Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

better mileage than the DowJones

This 1955 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan parked on City Island sold for $1,914.00 in the year it was built, 56 years ago. 
I found one for sale on for a cool $34large, almost 18 times the original price. 

It pays to keep the greasy side down.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


did you ever go to a concert

and come away a big fan of the opening act?

from Dreams

Official (very good) video on Vevo:
from Dreams

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

did it in an hour

I like 80’s music.

Private Eyes, 1981

It just takes me longer than a minute, now.

some days I think I have a tough job

but I don’t.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2 minutes, 31 seconds/not your Father's food shop

Grand Central shakes it up

The cash strapped MTA announced a plan today to wring additional revenue from their crown jewel real estate holding, Grand Central Terminal.

APPLE will open another of its iconic retail shops up on the mezzanine formerly occupied by Charlie Palmer’s Metrazur Restaurant.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Metrazur paid $263,997 a year whereas APPLE will pay over four times that, about $1.1 million.

APPLE also reportedly paid Charlie Palmer a $5million fee to vacate his prime lease early. APPLE retails in over 300 locations worldwide.

Also part of the announcement included a triumph for Danny Meyer’s SHAKE SHACK, with plans to open one of their very popular hamburger stands near the Oyster Bar.

Shake Shack currently operates in 5 New York locations, plus Westport Connecticut, Miami Beach, Washington DC, Saratoga Springs, Dubai in United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

"I can't imagine why any kid in Westchester would want to do anything other than go into Grand Central and shop at Apple and eat at Shake Shack," said Jeffrey Rosen, the MTA's real estate director.
Kids of all ages.

it's not the heat it's the humidity

The “Fortress Housing” post last week prompted a fair amount of email, much of it interested in SoBro crime statistics. How safe is it here?
Lucky for us, the statistics are all online. And the results are not quite what you’d expect.

Here’s a comparison of Manhattan’s UpperEastSide-19th precinct about nine minutes away, with our 40th near the ClockTower.

No murders on the UpperEastSide so far this year, in fact the 19th averages only about one murder a year. 

We’ve had 11 murders here in SoBro so far this year, well up from 14 in all of 2010. The locals are, um, restless.

7 people have been raped on the UES so far in 2011.

We’ve had 17 rapes here in the same time period.

63 robberies so far on the UES compare with 170 here.

53 Felony Assaults on the UES compare with a 219 here.

And 137 misdemeanor assaults in the 19th precinct look pretty safe compared with our 550 in just the first 6 months. 

So is the UES safer? 

Depends on what you look for.
There have been 119 burglaries so far on the UES and we’ve had only 108 here. Makes sense, I guess. There’s more to steal in a wealthy neighborhood.

And get this: 519 grand larceny crimes were reported on the UES so far this year, compared to only 161 here.

35 misdemeanor sex crimes on the UES look bad compared to our 16, less than half in SoBro in the same amount of time.

But the really interesting statistic? Total crime.
Overall reported crime on the UES in 2011 so far? 790 crimes. And here? 747, 42 fewer. Fewer overall reported crimes in the South Bronx.

“Reported” is probably key. If robbery is your thing, you’re gonna love the UES.

But in SoBro? 
That heat wave, among other things, was really murder. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

a movie on your phone

The St. George Theatre on Staten Island is a vestigial hold-out from another era. 

Built in 1929 to accommodate almost 3000 people, Radio City can hold twice as many but the St. George is no less enthralling inside.

They both reach back to a time when theatres came dressed in Moorish-Deco-Rococo Hollywood glamour and everyone went out to the moving pictures.

In those days the theatre decor was part of 
the shared experience.

Since 2004, over half a million people have attended 400 concerts here featuring acts like Tony Bennett, k.d. lang, The B-52’s, Don McLean, Art Garfunkel...

...Wayne Newton, Chris Botti, Galt McDermott, Tony Orlando, Marc Cohn, Prairie Home Companion...

...Neil Sedaka, Lee Ann Womack, Taylor Hicks, Air Supply, New York City Opera, Cyndi Lauper, Rosie O’Donnell...

...John Edwards, Howie Mandel, Brad Garrett, Jackie Mason and the Jonas Brothers. 
It’s hard to imagine building Hollywood glamour like this to an age of internet streaming, Netflix and catching a movie on your phone.

Step back in movie history.

Worth a scenic boatride from anywhere.