I walk along Broadway almost every day, and almost every day I pass the Courtyard of the Apthorp.
The Apthorp is a "historic condominium." That's the Wikipedia description for the apartment complex completed in 1908, and named for a 300 acre farm that was in the area in the eighteenth century. During its long history Nora Ephron, Al Pacino and Cyndi Lauper have been among its distinguished residents. There's scaffolding all around the building and I don't generally pay the building very much attention. But I noticed the beautiful wreath in the picture below and then I gazed into the courtyard and saw one of the prettiest and least storied Christmas trees in New York.
As I continued my walk I found what may be the cutest gingerbread houses in all of New York City waiting to be packed into a truck at the curb. They were on their way to a school fund-raiser auction. All of the details were lovely, but I was especially enchanted by the pretzel roof on the right. I've suffered an almost infinite number of cake decorating failures, so I am in awe of anyone who can make candy, gingerbread and pretzels into a perfect gingerbread house.
This last photograph is also about Broadway, but this photograph is about the theater life on Broadway. My wildly talented actress friend, Deborah Templin, has created a one-woman show about her family's history on a dairy farm in Minnesota. I had the good fortune of being asked to a preview of the show in a rehearsal building in the theater district, just off Broadway. What a treat! I was engaged from the moment I entered the building -- this is the sign in the elevator -- and throughout the show, Singing for the Cows. I was transported to rural Minnesota, about as far from Broadway as I could go, and enjoyed the journey immensely.
This is my review:
SINGING FOR THE COWS captures American life. We meet five generations of an extended farm family from the first moment they arrive in America. We share their lives, stories, songs, recipes and the moments that tell about their life -- and America's life. It is moving, engaging and funny.
Theatre not to be missed
I hope you've enjoyed our walk down Broadway. I've been snapping pictures at just about every ten feet, so I promise there will be many more photographs to come.
As ever, thanks for visiting and have a wonderful December.