Organized Labor Travel: Strike Shutters Broadway
Visitors to New York will only a few Broadway shows thanks to a stagehands' strike, and tickets to the few productions still running are super-pricey. The dispute over work rules has shuttered 27 shows, and tourists from all over are juggling their plans, many of which centered around a trip to the Great White Way.
While locals and tourists alike expected the strike to be a short one, it now seems it could drag on interminably. The stagehands are settling in with buckets of hot coffee, and actors and other Broadway types are showing support. David Hyde Pierce, who's playing in Curtains now that Fraiser is finally off the air, is out on the streets with the stagehands even though the strike is keeping him and his fellow actors in the dark.
We don't have to tell you that we have plenty of good ideas on what to do in the city. If you don't like new restaurants, check out some art galleries or go ice skating in Bryant Park, where admission is free and skate rental is just $10. If none of that suits, just walk the streets: Temperatures should hit 60 this week, even if labor relations on Broadway are frigid.