Chillin' with Warhol, Bacon & the Empire State
Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
17Trip End Jan 22, 2013
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We dropped out luggage off at the Best Western Plus President Hotel. We are pretty much staying 10 metres away from Times Square which is nice and noisy!
We headed to MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), had a quick coffee stop (cinnamon latte mmmm) and headed in. Even though it's the "off season" there were still a lot of people around.
We saw all 6 levels of MoMA only stopping to read things we were interested in (otherwise we would have been there all day!)
We saw lots of Picasso, Monet, some Gogh, a little Monet and Munch's "The Scream" which we caught on tour
Unfortunately there was no Dali or Lichtenstein which we wanted to see. They're probably touring.
After MoMA we purchased discounted tickets from the TKTS Booth at Times Square to "Phantom of the Opera".
It was a BEAUTIFUL show. The singing was superb, as was the acting and dancing, and the set - so fancy and cool. The costumes were also amazing.
Thursday was the day of our movie tour.
We got on the bus at 11am. The tour took us around midtown, SoHo, TriBeCa, Greenwich Village and Lower Manhattan.
We saw many famous buildings that were used for movies and tv (the tour guide kept repeating these: Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Friends...)
We saw the apartment where Heath Ledger lived in then passed away in SoHo
We also saw signs that had been put up because they were going to be filming. They were filming "The Wolf of Wall Street" in SoHo, right in the middle of the street (I believe they were going to start at 2pm). The film will be starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.
In fact, they would be filming up to 10 things around the city on Thursday (which apparently is a lot for winter). Normally they film up to 30 things a day in NYC, the most filmed city in the world.
Once the tour finished we had lunch at "McGee's" where we were given a voucher for from the tour. The reason being is because it's the restaurant that inspired "McLarin's" in "How I Met Your Mother". It's very cool and looks a lot like the restaurant in the show.
After lunch we went to pick up our Letterman tickets. I was happy to see the guy who gave us the tickets (well a piece of paper on the road) was there and when he said hello I said "You DO work here!" (You see, I didn't believe him on the street)
After getting the real tickets and getting a bit more excited that we were really going to Letterman, we came back at 4.50pm for the show. Letterman is filmed at the Ed Sullivan Theater. That's where the Beatles performed their first ever U.S show. Elvis has also performed there.
The filming was surprisingly quick. It is live in the sense that there's no stopping and the show runs straight through. We were sitting 4 rows from the front, right in front of the band.
Letterman came out and did his monologue, which I found surprisingly funny. He interviewed Kevin Bacon who was HILARIOUS! Very animated and whacky. It was great. The show finished with a Swedish band called "The Amazing".
It was dinner at "Olive Garden" after that. We then walked all the way to the Empire State Building.
We saw the amazing view from the 86th floor. You really see just how huge New York is. And also how much electricity the city uses haha. It was devastatingly freezing up there (we were so high up our ears popped!) so we took some photos and went back to the hotel before we were blown off!
Today: Lower Manhattan, Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty!