90ish days of summer
Our plan had to change when we were done with Wall Street just after noon.
So we went to Little Italy.
We walked around, thought about having a second lunch (we’d bought food earlier from the vendor with the longest line on Wall Street), decided against it, had gelato instead and then — upon realizing we still had at least three hours to kill before going to Brooklyn — took the train uptown for a detour to Columbia University.
Pretty big detour.
As we were changing subway lines in Times Square station, we heard the strangest music.
It was a wizened man on a keyboard. Whatever he was playing sounded like something you’d hear while on an animatronics ride in Disney World — it was lively, fast-paced and not something anyone would put on the radio.
The man was Prof. Edwardo Alvarado, and Jeff and I looked him up after we returned from the Big Apple. We found a Village Voice article about Alvarado, complete with Alvarado’s background and how he became a sanctioned performer with Music Under New York. We also found a video story by the Associated Press:
(You should really check out the video — this music is not to be missed.)
Not bad for half a day in New York City… so far.