Wild, Wild West (Side)…

Upper West Side 'Hood
Upper West Side ‘Hood

I am being held hostage by jet lag.

When you awake at 1 am and are ready to rumble your options are limited to quietly reading the NY Times online and perusing email.

The only silent diversion left is to think ahead and plan the day.

Thankfully, I succumbed and earned another two hours of sleep. I was raring to go by 5:30am and eager to put my plans into action.

We hit Central Park by 7am. Dogs were running rampant and we were really missing Madison and Finnley.

Central Park
Central Park

We walked the Park on a crisp and clear Saturday for 4 miles and then, realizing that we missed dinner on Friday night because our bedtime was at dinnertime, we headed for the tried and true Barney Greengrass on West 86th Street.

Barney Greengrass Breakfast of Sable
Barney Greengrass Breakfast of Sable

9 am and no lines…perfection. We cruised right in and shared our regular smoked sable appetizer, scrambled eggs on the side for David and a freshly squeezed orange juice….delicious as always.

Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center

We then headed to the Mitzi Newhouse box office to buy tickets for the Off-Broadway show, Dada Woof Papa Hot. We were early and there was already a line outside the Lincoln Center box office.

We patiently waited the 7 minutes until the office opened.

When 10am passed we started pounding on the door and the impatient New Yorkers enlisted the NYC policewoman on duty to call the box office to let them know the natives were restless.

Mission accomplished and we secured two discounted tickets (I had a BroadwayBox coupon).

We scampered home the 2 blocks, showered and changed into more dignified clothing…I still think one should dress appropriately for theatre.

Spotlight
Spotlight photo:connecticutspj.org

We then zoomed over to the Lincoln Square AMC to catch the 11am showing of, Spotlight.

A handful of patrons were there…just how I like my movies audiences…scant, unarmed and silent. I am actually a bit surprised that movie theaters have not installed metal detectors. I continue to be a cautious moviegoer.

Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that  rocked the city and cause a crisis in the Catholic Church.

It is an intense investigative drama about one of the biggest cover ups in modern time. I would definitely recommend putting Spotlight on your must see list.

Although the movie as a whole was a bit flawed, the ensemble cast of Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup, Stanley Tucci and Liev Schreiber is superb.

With 40 minutes to spare before theater, we dodged across the street to our favorite neighborhood pizza place, La Traviata, and shared an all white pizza slice.

Starbucks UWS
Starbucks UWS

In need of caffeine to keep our engines purring along, we did a drive by at our neighborhood Starbucks, but the line was out the door with people enmeshed in the fragrant Christmas trees for sale in front of Starbucks.

We arrived at Lincoln Center 10 minutes before curtain time.

A NYC policeman checked all bags at the entrance and apparently stood guard during the entire production.

Since the Paris massacre I have noticed a large police presence at Lincoln Center which invokes mixed emotions.

Dada Woof Papa Hot photo:joan marcus
John Benjamin Hickey, Patrick Breen in Dada Woof Papa Hot photo:joan marcus

Our seats were fabulous and the play was well written and acted. Dada Woof Papa Hot features Patrick Breen, John Pankow (Mad About You) and the always terrific, John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C, The Good Wife).

photo: gayly.com
photo: gayly.com

The show explores the pluses and minuses same-sex couples face as they’ve been homogenized into the mainstream. Marriage, kids, sleepless nights, jealousy. The whole nine yards.

Time Warner Center
Time Warner Center

Dada Woof Papa Hot ended at 4 and the streets were bustling with shoppers. We decided to grab a drink with our favorite bartender, Branca, at Landmarc in the Time Warner Center, a mere 4 blocks away.

The place was hopping. After a glass of champagne, we decide to settle in for an early dinner.

Broadway and Lincoln Center
Broadway and Lincoln Center

We started to yawn about 6:30 and strolled home, taking in all the holiday decorations around Lincoln Center.

David started to turn down our street and I coaxed him towards Magnolia Bakery.

Magnolia Bakery Hanukah Fare
Magnolia Bakery Hanukah Fare

Thankfully, it was packed. I wanted to waste more time because I knew that the minute we returned home, bed would beckon.

Magnolia Bakery Holiday Desserts
Magnolia Bakery Holiday Desserts

By 7:30pm we were in lala land.

We never departed our beloved upper west side basically staying within a 20 block radius, experiencing an amazingly full, active and cultured day.

I love living on the the wild, wild westside…I just need to walk on the wild side and aim for a later bedtime.

Upper West Side
Upper West Side

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