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New York, New York and more New Yawk!

By Emily Prawda Weiss

There’s nothing like experiencing a Broadway show in Times Square in New York City, whether you live in New York City or visiting. My older daughter’s first Broadway show was when she was only 18 months old, I was offered tickets to How Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Nick Jonas and grabbed them. Delilah doesn’t remember it, yet I remember how she didn’t make a fuss during that fun Wednesday matinee. Fast forward to numerous Broadway shows later, my both of my daughters sit by themselves while they take in the sets, acting, singing, music, story and the overall excitement that comes along with live theater.

 

I was so excited to hear about the Museum of Broadway opening in the heart of Times Square and recently visited during preview hours and could have spent hours reading and learning. Such history from the 1700s to today. You can even purchase tickets to current shows before the tour officially begins. Once inside, you are treated to a short film where I learned why Broadway is called The Great White Way (because of the white streetlamps that used to adorn Times Square). And how there is currently a waiting list for shows to come into certain theaters, which makes me very happy as Broadway contributes $14.7B to the NYC economy and supports 96,900 jobs—that’s unbelievable.

 

I felt like I was on the stage within the West Side Story space, I learned that Ain’t Misbehavin was the first jukebox musical and how many shows were inspirations to one another, like Godspell and The Book of Mormon. For me, it was a trip down memory lane—there, of course, was an area dedicated to Annie, my first musical. I wasn’t exactly a Rent-head yet was a proud lottery winner when you used to have to submit a paper entry at noon then go back to the theater 30 min. before the show start to see if your name was called. My sister and I had second row seats and that was a huge treat for me in my early 20s. I attended one opening night, Movin’ Out, and the dancing, her legs went on for days, that was an exciting night in addition to all the shows I saw in previews, hundreds of them including Wicked with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth and Spring Awakening with Lea Michele.

 

The details and the Broadway memorabilia will blow you away with feelings of nostalgia and tons of, I saw that(Oklahoma), I remember that(Bring in the ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk), I need to see that(A Beautiful Noise), I wish that would come back(A Chorus Line), I need to see that again(Hamilton), I wish I didn’t see those(The Book of Mormon and Cats), and the shows that I saw more than once (Jersey Boys and Six).

 

This museum is for the older set of kids—especially those who have seen some show so there can be some recognition and fun interactive photo-ops that make sense for them!

 

Louis: “200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries: The Exhibition” in New York

If there was a petition to bring back Barney’s New York, I would certainly sign it. Barney’s was a New York institution which shuttered its’ doors several years ago; Sex and the City was filmed there, the edgiest and latest fashion could be found there and legendary Fred’s restaurant occupied the top floor. How exciting that an exhibit of more than 200 Louis Vuitton trunks designed by artists from around the world were featured at the former Barney’s retail space—all you must do is make a reservation and admittance is complimentary.

 

I took my younger daughter on a recent Sunday afternoon, and we LOVED this exhibition. It’s full of unique expression, digital mapping, tons of individual expression from worldwide artists on how they define the term, “trunk.” There actually was a tree design which confused me at first, then I realized, “tree trunk.” I was familiar with some artists and designers, Derek Blasberg, Marc Jacobs, Gloria Steinem to name a few…then we had to giggle when an artist that we encountered name is, “Burp.” As you know by now, I’m a sucker for any fun IG photo-ops and this exhibit was full of them – at the end we were able to grab a small cardboard trunk and sit and decorate it with stickers in the class LV font in addition to tons of markers and paints. We could have left it or taken our designs with us, Sylvie and I opted to design ours at home –perfect activity for another art-filled Sunday afternoon.

 

Little ones will LOVE this exhibit because of all the digital art, the balloon room, the Frank Gehry diorama, and the 3D printing that is constantly happening in the creative space on the Lower Level. Hurry, the exhibit closes on December 31, 2022.

 

I’ll Have What She Is Having: The Jewish Deli”: The Jewish Deli

Growing up in Brooklyn, there were plenty of delis to choose from–I learned yesterday at the New-York Historical Society, there were 5,000 delis within New York City at one point! Now, there are just a handful. As a young girl whose parents are children of immigrants, I had my fair share of deli growing up. “Deli” foods originate from Eastern Europe, Germany mostly.
They consist of pastrami, corned beef, lox, sauerkraut, bagels, pickles, matzoh ball soup, babka, and more super delicious and sometimes too salty foods. With the influx of European immigration in the early 1900s, this is what people were used to eating—they knew how to make these varieties of foods and opened hundreds of delis across New York City and across the United States. These establishments thrived and celebrities dined at them and politicians campaigned at them too. The Stage Deli which closed 10 years ago, is where Midge and Susie from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” shot many engaging scenes. This exhibit brought on waves of nostalgia which included a seltzer glass bottle where, if you lived in Brooklyn where I grew up, you would have your seltzer delivered! I loved the neon signs, the interviews from the few current deli owners that are alive, and the clips from movies and tv that center around famous delis which include Katz’s deli on the Lower East Side, Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, and Shapiro’s Delicatessen in Indianapolis. You will definitely leave this exhibit hungry so either grab a “nosh” (which is Yiddish for a light snack food) at the Museum’s café which has a special deli menu or venture to the few remaining delis that are open: Russ and Daughters, 2nd Avenue Deli, Katz’s Deli, Fine & Schapiro, etc. The kids will love the enlarged photos of bagels, pastrami, cream cheese and more which you can take photos either before or after you go through the exhibit. Be warned, THAT scene from “When Harry Met Sally” is aired during the tv and movie clips. The exhibit features tons of artifacts including menus which you won’t believe how much it was for a pastrami on rye!

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