Sunday, March 07, 2010

Zachary Williams

Last Thursday on Allen Street I saw a small crowd outside the Rockwood Music Hall which hosts a half dozen acts every night, no cover, no minimum. Through the glass streetwall I can see Zachary Williams and his tight band up on stage sounding really good. In two weeks Williams will travel with Ben Folds through the South, and this night he rocked. I recorded my useless attempt to get in.

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Photograph on Blackberry over the bouncer's shoulder.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Chile Cookoff

When Mrs Tourist and I decided to be a tourist somewhere other than New York City, we drove to Old Saybrook, Connecticut and accidentally stumbled into the 2010 Chile-Fest. We got to sample ten of the 31 chiles and I took this photo of our favorite booth and favorite chef who made our most favorite chile. It turned out to be everybody's favorite, too -- he took the top prize. I'll have my audio posted in a day or two.

First Place
Apple Rehab Saybrook
Chef: Darryl Kenyon
Chili: Trilogy
Charity: their local Connecticut area Meals on Wheels

Friday, February 26, 2010

Winter 2010

Everybody likes to talk about snow and there's another foot-and-a-half falling right now, as I type at 5:45am. But it's not too soon to take a nice photo of New Yorkers who know how to handle it: making a snowman in Battery Park. Behind them is the little Catholic Church at the foot of Manhattan, a shrine to Elizabeth Seton, our American Saint. And who are these artists? I don't know. When I finished the picture they ran off throwing snowballs at each other.

This is a good time to link to the Daily Snowman.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Eminent Truths: 18 minutes in America

18 Minutes in America - a President's Day bash mash with three irishmen Pat Paulsen, Ronald Reagan and Barack O'bama. Music - Marlon Cherry

And: other features (John McCain, Isaac Asimov and the New York Times podcast). Mix - DJ Lightbolt.

Special features: an interview with Zoe Siegel Reichlin about the Lawyers' Committee for Truth and Justice on the Election Protection Hotline; Roj Kadwalla on New York's first (Spring 2007) Obamathon; and Andy your Tourist-In-The-City-and-daughter inside a voting booth.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tony Furtado

Tony Furtado is a guitar, slide guitar, bottleneck slide and banjo fiend. Mostly active in the West, I've been to two of his rare New York shows and pulled him into a tiny room off the main stage of the Living Room for a chat. Listen to his fingers on this podcast where I include two and a half songs, with Peter Bradley Adams harmony on the first, and Ross Martin sitting in on guitar on the third.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Blog that Ate Manhattan: Biking South on the NYC Westside Greenway

Dr. TBTAM does it again with a nice photo tour of an autumn Hudson River bikeride this last weekend. She has a good photo tourguid-ish eye. No sound, tho.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Jane Lui

Jane Lui is a San Francisco songwriter who is touring the US now, 2008. Nominally opening for songwriter Greg Friedman, their New York shows at the National Underground and Rockwood Music Hall merged into a round robin, and Jane sometimes accompanied Greg directly. I had discovered Jane as one of the gems of the strong San Diego scene and grabbed an interview on her last sweep through NYC, touring as singer for the band Starline Theorie. I like her range. To listen or download the interview, click the title, or here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A Nice Bike Ride in New York City

A favorite blogger from "The Blog That Ate Manhattan" just posted pictures from her bicycle day up Manhattan's West Side, at The Blog that Ate Manhattan: NYC West Side Greenway Bike Path. TBTAM really captured the feel of this great New York ride. This is a bike trip my own New York Family Tourist also enjoys several times a year, but we usually drive our four bikes to the Fairway Market at 125th Street and then head south all the way to Battery Park, where we can see our Statue of Liberty. Sometimes we even continue over the Brooklyn Bridge to a delightful ultimate destination, an ice cream cone.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Thinking about you

Who are you? I wish I knew who you are. Write me at because I'd like to ask you some questions with my microphone and hear your sTeReO voice.

As for me, I'm editing some of the thirty recordings I've made over the past year and will begin posting them here for you. Full subscribe is at iTunes and I have a few unique short shows at Myspace.

Yes I do.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

TiC Spring

Welcome to Tourist In The City - this episode is a sampler of four shows now in the edit room. Listeners can email me at Tourist In The City at -- and I'll send a special gift to the writers of the 1st and 7th email. And, if you write me months or years from now and mention this podcast episode I'll have a special gift for you, too.

Here are some links:






BA DA BING RECORDS [Essie's Label]

And, visit some unique *Tourist In The City* recordings at myspace:

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Dinner with TBTAM

We had a scrumptious dinner, in a company of 12 (6 kids,6 adults) invited by a gourmand known as TBTAM. Yes we are so cool. Our gourmands are also gourmets. Here's a picture of the scrumptious chicken.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Maria The Korean Bride

A short piece of mine, "Maria The Korean Bride" is part of the permanent collection of WBEZ Chicago: Third Coast Festival in the project 99 Ways To Tell A Story.

"Maria" is story number #101. It's two and a half minutes exactly, and we hope you love it so much you'll want to marry it. Or her. Listen with headphones.

The photo is from Maria's collection, and is a wedding photo from New Hampshire.

Maria's websites: maria the korean bride and her performance art site Maria Yoon.
Shortly I'll have a full episode of Maria's full wacky, sweet story.

Back music performed by the American Bach Soloists through their label, (where customers can also choose how much they want to pay for the music.)

Monday, November 28, 2005

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Hi, it's me, Andy, your tourist in the city. Do you listeners know how much time it takes to produce a 14 minute podcast of Tourist In The City?

It takes about 20 hours of editing time, post-recording. And I work 70 to 80 hours a week. And that work is underwriting Tourist In The City. And I know Thanksgiving was four days ago!!!

