Let's Go To The Movies!

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The first sign of spring in Manhattan is upon us. Nope, it’s not Alex Rodriguez and his latest fling sipping cappuccino the morning after at an outdoor cafe. (Although that is sure to come soon, via the dogged investigative reporting of The New York Post.)

It’s much better: The 12th Tribeca Film Festival starts next week (4/17) and runs for eleven days.

53 features from 37 countries will be premiered and judged by 42 jurors in all, including luminaries such as Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Bryce Dallas Howard (love her) and Evan Rachel Wood.

Highlights of the festival include Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight the follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, featuring on-screen lovers Ethan Hawke and Jule Delpy. (Yikes! They’re now middle-aged!) And hot shot directors Neil LaBute (Death at a Funeral, Nurse Betty), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) are also contributing films to the competition.

Panel discussions will take place featuring Hawke, Delpy, Darren Aronofsky and Clint Eastwood (minus the chair, we can only hope).

Here’s a quick overview on tickets: There are various early sale dates for American Express members and downtown residents, but the general public can get single tickets on Monday starting at 11 a.m. online, by phone and through three designated outlets.

During the viagra without a prescription festival, tickets, if still available, will be on sale at all festival venue box offices. Prices are $8 for matinee and late-night screenings, $16 for evening and weekends and $25 for special talks. There are also special passes for a bunch of screenings and a $25,000 VIP pass which I can only assume means that Robert DeNiro will not only spring for dinner, but clean your apartment and buy you something pretty to boot. But that’s just me.

 

Let's Celebrate Women!

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It’s International Women’s Day today, and we love the women of New York. All of them. But today we’d like to remember a few of New York’s finest that, while no longer with us, impacted our lives in wonderful ways.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was rx online viagra born in New York City in 1884. FDR’s wife distinguished herself in her own right; she was a champion of social reform and racial equality. Mrs. Roosevelt is honored with a playground in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and a monument in Riverside Park.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994) Her efforts to save and renovate Grand Central Station resulted in a plaque inside the terminal acknowledging her role in its preservation. The reservoir in Central Park was renamed the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in 1994 in recognition of her contributions to the city.

Diane Arbus (1923-1971)  Arbus believed that a camera could be “a little bit cold, a little bit harsh” but its scrutiny revealed the truth; the difference between what people wanted others to see and what they really did see – the flaws. With this philosophy, she visited seedy hotels, public parks, even a morgue to document the people of New York.

Nora Ephron (1941-2012)  Nora, Nora, Nora. What can we say?  New York was the backdrop for some of her most memorable movie moments. Remember the Empire State Building at the end of Sleepless in Seattle? You’ve Got Mail highlighted the best of the Upper West Side: Zabar’s, Barney Greengrass and Gray’s Papaya. The faked orgasm scene at Katz’s deli in When Harry Met Sally is now a movie classic. Let’s face it–Nora was as New York as a bagel with a schmear.

We hope everyone celebrates all of the incredible women in their lives today!

 

 

9 Dates I'm Looking Forward To…

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The memory of a gentle snowfall is now turning to slush, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m over it. Winter, that is. I’m sick of clunky, all-weather boots, fed up with itchy woolen scarves and tired of those buy cialis plastic winter cubicle door thingies that are attached outside restaurants. (What do you call them, anyway?) In order to turn my Seasonal Affective Disorder around, I decided not to save my pennies and spring womens viagra pill for one of those fancy light therapy lamps, but instead compile a list of dates that I am looking forward to. And they are:

March 10th: Daylight savings goes back into effect. Mo’ daylight, less problems. (Or at least it feels that way.)

March 20: The first day of spring That’s less than two months, people! Spring!!!

April 1st: Opening day of the baseball season. (Truth be told, I could care less about baseball, but people I love do and if they’re happy, I’m happy. I may be cranky, but I’m still nice.)

April 7th: Mad Men Season 6 premier! Yes, I realize that it’s lame that I included a television show on the list. But come on…it’s Mad Men. Series creator Anthony Weiner talks about the next season here.

April 10th: This is the day I have picked to pack away my winter boots and scarves, weather be damned. No matter what, I’ll just do it…and pull out my favorite pair of flip flops in anticipation of a sock-less existence in the future.

April 15th-ish: The annual Tulip Festival will take place at the West Side  Community Garden on West 89th between Broadway and Amsterdam. One of my favorite hidden treasures in New York. Thousands of tulips in every hue imaginable. Tulip nirvana.

April 17th: The Tribeca Film Festival begins! Movies! DeNiro!

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo. Sexto de margaritas.

June 17th: Believe it or not, after over five long years, the construction on the Washington Square Park has a definite and final end date.

I feel better already. This should help get me through the next couple of weeks, no? What are you looking forward to?

 

We Oughta Be In Pictures

Central Park, Schmentral Park. Yes, it’s a beautiful space, but Washington Square Park–our viagra online sales park– is its prettier, hipper downtown sister.  So pretty that she just begs to be in pictures. Many a film has been shot here and you can see why.  Here are but a few:

Barefoot In The Park:  In the 1960′s, newlyweds Jane Fonda and Robert Redford have a nasty drag down I’m-breaking-up-with-you-right-now-you-gorgeous-person-oh-yeah-well-I’m-breaking-up-with-you-so-there fight in the park.  Spoiler alert:  they made up and lived happily ever after.


(This shot was not taken in the park. Fonda wore pants in the park.)
When Harry Met Sally:  One time Harry met Sally right under the arch!

(I swear this is a still from the movie.  Ryan and

Crystal are just really, really tiny.  But rest assured, they are there.)
And Will Smith’s character lived right on the park in I Am Legend:

The Fresh Prince of Washington Square

In Ghostbusters II, in which Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Ackroyd et al discovered a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity which brought the phantom-stomping bunch back together, we saw scary stuff like this:

Takin’ down the spooks.

I’m sure there are plenty more, but these are the films I think about when I’m in the park. Can anyone add another movie to the list?