Some things I noticed in New York

Back in March my pal Bindi and I abandoned our husbands to ten days of looking after themselves so we could take a little jaunt of our own off to New York. You may recall in the piece Planning for New York on the Cheap, that we made a zillion plans and hoped to get aroundContinue reading “Some things I noticed in New York”

On Location: New York!

The five boroughs of New York having always been the stuff that movie dreams are made of. The American film industry may have been born across the Hudson River in New Jersey, but quickly moved to Manhattan and by the 1920’s, the city was buzzing with studios producing silent films. Then in 1926, Hollywood sprungContinue reading “On Location: New York!”

Shine a Light

Forty-five years into their career, the Rolling Stones team up with Martin Scorsese, Jeff White, Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy, 18 of the finest cameramen in the business and a couple thousand of the luckiest ticket-holders in the world for two nights in New York’s wonderfully intimate Beacon Theatre. With President Clinton ‘opening’ the show, theContinue reading “Shine a Light”

Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy broke all the rules when it was released in 1969. After a decade dominated by glossy, Technicolor, feel-good musicals, John Schlesinger’s x-rated exposé of shattered dreams amongst the grime and desperation on New York’s mean streets made the entire industry sit up and take notice. It’s not just the only X-rated film toContinue reading “Midnight Cowboy”

New York, New York

Martin Scorsese has made more than a dozen films set in New York, New York, but the one that bears the full name of the city was shot on a Hollywood lot – an homage to the MGM musicals of the 40s. You can’t help wondering what he was thinking. It was 1977. The previousContinue reading “New York, New York”

No more porn for me…

That’s right. No sooner did I declare my perturbed state regarding pornography seekers looking for porn on my site – than they have cleaned up their act! Crikey! And I mean crikey! A random sampling of the last few days search engine requests: staten island fotos everything is illuminated staten island the commitments irish soulContinue reading “No more porn for me…”

Planning for New York on the Cheap

I’ll be leaving for New York in just a few days now. Hard to believe it’s already here! When I booked the tickets back in January, it seemed like March was an aeon away. But I’m leaving Thursday night New Zealand time. It’s a 12-hour flight to Los Angeles, but I will be arriving inContinue reading “Planning for New York on the Cheap”

New York, New York!

Just last week I had a bit of a whinge about not having any travel plans for 2009. Apparently the airlines are reading this blog, because three of them came up with irresistible fares. I’d been bantering with a friend who’s never been to the Big Apple, that not only did she have to goContinue reading “New York, New York!”