Yesterday, I had a fun day with karistan
, meandering about Harlem and the northern end of Central Park. We had lunch at Sylvia's, where we had some of the best fried chicken in the history of the world. Then we checked out the exhibits at the Schomburg Center of the New York Public Library -- one on Motown Records (partly in conjunction with the Broadway show, with lots of old clips), one on cartoons featuring black characters in the 70s (as well as pop-culture representations of African Americans prior to then), plus some small exhibits on Maya Angelou and Brown
vs. Board of Education
After that, we hied down to the park, to wander around the Harlem Meer (where we saw a most excellent drum circle -- I took some video that I'll post once I pull it off my phone) to the conservatory garden, which was lovely as always.
Then we headed over to the Graffiti Hall of Fame, which is part of a schoolyard full of some excellent graffiti from artists around the city. It's a cool place for them to ply their trade without being nailed for vandalism..... After that, we went over to Bier International on 113th Street for beer and sausages before I sent Tina back on home. I had two pints of Bronx Pale Ale, because -- well, I'm a Bronx boy, and they had it on tap! Just a delightful day.
This morning, there was a kids tournament at the dojo, for which I served as one of the judges. All the divisions performed well, in particular a yellow-belt kid who is tiny but incredibly talented and strong, as well as one of the advanced brown belts. The best, though, was the black/brown belt division that included three teenagers, who did superbly, especially in the point-system fighting.
After a quiet afternoon, which also included a long walk for Scooter in the park, we're heading out soon to see Choirfly perform at the Way Station
. The latter is a steampunk/Doctor Who
-themed bar in Brooklyn, the former a geeky a cappella
group. And hey, if you can't make it to Brooklyn, the event will be streamed on Gander TV
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel