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Central Park hot dogs no deal

I have noticed that the Central Park “hot-dog monopoly” is gouging the unsuspecting public …
For example, the hot sausage (which is a large hot-dog, my favourite snack with mustard and red onions) sells for $3 and I can buy the same item for $1.50 at several hot-dog stands on the north-east corner of Madison Avenue and 81st Street (which is a block from the entrance to the MET Museum), the north-west corner of 71st Street and Madison Avenue, and 68th Street and Lexington Avenue …
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Sonny Rollins – FREE August 27, 2006

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2006 free concerts … Celebrating the Spirit of the Blues … Sunday, August 27, 2006, 8 pmSonny Rollins: The Jazz Master … … Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd and Amsterdam … [Sonny Rollins: web site | discography]
Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2006, August 4 – 27, 2006

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Tosca – Free, August 1, 2006

Uncle Paq & Blackberry Ellie: Please go to the New York Grand Opera website for information about a free opera at 7.30 pm this coming Tuesday, August 1, 2006 … Tosca … at the Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 72nd Street at Mid-Park … let us all go bring a pinic buffet and sing-along in Italian …
Also see Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
Update: Postponed due to the heat.

Cappucino, ice cream and sorbet

The very best “ethnic” Italian cappucino and ice-cream is at Bottega del Vino, … the real McCoy for $4 per cup … the foamy milk is so thick it will float the sugar … (a friend ventured into Starbucks and ordered an expresso that was served in an unappertizing paper cup – no class. What a contrast! I was ashamed for Starbucks) … I enjoyed many World Cup matches standing at the coffee bar … the ice-cream and sorbet are made in small batches … $3 per two-scoops … a great treat … and just across the street from the Apple Store … web site, 7 East 59th Street, 212-223-3028 [MenuPages | Citysearch]
The very best “ethnic” French ice-cream and sorbet is at Payard, also made in small batches … the breads, pastries and chocolates are so delicious… web site, 1032 Lexington Avenue, 212-717-5252 [Yummy Baguette | MenuPages | NY Mag | Citysearch | Gayot]
Perfect after a meal in Chinatown, they both close at 11 pm … Sweet dreams …

Jazzmobile – Frick Collection – The Jewish Museum

Wednesday nights in the summer time are reserved for the free Jazzmobile concerts held at Grant’s Tomb … 7 pm … 122nd Street and Riverside Drive … this coming Wednesday features the Wycliffe Gordon Quintetjazzmobile.org
The Frick Museum is “pay-as-you-wish” on Sundays between 11 am to 1 pm. Parking is very easy so early in the morning … the Jean-Étienne Liotard exhibition runs through September 17, 2006 … 1 East 70th Street, 212-288-0700
The Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays … 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, 212-423-3200

Jean-Étienne Liotard – at the Frick

Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789), Liotard Laughing, c. 1770, oil on canvas
Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789), Liotard Laughing, c. 1770, oil on canvas, 84 x 74 (33 1/16 x 29 1/8), Musée d’art et d’histoire, Département des Beaux-Arts

Whatever Liotard was paid for these pictures [of Austrian Empress Maria Theresa’s 16 children], it was too little. He poured every ounce of his talent into them. Each seamlessly blends several mediums: black and red chalk, pencil, pastel and watercolor. Details are executed with a watchmaker’s precision. To give the figures a naturalistic glow, Liotard colored the reverse side of each thin sheet of paper. Marie-Antoinette is bathed in a rosiness that you sense rather than actually see.

Jean-Étienne Liotard, the Unrelenting Eye of the Enlightenment,” by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, June 23, 2006

To his admirers, Liotard was the “painter of truth.” The artist was unsparing in his depiction of his sitters, including himself, avoiding the flattery and embellishment that characterized the art of his colleagues. He also avoided the painterly touches and visible brushstrokes favored by his contemporaries, railing in his Treatise on the Principles and Rules of Painting, published in 1781, that since one did not see such flourishes in nature, they had no place in art. Although the artist’s scrupulous realism put him at odds with the artistic establishment and did not please all of his sitters, it was the startling veracity of his likenesses that attracted the attention of noble and non-noble elites and secured his international reputation.

Special Exhibition: Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789): Swiss Master,” June 13 through September 17, 2006, at the Frick Collection
The Frick Museum is pay as you wish on Sundays, 11am to 1 pm. A great bargain, go early and enjoy…
The Frick Collection, web site, 1 East 70th Street, 212-288-0700

Macbeth at Delacorte Theatre – FREE

Macbeth is playing at … through July 9, 2006 …
Strongly recommended … I saw the play last Wednesday and Thursday, even thought they posted a “Sold Out” sign … there are tickets available at the last minute because of many no-shows … sitting in the open fresh air in Central Park is so magical … the blowing wind amongst the trees, the movement of the clouds, the airliners, the stars …
The Delacorte Theater is located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. After entering, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater …
all shows at 8:30 pm

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  • Pick up your free Shakespeare in the Park tickets on the day of the performance beginning at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park (212-539-8750) or from 1 to 3pm at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street [NYT | Central Park 2000]

    APPLE store for music

    Friday night I went to the APPLE store on 58th Street and 5th Avenue and did not leave until 2:15 am on Saturday …they have a live DJ playing and creating contemporary dance music with lots of energy … the DJ Friday night was Louis Vega … I sat behind him on a bar stool and watched his fine performance … the APPLE store plans to host a live DJ show every week, 12 am to 2 am Friday night/Saturday mornings …
    APPLE store, open 24 hours a day, every day … 767 Fifth Avenue, 212-336-1440 [Yelp] … see “Exclusive photos from the Apple Store Fifth Ave,” by AppleInsider, May 18, 2006
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    28th Annual Free Museum Mile – FREE

    Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 13, 2006, from 5:45 – 9:00 pm – the 28th Annual Museum Mile Festival … FREE
    all the museums along Fifth Avenue will throw open their doors to the public for free, the Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic, there will be world music every few blocks, crayon drawing for children on the avenue, etc.
    I will head to the Cooper-Hewitt for their show of Hudson River School paintings and the National Academy for the American Art contemporary show.

    Participating Museums along Fifth Avenue

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    Tony Dragonas – best grilled hamburger in NYC?

    Tony Dragonas, street vendor who has been serving great hambburgers and souvlaki at the southwest corner of East 62nd Street and Madison Avenue for many years … just one block from Central Park/5th Avenue … weekdays only …

    Tony Dragonas grilling
    Tony Dragonas grilling …

    Tony Dragonas may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC
    may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC

    Tony Dragonas outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes
    try the outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes – it is a large meal with a very generous portion of bite-sized grilled chicken …

    Tony Dragonas gyros plate with rice and salad
    and if you like lamb get the gryos pita … and make sure to get the secret tzatziki sauce (a yogurt sauce with cucumber and herbs) and on the pita offerings … you can also get the pitas as plates (pictured above), with salad and rice, for an additonal $1 …


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