We should have known better than to schedule both the Philharmonic and Diesel's XXX Rock and Roll circus on the same night but being big fans of both Dvorak and Marin Alsop we couldn't help ourselves. Your editor was celebrating her own birthday with a trip the New York Philharmonic's Dvorak's New World Symphony and made the silly assumption that arriving an hour or so after the start of the Diesel party would be no problem at press check in. Heck, we actually expected it would make our lives easier. Good reader we were wrong.
After a series of confusing conversations with the front of house publicity team (though that term might be a little strong as it was more like a passle of overwhelmed young women being pushed around by angry security guards) an entire cadre of press were turned away at 10:30 when we were informed that no more attendees would be allowed into the venue.
This decision was not made with much joy as we heard a fellow editor grump "they drag us all the way to the middle of nowhere and then can't even be bothered to let us do our jobs?" But we think the writer in front of us had the right idea when he said "ten years ago I would have been irritated but now I am just as happy to go home, order take out and watch Tivo'd episodes of Little Britain."
As your editors walked to Dumbo to catch a ride home we saw two girls dressed to the nines whooping and high fiving as they got past the first security check point. "I can't believe we are here," squealed one of the girls. We didn't have the heart to tell them "here" was as far as they were going to get. Thankfully cameramen made it in so while we were at home watching South Park others were doing the hard work of bringing you images. As part of our new lifestyle section coverage we present them to you.