Written by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson
René Buch, 93, is a Cuban playwright and director. He co-founded Repertorio Español in New York City with the late Producer Gilberto Zaldívar. Their goal was to produce excellent theatre in Spanish. René also loves music and has an extensive vinyl record collection.
As I was snapping photos of the New York City streetscape, this old Italian man ran out of this old Italian restaurant. “You both need to be IN the picture,” he said. “I will take it for you.” I gave him the camera. He looked through the viewfinder. “If you two were the bookends,” he said. “I would very much like to be the book.” The sounds of this city make me smile.
My fifteen-year-old nephew has always wanted to visit New York City. After the sunset on day one, we sat down and had a riveting interview about his experience.
What did you think New York City was going to be like? Fun.
What did you think of Chinatown? I thought it was cool.
What did you think of Times Square? There were a lot of people.
What did you think of the subway? It was not as dirty as I thought it would be.
What’s your overall impression after day one? I like it.
I think tomorrow will be cool too.😎
Day two. We are using our words (sort of).
What was your favorite part of today and why was it your favorite? The 9-11 Museum. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know before, like the fact that you could see the smoke from space.
What do you think of the food at NYC Diners? It was actually really good. The sausage isn’t as good as the sausage in Texas, but the pancakes were really good.
How did you feel when you were at the top of the rock? I’ve never really seen anything like that before.
Yeah. Is that it? That’s it.
What did you think about the Italian food in Little Italy? It was great, other than the stomachache I had afterwards.
Overall impressions of day two…Today was probably better than yesterday. It was a great day. I like it here in New York so far.
Any other remarks? No.
Michael Jr’s last day in NYC
Tell me about the MET. What about it?
Was there a part of the museum that moved or excited you? I liked the graffiti from the 1800s on the Egyptian tombs.
How did you like the Broadway play? It was actually pretty good. Better than I thought.
Overall remarks about your first time in NYC. I thought it was a great experience. There are a lot of cool things that I’ve never done before and a lot of cool things I’ll probably never get to do again, maybe. I really liked the food and the places and some of the people. I had a great time.