When Hurricane Sandy devastated portions of New York and New Jersey last October, my Upper West Side neighborhood didn’t even lose power.
To say we were lucky doesn’t even cover it.
That’s why I am excited to have the opportunity to participate in National Dine Out Day – to eat out at one of the many restaurants that are donating a percentage of today’s sales to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
And the great thing is…you can, too! Restaurant chains across the country — in practically every state — are taking part. Check the list to see if there is a participating location near you, and dine out to make a difference!
If your state didn’t make the list, you can still donate to the cause here.
Posted in Cooking, Food, Life, Love, Restaurants, Weather
Tagged cooking, donations, food, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, Jersey Strong, life, love, National Dine Out Day, New Jersey, New York, restaurant chains, restaurants, Upper West Side, weather
Yesterday I braved the storms.
I made the trek to Flushing and the US Open.
The rain had stopped. The courts were dry. I bought my hot dog and my soda in its 2012 souvenir cup.
Joining the faithful in the cheap seats, I shared my towel to wipe off the raindrops and then settled down to enjoy almost an entire set of tennis between the retiring Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro.
And then it started to rain.
I waited a bit. Then the players left the court. So I did, too.
By the time I got to the train tracks just outside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the night session had officially been canceled.
I’m still happy to have made the journey yesterday…but not today.
The forecast is CRAP.
NOTE — After an initial two-hour delay, play resumed at the US Open. Damn forecasters never get it right.
Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Life, Sports, Weather
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Are potholes big news in the Big Apple?
They are on PIX11.
The Anderson show airs on this local CW station, and after I finished watching it yesterday, their local news came on. That’s when their PIXFIX series — which focuses on ‘fixing the community one issue at a time’ — zeroed in on that day’s issue.
A pothole in Queens.
Now, in reporter Monica Morales’ defense, it was a big pothole. And according to residents on Fordham Road that she interviewed, it’d been around long enough to earn the nickname “Fordham Road Crater.”
They’d clearly put some thought into that one.
When word of Monica’s presence got around the neighborhood, a local councilmen swung by to report that the pothole was scheduled to be filled that very day.
Coincidence? I think not.
But you have to wonder…could Monica have predicted — way back in journalism school — that she would grow up to be a big city pothole reporter?
And if so, would she have simply thrown herself in one?
Posted in Cars, Commentary, Environment, Humor, Life, News, Television, transportation, Travel, TV
Tagged Anderson morning show, Big Apple, cars, celebrities, City, city councilman, comedy, commentary, community issues, CW, fixing potholes, Fordham Road, Fordham Road Crater, Humor, journalism school, life, local, local news, Manhattan, Monica Morales, New York, news, news reporter, PIX11, PIXFIX, potholes, Queens, show replay, show taping, sinkholes, Television, transportation, Travel, TV, WPIX
I’m okay not knowing everything.
For instance, I had never heard of the Asian long-horned beetle. Then I saw this poster in the subway.
Now I not only know what the gnarly bugs look like, but that they’re killing our trees. And we need to stop them…and never move firewood.
Never move firewood? Okay.
Hardwood trees in my adopted state of New York have been destroyed; trees in Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey, too. Trees in forests and cities all across America are at risk.
I went into the subway for a ride, not an education on scary bugs. But unfortunately, you can’t erase unwelcome memories Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-style in real life.
So, if I have to have this tree killer’s image in my head, so do you.
If you see one, report it to 866-702-9938. Better yet, they recommend you catch a few in a jar and freeze them, or take digital pictures. Both will aide officials in identifying the beetles.
Got it? Good. Now go de-bug your brains. Pet a warm, fuzzy puppy…or read celebrity dish in US Weekly.
That’s my plan.
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Tagged advertising, animals, Asian long-horned beetle, beetlebusters, beetles, bugs, Business, commentary, erase memories, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind movie, family, firewood, Humor, Illinois, life, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, subway, subway advertising, subway poster, Travel, tree killer, trees
So proud of my adopted state of New York!
Equality for all
Posted in Commentary, History, Love, News, Photography
Tagged commentary, equality, history, love, New York, New York City, news, photography, same-sex marriage
Every two years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University publishes their “Freedom in the 50 States” index.
This year’s most free state? It’s a virtual tie…between New Hampshire and South Dakota. And the least free state?
Lady Liberty, look the other way. (Oh good, she is.)
Turns out my beloved Empire State got dinged for our particularly high taxes, health insurance regulations, anti-smoking laws, lack of medical marijuana and no same-sex marriage (only one vote away!).
Jason Sorens, co-author of the study and assistant professor at CUNY Buffalo — who (ahem) lives in New York — admits the state has other benefits.
“New York City has a lot going for it…if you like culture, the arts, music, having lots of things to do, nightlife — you’re going to value having more things to do even if you feel more impinged upon.”
Exactly, Jason. And the things that may make other people feel ‘impinged upon’ — not being able to smoke in Central Park, for example — don’t make me feel any less free.
That’s the beauty of the USA. There are 50 different states. If you don’t like the one you’re in, you can move to one you like better.
Like I did.
Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…” Me & Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin
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Ever since I moved to New York City, I have prided myself on being ‘one of the nice ones.’
You know — the type of New Yorker who will gladly help out a tourist who needs directions or has a question…because it wasn’t that long ago that I was was of them.
But yesterday? Things took a turn. Because I was hanging out with a native New Yorker who has no such compulsion to play nice-nice.
I was doing some extra work on a new television show called “Lights Out” on FX Network. We were filming outside the Pierre Hotel on the Upper East Side near Central Park.
Myself and Herbert — I’ve changed his name because I’m nicer than he is — were portraying press photographers outside the hotel, attempting to get pics of two heavyweight fighters as they entered the venue for a championship bout.
We were standing on the sidewalk for quite a while — one shot took most of the afternoon — so lots of tourists walking by asked us what we were filming.
My response? “The show’s called ‘Lights Out.’ It’s new on FX Network.”
Herbert’s response? “Lindsay Lohan’s rumored to be meeting her lawyers here. We’re trying to catch her coming out for ‘Inside Edition.’”
“Queen Elizabeth has made an unannounced visit to the United States. Rumor has it she’s inside.”
Evil. But pretty darn funny.
But the time we had finished, I had joined in the fun, telling every tourist who walked by a different story. I figured it wasn’t really lying; it was adding another layer to their vacation…and would make a great story when they got home.
That sounds like something a New Yorker would say.
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