Sunday January 6 2019


Waking up at 10:50 a.m.

Ana and I take the subway out to Brooklyn to meet up with Caitlin Pasko and her boyfriend, Joey, at a French brunch restaurant called Juliette. The ambiance here is perfectly French and lovely – Pothos plants hang all around the ceiling – authentic old signs hung on the walls. Enjoying some Banana Stuffed French Toast and Coffee with conversations about movies of 2018.

Then at the Buffalo Exchange up the street on Driggs. There’s a long line to have someone look at your second hand clothes. We spend almost 2 hours there and they didn’t exchange any of the clothes I brought. But I walk out with a perfect fitting pair of jeans so I’m happy.

A lot of our time is spent on the subway. The hustle and bustle of city life is hurry up and wait – hurry and wait – hurry and wait.

Ana and I make it out to Central Park. We stay bundled up in our coats and gloves and enjoy the beautiful landscape. So many birds are hopping and flying around. Most of them aren’t afraid of people – they let you stand so close.

Buskers and performers are all around. A drummer whacks away right in front of a statue of Columbus. One dog in particular is enthralled with the sounds.

Over by the Bethesda Fountain, a popular spot. An Asian lady plays away on an accordion providing a great soundtrack to a woman in a red dress posing for photographer.

We continue walking and walking and walking. My calves take a beating from all the stairs climbing and general walking. Meanwhile, our noses draining.

We found out there’s a Milk Bar right by our hotel. On an episode of Chef’s Table we learned about award winning baker Christina Tosi. Her infamous “Crack Pie” is out of this world. It reminds me of an almond paste in the center or a sweeter than sweet tart.

Grabbing some slices from Ray’s Pizza, classic New York pizza.

Then, it’s time to get back to the APAP Showcase for the second ELO show. The green room where all the performers hang out is a lot more chaotic than usual. We do everything we did yesterday – 20 minute set of the best of medley of our songs without any noticeable hiccups.

Ana and I do a touristy thing and check out Times Square. Surrounded by the bright glow of endless screens of advertisements. There’s an art in and of itself even though it’s mostly a symbol of American Consumerism. People from all over the world flock to see this place.

Then, we trek out to Harlem. There’s a small fairly new bar called Bean & Barley where Skippy works at. Visiting with him, his brother Preston, a guy from Ecuador, and a very jovial dude Rosco. He tells us stories about how he trains kids of NBA basketball players and promotes this and that. He takes a liking to us.

We ride back to Midtown and experience another failed attempt to dine at that ramen bar. They apparently make their own hours suddenly. We settle on a 24 hour market with an overpriced Chinese food buffet. Enjoying some Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice.

Settling back in at the hotel.

[i] Images by me.

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