On this day (actually this coming Friday, but whatever), 520 years ago Christopher Columbus first landed in the Americas thus setting in motion the long chain of events that would lead to you, our dear reader, sitting in your chair reading these prophetic words.If you’re looking for something to do on your day off, head up to Columbus Circle to check out Tatzu Nishi’s public art exhibit around the statue. He actually built a modern-day living room complete with bookshelves, rug, sofa and chairs around the 13 foot granite statue 75 feet in the air. It’s six flights up, but well worth the trip. We’re sure the lines will be fine today. Really.
You often encounter musicians busking for tips on the subway platform and more often than not, you’re treated to a terrific short concert on your daily commute.
While waiting for a downtown train at Columbus Circle this morning, I heard a powerful violinist playing with “deck of a sinking Titanic” intensity. Set to the industrial backdrop of squealing trains and muffled announcements, it gave me chills. This dude appears to be barely even working hard, which is also impressive.
I tipped him and took his card: his name is Ernesto Llorens. You can find him at MySpace.com/ernestollorens.