May 25th, 2010

Kids Inc - NERD!

Christmas in Manhattan, 1988

Location: Manhattan

Timeframe: late 1988 (November - December)

Scenario: My two main characters, both teenagers, are headed into Manhattan for two separate trips. The first is a weekday, to tour Julliard (one of the characters is a hopeful applicant); for this, I'd like to know a bit more about the area around Lincoln Center. Where would've been a good place to eat lunch, or hang out for the afternoon? They are only in town for eight hours or so (they're cutting class and hopping the train), so it'd probably be best to stay centrally located for that.

The second is for a more formal/romantic "date" day/evening/night. I'd like for them to go back to Manhattan, but do something fairly big together - concert? play? dinner? What was going on in Manhattan during Christmas time that two teenagers would be interested in/able to get into? I'm open to anything here, location-wise. I've never been to NYC, so I only have maps to go on, and I'm not sure what's where, in relation to everything else...

My characters are two teens, native to Fort Greene in Brooklyn, so I'd assume they've been to Manhattan before and are fairly comfortable going by themselves. Both are singers (they're in a band together); the boy plays guitar, is something of a bookworm, and is incredibly smart and fascinated by all sorts of academic - as well as creative - things. He's the one trying for Julliard, aheh. The girl is more of a social whirlwind; she enjoys shopping and fashion and keeping up with pop culture. Both would appreciate a really big romantic gesture for Christmas, so nothing is too cheesy or sappy in that regard.

So - what was Manhattan like in the late 1980s? How big was the Christmas season? Did it effect everything that was going on in the city? What was the culture around Lincoln Center like, or even just Julliard itself? How hard is it to get around, using public transit? While I've not been to NYC, I *have* been to Paris, and have experienced their metro system and found it quite intuitive, especially when I knew where I was going :P

Research: checking the current-day transit map from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to Lincoln Center in Manhattan (I take it that hasn't changed in 20 years, LOL?) // perusing the Julliard website // checking the 'new york city' and '1980s' tags in this comm // rereading old BSC books (which, while not the canon background for this particular story, are set in the correct time period and place - though I feel they are a bit too 'touristy' when it comes to describing New York City)

The Character of London in the 1890s

TIME: 1890-91
PLACE: London
SEARCHES: I've been to everything from the Victorian Dictionary to Wikipedia to the websites for the boroughs themselves, and nothing has been particularly helpful.

I'm trying to get a sense of how different/similar the boroughs would have been in character to how they are now, and just sort of generally what each was like. For example, what would have been considered an old money part of town, what would have been more nouveau riche, and what would have been a poorer area? What sorts of reputations did each area have? What types of architecture were peculiar to which areas? That sort of thing. Really anything you can tell me will be helpful. Thanks!
Redheads do it best.

Late Regency/Early Victorian terms of endearment, professions for a former aristocrat

Setting/Notes: I'm writing a story set in 1840's London (so late Regency/early Victorian era). It's slightly AU in that magic exists, though has not effected history all that much (think Sorcery and Cecelia), so while I'm wiling to play a little fast and loose with making things slightly outdated or ahead of their time, I'd rather they weren't massively, glaringly anachronistic.

First question: Main storyline is as follows - noble guy falls for a member of the lower-middle class (who is also a magician, and his father doesn't like magic), refuses to call it off, father disowns him and cuts him off completely. He has a small amount of money from his late mother, but needs to begin working in order to support him/his lower-class lovemuffin in a manner that, while it may not be nearly as grand as he's accustomed to, will at least be more comfortable than living in a working-class neighborhood. What kind of well-paying professions existed for men who were well-educated but not in a specialized field (ie: he has not trained to be a doctor or lawyer or something similar)?

Second question: What sorts of endearments did Victorian couples use for each other (assuming their relationship was actually based on love, that is)? Dabbling in the Sherlock Holmes fandom has cued me in to the usage of "my dear" or "my dear man/boy/fellow/[profession]/[name]", but since Watson and Holmes use them on each other, they strike me as less particularly romantically intimate and more indicative of fondness or emotional closeness, like a weird Victorian way of calling someone "dude". Is that true? What would people use?

Attempted searching: Googled all sorts of variations of these, as well as nosed through Victorian letters/love letters where I could find them, and tried the Dictionary of Victorian London.

ok, an odd question about sex

I don't know where else to ask - it's a more personal kind of question

Who's had a relationship blossom after early (first date or thereabouts, or for that matter FWB or casual) sex... how does it differ from otherwise? You just do the getting-to-know-you stuff after instead of before? Is it different or the same?

This is the case for a couple of my characters but it's beyond my personal experience. I just have no idea how to write it.

Where are DOA bodies taken to in the hospital?

 Is there a special area for DOAs? Are they even taken to a hospital? I'm assuming so for a death certificate and whatnot, but my searches have been futile.

The setting is San Diego, California in 1992. The character's pronounced dead at the scene, but I'm unsure what happens after this point. I've searched "dead on arrival procedure" and "Where are dead on arrival bodies taken?" and variations of these, but nothing's given me any helpful results. I'd like to know where the family would be taken, also. Would they go to the hospital and into a room with the body or something, or would they only be there to fill out paperwork, or something completely different I'm not thinking of or finding?

Any help with this is really appreciated. I've been stuck on this scene for a couple days now, so thanks in advance.