Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Three Things

So you know how I said we got ourselves some New York City Passes last week? Well, we did. If you want to know more about them, or how they work, click here. I would say they are definitely worth it though, if you plan on doing all the tourist-y things New York has to offer.

Here are three of the attractions we got to see:

1. NBC Studio Tour

The NBC Studio Tour was interesting. It was cool. It also probably would have been more interesting and more cool if I knew more of the NBC television shows. It was a little bit like wandering around an empty warehouse that used to make Coca-Cola. Seeing the empty space, without all the buzz and excitement of the actual show, the actual crew and the actual stars, isn't quite as amazing. But it is interesting.

2. Bowling in NYC

With our NYC pass we got a free bowling game and shoe rental at Bowlmor, which is part of NYC's longest continuously running bowling alley. What a super thing to do in between all the sightseeing and running around.

Here is the part where I shamelessly copy-and-paste a paragraph off Wikipedia, because I have lots of posts to go, and not nearly enough time to rewrite things in my own words. Ha.

"In 2010, Strike Holdings announced that they would be opening their second New York City location- Bowlmor Lanes Times Square. Dubbed Bowlmor 2.0 by the local media,[7] the 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2) venue, on the 3rd and 4th floor of the former New York Times building (now known as the Times Square building) will hold 50 lanes and its decor will pay homage to New York City. Featuring 5 city themed bowling areas - Chinatown (featuring a gong that is hit upon bowling a strike), Central Park (including items purchased from the Tavern on the Green auction), the Subway, Times Square, Pop Art New York, and Art Deco New York. Two large event rooms on the 3rd floor, the Soho Loft and the Tribeca loft, will serve as a lounge/nightclub when not being privately rented, and an additional event room, the NY Salon on the 4th floor will serve as home to New York City's most elite functions. The space will feature 3 full bars, a wood fire burning pizza oven and a theater style dining room (with cuisine by David Burke). Guests will be greeted by a 20-foot (6.1 m) bowling pin in the venue's lobby and adding to the vivid landscape of Times Square will be Bowlmor Bob- a 20 ft mechanical figure in bowling shoes and a dinner jacket (in the style of Vegas Vic) whose bowling ball arm will move back and forth 24/7 above 44th St. The new property will bring 300 jobs to New York, and with revenue forecasts in the 30 million dollar range will help revitalize NYC's retail economy."

Thank you Wikipedia.

3. The Underwhelming Overwhelming Guggenheim

A few weeks ago we got to see the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao which was a big tick off a very big bucket list.

This week, we went to see the Guggenheim in New York. I might have less culture than yoghurt, as Husband put it, but I was underwhelmed by this Guggenheim. I don't 'get' modern art. Really truly. Surrealism and abstractism drive me mad. Canvases painted one colour drive me mad. Random collections of objects drive me mad.

I spent most of my time at the Guggenheim sitting in the lobby reading 'Game of Thrones' on my kindle. Husband spent far too long wandering around. 

Less culture than yoghurt. That's ok.

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