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Hold on to your wallet!

vicnytn3[1]Someone asked me yesterday if the prices quoted by me for the Penn and Teller Show were “really true”, or did I purposely choose the most expensive tickets I could find, just to make my point regarding the inflated prices in the city. Of course, my answer was “NO”, but just so you don’t think I “misspoke” (the politically correct way of saying I lied), let me give you one or two additional examples.
Even though the play opened on March 24, 2011, one of the most popular plays currently on Broadway is The Book Of Mormon at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre on West 49th St. Two tickets for the Saturday night show range from $456.30 for seats in the nose bleed section known as “Rear Mezzanine” to $1,050.30 for two tickets in the “Premium” seating area. Here’s how the seating (and Cost) for two seats breaks down:
Rear Mezzanine $456.30
Mid-Mezzanine $483.30
Front Mezzanine $680.40
Mid-Mezzanine (Premium) $807.30
Orchestra (Far Sides and Rear) $483.50
Orchestra (Middle) Premium $807.30
Orchestra (Premium) $1050.30

One more example –the play “Hamilton” (Named after a founding father of our country) went into previews at the Richard Rogers Theatre, W. 46th St. on July 13 and will formally open on August 6. Nevertheless, the show is already sold out in advance, so plan on seeing it several months hence. However, Premium seating for two is quoted at $899.26, and you can expect to pay much more if you are anxious to see the play ASAP and go through a broker.

Be Prepared!

vicnytn3[1]If you decide to visit NYC this summer, you might be shocked at the inflated prices for just about everything. For example, Penn & Teller (of Celebrity Apprentice, Dancing With the Stars, and Las Vegas fame) have returned to the place where they started 25 years ago.PT_FinalWeek_300x250 They are at the Marquis Theatre, located on 46th Street between Broadway & 8th Avenue for a 6 week run (July 7 – August 16). If you have been paying attention, you will know that since 8th Avenue is West of 5th Avenue, the theatre is located on West 46th St. At any rate, here is a rough sketch of the Marquis Theatre seating, and the approximate location of Row C, Seats 1&3. I like to purchase seats on the aisle, either to the left or right of the center orchestra seating because my wife is short, and has trouble seeing the stage if a tall person sits directly in front of us. I always purchase an aisle ticket for her, and since she will be looking across the aisle to the stage, there will be no one in front blocking her line of sight. I would be remiss in not pointing out that seats in the first few rows are not considered “Premium” — on the contrary, they are regarded as somewhat undesirable. The reason why is that you are looking up at the stage, and for the most part, it is difficult, if not impossible, to see what is happening mid-stage or at the back of the stage. But I mention the seats in row C since these were the only half-decent seats available.
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At any rate, let me get to my point – the Penn and Teller show lasts a few minutes shy of two hours. The price for the two seats was $528 ($264 each). So be prepared for a huge awakening when you decide to see a show or play – especially if you are taking the family!

A Quick Review

vicnytn3[1] It has been a while since my last post, so I thought it might be a good idea to review some of the tips for traversing mid-town Manhattan before we move on. Here are a few questions which should be easy to answer – the answers can be found at the end of this post. Just as a point of reference, you will recall that the island of Manhattan generally runs in a North –   South direction.

Question 1 – The Avenues in Manhattan (Let’s refer to Manhattan as NYC for brevity) run in what direction:
A. North – South
B. East – West

Question 2 – The streets in NYC run in what direction:
A. North – South
B. East – West

Question 3 – The Dividing line between East and West is formed by what avenue:
A. Park Avenue
B. Lexington Avenue
C. 5th Avenue

Question 4 – If you are walking on 3rd avenue and you pass 43rd street, 44th street, and then 45th street, in what direction would you be walking:
A. North
B. West
C. East
D. South

Question 5 – If you are walking on 43rd street and you pass 5th avenue and then 6th avenue, in what direction would you be walking:
A. North
B. West
C. East
D. South

Question 6 – If you are walking on 5th Avenue and just passed 43rd Street and then 44th Street, would you turn left or right when you come to 45th Street to find the address 18 West 45th Street?

A. Left
B. Right

Question 7 – If you were standing on the far side of East 45th street, the first avenue you would cross as you walked in a Westerly direction is 1st avenue, then 2nd avenue and then 3rd avenue. But remember that not all avenues are numerical – three of them in midtown have names, rather than numbers. After crossing 3rd avenue, what are the next three named avenues? — HINT: Remember the memory pegs I gave you – Let’s Park in Midtown – LPM.

Question 8 – The island of Manhattan is bounded by two rivers. If you are facing North, what is the name of the river to your left – and what is the name of the river to your right?
A. East River              A. East River
B. Harlem River        B. Harlem River
C. Hudson River       C. Hudson River



Question 1 – A.
All of the avenues in NYC run in a North – South direction.
Question 2 – B. All of the streets in NYC run in an East – West direction.
Question 3 – C. 5th avenue is the dividing line between East and West addresses.
Question 4 – A. The streets are higher as you walk North in NYC.
Question 5 – B. West. The lowest numbered avenues start on the East side and increase as you walk West.
Question 6 – A. You would turn left. Remember that 5th avenue is the dividing line between East and West – So when the numbers of the cross streets are higher as you walk along 5th avenue, you know that you are walking North.  An address that indicates West 45th street would require you to turn Left.  If you turned Right, all of the addresses would be East 45th street.
Question 7 – Starting from the far Eastern side of NYC, as you walk West you would cross 1st, 2nd and 3rd avenues – and then LPM – Lexington avenue, Park avenue and Madison avenues. Please note that the next avenue you will cross after Madison avenue is not 4th avenue or even 7th avenue, but rather 5th avenue. After you cross 5th avenue, the avenues progress in an orderly manner – 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and then 12th avenues.
Question 8 – C. The Hudson river on your left separates NYC from New Jersey – and A. –  the East river would be on your right.