Saturday, May 12, 2012

not too shabby

Warm sun, the Central Park bandshell, bee-bop sax and a Cherry Garcia popsicle. Summer is coming.

right across the river

The Marcus Garvey Park rainwater swale is a good example of a landscape-sensitive, runoff water management strategy.

A “swale” is a pitched and gently sunken area designed to divert and absorb water, Merriam Webster says “3. A shallow troughlike depression that carries water mainly during rainstorms or snow melts.”

Yes, this would be it.

The idea is the diverted runoff water seeps into the earth between the cobblestones on the way down, using the earth as a natural water filter.

Any water that reaches bottom is captured by a manhole-style culvert.

And then probably heads for the Harlem River. 
About where we live.

Friday, May 11, 2012

you are so far


warm and dry, wherever you are

Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo, Japan

Happy Birthday, Selina

25 years of parenting, today.
The easiest, most natural job I’ve ever had. It helps when the kid you get is this naturally great.
So Happy Birthday wherever you are. So many of the joyous moments in my life have been with you.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

here’s what I say

CTT regulars may remember last August when we featured Adam Green’s ROCKING the BOAT-building program over on the Bronx River, not far from here.
They build amazing vessels while they build amazing lives. And now they are celebrating with music, Whole Food’s and river rowing. 
I say we join them.

Bronx cheer

Bronx Week is upon us and there is a lot going on from now until about the 20th. You can read up on all the events here:

Why is he posing in Manhattan?

under the bridge ramp overpass

Wednesday, May 9, 2012



with a face like that, do ya


to disempower women

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

in theory. But in practice

“In theory some of those loopholes were understandable. 
But in practice...”

“Middle class families shouldn’t pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires.”

another Duane Reade

You know this place, right? Just south of Zabar’s along Broadway. The H&H bagel on the southeast corner.

No more.

It’s gone and already deep into new construction. They gutted the H&H and are joining it to the store next door, keeping the corner, doubling the size.

H&H opened in 1972.
According to the WallStreetJournal,
“The legendary bagel manufacturer, which was been featured on “Seinfeld” and which ships its bagels worldwide, has faced its share of problems in recent years. Last year owner Helmer Toro pleaded guilty to three felony charges for pocketing more than $300,000 in taxes owed to the state.”

Ooops. So now he’s got tax problems and the old shop is gone. Too bad. I shopped here. We all did.
What do you suppose might be coming to the new, larger space?