So any time I'll have the first installment of our Macy's Day Thanksgiving recordings.

In the meantime, write me a note. Yep, you can do it.

Love you!


PS --> I came back to this blog with the breakthrough information that I am the Super Grand Prize award winner of the Overnightscape Extreme Competition. Alright, I made up that title; I won a quiz on the podcast "Overnightscape", OK? You can all about the tiebreaker and the full announcement here: (episode_0336.mp3)

Saturday, November 12, 2005

its coming

these posts take so much time! I've already clocked 5 hours of editing and have so much further to go. In the meantime, my arrangements are made for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, also known as the macy's parade, and macy's day parade. I begin today with a recording of Clown Camp, the once-a year training in professional clowning for the hundreds of volunteer parade clowns....

In the meantime, here's a link to a new podcast I found by another New Yorker, Jason, who I don't know but I expect I'll meet at the New York Podcasters Association. It's called GOTHAMCAST. Like Tourist In The City, Jason looks for slices of New York's big apple pie in the sky, but, it's a different spice: Tourist use more nutmeg and brown sugar, and I think Gothamcast has extra Cinnamin. For some reason, they're tasty together.

you can find it at, or download the most recent episode

GOTHAMCAST: Download This Episode


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

nasty HALLOWEEN in the olde village

In its third decade, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is traditionally sexy, grotesque and inventive. Anyone in a costume can march, and many of the creative homemade costumes cost hundreds of dollars and hours and hours of time to construct. In a few days I'll have my recording of the Parade on post.

On December 10 I'll be inagurating a second podcast, SNOWBARK, devoted to invention, creativity and music of emerging artists.

So, see you in a few days with Snowbark's HALLOWEEN.

-- Andy

Monday, October 17, 2005

LapPOP! San Francisco

Direct download: TiC_051017_LapPOP_copy_1.mp3
click here to download LapPOP!
the link to subscribe to TOURIST IN THE CITY

In SAN FRANCISCO! My stream of mind based on LapPOP! - a night of performance & readings & photography from notable APA bloggers and artists.

An intersection between geekery, personal expression, and pop culture.

Guest MC & Curator of Lap-POP!
Min Jung Kim of

Featured Performers

Ernie Hsiung, Writer of
Glenda Bautista, Writer of
Robynn Takayama, Sound Artist of
Courtney Patubo, Visual Photography of
Annie Lin, Musical Performer of

Robynn NONOGIRL Takayama's Webzine, with an audio link to a dozen of her radio pieces produced between 2001 and 2005, is available exclusively at:

and her listening room -->

ANNIE LIN's cd "Truck Was Struck" is available through


Sunday, July 31, 2005

Chess Girl

Near the Hudson River I met a man playing chess, and losing, against a fifth grade girl. We were behind a snack bar near a miniature golf course, and the Sultans of Swing struck up the band.

click this link TiC_050710_Chess_Girl.mp3 to download or listen to the MP3 file

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Still have questions? Just email me at

--> The fascinating world of Maternal Geekdom: Mur Lafferty's ** Geek Fu Action Grip **

Marlon Cherry:
Now, this is not the musician by the same name from Norwich, U.K. The Marlon Cherry you hear lives and works in New York City, actively drums for national dance companies including Paul Taylor and Martha Graham, and is the subject of an upcoming Tourist In The City profile. You can reach the real Marlon Cherry by writing me; I'll forward it on to him directly.

David Berger and the Sultans of Swing, playing on the nearby pier:

The fascinating, special mini-golf:

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

4th of July Fireworks

Macy's Department Store sponsors the New York City fireworks display to honor the USA Independence Day. And as do all good children on their own, we love our mother country.

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photos by Margaret Polaneczy

Vienna Teng "Harbor"

Monday, July 04, 2005

The PodSquad

I'm really pleased to announce that TouristInTheCity is now a part of a network of podcasters based in the New York area, Since mid-April I've met most of the creative talent behind the several other podcasts in the NYC PodSquad network. I like many of the programs, which include music, talk, conjecture, business advice and eating. I invite you to sample them, too.


Thursday, June 16, 2005

Rooftop Garden

Manhattan is an island of apartments, and people create gardens for themselves on terraces and rooftops. I visit a friends' garden in their apartment building on the upper east side.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Carol Bui Band

The Carol Bui band is blowing through town on June 18 -- hard rock energy.
PIANOs on Ludlow Street, Manhattan

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Monday, May 30, 2005

Grandpa's Cadillac

A day for memory:
Here in the city things just blow through for awhile. A few days ago this song appeared on my iPod, apparently brought in by one of the compiling shows that offer an editor's idea of four or five interesting podcasts. This one had no information. Anyone know anything about the writer or performer or name of this song? I call it Cadillac, and I note it references a Michael Murphy song made popular by Hoyt Axton, and it references the first Cadillac by dating the story on the Cadillac's birthday. There are likely other references I don't know -- Ypsilanti, perhaps 113th street.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

in the catskills

The Tourist joins his son's Fifth Grade in a trip to the Catskills, and records the birds in the trees at Frost Valley, a YMCA-run nature preserve in Claryville, New York.


Vienna Teng, "Homecoming"

Friday, April 22, 2005

Podcasters' Secret Lair April 2005

I walk through Times Square and meet some podcasters at the dawn of the age of enlightenment.


Saturday, April 16, 2005

Main Post Office April 15, 2005

The USPS and postal employees work hard to help you, but there's only 90 minutes until midnight. After that, it's prison.

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"

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music clip:
Maggie Kim's "Perfect"

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Paul's Park April 13, 2005

Some thoughts of Paul CYMERMAN's work on a playground.

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Place: Paul's Park
Location: The Bronx

music clips:
opening: "Perfect" by Maggie Kim
closing: "Homecoming" by Vienna Teng