Tuesday, November 25, 2014

it’s quiet out there

Too quiet.

Riviera is Italian for "coastline"

After the 1929 stock market crash, the American economy tanked.


The next year saw massive layoffs and the Federal Works Progress Administration was created.


This made Federal tax money available to put construction back to work, and urban planner Robert Moses saw his chance.


He turned to architect Aymar Embury II and according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission they pulled off “among the most remarkable public recreational facilities ever constructed in the United States.” 

Begun in 1934, by ‘37 our Bronx Riviera, 
Orchard Beach, was born.

Moses arranged for 1.7 million cubic yards of clean, white, New Jersey sand to create 115 acres of shoreline.

Embury designed the bathhouse as a riff on the Palais de Chaillot, in Paris.

Palais via Travelocity

It was an immediate success. 

At its peak in the 1940’s, Orchard beach could attract 40,000 on a sunny Summer day.

Designed in the “Federal Moderne” style, the bathhouse featured classic Greek key detailing, public showers, 5,000 lockers, a bandstand and a 500-seat cafeteria. 


But time, wind and water has taken its toll. 

A $2.4 million study of the pavilion revealed it suffers from alkali-silica reaction, a process in which moist salt air degrades concrete.

Chain link now keeps people away from falling chunks of tile and cement.

Demolition appeared to be inevitable, but some think it can be saved for about $50 million.

Mayor Bloomberg focused on eight different sites, including our High Bridge over the Harlem River, for capital reconstruction projects totaling nearly $300 million.

Whether Mayor de Blasio will value this Bronx landmark enough to save it is anybody’s guess but doing nothing is no longer an option.

Left to deteriorate demolition will be next, and a fond memory of our Bronx will be lost to the weather.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Night Fever

Lobsterdust is a NYC DJ who specializes in mashups, using digital to “deconstruct and then reconstruct” in his own words.

He was born 42 years ago and was raised in Israel while studying graphic design and photography, recording engineering and he played in a high school band.

He’s also a featured DJ at the Bootie Club, according to Wikipedia “the first night club in the United States dedicated solely to mashups and bootlegs.”


Nelly is the fourth best selling rap artist in American music history.


The BeeGees have sold more than 220 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best selling musical artists of all time.

Now Lobsterdust has answered the question, 

“What would Nelly rapping “Staying Hot” 2002
with the BeeGees singing “Staying Alive” 1977
sound like together?

Good Answer!

beauty and the beast


I’ve been posting lately about how disappointed I am that good Muslims worldwide have not risen up together in outrage.


Things being done in their name are heinous,
 and yet the masses remain silent.

Now things are beginning to change.

Queen Rania of Jordan, a Palestinian, has taken a very public and very courageous stand.

Last Tuesday in Abu Dhabi she gave a speech in which she said “Our silence is their greatest gift.”


Obama has committed American boots to fight Isis, 
but local Muslims are the insiders.


We can help.
 But only Islam can save itself from this offensive of modern evil.
“A minority of extremists are using social media to rewrite our narrative and hijack our identity,” Queen Rania of Jordan declared.

I agree.

Someone brave must stand for Islam’s future.