Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tribeca Film Festival 2018

I only had a few days to go to NYC for Tribeca Film Festival this year. Because of travel schedules, I was in NYC on the first few days of the festival. I was sold out of several tickets that fit my schedule, but the one that I was able to get turned out to be the one thing I most wanted to see. 

I arrived in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, dog sitting for my granddogs in DUMBO. Wednesday morning I walked to downtown Brooklyn to TKTS and lucked into a ticket for a show that night. Heading to the financial district I took a stroll through the Occulus and the World Trade Center. Gorgeous structure. Walking north to Tribeca, I found myself on a stool at Tribeca Tavern for their delicious lunch special. After lunch, the sun had come out and I thought I would walk the Brooklyn Bridge to get back to DUMBO. I first stopped in to The Patriot on Chambers and was fortunate that Patience, who I had met last year, was working. Her sunny attitude and a glass of wine were just the fuel I needed to make the bridge walk a piece of cake. Despite the sunshine, the walk was a little brisk and I was going to have a late night so I stopped in to Superfine before I returned to the pups. The bartender, Bowayne delivered my Irish coffee with a "booya" and I knew I had made a wise choice. After hanging out with the dogs, I found my way to Union Square and had a bowl of soup at Smith before the show. At the Daryl Roth Theater I experience In & of Itself. An amazing one man show that culminated on the corner of 51st & 7th to find a Gold Brick. See the show and you'll know why. Finding myself uptown I went by the Monkey Bar which was packed so I satisfied myself with a picture of a funny lamp and headed back to the subway. In Times Square there were no street vendors because of the rain, so back to DUMBO I go.

Though the morning was gloomy on Thursday I took myself to the west Village in search of lunch. At the Olive Tree I found a delicious salad in a quiet place. With time to kill I head to Tribeca and stop in to Reade Street Pub for a quick drink. My film festival event today was the film Tully followed by a discussion panel with Tamara Jenkins and Jason Reitman. A very interesting film and a generous panel after. Dinner was delicious sliders at Mudville 9 and a subway ride home after a satisfying day.

Thanks to morning film times on Friday, I had time to see You Were Never Really Here at The Angelika before meeting Lucy for lunch at Edward's in Tribeca. After a lovely visit and a tasty lunch we go our separate ways and I decide to pop into Reade Street Pub for one last visit. Sitting at the bar is Charles, the house manager from BMCC for Tribeca Film Festival. I see him in the theater every year, and finally introduced myself a few years ago. We have a lively conversation over a few drinks and say goodbye. Such a nice person. On the way home, I make one last stop into Superfine before I return to the pups. The kids return from their travels and Liza, Ryan and I have dinner at Superfine. Liza and I have one last nightcap at 68 Jay, my favorite neighborhood dive.

On Saturday we take Fiona for her first swim lesson at Leman Prep in the Financial District. While Mason goes to speech therapy, Dorlans Tavern in the Seaport fits the bill for lunch. Water taxi is our way home and I happily stay in with the kids while Liza and Ryan meet friends out in the city.

On Sunday I'm up and out to get back to RI for my niece Bridget's bridal shower. A bit of a whirlwind, but a very fun time. Thanks to NYC, the Porter family and friends old and new that joined me along the way. See you next year!

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