Good Morning New York City

Yesterday, I get off the train at New York Penn Station, walk a couple blocks and see this bum barfing yellow chunks into a street puddle (7th and 35th).

I don’t know what’s worse…him puking or me watching him.  I feel like Jeff the Vomit Guy from the Howard Stern Show…well, maybe not that bad.

It’s been raining for days so the yellow puddle is still there.


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Visit to Saturday Night Live The Exhibition

Today, we visited Saturday Night Live The Exhibition.  I knew it would be good, but not this good.  Tons of costumes, mold, props, simulated show experience hosted by Tina Feye.  Nothing I say can fully describe the well thought-out details put into the layout.  It’s super high-tech.

Attached to the gift shop is the Weekend Update studio.  They take your photo and you go to a computer to select which news host you’d like superimposed next to you.

If you purchased the tickets through one of the coupon sites, your ticket also includes $10 towards your gift shop purchase.  In addition, they hand out buy-one, get-one half-off coups in Times Square.

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Apple Store Upper East Side Grand Opening New York City

Today, Apple opened a new store in New York City.  The building was a bank in the 1920s.  Apple tried their best to restore the original structure, but it as a mess.  Instead, they did a great job replicating it.

The store is beautiful.  It’s the first Apple store to have a Beats headphones listening station, many of which were receiving their wireless feed from the iPod sitting beneath.  The audio was choppy, but I guess that’s to be expected with the amount of traffic in the store today.

In addition, it’s the first store to have pull out iPhone case drawers, reminiscent of bank safe deposit boxes.

Last, but not least, it’s the first Apple Store we’ve been to where there’s a public bathroom.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Angela Ahrendts, and other retail execs were on-hand observing.  Most people probably didn’t recognize her.  Of course, we did.

Typically, Apple gives t-shirts to the first 5000 people that enter, which has the name of the store on it.  No shirts this time.  Instead, visitors received “Portraits of the Upper East Side” a great book of photos taken around the Upper East Side, using an iPhone 6.

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Les Paul 100th Anniversary Exclusive Photos and Video Live on the Red Carpet

Tuesday evening, the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City’s Times Square hosted Les Paul’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.  Numerous people from the music industry were on hand.  Too many to count.

Danny Count Koker (Count’s Kustoms/Pawn Stars/Vamp’d) and his band, Counts ’77, were there to perform. However, Danny went above and beyond by donating a custom bike to the Les Paul Foundation.

We’ve identified as many people as we could below.

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David Letterman Set Teardown Day 4

Today consisted of random things from the offices, rubber chicken signed by David Letterman, baseballs, party supplies, pool inflatables, Late Show coffee mugs (which were too far to reach), gumball machines.  The remaining pieces of office furniture were brought to the street and crushed by a garbage truck.

The offices were completely empty including the BYE signs that had been put in the windows.

Highlight of my day was the megaphone used by Bill Murray in the April 2014 show with Lady Gaga and Martha Stewart.  Bill was a surprise guest who brought Gaga down 53rd street.


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David Letterman Set Teardown Day 3

Today (Tuesday) marks day 3 of the teardown of David Letterman’s set at the Ed Sullivan Theater.  There was speculation that the marquee would be taken down today, but it was not.  Possibly, later this week.  I’ll keep a lookout.

The demo crew instead worked on removing the spiral staircase (as seen on tv), emptying the basement and offices.  Most, if not all, of the office furniture was trashed.

The security was pretty tight.  They yell at everyone that stops too long at the dumpsters.  Some items I spotted…box of prop body parts, random lighting, a list of all employees (including David Letterman and Vinnie Favale as heard on the Howard Stern Show) and their extensions taped to one of the desks, brand new unused towels with tags, whiffle balls.  In addition, there was a laundry cart full of prop sports equipment.  One security guard was nice and gave a cue card to a guy that been hanging out there for days.  Same guy had witnessed valuable antique furniture being trashed.

This past Friday night the demolition crew members were seen loading up their cars with items they had set aside.  The pieces are fetching a crazy high premium on eBay.

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David Letterman Set Teardown Day 2

On Friday, the aggressive teardown of the David Letterman set at the Ed Sullivan Theater continued.  In the morning, Paul Shaffer’s Late Show Band’s set was been sliced into pieces using a jigsaw so it could fit in the dumpster.   Meanwhile, crews started bringing in building supplies to begin work on Stephen Colbert’s set.

By late afternoon, the studio was empty.  You couldn’t even tell the Letterman show once filmed there.  Employees were still packing up their keepsakes.  Very sad.

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David Letterman Set Teardown

The David Letterman show wasted no time dismantling Dave’s set.  Some items were packed up and put on Moishe moving trucks.  Shockingly, they threw out the city scape that was seen behind Dave every night.  Why didn’t they donate it to charity or to a museum?

They also threw out every seat in the Ed Sullivan theatre.  I guess there will be new seats for Stephen Colbert.  I hear Joey Boots fetched one.

Businessmen in suits spent the afternoon dumpster-diving.

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Final Episode of Late Show with David Letterman Celebrity Arrivals

It’s a sad, sad day in New York City.  David Letterman goes off the air tonight.

Today, we captured the onslaught of celebrity arrivals for the final taping.

Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Peyton Manning, Jim Carrey, Barbara Walters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld.

The after party was at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

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DMC Joins Jackyl at Starland Ballroom @jessejackyl @THEKINGDMC @eddietrunk @starlandNJ

Friday night, Sayreville, New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom hosted That Metal Show Live.  It’s not televised.  It’s a chance for Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine to perform stand-up and for Eddie Trunk to tell stories, as well as for fans to Stump the Trunk.

All three of them interviewed Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl frontman).  Afterwards, Jackyl was scheduled to perform a full show.

During the interview, they mentioned that a special guest who lives nearby will be coming out to perform with Jackyl.  Shortly after 11PM, Jesse welcomed Darryl McDaniels, DMC of RUN DMC.  DMC has recorded at Jesse’s recording studio and has performed at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis.

DMC and Jackyl busted out awesome, super-rocked-out versions of the RUN DMC classics It’s Tricky and Walk this Way. Who knew Jesse could rap?!?!

Jackyl performed past midnight.  This was a great show!

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