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The Rock-itt : March 2010
The Royal Tenenbaums -- filmed right here. and looked at all the memorabilia on show in the place. There are obviously heaps of spots around the City that feature in films and TV, you can buy a tour of some of these but with the subway being so good it's more fun, and cheaper, to do it yourself. DuDuDuDo-DuDuDuDo-DuDu DuDo--DuDuDuDo It's Tom's Diner! I had a little sightseeing of my own to do so back to the Central Plaza Hotel, round the back to Broadway and the Ed Sullivan Theatre, home of the David Letterman Show. Sadly Dave was off the week we were there but it is possible to get tickets for the show, you just have to really want to go. Lots of queues! Enough sightseeing for one day but Lauren had managed to wangle us into something really special. It was the launch of a VH1 special about Andy Warhol's factory, his studio from 1962 to 68. We found ourselves amongst some of Andy's contemporaries from that time, including Billy Name, who was the House photographer and decorator. I was most impressed and even more so when I met Beck's mum! We even got invited to the after film party but it was just a bit too show biz for us. Look who we met outside the Guggenheim museum! After shunning all the tourist traps we decided to give in, we took the Staten Island ferry, just over and back which was good cheap fun, if a little crowded. Later that evening we jumped aboard the open air bus tour of the City, which we were both surprisingly impressed with. New York was heaps of fun. I made Lauren get the subway out of Manhattan to the airport when we left. It costs $120 for a limo out to the airport, there is a flat rate cab fare of $45 plus tolls which isn't too bad. We did it on the subway for $11, including the Airport Shuttle! It was a hot day and took forever but I proved it could be done without getting killed. My daughter may never speak to me again though!! Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire in April's issue. Don't miss it! Dave liv es here Billy Name, Andy Warhol's photographer The Chelsea Hotel, doesn't get any more Rock n'Roll than this place.