Tuesday, September 27, 2016

name dropper

The Roxy Midway Theatre was conceived in 1926.

Originally designed and built for vaudeville, it sold to Warner Brother’s Pictures and became a movie house on Christmas Eve in 1929.

It seats 2,894 in three tiers and is widely appreciated for outstanding acoustics.  

Everyone from the Grateful Dead, David Bowie, Duran Duran and the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, the Rolling Stones and George Carlin’s HBO specials have all recorded here.

Designed in golden Grecian splendor, it features 30 foot tall Greek Goddesses flanking the stage...

...and a ceiling straight out of the National Register of Historic Places, a prize it garnered in 1982.

Today it is leased by CableVision and operated by the Madison Square Garden corporation.

It’s size fills the perfect performing space between little village night clubs and Radio City, which seats about 6,000.

But you know it better as the Beacon, 
on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Warners changed the name when they bought it in ’29.

Monday, September 26, 2016

let's do this

in the the shadows of Mugler Shoring

Take a short walk past the Bruckner Bar towards Beethoven Piano and you arrive at Mugler Shoring, along the Harlem River.

The Mugler grandson runs it now, but founder Richard Mugler Sr. had a big problem in June of 1940.

He had been charged with bribery and graft in a NYC contract.

He could trust his partner.

But could he trust William Sebek, his young bookkeeper,
 not to sing?

His concern was soon resolved. Sebek was found dead in the west Village with a fractured skull.

A 1930’s census described Sebek as “bookkeeper by occupation”.

Yet the medical examiner’s report described him as a “crane operator,” something his family denied.

The medical report said he had been over-inflating a tire on a crane when it burst. It claimed the rim had broken free and struck him on the head and killed him.

According to the New York Times and with the primary witness now out of the way, the case fell apart. 
Mr. Mugler and his partner walked away from the whole episode, acquitted of financial wrongdoing.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

I can read your mind

Sunday afternoon groovin’ with The Alan Parsons Project.

Don't think sorry's easily said
Don't try turning tables instead
You've taken lots of chances before
But I'm not gonna give anymore
Don't ask me
That's how it goes
Cause part of me knows what you’re thinking.

Don't say words you’re gonna regret
Don't let the fire rush to your head
I’ve heard the accusation before
And I ain't gonna take any more
Believe me
The sun in your eyes
Made some of the lies worth believing.


I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind.
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind.
And I don’t need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind, I can read your mind.

Don’t leave false illusions behind
Don’t cry I ain’t changing my mind
So find another fool like before
Cause I ain’t gonna live anymore believing
Some of the lies, while all of the signs are deceiving.

Number 3 on the US Billboard charts in October, 1982, 
30 years ago this Fall. Classic.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

by the Bear Mountain Bridge

The original Oktoberfest is a 16–18 day beer festival held annually in Munich, running from late September through the first weekend in October.

Honorary Oktoberfest’s are held all over the world. Selina treated me to a fine one last week upstate by the Bear Mountain Bridge.

We enjoyed a classic meal of W├╝rstl (bratwurst sausages) and  Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes) with sides of caramelized onions, apple sauce and pickled beets. All washed down with lots Spaten, of course.

And then we tried the amazing apple strudel. Delicious! The waffles looked pretty good, too.

Large quantities of German beer are consumed at the original, with an amazing 7.1 million liters served during the 16 day Munich festival in 2010.

With 6.8 million visitors in Munich, enough urinals were installed to run more than half a mile or about 10 city blocks. 

The music at this fest was a mix of oom pah and classic rock hits, and everybody danced and danced.

Yes. It was THIS awesome!

Thanks Selina!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

not your Father’s Pier One

From nycgovparks.org:
“Riverside Park South is the largest new greensward along the west side of Manhattan.”

“These seven acres of parkland are the first of 27.5, which will be developed between 72nd and 59th streets.”

“A promontory, esplanade, and winding walkway welcome visitors who wish to enjoy nature and experience the river.”

“Pier I, a 715-foot recreational pier, is built atop the remains of the original wooden shipping pier.”

“Visitors to the pier are surrounded by the river almost completely, experiencing a view of Manhattan and New Jersey once reserved for sailors.”

“Since opening in 2000, Riverside Park South has offered a variety of events that take full advantage of the striking recreational opportunities the Hudson offers.”

and the food ain’t bad, either.