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Sunday, April 06, 2008

New York: Day 3

Sarah and Bekah waiting in line at TKTS.

Day three was a good one. We started it by taking the subway down to the South Street Seaport location of TKTS. This was a tip I received from my coworker Jesse. TKTS sells all the remaining tickets for shows the day of. You can get AMAZING seats for around $50, which is a great discount. Thing is, you don't know what shows will be available and it's cash only. The popular location of TKTS is in Times Square and opens at 3 p.m. However, Jesse told me that the South Street Seaport location gets the tickets first at 11 a.m.

We walked through Wall Street to get to the ticket location. It was strangely quiet, since it was a Saturday. I tried to imagine working there. We arrived at TKTS 20 minutes before it opened. It was a rush once the booth opened. Our options included "Rent," "Chicago," "Caberet" and "Gypsy." However, one show appealed to all three of us: "Legally Blonde."

South Street Seaport

We meandered down to the dock after getting our tickets and enjoyed some seafood at a waterside cafe. The port provided a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

A common sight: Bekah took 500 pictures.

Brooklyn Bridge from South Street Seaport

Next we headed over to Ground Zero. There's not much to see. Just a big expanse of dirt with digging machines — all veiled behind plastic netting. It's weird to look up, though, and see the strangely empty spot in an area crowded with buildings. This picture was Bekah's creative concept.

We meandered over to the Staten Island Ferry after that. You can ride the ferry for free and get a great view of the Statue of Liberty.

Then we headed back to our hotel, popping up briefly in SoHo to walk to a different subway station. That's where we saw the Lincoln Tunnel, and I was reminded of the movie "Elf." Buddy: "I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."

Ready for the show.

We ate a classy dinner at McDonald's before the show. (New York is expensive!)

"Legally Blonde" was a vastly entertaining adaptation of the movie starring Reese Witherspoon. It was a good "sister" show. And we had great seats. In a side section, five rows back. The show is fairly new, so the Tony Award nominated characters were still playing the lead roles they originated. We felt especially gratified since we had paid less than half what we paid for our other Broadway shows. TKTS rocks!


At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a tip: you can get the same deals or better than TKTS if you go to and you don't have to wait until the day of the show!

Hope you enjoy!


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