Thursday, February 22, 2007

WHERE WAS I? As usual, it's in one of the five boroughs. Leave your guesses in the comments section.
























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Photos: David Marc Fischer

62 comments:

David said...

Looking up at a ceiling in the lobby of an office building in Manhattan.

David Marc Fischer said...

No, sorry!

Dolph said...

Was the line of sight for this pic (from camera to object)parallel to the floor. BTW, are there rules for WWI? Why do we only ask yes or no questions??

Debbie said...

You were looking up at the ceiling, yes?

You were in Manhattan, yes?

You just weren't in the lobby of an office building, yes?

I'm sure this is breaking all the nonexistent WWI? rules, yes?

David Marc Fischer said...

Let me start with Debbie: Yes, yes, yes. No.

I think there are rules but virtually none come to mind at the moment. However, I did make a request a while ago to avoid "complex" questions like the one David posed. When a question involves a bunch of variables, it kind of puts me on the spot. It can also backfire on you: I can say "no" even though the question is 99% on target. I suppose that's one reason why binary questions (ones with yes/no answers) work well.

I guess that most of the time I'd also want to avoid a barrage of questions from one player all at once. Like, one of you could start off with x number of questions all at once. I think it's better for everyone--it makes it a more interesting game--to continue with the practice of one simple question at a time, most of the time.

Does anyone have any suggestions, though?

David said...

I suppose an answer like "mostly true" would suffice.

Meanwhile I suppose you know that I was teasing with my guess.

Was it a place that one would spend much time at?

David Marc Fischer said...

Mostly no, David.

Scott said...

Are you inside a government/municipal building?

David Marc Fischer said...

Totally no.

Debbie said...

A theater?

David Marc Fischer said...

Totally yes, Debbie!

Scott said...

The Ziegfeld again?

David Marc Fischer said...

No such folly this week, Scott.

Debbie said...

Using insider information, (which may not be totally kosher with the WWI? rules) I'm going to guess the Eugene O'Neill theater at 230 West 49th St. where I believe you attended a performance of Spring Awakening in the last month or so.

David Marc Fischer said...

Mostly right, Debbie--except for the little part that's wrong. That's the part that applies to this contest!

And one cannot help but take advantage of insider information. I just ask that players abstain if they were, like, right there when I took the picture(s). And especially if there was a conversation along the lines of

"Hey, what are you doing? Taking a picture for Where Was I?"

"Yeah, so I guess you shouldn't play when this comes up on my blog."

Dolph said...

Were you at City Center enjoying the Encores production of "Follies?"

gary said...

Was the theater that you were in one with its current focus as a venue for showing movies?

David Marc Fischer said...

Dolph, once again I have to say "mostly yes"--except as it pertains to this particular challenge.

Gary, the answer is "almost entirely no."

Debbie said...

Is the theater in the Times Square vicinity, say, between 42nd and 54th Streets and between 6th and 8th Avenues?

David Marc Fischer said...

Yes, Debbie!

Debbie said...

The Shubert Theater on West 44th Street?

Scott said...

Nada Show World on 8th and 42nd?

David Marc Fischer said...

Scott and Debbie: Between the two of you, Debbie is definitely hotter. (But that could change, of course.)

Dolph said...

How about the Longacre Theatre? Did "Talk Radio" lure you in from the cold?

David Marc Fischer said...

Longacre? Wrongacre!

(Sorry--couldn't help myself!)

Scott said...

Walter Kerr Theatre on 48th?

David Marc Fischer said...

Walter Kerr? I wasn't there.

gary said...

Were you at the Biltmore?

Scott said...

Ethel Barrymore on 47th?

David Marc Fischer said...

Biltmore? Barrymore? You're going to have to guess more to get it right!

Dolph said...

The St. James on 44th St. is about to yield "The Producers" to "Young Frankenstein." Might you have been there to document the passing?

David Marc Fischer said...

Where, Dolph? Not there, Dolph.

There, castle....

(This is possibly the worst, most desperate, punallusion I've perpetrated in this blog so far.)

Dolph said...

It's a week for desparate blonds, so don't tell me that you went to the Palace Theatre in advance of "Legally Blond" ... that is unless it's the answer to WWI.

David Marc Fischer said...

You've got yourself a deal, Dolph.

Scott said...

Maybe I'm a masochist, but...

The Marquis on 46th?

David Marc Fischer said...

Oh, what a Sade, Sade, situation!

You're lucky that incorrect guesses aren't punished with a lashing.

Or maybe that's what you desire....

Debbie said...

How about some warms and colds, here?

The Broadway Theater?

David Marc Fischer said...

