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Personal – NYC – Groupmuse Performance

Alright,

Not one for Broadway shows I stumbled across something called Groupmuse. Essentially the site connects hosts and classical musicians. The host provides the space, food, and drinks. The musicians bid on the event and supply a selection of music. The audience provides a recommended $10 donation to cover all the costs. Some are in small bachelor apartments, some are in huge houses. Each event is different, definitely one of the cooler things I’ve seen in New York besides Debut.

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As an audience member you say how many people you’d like to bring, a little about yourself and then the host approves your request then sends you the address.

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The Groupmuse founder Sam Bodkin happened to be there the night I attended to give a little introduction to the night and the selection of music we were about to hear.

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Personal – NYC – Brooklyn Nets @ Barclays Center

Alright,

It’s been a while since I went to the Yankee’s Game so time to sports up again! This was a Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.

I finally found a place where stairs beat escalators, great day.

Barclays Center Subway Stop

The whole area outside the main entrance to the stadium is dotted with floor pot lights, very cool.

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Warmup time.

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You can get a better idea of the scale of the stadium here…

Barclays Center

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Personal – NYC – American Museum of Natural History

Alright,

Less than a week left so you’ll see a little bit of a last minute sprint here to get everything I still want to see/do into these last couple days. I started at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Quite the lobby entrance…

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This is the Hayden Sphere, it’s used as a size reference when they talk about the universe in terms of distance that you can actually comprehend.

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Inside the sphere is a video about the formation of our universe and how scientist measure distances/time…all narrated by Liam Neeson “I don’t know who Quasars are… but I will find you and…”.

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Obligatory elephant shot, anything not related to elephants is irrelephant.

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These displays/dioramas were conceptualized by a man named Carl Akeley in 1909. He saw that a lot of landscapes and species were disappearing back then and they had to preserve them for future generations. The interesting thing about these is the glass is actually tilted toward the viewer so you don’t get any reflections when looking inside each one.

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Canada made the cut, [insert moose joke here].

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I’m an adult and still went to the dinosaur floor, no shame.

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Museum walking is tough work so I headed over to the Burger Joint in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel by 5th Avenue. The Hotel is a really high scale affair (similar to the Fairmont Pacific Rim) so I was a little shocked when I walked in and found this. Still a great burger and shake though!

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The 5th Avenue Apple store.

Apple Store 5th Ave.

Huge doesn’t even begin to describe it, this is just 1 corner of the floor space they have underground.

Apple Store 5th Ave. NYC

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