Flights from New York to Madrid

Crime thrillers with sister city connect

Hollywood crime thriller Deception, written by Mark Bomback was released in 2008. It was directed by Marcel Langenegger. While, American-German action spy thriller, Bourne Ultimatum was a 2007 movie, directed by Paul Greengrass and loosely based on the novel of the same name written by Robert Ludlum. Both movies had a unique connect as they revolved round plots based in New York and Madrid. The crew often had to take a flight from New York to Madrid while shooting, as many scenes were captured from popular locales of both cities.

The sculptor who fell to AIDS

Luis Frangella was an Argentinian figurative post-modern painter and sculptor associated with the expressionist painting of the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1980s. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982 but unfortunately died of AIDS in 1990. Most of his unique exhibitions were organised either in New York City or in Madrid and art collectors and curators often took a flight from New York City to Madrid to put up his exhibits.

Net the ball

Clifford Luyk Diem is an American-born former basketball player and coach, who played in the professional basketball circuit in Spain and Europe from 1962 to 1978. He was drafted by the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and had to take a flight from New York to Madrid to sign with the Spanish professional team, Real Madrid. Thanks to his exceptional talent at the court, Real Madrid soon became a dominant European basketball team of the 1960s. Clifford is remembered even today for his trademark, old-school hook shots.
Pablo Prigioni is an Argentine professional head basketball coach, and a former professional basketball player. In 2009, he joined Real Madrid but returned to Baskonia in August 2011, to sign a one-year deal. On July 24, 2012, Prigioni moved on to New York Knicks for the rookie minimum. At the age of 35, he went on to became the oldest rookie in NBA history, when he made his debut on November 2, 2012.
There are other Spanish basketball players who also represented NBA. Guillermo Gustavo ‘Willy’ Hernangómez Geuer is one such player. A Spanish professional basketball pro at Real Madrid, he played for the New York Knicks just like Senegalese player Maurice Daly Ndour did. However, there are those like Sergio Rodríguez who played for New York Knicks but later moved onto Real Madrid. Anthony Randolph followed Sergio’s footsteps and left the NBA circuit to join the Spanish team.

Spanish opera conductor takes New York City by storm

José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. Born on 21 January 1941 in Retiro district of Madrid, he has recorded over a hundred complete operas. Well known for his versatility, he regularly performs in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian at prestigious opera houses of the world.
In June 1965, Domingo auditioned at the New York City Opera. He was hired to make his New York debut as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, but on 17 June 1965, he had to fill in for an ailing tenor at the last minute in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. In February 1966, he sang the title song at the American premiere show of Ginastera’s Don Rodrigo and on 7 October 1973, he conducted his first opera performance, La Traviata starring Patricia Brooks at the New York City Opera. While on leisure, Domingo must have taken a flight from New York to Madrid to spend holidays at his home town in Spain.

Meet the figurative artist whose paintings find place at White House and Vatican

Pedro José Sandoval, born on 12 July, 1966, is a Venezuelan abstract neo-expressionist artist, whose paintings are exhibited at the museum of Adolfo Suarez at Avila, Spain, the contemporary museum of Sofia Imber at Caracas, Venezuela and many others. His works find place in Kennedy family’s collections, among installations at the White House and even at the Vatican Museum.
Pedro began his career as a figurative artist, but later chose abstraction for his works after investigating artistic trends of his time. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Venezuela became the destination for this artist. His exhibition Masada, was held at the gallery of Ars Forum in Caracas. Since 2003, Pedro has been living and working in three cities including Madrid, Berlin, and New York. Hence, he often takes a flight from New York to Madrid on work.