Broadway? No way!

Debbie, I've been considering the hot/cold situation, but I don't think it's been, um, "cold" for lately.

Look for hints that have been missed.

gary said...

Well, from the clues I'm going to guess the Palace. Was that where you were?

David Marc Fischer said...

No, Gary, it's still not the Palace....

David Marc Fischer said...

....and I swear my answers don't even reflect a hint of malice!

Dolph said...

Castle? What castle? A compelling enough allusion to cause the Palace to be guessed redundantly. Was the manse of "Grey Gardens" considered a castle?

Were you at the Walter Kerr Theatre?

gary said...

Were you at a Broadway play?

Scott said...

The Al Hirschfeld theatre on 45th?

David Marc Fischer said...

Excellent point, Dolph. Excellent point. Dolph. But it still isn't the Walter Kerr.

And it wasn't the Al Hirschfeld.

And Gary: I wasn't at a Broadway play for this photo set!

(Sorry if I'm screwing up the tenses!)

Dolph said...

Sorry about the duplicate Walter Kerr guess. This is getting out of hand. Time to recap all Broadway guesses and zero in. Were you north of 46th st?

David Marc Fischer said...

No, Dolph--I wasn't.

Dolph said...

Did you swing over to the Richard Rodgers Theatre?

Dolph said...

You know, somehow I think it was more likely that you took in "High Fidelity" than "Tarzan" so I would like to add the Imperial Theatre to my guesses. There is not a rule against double guesses is there?

BTW I think I should get a life and get on with my Sunday. C U L8R

David Marc Fischer said...

No rules against double guesses. At least not at the moment.

But once again, it's a "no" and a "no." And on top of it all, I actually have seen Tarzan but not High Fidelity!

Scott said...

The Schubert on 44th?

Debbie said...

Scottie: You taking advantage of the "no rules against double guessing" rule? But you thought you'd add a 'c' to mix it up a bit?

David: This better be one AMAZING and significant lamp!

How about The Town Hall?

David Marc Fischer said...

No matter how you spell it, it ain't the home of Spamalot. And it ain't prestigious (and often wonderful) Town Hall either. (Perhaps inspired by A Mighty Wind, an "Old Knit" 20th Anniversary concert is slotted for Town Hall on March 1.)

Dolph said...

Though not an exact match, the style of the lamp is very similar to those at the John Golden Theatre on 45th Street
http://www.ibdb.com/VenueImages.asp?Id=1265

Might you have been enjoying time on "Avenue Q/"

David Marc Fischer said...

Sorry, Dolph. And I only saw (and loved) Avenue Q Off-Broadway, Dolph.

Debbie said...

Gotham Chamber Opera, 410 West 42nd Street?

David Marc Fischer said...

No, Debbie, but thanks for remembering my favorite local opera company...and for not giving up!

Dolph said...

OK, put us out of our misery, were you in a Broadway Theater as defined by the League of American Theatres and Producers?

Scott said...

The Music Box on 45th?

David Marc Fischer said...

Yes, Dolph--I was. But no, Scott, I wasn't at the Music Box.

So I supposed you're in misery again. Don't lose hope!

Dolph said...

We are literally running out of real estate. A Broadway theater housing a musical on the day you shot the photos, between 42nd Street and 46th Street (inclusive)with allusions to castle ...

The Phantom has been lurking at the Majestic for so long I almost forgot he was there. Were you?

David Marc Fischer said...

Dolph, I am sure I am not alone in thanking you for saving us from a long Blog About Town nightmare!

I was at the Majestic Theater, home of Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running musical in Broadway history. The show is known for its grand chandelier, but, as you can see, there are other, lesser-known, lighting fixtures all over the interior. The second from the top is outside the theater proper, but it has a "blind" on the side facing the audience area. I imagine that's to keep unwanted light out of the auditorium.

I haven't yet seen Phantom, though I hope to go soon. I believe I was first at the Majestic as a child (possibly to see Man of La Mancha), but just this past week I was there for the Robert Altman public memorial that I mentioned on this very blog. It's been written up in a number of outlets, but I hope to cover it in more detail soon. For now, I'll merely note that a number of Altman's old colleagues noted that it seemed as if the director were still there, somehow, overseeing the event--almost, I realized, like a beloved Phantom. Look closely at the image of the Majestic stage that's the last photo in the above set--perhaps you'll get a sense of what is was like after the ceremony. That's the podium on the left, and a screen in the center, with an image of Altman's head projected on it.

Anyway, now you can all watch the Oscars without being totally distracted by this challenge. Instead, you can obsess over whether Scorsese will ever fare better than Altman did at that award ceremony.