Besides the incredible 5-day Institute, there was time for enjoying a bit of New York during my 2nd visit there (first in 2004). July 6 Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater with 3 McKay colleagues was amazing. The first 3 photos, below, were taken with my Sony flip cam. It's been great on the videos, but had a hard time delivering quality pics inside the Apollo lobby. The other photos were taken on my iPhone. The best thing about Amateur Night was the house band and MC. There was some great amateur talent, and some not so great. The second best thing was the aggressive usher with the scary flashlight. Taking photos inside the Apollo is strongly discouraged and can lead to being tossed!
Below, rainy day July 8, following day 4 of The Institute, a quick subway ride down Central Park West to Columbus Circle, then a walk down towards Times Square. Later, dinner with 5 McKay colleagues at a spendy Italian restaurant on 8th Ave and 54th Street. Yum.