What do I do when I am not working? Sometimes I go exploring. Since I needed to get in walking shape for my psoriasis research fundraising walk at the NY Botanical Garden in two weeks, I went on a walk with the Outdoors Club in Crown Heights . The walk centered around the Public Schools of C B J Snyder and was led by Jean Arrington who became an expert on the subject according to this Jim Dwyer NY Times article. I have done at least one other tour with her that was sponsored by the Municipal Art Society.
I got some exercise but I didn't stay for the whole 10 miles of the walk. I called a tour guide friend named Beverly to see if she returned from vacation. She had and she invited me to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where she is a member. We went . The cherry blossoms bloomed early. The place was so crowded that the lines at the cafeteria were very long. (Note to self. If I am going to lead a tour to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and/or the Brooklyn Museum, I'll do it on a Thursday when the museum is open late).
Beverly had a car so we headed to Vanderbilt Avenue to look for a place to lunch. So many places. So little time. We ended up at a Middle East and Pizza place. It seemed a bit empty but the food was great. Then, on the way to the restroom, I realized most people entered via the garden entrance and ate outside. We had a quick stop at Joyce Bakeshop nearby for dessert. Many red buses passed by. In this next phase of my tour life, I will help people explore and not just pass through my city.
Beverly dropped me off at the subway. I didn't have time to go home before the "Help Wanted" shorts program I was seeing at the TriBeCa Film Festival so I got off the train at Chambers Street and strolled to Third Ave and 11th Street where the theater was.
I also passed by one of New York's recently lost treasures - The Amato Opera House. The building is up for sale and the Opera group is no more. Sad - this tiny theatre produced great operas that were up close and personal.
Tomorrow I am going to see the documentary about Tony Bennett.