Saturday, May 15, 2010

Just Another Evening in NYC

John and I went to see A Behanding in Spokane a couple of weekends ago. It starred Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell. The play was perfect for Chirstopher Walken and was pretty funny but it was the events before and after the play that were the most notable.

I don't know how much you watch the news, but this happened to be the night there was a bomb scare in Times Square (well the first one anyway). When we got off the subway in Times Square we were immediately herded away from Times Square and we had to do some maneuvering just to get to the theater. At that point no one in the crowd thought it was anything but a car fire. We made it to the theater but apparently soon after the streets were closed completely. The theater held the curtain for about 30 minutes but the seats were barely half full to what was supposed to be a sold out show. The plus side is that we paid for seats at the back of the mezzanine and we got to move down to the very first row of the balcony!

After the show was over the theater manager said that 45th street was completely closed and we would have to exit the rear of the theater. The whole audience was herded out of the back alley; from the alley we were again herded away from Times Square. The whole time people were trying to get as close to the police barricades as possible to see what was going on while the police were screaming "go home!" It was a little crazy to say the least.

This turned out to be the first of many bomb scares in Times Square in a short time frame but all of the ones after this were just people being super nervous after the real thing. At the time it didn't seem like a big deal but now that all of the information has been released its a little more frightening that we were in the same area where a car bomb only failed to detonate, granted we wouldn't have ever been close enough to have gotten hurt :)

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