NEW YORK, NEW YORK - CHAPTER 2: IN WHICH WE UNCOVER SOME HIDDEN AGENDAS
Our plans to explore lower Manhattan were shifted aside this morning by security concerns. With the theft of his cell phone in Paris still in his mind, Ken harbors a certain wariness about pickpockets in busy urban centers. The hotel where we're staying empties right out into Times Square, an ideal haven for sneak thieves because it's often so crowded you can't see your own feet or take even a few steps without being jostled.
Enter Clothing Arts, designers of the pickpocket-proof pants. I had read an article about the company's clothing in Forbes, and their Brooklyn showroom was on our list of places to go for that borough. To give us peace of mind, we decided to fast forward to Brooklyn today and make Clothing Arts our first stop. So we walked a couple of blocks to the Rockefeller Center transit station and bought two 7-day unlimited ride passes for $32 each—a real bargain considering a single one-way fare costs $3.00.
After exiting the Church Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, we walked a short distance to the address on 14th Avenue where we expected to find a Clothing Arts retail shop in something like a strip mall. Instead, we were presented with a six-story full-block warehouse type facility with a distinctly industrial air. And it was encased in scaffolding. Thinking this might be the back side of the building, we walked around the corner, where we found only loading docks.
|Where are the displays? The mannequins?|
|Ken thanks Katrina for her assistance.|
|Autumn was in its glory at Green-Wood.|
On the way back to the Doubletree, we stopped to check out tonight's offerings at the Times Square TKTS booth. Finding one of the shows on our wish list available, we headed over to the Play Express window, where one can buy tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway plays without queueing up in the lengthy lines for tickets to musicals. Finding the window shuttered, we enquired of some nearby TKTS employees. After explaining that the window was closed because only Off Broadway plays were on the list tonight, one of the agents ushered us to the front of the line at window #1, where we quickly bought half-price tickets to Clever Little Lies.
|New York blue bloods patrol the streets|
Ken's dinner at Bea was tasty, but I had the misfortune of inadvertently ordering a mushroom pizza topped with Taleggio cheese, which I now know to avoid. When the food was delivered to the table, it smelled like someone had just dropped a pile of sweaty gym socks nearby. Instead, the stinky cheese man had come to visit. The pungent odor of the Taleggio matched its flavor and the combination overwhelmed and completely defeated my appetite.
|Marlo Thomas and Greg Mullavey in Clever Little Lies (photo from NYTimes.com)|
Tomorrow we'll try again to check out lower Manhattan—with wallets and cellphones behind their protective shields.
MONDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 2015