Can I steal something? I found it online and HAVE to share it. So, I’ll give credit…it’s from the Denver Post. Something about it made me laugh because it makes Denver look like the Old West still, for example, they compare Barneys New York to Denver’s Rockmont Ranch Wear….like we’re all walking around in chaps and cowboy hats, but it’s still fun. So, as my blog…I’m just sharing this funny article by The Denver Post Staff:
“To the naysayers hurling raspberries at the tourism potential of a Democratic National Convention in Denver, we say this: Anything New York can do, we can do better. We’ve got your art (how bout a big blue bear?). We’ve got your celebrities (like comedian Josh Blue). We’ve got your sense of history. And we’ve got it all without a $20 cover to leave your hotel.
What we have that New York doesn’t
New venue for art gazing
New York: Refurbished Museum of Modern Art
Denver: Daniel Libeskind’s deconstructionist Denver Art Museum Hamilton wing
It’s as artful as the blazing-hot collection inside. Yeah, we have some Impressionist stuff in there, but the real fun is the modern and contemporary work hanging on the akimbo walls.
Outdoor concert spot
New York: Strawberry Fields, in Central Park
Denver: Red Rocks Amphitheater, west of Denver
It is one of the greatest outdoor concert venues of all time. (Ask the Beatles and U2.) The place works as well for hair bands as it does for symphony orchestras. If you’re really lucky, the full moon will rise over the stage.
New York: The Statue of Liberty
Denver: The Big Blue Bear peering into the window of downtown’s Colorado Convention Center
I got yer kulchah right here …
Denver: The Denver Performing Arts Complex, at 14th and Curtis streets
It takes in the mammoth Buell Theatre for big traveling shows, the Boettcher Theatre for concerts in the round, the Helen G. Bonfils Theatre Complex, with four more intimate performance spaces, and the new Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Must-do thing that proves you’re practically a native
New York: Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge
Denver: Drive over Trail Ridge Road
The highest continuous motorway in the U.S. winds through Rocky Mountain National Park and tops out at 12,183 feet.
Defining shopping experience
New York: Bloomingdale’s
Denver: REI’s cavernous flagship store on the banks of the Platte River
People might be outdoors trying out mountain bikes on the path or kayaks in the river, sort of summing up what it really means to be a Coloradan.
Specialty shopping experience
New York: Barneys
Denver: Rockmount Ranch Wear, 1626 Wazee St.
This store has outfitted cowboys and wannabes since 105-year-old proprietor Jack A. Weil was, well, a middle-aged man.
Great jazz haunt
New York: Birdland
Denver: El Chapultepec, at corner of Twentieth and Market
This legendary dive has hosted jazz, blues and rock luminaries since 1951. Cheap beer takes a bit of the sting out of the two-drink per-set minimum.
Vintage downtown building
New York: Chrysler Building
Denver: The 23-story Daniels & Fisher Tower at 16th and Arapahoe streets
Dwarfed by the contemporary buildings nearby, this elegant tower was once the nation’s third-tallest building.
Beloved indie bookstore
New York: The Strand Book Store
Denver: The Tattered Cover Book Store
Owned by First Amendment defender Joyce Meskis, this store has three locations. Check out the miles of shelves at the LoDo location – the political section is particularly choice. At 16th and Wynkoop, it’s just a few blocks from convention HQ.
New York: Grant’s Tomb
Denver: Buffalo Bill’s Grave
Located about 30 minutes west of Denver on Interstate 70, this is where we pay homage to William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, famed scout, Pony Express rider and showman extraordinaire.
Comic celeb seen on the street
New York: Jerry Seinfeld
Denver: Josh Blue
The “Last Comic Standing” winner lives in the Golden Triangle neighborhood south of downtown and sometimes headlines at Comedy Works at the edge of Larimer Square.
Laughed at least a little? I did.
See ya’ll later (with that, I tip my cowboy hat and walk slowly away with spurs on my feet…)