Friday, August 28, 2015

Oasis in Manhattan

St. Patrick's Cathedral, on Thursday, August 20, 2015,
as bus, advertising Broadway's "On the Town," passes by 

And, the "Oasis" book tour continues, most recently in Manhattan, which I visited as the summer was winding down, for media appearances and book signings.  Fortuitously, on Wednesday, August 19, the night before I departed, "Tinseltown Conversion Stories," based on my interview with Net TV, aired on Time Warner and Cablevision in New York City and surrounding areas.

Passing by Carnegie Hall on my way to have lunch
on Thursday, August 20, at Bosso56, a wonderful Italian Restaurant 
on 56th near 7th -- as I relaxed in preparation for the night's interviews 

The night of Thursday, August 20, I appeared on two Sirius XM radio shows, "Busted Halo" with Fr. Dave Dwyer and "The David Webb Show" -- a thoroughly enjoyable experience! Between shows, I slipped into Del Frisco's, the swank steak restaurant on the ground level of the Sirius XM building at 1221 Avenue of the America's, 6th and 48th, right across the street from Fox, where the staff was tops. (And, David Webb loved the lamb slider I brought him before my segment!) But, did I ever breath a sigh of relief at 11 PM, when I arrived back at my hotel just around the corner from the Ed Sullivan Theater!

All day Friday, August 21, I wended my way the length of Manhattan -- from the Barnes & Noble Union Square, to Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue, to Barnes & Noble Upper East Side (86th Street).

Signing copies of "Oasis" at
Barnes & Noble 86th Street on Friday, August 21 at 4:30-5 PM
Barnes & Noble Union Square
Signing copies at Barnes & Noble Union Square,
Friday, August 21 at 10:30-11:00 AM

On my way up and down Fifth Avenue, I soaked in some beautiful landmarks, including the site of Charles Scribner's Sons publishing house, founded in 1846, and run for almost 150 years by the family of one of my endorsers, Charles Scribner III. To be supported by the scion of the publishing house that nurtured Hemingway, Fitzgerald and other famous authors is an honor, indeed!

I also stopped by Trump Tower and Donald Trump's office at 725 Fifth Avenue from about 3-4 PM and brought two copies of "Oasis" which I signed for Mr. Trump and another key staffer, who wrote me late that evening how much she liked "Oasis"!  Here's hoping her boss likes it too!  BTW, lunch at Trump Bar was delicious!

View from Donald Trump's outer office,
725 Fifth Avenue, Friday, August 21, 2015
Then it was up to the Upper East Side to sign copies of "Oasis" at the 86th Street Barnes & Noble.

And, then to St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, a few blocks away from Trump Tower (at 56th), between 51st and 50th...

St. Patrick's Cathedral (interior)
The famous rose window at the back of St. Patrick's Cathedral
... where I ducked in to pray and chatted up one of the Cathedral staffers who was enthused to hear about Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends and said he would give my card to Cardinal Dolan's staffer, in anticipation of a courtesy copy, which went out this week.

Finally, on the way back to my hotel to pick up my luggage for the trip to Penn Station, my eye caught the sign for "Gin & Jazz" at "Sixty Five" -- this night it was bluegrass -- in NBC's Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 'Why not,' I thought, 'I have some time.' And, so I enjoyed an hour at the NBC Observation Tower overlooking Manhattan as the sun was setting over the Hudson, while socializing with some interesting folks, including some young Brits working in the world of finance and a reporter for the New York Times... 

Then, it was back to Penn Station via Uber as we wended our way through very crowded streets, especially at Times Square...

What a town... and what a trip...

Capturing some more architectural delights...

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