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Sue Katz
Manhattan, New York
NYC Tour Guide, tourism consultant, urban wildlife interpreter
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Nick, who oversaw the restoration of the WP Murals at SI Borough Hall used to say that humans like stories. Even though we know how the story ends we read, view, or listen to the stories again and again to see how the stories are told. This post tells of my first encounters with the Sept 11 Come From Away Back Story. To me, Come From Away, is a remarkable musical sound byte that condenses the stories of over 6000 people who landed in 38 planes in the town of Gander NL when the US closed the air space on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at NYC Then and Now
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A Guide Named Sue took a tourist guide's daze off to visit the train show at the NY Botanical Gardens. It will continue until Jan 15th. Truly excellent. All the buildings are made of plant matter. You should go sometime! (I bought my ticket a while ago and today was my first day out after being house bound with a bad cold for the holidays). Glad I went but I'm staying home tomorrow. Pictures speak louder than words. NY Botanical Gardens. Grand Central Terminal. Macy's. NYPL. JFK TWA. Belvedere Castle. Gracie Mansion. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at NYC Then and Now
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The Sing for Hope pianos opening event takes place downtown at noon. Join A Guide Named Sue for a subway/walking tour to the event. Details here. Many Broadway shows have designed pianos this year and cast members will be performing. Later in the day, you can work up an appetite for Taste of Times Square on this Central Park Walking Tour. Two great NYC events for New Yorkers and visitors. Come on along. The more the merrier. One tour or both! Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at NYC Then and Now
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While both places will be too crowded on Mother's Day, This is the season of the Mummy in NYC. The Egyptian Galleries in the Met now have a scientific Mummy counterpart at Natural History (and spoiler alert, this exhibit includes Mummies from Peru - who knew and no pictures for good reason). And, the Mother female IMAX humpback whales are pretty amazing! Membership has its privileges at Natural History. It's really nice to order your tickets for special exhibits and films and pick them up from the machine when you arrive. While at the Met, when you've finished with the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at NYC Then and Now
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In honor of National Tourism Week, NYC Guides Association member A Guide Named Sue invites visitors on a "tourist guide's daze off" FREE tour from Grand Central Terminal to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. The tour will meet in Grand Central at 12:30. After a brief introduction to Grand Central, we'll visit the Transit Museum Annex to see the latest exhibit and buy MetroCards if needed. We'll travel by subway to Queens and make a brief visit to the Fisher Landau Art Center. Then we will bus and/or walk to the museum on 35th Avenue. The tour... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at NYC Then and Now
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When A Guide Named Sue received a request for a 6 AM custom tour the next morning through AnyGuide that included Central Station and Madison Square Garden, she responded with several questions, checked on a few things, came up with a proposal and the next morning we left my guests' hotel in the West 30's at 6 AM. The tour was a bit (less than an hour) longer than expected because of unexpected events that enhanced the tour. The Starbucks barista may have been a bit rude to the guest who asked for restroom directions without ordering (her friend ordered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at NYC Then and Now
UPDATE 4/26 The matinee pass this year was disappointing. There are very few real films before 5. The festival is branching out to TV and virtual reality. I ended up using one of my tickets for something that was free on Friday and I had to buy a senior ticket to see my friend's son's documentary which only shows in the evening. Here's what I'm seeing - all at Cinepolis on 23rd: 4/24 3:30 Frank Serpico - might need a bit of editing but it is fabulous. Serpico gets to tell his own story the way he wishes. See it!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at NYC Then and Now
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So, tonight I went to an Open House New York lecture about Atlas Obscura. Atlas Obscura is a website by and for people seeking wonder and off the beaten path places and spaces when they travel the world or, in the case of New Yorkers, explore their back yard. It was a great lecture for OHNY volunteers. The founders have also published a book about their journeys - traveling and creating the website. Dylan, the lecturer, mentioned The Trash Museum as a place loved by Atlas Obscura and Open House New York. I certainly loved my visit there. When I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at NYC Then and Now
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A collection of thoughts and typewriters and dolls and lunch boxes and NYC Marathon stuff and super heroes. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at NYC Then and Now
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We could not touch anything. Nelson was free so I asked him to show me what looked like a piece of Mexican pottery I owned with a sex change. Speaking of change, Nelson didn't know what the hole in the top was for. When I returned home, I found my version still sitting heavily and happily on top of my book cabinet near an ancient picture of my Guides Association tour guide friends. I've had the pottery (not the picture) for about 50 years I think. Maybe I should write to the museum to see about a tour for guides.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at NYC Then and Now
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This morning was special thanks to Open House New York and Robin Nagle the Sanitation Department Anthropologist AND Nelson Molina chief collector and curator of The Trash Museum. William B Helmreich might have walked 6000 miles in NYC and written the book The New York Nobody Knows but Nelson Molina spent his over 30 year career in the Sanitation Department working routes between his home on East 115 and the Sanitation terminal on East 99th Street. When Nelson saw things he believed should be saved, he brought them back to "the office". He did all of his work faithfully and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at NYC Then and Now
