Wednesday, July 27, 2016

protect your magic

Longacre Square is often regarded as the “crossroads of the world”.

When the New York Times arrived in 1904,
it was renamed “Times Square” in the newspaper’s honor.

By the mid-1990’s, Mayor Rudy Giuliani launched a full scale assault on the area, transforming a gritty, urban commons rife with prostitutes and drugs into a cleaned-up and Disneyfied theme park.

But back in the mid-1970’s when I was the doorman at Sardi’s, Times Square was littered with flophouses like this.

350 West 52nd street was built in 1920, a little 2500 square foot, industrial four story.

Gatti and Lopez were masonry contractors, and it speaks volumes that a concrete business could have been located in such a tourist mecca today.

Gatti senior was an immigrant from Italy, but his son Joseph had other ideas about a career.

He tried his hand in concrete for awhile, but turned to money management until he passed away in 2008.

Since then the building, laced with asbestos and lead paint, has been abandoned.

Another bit of old New York is about to disappear.

hair today, yawn tomorrow

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

don’t use our songs

Usher, Anne and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Michael Bolton, 
  Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Cyndi Lauper, Cheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, and Josh Groban.

dyslexia on draught

Monday, July 25, 2016

you’ve gotta win it, to be in it

Does this look like a 25 year old car? 

Meet the Nissan Figaro.

With a billion cars in the world and a production run of only 20,000 units, I had a better chance of hitting the lotto (.002%) than I did of ever seeing one of these in the wild.

No less than the New York Times called this little car from 1991 the “height of postmodernism” and “unabashedly retro.” 

It’s a favorite of movie art directors.

Available in four colors for the four seasons, 
this one was called SUMMER, a pale aqua.

All 20,000 were manufactured with right hand drive, explaining why this street sighting was in London.

I love rare automotive and I always carry a camera, because

Sunday, July 24, 2016

in the beginning

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had an idea about 18 months ago.

Welcome Islam,
 and her economy would be strengthened through a wave of young new talent.

So she created hostels all through the south in Bavaria where German tax money pays about $150 per immigrant per day.

Migrants are given a clean bed, three hot meals and free tax-funded training, things not guaranteed to German citizens.

The new arrivals are from countries with links to the Islamic State (ISIS), which peddles a hatred of Germany and its hard working freedoms.

Immigrant Riaz Khan Ahmadzai felt his religion was being disrespected and German’s deserved to die.

Daily “pocket money” given to him with no conditions failed to placate his resentment that German’s are not generous enough.

So he took an ax, screamed Allahu Akbar
 and killed Germans on a train.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

nice meating you