the 13th include: Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, Butch Cassidy, Samuel Beckett (Irish writer), and actors Christopher Plummer, Bob Crane, Don Adams, and Steve Buscemi.
  • The US Seal has 13 stars, bars, feathers in the eagle’s tail, 13 bars in one claw, 13 olive branches in the other. On the USA Dollar Bill, there are 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 bars on the shield, and 13 leaves on the olive branch.
  • Speaking of money the words E Pluribus Unum has 13 letters.
  • In Ancient Greece Zeus was counted as the 13th and most powerful God.
  • The number 13 was considered lucky in acient Egypt; the symbolic last step in the ladder of life was the thirteenth.
  • You get one extra when you have a bakers dozen – 13.
  • There are 13 full moons in a year. And you know the moon and I have a special thing going on.

Moon Mosaic

1. Dancing by the Light of the Moon!, 2. // and the moon has turned red over one tree hill //, 3. 041207 harvest moon over bay, 4. .it’s only a paper moon., 5. Over the moon, 6. Cat House Moon, 7. Moon over mountains, 8. Moon Winx Lodge, 9. 2 Points for The Moon Goddess, 10. New York Moon, 11. Sleeping on the Moon – นอนบนพระจันทร์, 12. Against the Moon, 13. full moon.14. Not available15. Not available16. Not available

some of what I’ll be up to this month…



My most thorough promenade to date; disovered several scenes and rooms I had missed the first two times. Going for a fourth time before January. If you go I recommend going late, and hanging out in the speakeasy lounge both before and after.



Booked tickets for 12/18 – my first Murder Mystery Dinner – one of my birthday wishes. I’m bound and determined to find out whodunnit.





This is where I’ll be this coming Sunday night. I can hear you all thinking: She just can’t get enough of the scary stuff can she? Uh, nope she can’t.
Back again soon.
Much bloglove to all

Lady Gaga Chilling in Columbus Circle

So my friend was driving me back to the city last night, and as we rounded Columbus Circle we saw this:

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Stop the car! We have a photo opp! I love saying that by the way.

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Lady Gaga? A Workshop at Barneys on the 22nd? Cool.

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There were two men assigned to guard the balloon overnight. Smart idea. I could see a group of fans making off with it down Broadway.

Nightmare Fairytales & More…

This year I made three separate visits to Fairytales.  Each time I went through the house it and it’s residents were just a bit darker and more depraved.   The second part of the venue – The Experiment – included a short film with some very unsettling images.  Said images do like to pop up on my mind’s screen at random moments.  Shivers. This year will always be particularly memorable because I finally got to meet Nightmare’s creator Timothy Haskell

Every year Tim and the Psycho Clan work hard to create a completely new experience for us. This year’s sets were designed to make you feel as if you were running  walking through a pop-up book.  Fairytales was based on the original telling of the tales, not the highly sanitized versions we all enjoyed as children. Believe me there wasn’t a happily ever after in sight. Snow White was wild-eyed as she applied the hot metal slippers to her stepmother’s feet. The fearsome troll beneath the bridge in Billy Goat’s Gruff looked as if he would go for my throat. 

Another bonus this year was Nightmare Z-Day in The Bronx.  It was like dropping into a late night creature feature.  There’s a mad doctor – of course – and zombies everywhere. Make-up and costumes as well as the sets were super creative. I fully immerse myself into the storyline.  Interacting with the characters, and my fellow participants, and immersing myself into the storyline makes my experience.  It’ll make yours too.  So don’t heckle the actors, turn on flashlight apps or mess with the sets – just get into it.

Can’t wait till next Halloween.

Hauntingly yours,
Frances

NIGHTMARE REVIEWS from previous years

Madame Tussauds After Dark – a bit disappointing (review)

Last Year I attended Madame Tussauds After Dark for the first time. I gave it two stars and looked forward to an even better experience this year.

It wasn’t.

Last year’s tour began with a ten minute or so 4D movie. What’s 4D? Fun stuff like your seat shaking or being blasted by cold air when you least expect it.

I still remember wandering slowly through the creepfest that is Tussauds in the dark. When one of the still figures leapt or hissed you just lost it.

The tour ended in the dimly lit main room, where everyone was snapping photos and have a grand time.

This year – no 4D film or time in the main room. The tour was expanded to five floors, but the staff had everyone moving quickly. Creepy music was limited to one section only – it should have been throughout. Before you knew it you were back on a brightly lit 42nd Street, without even a chance to use a restroom.

I’m giving Tussauds After Dark 2011 one star, and hoping for a better time next year.