US Visit July 2014

So…I still haven’t written about the last US trip…and now, I’m off AGAIN!!!!

I know, call me self-indulgent. But there is a good reason. I’m friends with musical writer Fred Sauter, and his musical Bedbugs!! was due to go off-Broadway, but by the time I’d booked my last trip, we still didn’t know dates. Well, it has now opened, and so I’m off to see it before it closes. I managed to catch up with Fred in Harlem for drinkies – yes, Harlem IS pretty safe to go to now, at least around 110th St where we were, and where swanky bars abound.

Fred Sauter & Leanne Mangan

Me with Fred, writer of Bedbugs!!!


To get back to the last trip though, I saw 3 musicals – Hedwig & the Angry Inch with the superb Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall (see the set below), Cabaret with the fab Alan Cummings (and adequate Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles), and Avenue Q (with no-one you’ve heard of, as it’s getting on a bit now!)


Set of Hedwig

The set of Hedwig & the Angry Inch


Before that, in San Francisco, we visited the major districts, hit some cool alternative clubs, saw the beautiful houses called “Painted Ladies” and ate the most delicious French and Peruvian food…and lots of chowder.


Haight Ashbury

The infamous corner of Haight & Ashbury


In New York, we discovered the East Village, which I am totally in love with and now want to live there. Tompkins Square Park has become my fave park (not least because of the great 2-part dog-run there), and there was even an open-air punk gig  on our last weekend. Below is The Bean coffee shop, above which is the East Village Hotel, where we stayed.


East Village

East Village Hotel, corner 9th St & 1st Ave


We hit a record number of dive bars, with new faves being Manitoba’s (a punk bar), the Library (dark literary references like Poe, Shelley and Lovecraft abounded), the Double Down saloon, and the most trashily named “Spanky & Darla’s”!!! Otto’s Shrunken Head remained a firm favourite especially for the Tuesday night Darkwater Tuesday goth nights (with the lovely Lori in bar attendance), and the Three of Cups, which has retained its rock, glam & metal flavour.


Double Down Saloon

The Double Down Saloon, NYC


So yes, there were goth nights, a fab Psychobilly Luau festival in Brooklyn, the usual touristy visits and lots of eating and drinking.


Drinking Sangria in East Village

Drinking a refreshing Sangria in the East Village


Rather than writing more here, I’ll keep this as a summary and delve more into each topic in future posts – so stay tuned 🙂

What are your fave haunts in San Francisco and New York when you’ve visited?

2 Comments on US Visit July 2014

  1. Vanessa
    October 26, 2014 at 10:38 am (10 years ago)

    Waaaaah! I am so flippin’ jealous. What an incredible trip. I actually squealed out aloud when I saw the corner of Haight and Ashbury. And I would gleefully have sat through any one of those musicals. You lucky duck!

    • trashtastika
      November 11, 2014 at 1:21 am (10 years ago)

      Aww..I know I am indeed a lucky duck (or cow!) And really good to hear from you!!