Empire State of Mind

9.04.2014

empire state building

The queues are ridiculous. The crowds at the top are worse... but you'll forget the nuisance for a moment when you see the view. We opted to climb a few stairs to avoid claustrophobia and nixed a few minutes off the waiting time. It's definitely a tourist trap, but it seemed silly that we'd visited NY so many times and never went up to the top of this iconic building, so we did. 

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Saturday Night Live!

8.19.2014

saturday night live tickets

The fun pros outweighed the reasonable cons of flying across the country just for a taping of SNL

Since it was the season finale, we figured there'd be some good cameos and that it would be worth it. The number of special guests almost exceeded the cast: Maya Rudolph, Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Martin Short, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, 2 Chainz, and Paul Rudd. Despite the fact that Andy Samberg was the host, there was no Dick in a Box reprise, but it was a solid episode (here's a good recap).

A classic:



Seeing the work that goes into one episode is inspiring. It's a well-oiled machine. Watching the camera people, the lighting, and the sets coming together was fascinating.

Some notable moments: We saw Kenneth Parcell/Jack McBrayer backstage. I saw Brooks Wheelan pacing and looking stressed, and he was ultimately fired. Bobby Moynihan clearly loves being a cast member. He was casually sucking on a red lollipop before the show and stayed around after the "end credits hug-fest" to film the band with his phone. 

During a summer we spent in New York, it was decided that queuing up in the stand-by line was a waste of time / only for locals or die-hard fans (even if it was for Betty White). There's a never ending list of things to do in New York and waiting around for the chance to see an episode wasn't my idea of a good time. Every August, we entered the lottery thinking that it would be a short train ride from Montreal. Of course, we got the email when we moved across the country. There's still time to enter this year - we recommend it! - Mina


P.S. You can watch a bunch of vintage episodes, as well as clips from the finale on Yahoo Screen 




No Sleep Till Brooklyn

8.11.2014

brooklyn

Back in April, Alex won tickets to the season finale of SNL (more on that later). We feverishly rearranged our schedule to take a last minute trip to NYC.

Our flight wasn't at an ideal time and we flew into New Jersey. With delays, we ended up arriving at our hotel in the wee small hours of the morning. Because we had agreed to meet some folks for brunch in Brooklyn, I felt like my head barely touched the pillow before I was at Roberta's. You go there for pizza, but everyone seemed to enjoy the brunch offerings. We all ended up sharing a margherita pizza as a "dessert" because it needed to be sampled. It was great, but I always say that about 'za, so you can't trust me.

Some photos from around Brooklyn:

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mast brothers chocolate shop
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