Please join me in wishing a very Happy Birthday to Alison!!!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of seeing Alison (AIM) and her partner, Kevin, at the American Museum of Natural History where we took in the regular exhibits, plus the Space show at the Hayden Planetarium.
I have a few photos below that show scenes from the afternoon:
Walking up Central Park West...
The entrance to the museum...
The well known exhibit area related to the beta period on Open Salon...
The hi-tech vision for the future of Open Salon...
The Space Show at the planetarium was amazing and we left having enjoyed a spectacular look at outer space! One can truly be inspired after seeing one of these shows to find ways to enhance the space and light in their apartments and houses!
(On a side note a couple of years ago my wife spotted Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, plus the host of PBS's NOVA scienceNOW riding in the same subway car on the Lexington Avenue line and struck up a conversation with him.)
Around 4 PM Alison and Kevin parted company with me for a couple of hours and later we met up near Union Square at the Old Town Bar on East 18th Street, one of the oldest continously running taverns in the city with charm to spare! Of note, the beautiful tin ceiling, ornate woodwork, the ancient dumbwaiter (not the human kind) at one end of the bar, the old fashioned urinals in the Mens' room, and an overall cozy feeling which was enhanced by the timing...Friday evening!
Lots of interesting discussions about self-publishing, writing, summer travel, Open Salon of the past, present, and future, plus a host of other personal stories made for a memorable and special gathering! We had a birthday toast for Alison which made for a festive prelude to her birthday today.
Below are three candid shots taken with the ambient light and in the background of the first photo one can see the bar in the distance.
L to R: Alison, Frank, Jaime, and Nikki:
Nikki, Cranky, and Greg:
Frank, Jaime, Nikki, and Cranky:
Group shot using the camera flash: Frank, Nikki, Jaime, and Cranky:
Cranky, Greg, Roxanne, Nikki, Alison, Jaime, and moi sitting in front of Alison and Jaime:
To sum up, it was beautiful time together for a group of OSers in the cozy setting of New York City's Old Town Bar!