June 3, 2010

Glee at Radio City Music Hall

My nieces are big Glee fans. Who isn't, right? Back in March, when it was announced that Glee would be performing at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, my brother tried really hard to get them tickets. Unable to, he asked his good friend Scott to see what he could do. Well, Scott got my nieces two tickets back on March 6.

This past Saturday afternoon was the performance and as my sister-in-law does not know the city that well and I know it quite well having commuted there for 15 years, I accompanied them into the city.

It was a gorgeous day and I am certain my brother was happy that the girls were happy and excited. Here they are walking up 6th Avenue in front of Bryant Park (where fashion week is held).
Approaching Radio City Music Hall which is a beautiful venue, the excitement was palpable. Tons of kids and their parents. It was like nothing I had ever seen.

There was a long line to purchase Glee merchandise so we waited and went back after the show had started to get the girls tee-shirts.
While the girls were inside Radio City, we walked around. Anthropology, of course. The 5th Avenue store is beautiful and I should have taken photos.

We went to St. Patrick's Cathedral and there happened to be a wedding going on. Once again, I forgot I had my camera. Argh!

Behind the altar is a section with another altar and where various cardinals are buried. There are also other saints, including St. Therese which was my mom's favorite saint. I wanted to light a candle. So I asked this really hot-looking security guard if we could sneak back there as it was roped off. He had a lovely accent and he let us through. Anytime I have wanted to visit this little area behind the altar, the staff have always been so nice and allowed me through.

As it was Fleet Week in Manhattan, there were tons of military personnel all around. I totally embarrassed my nieces by wishing every man and woman in a uniform "Happy Memorial Day."

This is a photo of Rockefeller Plaza (where the Christmas tree is lit every December) with all the flags flying proudly.
After our walk, we waited for the girls on 51st by "the Golden Door."
This is where the Glee cast members were "supposed to" exit. Now, I didn't really think they were going to leave the building as they had another performance in 3 hours. So for an hour, we waited. This area was pretty empty and then when the show let out, it was utter chaos. My nieces are somewhere in this mess.
The only person I saw was Ryan Murphy, the creator of the show.
In this photo, the cop on the right was gorgeous and the cop on the left is "pretending" to write tickets as people were not standing on the sidewalk. Really?
After waiting by the Golden Door, we went to Carnegie Deli for some delicious pastrami and then back through Times Square heading home.
It was a welcome distraction from all of the sadness and as I said earlier, I am certain my brother was smiling down on his girls who were happy, for a bit.
"Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance the lasting perfume."
Jean de Boufflers


Angie said...

Oh how exciting! And what a good distraction for you and the girls to spend some really good quality time. Good job auntie!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

So how many phone numbers did you get? ; ) I wanted to tell you that I read something a couple of weeks ago about places to meet men and can you believe it ~ Home Depot/Lowes was on the list! Ha!

So glad your nieces had an enjoyable day. I love Glee, too. Glad you had nice weather, too, since you were walking around.

Mary Ellen said...

There's nothing like spending the day in the city! I'm sooo glad you went and enjoyed time with your sister-in-law and your nieces! I don't have any children either, so it's fun to spoil all the nieces and nephews!
Being an Auntie is the very next best thing to having your own! Glad you're doing a little better!
-ME xo

Leslie said...

I love the city! I'm glad that you got a chance to hang with your nieces. I know that it meant a lot to and to them.
Have a good friday

Shugee @ Blue Heron Cottage said...

Oh Carmie, I so happy for you that you got to go and my sincere condolenses on the loss of your brother. Carmie, I've read what you have written and I am so so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was such a special, giving soul. In that he would like you to be happy and not grieve too much. This I learned from my mother. It's good to hear you went to New York City and got to have so this to distract you from the grief.
Big Hugs,

OutnumberedMama said...

I am a total Gleek and as such - very JEALOUS! LOL Looks like a blast!
I found you on the Friday Blog Hop. I am now following you and hope you will head to one or all of my blogs to check them out! Have a great weekend! BUSY MOMS WHO LOVE TO READ

Ro Magnolia said...

I just popped over here from Things & Stuff Friday blog hop. I cried and laughed and cried and cried my way through a number of your posts. I'm following you now, and praying for you and your family. Wishing you peace. xo

Ro Magnolia said...

I've left you an award on my blog today! Hope you enjoy receiving it. You are a gifted writer and I hope more people find their way to your blog through mine. :)

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

But wait, you didn't get to see GLEE? What a fabulous trip. I just love GLee. You have some lucky nieces and what a sweet auntie you are.

Kimberly said...

Jealous doesn't cut it. I'm envious! :)

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