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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Avicii at Radio City Music Hall

Last night I went to an great show at the Radio City Music Hall. The performer was Avicii who is a Swedish DJ/producer. I was lucky enough to be given free tickets to the show.

The stage set up was amazing with him performing on top of a large head structure. The sound and lighting effects were wonderful especially with the colours and L.E.D. display.

I personally don't like his sound of dubstep/house as I think it is pre recorded to match the lighting effects. But in terms of an overall performance it was great. The crowd really got into it.

You can see a clip I recorded of his most famous song, Levels, below.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rockaway Beach and the End of Summer

A few weekends ago I went out to Rockaway Beach in Queens for my final Summer of George adventure. Rockaway Beach is at the end of the A Subway line and takes around an hour to get there from Manhattan.

While there I went to the famous Rockaway Taco. They had amazing fish and chorizo tacos as well as nacho chips and salsa.

The Barrels and Kegs event was on at the 98th St Beach Bar. The event was sponsored by Beer Sessions Radio that had amazing folk, rock and roll and American music playing all day.

As the day wore on a storm rolled in and in more ways than one it felt like the end of summer.

Monday, September 24, 2012

New Travel Fashions

Previously when I went on day trips I would carry my 15 inch Apple Mac Book Pro in a leather Gucci bag with a handle. Obviously holding all of that weight with one arm while walking along way would get rather tiresome. I finally gave in and decided to get a backpack. I picked up a backpack online from Asos on sale for $21AUD.

Also to help out my body while on day trips I decided to swap my leather Chuck Taylor Converses and went with a new pair of Nike LunarGlide 4 flurou yellow running shoes. I picked them up from Zacky's on Broadway in the NoHo area of Manhattan for the bargain price of $69.90US. At nearly every other store they are selling for $110US.

Hopefully now my feet, back and arms won't get so sore after walking over 15kms each day trip.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Town Movie Locations

On my trip to Boston I went to find some of the locations used in one of my favourite movies, The Town. The movie is set in Charlestown, Boston and is about a group of bank robbers. It is directed by Ben Affleck and stars himself, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively and Jeremy Renner. Below is one of my favourite scenes from the movie.

The first location I found was the location of one of the bank robberies. This was in the North End and was actually a laundromat not a bank.

The second was the actual laundromat where Ben Affleck comes to speak to Rebecca Hall. This is in Charlestown on Bunker Hill St.

Next was the ice hockey rink where the criminals meet up after the robbery. Around the corner from there is the bar where Ben and Jeremy meet as well as where you first see Blake's character.

The final location was the garden which Rebecca Hall's character maintains. The movie must have put in their own plants because it seemed quite run down when I was there.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Boston Red Sox Versus NY Yankees

The main reason why I travelled to Boston was to go to Fenway Park to see one of the greatest rivalries in sport. The Boston Red Sox and NY Yankees baseball rivalry dates back to the early 19th Century when the Yankees acquired a player by the name of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox. Since then the Yankees have been the most successful baseball team of all time while the Red Sox struggled with the curse of the Bambino.

The stadium was opened in 1912 and is the oldest in major league baseball. The stadium features a large green wall known affectionately as the green monster as it is very difficult to hit home runs over it. During the game Robinson Cano actually hit a home run over it in the fourth innings.

In the end the Yankees would go on to win 5 to 4. I have seen the Yankees play Boston at Yankees Stadium and I must admit that the crowd at Boston was a lot more enthusiastic and created a really exciting atmosphere. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sunny Boston

Last week I travelled up to Boston for the day. I had purchased a return bus ticket through Megabus for only $10. I arrived into Boston at 11am and was excited to see that Boston now has a bike share program much like Paris, London and Washington DC. For only $5 you can rent a bike for 30 minutes a time for as many times as you like. The first stop of the day was Boston Common followed by a ride down to the Charles River. 


I then parked my bike and had a walk along Newbury St, which is the main shopping stretch in Boston. They have all the best designer stores including Chanel, Ralph Lauren and my favourite Burberry store in the world.

In the centre of the city on the Freedom Trail is the Granary Burial Ground. Here lies some of the most famous Americans including Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere.

For lunch I grabbed a bowl of the famous New England clam chowder from a restaurant near Faneuil Hall. When I had finished I walked past a line of restaurants on Union Street that were all offering lobster specials from $11-$14. Even though I had just finished lunch I couldn't go past the special so I decided to come back after Charlestown and get a late afternoon snack of lobster and beer. Coronas were only $2 so my bill with a tip came up to only $21 for 1 1/4 pound lobster and 3 beers!

The next stop was a short ride over into the North End neighbourhood. On the Freedome Trail are the hostorical sites of Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church.

I then rode across the Charlestown Bridge into Charlestwon to see the Bunker Hill monument and the USS Constitution. Charlestown is a lovely neighbour hood with beautiful architecture. This ended my sightseeing and I started my trip back towards Fenway Park for that night's baseball game.