Though we kept the boat in Jersey Shores at Liberty Landing Marina, I believe that everyone spent most of their time in NYC. I was very fortunate to have been met and adopted by former student Kevin Brubaker, MacArthur Band percussionist.
The first two days after we land, we spend cleaning and fixing different issues on the boat. My list is usually pretty long each time and I tend to spend a couple of extra days when the rest of the crew are off so I can actually get mine done.
Kevin played in BLAST and now designs audio systems for big stores, etc. from his live aboard catamaran currently down in St. Pete. Heather is a writer and Jeff is a jack of all trades musician. I know there are more students in NYC but only found one other, Damien Norfleet who was rehearsing for a new show. Pretty incredible bunch. The cool thing is seeing what ex students have done with their lives. I feel like a proud parent.
This is the way to see the NYC area. Kevin gave me a great tour and very detailed.
And of course all good drummers would like to eat at Krupa’s Grocery. The atmosphere included pictures, suspended cymbal lights and cowbell lights. What more could one want? Good food? Well, they had that too!
Not only did I get to eat there, I also got to experience Ethiopian food, Mediterranean food, bagels and locks with salmon, cream cheese and capers, pizza with anchovies and other delights!
And of course when in New York one must partake of all the cultural opportunities they can. Elaine, Han, Alex, Jen and Darren and I all went to see Phantom of the Opera while there.
MCCallum Band allowed me to go see Swan Lake Ballet with them and I met up with Jen and Darren there. You have to know I was with a band as look, all the dancers are in lines! And yes, they can rotate them really well.
Sometimes I have to be taking the pictures and just can’t be in them all.
And what would life be like without a concert in Prospect Park by the New York Philharmonic, a grand style picnic and fireworks afterwards. Is that not too much?
Can you believe, green space for kids to play baseball in the middle of downtown! The yellow ferry we rode from Jersey Shores to Manhattan except when we couldn’t find the correct dock on the Manhattan side and when it didn’t run until 9:15am on the weekend. Both issues caused me to be late to boat work. YUK! But highly imaginative thinking helped me find a way.
So it goes, an adventure of a lifetime in the Big Apple. Great fun, great friends. What more does one need?