Saturday, May 16, 2009

"I don't really know what kind of girl I am."

I've spent quite a bit of time at the NYPH so far. My company (AdoramaPix) sponsored a group of artists and did the printing for the show of last year's winners of the NY Photo Awards. You can see both shows in the Tobacco Warehouse and NO festival pass is needed for Tobacco Warehouse shows!
Overall, I'm impressed with the show, it's a lot of hard work by the men and women who work pretty much all year to put it together. I'm going back Sunday NOT to work, but just for ME to enjoy everything I haven't had a chance to see yet.
Now for this. I have to say, this is the second year for the festival now, and I am so surprised to see how the local businesses do not seem to be prepared for the crowds and attention.
I dropped into the VIP Green Room, located downstairs in the Water Street Restaurant. First, not to sound like a big fat complaining snob or anything, but I expected a bit more from a VIP lounge. There was a coffee station but they were charging for the coffee and muffins, and no bottled water any where in sight. Though I'm not a TRUE vip (got the pass as a result of working with the Festival) I was surprised again to be ignored for a good five minutes while two employees three feet from me fiddled with the TV/audio hookup. I mean, they had no idea who I was, I could've been anyone from anywhere and much, much more important than I am (which wouldn't be hard!). And then I was given a dirty cup for my tea. WTF? With all the advertising and lead up to the Festival, did they really get so caught off guard?
Anyway, enough of my whining. The show is outstanding, again, and if you get a chance get over there.


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