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Second trip to New York: Tim Burton, Coney Island and Brighton Beach

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Sometimes unintentionally, things can end up going out in a way that, although planned, you don't expect to be so cool and at the same time so "geek".

That morning Gemma had to go buy a camera on request. His sister had asked for a camera and wanted to go to the B&H store, a huge store in front of Madison Square Garden. This multi-storey megatienda is run by orthodox Jews (those who wear kipha, beard and ringlets). She told me that it was not necessary to accompany her, but I don't know why I felt that this was something that had to do.

Once the purchase is made, you will pay and finally you receive the product.

We arrived at the store, which has several floors, and there were staff everywhere. Upon arrival they asked us what we wanted to buy and told us which floor we had to climb. Once at the photo floor, you told another man the mark and he indicated the area where they were. To access the counters you had to queue and, when there was a free seller, they told you which one you had to go to. Superorganized Our salesman wore the kipha, beard and although he had a very serious and dry face, the fluency of his words was shocking.

We get confused in the subway and end up in Columbus Circle

He showed us the camera we wanted to buy and then without changing his serious tone of voice and countenance he began to offer us accessories: a case, a memory card, a charger, a power adapter, a filter ... Do not see with the man, His innate technique made Gemma take almost half a store! In the end she stood up and, while filling out the form, she said:

-I can also offer you an extra three-year warranty that you can use in Spain -Here Gemma glared at him in plan «I said I don't want anything else» -, not to buy it now, I will inform you in the future ...

The MOMA is close to Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.

LOL! The seller did not let out one! The most curious thing about this store is that you don't touch the merchandise until you have paid and you have to go out the door. When you decide what you want, they give you a receipt. Then you go to cash, you pay and, once you have paid, you go with the purchase ticket to another counter and there they give you your precious merchandise.

Once outside the store we went straight to look for the subway because at 10.30 we had met with the MOMA press officer to see Tim Burton's exhibition. However, we had a distraction (the only one in the whole trip) and unintentionally we ended up in Columbus Circle. As we did not know if we had to go to the right or to the left, if we went up or down, and seeing that we were late, we got into a taxi that left us at the door of MOMA.

Entrance to Tim Burton's exhibition at MOMA

I am not a fan of museums, I think that has been clear in this blog before, but Tim Burton's temporary exhibition at MOMA is very good. We entered by the reception of visitors and came down to meet us and accompany us Paul Jackson. My God, since we saw each other, he started talking at three hundred thousand an hour, so fast that I had to put all my arachnid senses active and follow the great advice of my friend Azuki when we did kikitoris (Tsuki, nothing to go to the moon from now on!) to understand everything he told us.

Cover of the book on the exhibition

The exhibition is divided into three parts. The first with drawings until seventeen. Good drawings, although "normal." Those of a middle class student from a small town in sunny California. The second part is more "Tim Burton", drawings, oil paintings, sketches, etc., original. I don't know what happened to him, surely some unexplained trauma, but then the genius was born. The third part of the exhibition consisted of elements of his films: Batman's mask, Catwoman's suit, Sleepy Hollow's headless horseman cape, Corpse Bride dolls and sketches of his films, including the last: Alice in Wonderland, which premieres on March 5.

Upon leaving the exhibition we returned to Orestes' house to leave the material and the camera we had bought, what weighed like a dead man, to go to spend what we had left of hours of sunshine in Coney Island.

Coney island It is one hour from Manhattan by subway and is famous for its amusement park, which we would now call "retro", its promenade on the shores of the Atlantic and the Russian neighborhood of Brighton Beach.

Nathan's Famous, famous for its beef hot dogs

And the fame is deserved We got off at the Coney Island-Stillwell Ave subway stop (D, F, N and Q) and, just outside the station, we came across the Nathan's Famous, famous for being one of the best places to eat hot dogs and also for being the organizer of the International contest of hot dog eaters held every July 4th. In the 2009 edition, Joe Chestnut (aka José Castaña) managed to revalidate the title by eating a whopping 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes (there are even regional qualifying rounds). And as we were hungry, we went to try them, and the truth is that they were very good.

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