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What is Central Park? The more I explore, read about, and share the Park with others the more I realize how much there is to know. I also realize that I will never know it all. At the moment, I am planning a screening of Central Park - The People's Place for my fellow guides. This new documentary by Martin L. Birnbaum, park lover and sociologist who sees the Park as a place where people come together, is a great (holiday) gift for park lovers an park visitors who want to know more or take more than a bit of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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Last year, we had Halloween, the NYC Marathon and the World Series on the same weekend. This year, it is CANstruction and the Marathon EXPO. I have written lots about both the Marathon and CANstruction on this blog. This year, I have posted some Lower Manhattan tours to CANstruction on AnyGuide starting on November 4th. On November 3rd, A Guide Named Sue is doing a Tourist Guide's Daze off journey from Grand Central to CANstruction via the new Hudson Yards 7 train stop, the Marathon EXPO, the Highline, Chelsea Market, the new location of the Gansevoort market and my favorite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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What can I say. To stand anywhere (in this case on top of two former garbage dumps) on the ground in NYC and have 360 horizon views with no buildings in the way is a treat. Freshkills is evolving. I thought I was checking off a bucket list item when I snared an #OHNYwknd tour but now I want to return for a Freshkills Park Discovery Day next year. Come join me! Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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You can find me volunteering at the Open House New York Info Hub at Union Square Greenmarket from 10 AM-1PM. After that, I will check on the line at Jefferson Market Library and might go to Westbeth before heading Uptown. I need to be at the Museum of Art and Origin by 5. There might be time to stop in to see my 101.5 year old friend Marie. Afterward, I'll check the line at Hamilton Grange. I've never seen it at night. Sunday, I am off to the tour of Freshkills Park in Staten Island. Before leaving the Island, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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At first, when I saw my OHNY volunteer assignment, I was a bit disappointed. I have volunteered every year since the beginning of OHNY and they gave me a shift at my favorite greenmarket: Union Square. I thought, oh I can shop after my shift and go home before continuing. Then I read my assignment. I will be working the Info Hub and helping people find their OHNY. Can't think of a better way to start the weekend and use my experience volunteering and participating in every OHNY since the start. Come say HI between 10 and 1 on Saturday... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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A Guide Named Sue did this cause related fitness walk in Staten Island this morning. It was a mellow walk. We were all walking in memory or in honor of someone. We raised money for Alzheimers Care in NYC. You can still donate at my personal page. I actually did a 3 mile walk because the bus driver dropped us off a the boardwalk and not the walk start. Great day for it. South Beach, in the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge was new territory for me. I'd run across the bridge three times during the marathons of 84,86, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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I've just returned from the 3rd Broadway preview. It has transferred well. BUY TICKETS NOW! Six months after Sept 11th, I received an email that told the story of the community in Newfoundland that took in the passengers from the planes that couldn't land in the East Coast of the US when the air space was closed. I cried and cried as I read the story. It didn't permeate our media at all. Several years later I did see this Tom Brokaw Documentary. Then I heard nothing more about it until Labor Day Weekend when I was standing in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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Not much to say on this 15th Anniversary except I could never imagine what downtown looks like today on Sept 12, 2001. I'll be doing some volunteer work packing food this year. Actually there's more to say. I saw Sully yesterday and one of the best lines was something like New Yorkers could use some good news about a plane. And speaking of good news...While standing in the Shakespeare in the Park line, I heard about a musical now playing in DC called Come From Away. It is about the major good news story that never broke in the US... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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My last stop on Jury Duty day was pay what you wish night at the New Museum. I wasn't a great fan of the museum but I was in the neighborhood and wanted to see the exhibition. I will return this month with anyone who wishes to join me. There was a vocal (not verbal) baby who was entranced by the Teddy Bears. (Reminded me of my niece who couldn't stop staring at Roman busts at the Met when she was still traveling in a back pack. My niece recently completed her PHD in Classics. I wonder how the bears... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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After jury duty, I headed to the Museum of the Chinese in America to see a special exhibit about set designer Ming Cho Lee. I loved seeing sets for Delacorte Theater productions that were "before my time". When I was 16, my family had a subscription for the first season at the Public Theater so it was also fun to see the set for the premiere of Hair that season. (I am waiting for a revival of that season's Hamlet). The highlight was meeting Mr Lee in person. I told him that his sets for other productions made me want... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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On Friday I paid a visit to my almost 101.5 year old friend Marie Runyon. Her apartment walls are filled with buttons and posters and pictures of causes and people she has fought for throughout her very long life. Above her office work desk is an old poster of Mother Jones with the quote "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living". This pretty much sums up Marie's philosophy too! I only knew about Mother Jones magazine thanks to articles that were often shared by my real and FB friend Jeffrey. I knew nothing about the woman.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
Fringe Ambassador Sue is at it again. My role is different. Change happens. So this year let's focus on how to pick a few plays to see as inexpensively as possible. Basic price for a Fringe ticket is still 18 dollars (plus a convenience charge if you order by credit card). Cash can only be used at Fringe Lounges. Seniors (65 plus) can buy 13 dollar seats at Fringe Lounges or at performance venues 15 minutes before performances. Children under 12 can buy 13 dollar tickets for Fringe Junior shows at performances, Fringe Lounges or On line. Passes and group... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
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busy says A Guide Named Sue! On the Shakespeare front, Something Rotten has some new stars. Taming of the Shrew in Central Park is gender bending to say the least. Get on line EARLY and enjoy the experience. Contact me for an early morning Central Park tour.. Sunday June 5th is the Israel Day Parade. I used to get stuck in traffic on detoured HO HO buses. Now I march in it. Monday June 6th is Taste of Times Square. You can buy tickets here. If you want some exercise before eating, come along for a special late afternoon tour... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at NYC Then and Now
You'd think Shakespeare was a New Yorker by the way we are celebrating the 400th Anniversary of his death this year! The Royal Shakespeare Company recently visited BAM and the Globe Shakespeare company and the National Ballet of Canada are coming to the Lincoln Center festival to perform Shakespeare. It is not too late to see the Shakespeare Binge performance 1599 at Irondale. It is superb. NYC-ARTS has a list of Shakespeare related events around town past and future. My favorite...Shakespeare in (the) Central Park starts previews of The Taming of the Shrew on May 24th . As always, A... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at NYC Then and Now