Less than 12 hours after previously checking in on Times Square and not even two hours after midnight, the place was already emptied out, save for some stragglers and a whole crew of folks cleaning up the remains of the evening. Hours and hours of anticipation and buildup and only moments after midnight, the place starts clearing out. Kinda makes you wonder why people bother to show up, right? I mean, I know I do.
After lunch with Jon and Elizabeth in Midtown, I wandered over to Times Square to see what the scene was like. This was taken just before 2:30 pm and already it’s super crowded and just impossible to walk around. Why people insist on coming here so early or even at all, still amazes me to this day. I’ll give a pass for the first time revelers since I get that they want to mark this off their bucket list but for the repeat offenders, I ask “WHY!!!???”
Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve celebration, everyone.
Last night, I went with my friend Rebecca to see a live edition of The Rachel Maddow Show at the 92nd Street Y. I’ve been a big fan of her for some time though I’m sad to say I don’t watch nearly as often as I once did during the leadup to the 2008 presidential election. I never doubted that Rachel Maddow would do a great job in front of a live audience but it certainly seemed like she fed on the energy and applause of a very partisan audience. And on yesterday of all days when President Obama scored some major legislative wins from the 111th Congress – a lame duck one at that – only served to put a little extra pep in Maddow’s step.
Back in October 2008, I went with Justin and Gordon to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. It’s easily the largest beer festival in the country where just about every decent-sized brewery makes the trek out to. During our last day out there and at the fest, we bumped into beer media personality, Zane Lamprey, the host of Three Sheets, a TV show then on MOJO HD about, well, drinking. He was kind enough to oblige a few fans with some photos of him while he was busy promoting a party he was throwing that New Year’s Eve.
Last night was the first ever Eater Awards, celebrating the best the restaurant industry has to offer, whether it be the best chefs and restaurants or the best shitshows and fameballs. The one recipient I managed to get a photo of was Eric Ripert, for Television Personality of the Year. Of course, he’s also a great chef – one of the best in the biz – but there’s no denying the Silver Fox translates well to the small screen. He’s got his own show, he does great work on late night television, and he’s a kick-ass sidekick when he appears with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations. I was a little worried that the other awards might be left unclaimed on the shelf but shortly after founder Lockhart Steele took to the mic, I saw some of those tomato cans being grabbed.
This past weekend was Beer Advocate’s Belgian Beer Fest at the Cyclorama in Boston. It’s two nights of some really great Belgian-style beers from all across the country and even some from beyond our borders. For the sixth consecutive fest, I was a volunteer and, between volunteering and attending, I’ve been to well over ten of their fests but this one featured a first – an evacuation. The fire alarm went off during Friday night’s session, requiring us all to vacate. It was a strange scene – attendees leaving en masse, volunteers trying to get some of the stragglers out, and then trying to figure out what happened. Thankfully, it wasn’t anything serious and we were back to regularly scheduled programming inside of 20 minutes. Otherwise, it was the same smooth operation these fests have become over the years.
These photos were taken on November 5 and 6, 2010.