Friday, April 29, 2011

Early Friday Morning in Dumbo: Watching the Royal Wedding at the Manhattan Bridge Archway

We were at the archway of the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo before 6 a.m. today to join hundreds of Big Apple Brits and others to view the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The screening on a huge TV screen was sponsored by the Dumbo Improvement District with media partner BBC America, whose commercial-free coverage was carried live (though for us in the back, fairly silent).

But that didn't stop any of the festivities in the rear.

Some of us looked on and enjoyed our English breakfast tea.

And those up front signaled the completion of the vows of the bride and groom by cheering loudly.

It was a beautiful mild and sunny morning and everyone was in a good mood.

The man reporting for BBC America was formally dressed.

As were others, who wore deliciously elegant and sometimes floppy hats.

Anyway, a good time was had by all.

There were lots of journalists covering the event.

Some refreshments were provided by Bubby's on Main Street.

We are grateful to the Dumbo Improvement District and BBC America for allowing us to attend the royal wedding ceremony

in the elegant and capacious setting of the Manhattan Bridge archway.

Best wishes to the happy couple and congratulations to the Big Apple Brits.

And we're also grateful for the facilities we took advantage of before heading off to the Front Street Starbucks.

Unfortunately, we had to leave the celebration early to do some work. In our next Fordham University class, we're teaching Revolutionary Road.

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