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NYC – Day 3 Part 2, Christmas Magic Kicks Off

The early afternoon was set aside for the New York City Ballet Balanchine Nutcracker. The magic of Christmas starts! The children from the School of American Ballet were completely adorable, and made me think how much better Christmas is when you’re a child. The excitement of staying up late, seeing so many friends and family members that you never see…

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NYC – Day 3 Part 1, The E.Vil Diner

In search of a cheap and filling breakfast, I wandered down to the East Village again. I feel at home here, so why not? A nothing-looking diner called Stage seemed the right option, with its counter for around 15 people and no tables. In fact barely any room to walk behind the bar stools, because of everyone’s huge coats (oh…

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NYC – Day 2 Part 2, Change of Plan

Walking back up Ave A and St Mark’s Place reminded me of my last visit in the height of summer, and made me glad to have seen it in both bright sunshine and pouring rain and loving it just the same in both conditions. It feels like stuff can happen here, and I like it. Clearly walking around soaking up…

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NYC – The First Day

I laugh in the face of an early start (this will come back to bite me fairly soon afterwards) so a 5am taxi didn’t seem like a particular problem. Never mind that it was a last resort, but the combination of an early Sunday morning flight (no Piccadilly line and no Heathrow Express because of Crossrail works) and two suitcases…

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