But finally, once the job was done, the excitement began as they left the hotel to have dinner with friends and then go to the theater. On the way, they stopped at the Algonquin Hotel for a drink. The hotel is famous for what is known as The Algonquin Round Table, where a group of young writers and critics, who favored the hotel as a daily meeting spot, set the standard for literary style and wit in the 1920s.
According to one author:
"After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching at the Algonquin. In 1919 they gathered in the Rose Room with some literary friends to welcome back acerbic critic Alexander Woollcott from his service as a war correspondent. It proved so enjoyable that someone suggested it become a daily event. This led to a daily exchange of ideas, opinions and often-savage wit that has enriched the world's literary life. George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun and Edna Ferber were also in this August assembly, which strongly influenced writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Perhaps their greatest contribution was the founding of The New Yorker Magazine, which today is free to guests of the hotel."
Dinner with the humans' friends was at a small popular bistro just next door -- and, I hate to complain, but She had lobster salad and didn't save me a bite.
After dinner, they walked (and I flew) over to the Palace Theater on Broadway to see the revival of West Side Story. While we were waiting for the doors of the theater to open, I shot a bit of local color to capture the excitement of Broadway!
And then the unique thrill of a Broadway show!! Lenny, if you are reading this, I have to report -- from my hidden perch on the rafters of the theater -- LEONARD BERNSTEIN MAY BE GONE, BUT HIS SCORE FOR THIS MUSICAL IS AS EXCITING AS EVER!!! The show, more than 50 years old now, was as energetic and vibrant as when it was first performed. The scenery was spare and mood-setting, the actors all young and true to their roles, the music soared, and the dancing was superb.
And to think I wasn't so sure about following my clients' humans to Manhattan!!
Tomorrow is Asta time!! Stay tuned.