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Sunday, May 04, 2008

New York City, TriBeCa Film Festival




I flew in to New York Friday night for the TriBeCa Film Festival. This is my third straight year attending. It's always fun, and I always see some really cool documentaries and films. Of course, there are also some clunkers.

After getting in, Jonathan and I cabbed it over to our friend Annika's house in the East Village on 12th. Here's the view of the Empire State Building from her rooftop:


Afterwards, we went to a TriBeCa Film Festival event called "Breaking the Band" at Webster Hall with a really great band called "The Hold Steady," evidently a favorite band of Daniel Radcliffe, AKA Harry Potter. (At least according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hold_Steady)

Then, we grabbed Indian food at Taj Cafe on 6th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

On Saturday, we checked out the film Gotta Dance, a documentary about senior citizens who try out for a hip-hop dance team for the Jersey Nets! It's a great, uplifting movie that proves you are as young as you feel. It was my favorite of the festival.

Learn more about the movie here: http://www.gottadancethemovie.com/

After the movie, I got the chance to meet the cast. Here I am with the dancers.


We stopped by Whole Foods and bought cheeses and things to snack on, then headed out to a Belgian bar for Belgian beers before eating again at a GREAT find, "Dumpling Man." If you are in the neighborhood and want cheap eats, it's at 100 St. Mark's Place. (www.dumplingman.com)

Sunday morning we saw a film I thought was interesting, but it really wasn't my cup of tea: War, Inc. Much better than the movie was the brunch that followed it, which included all you can drink mimosas and bloody mary's for $15.95. Great little place. The only drawback was there was no outdoor seating. But I got over that quickly. So try out Marion's--354 Bowery at 4th Street. (www.marionsnyc.com)

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