Then I went to Fort Greene Park to have the revelatory experience of seeing the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (hilarious acronym: SOB) perform Beethoven's 5th Symphony, outside and for free. It was the least yuppie classical music situation I have ever had the pleasure to experience. And they were Good! I know they are technically amateur musicians, etc., but this was a special performance.
I was joined there by my new friend Nina and her friend Koren, who is now quickly becoming another friend. We had a blast. The sky was perfect blue, sun setting, a cool breeze, beautiful music played with heart and what more could you want? Afterward we decided to take pictures of each other, which started because Nina needed a new photo for her Linkedin page, but as she is a professional photographer, she then took photos of me and Koren. I took some photos of that interchange and the orchestra, which are below.
The beauty of the time with Nina and Koren was we all - 40-something single women - somehow managed to access our inner 12 year olds. So great. I don't think I've laughed like that in ages, just giggliness. No drugs or alcohol involved, just a great day, great music, serendipitous moments and admitting to instantaneous crushes on various members of the orchestra and/or noticing how a trombonist was crushed out on a French horn player (I'll never tell who said what to whom). I was transported back to my days in Band...learning clarinet (I still have my clarinet!) and playing - not incredibly well - until I was about 16. Band was in middle school and then quartets and such a little later. When in Band at Middle School I had a crush on the 1st Clarinetist whose name was Robert I think. I wanted to be the 1st clarinetist as well but mostly stayed 2nd. I also remember marching in a dismal rainy Memorial Day parade in Waterford, Connecticut or maybe New London, with music attached to a mini-music stand clipped onto my clarinet...I was about 9? Ah memories of geekiness...endless, it's just endless...
But here are some photos from the lovely day:
|Nina taking Koren's photo after the concert.|
|we were right next to orchestra - |
gentleman in orange jacket was sideline conducting
- smiling arms waving, lovely
|just so you can see the crowd - this was when orchestra was playing with younger students|
|Beethoven's 5th - SOB Brooklyn style - Fort Greene Park (it used to be dangerous...)|
|July 15: Woody Guthrie's family celebrating his 100th in Central Park|
(because I forgot to post about that...)
Yesterday was a banner day, too, because I was offered the apartment I wanted up here in Inwood, so I can stay in my beloved new hood. I am so delighted that soon I won't be subletting and will be able to have my own furniture and my own rent-stabilized lease (if you are not from NYC, what this means is: the increase on your rent is regulated each year by the city, so you can't get gouged if neighborhood suddenly becomes popular, etc...in other words it's a guarantee if you can pay the rent when you get it, you can pay it as the years go by...). I lost my last rent-stabilized lease back in 2006 because I was in London. I do not plan to make the same mistake twice.
The apartment is on the 5th floor of a walk-up so I'll never have to join a gym but it is a real one-bedroom, which I so wanted and there is a real kitchen with counter space and new appliances. All this for less rent than I'm paying now.
This is because I am moving (drum roll please) East of Broadway. I wrote a long post about the idiocy of the West/East Broadway divide a couple months ago so will not repeat it, other than to say because I am not freaked out by living "East of Broadway" my rent is going down and my space is expanding considerably. I'll take the trade.