Saturday, May 26, 2012

Charlie Said, TV star

Half off a selection of holiday drinks all weekend!

woodland sprite

Happy Memorial Day, 2012

need a love to last forever

Jamie Cullum’s album TwentySomething was released in October 2003, went platinum and became the No. 1 selling studio album by a jazz artist in the United Kingdom. Cullum ended 2003 as the UK's biggest selling jazz artist of all time.

Friday, May 25, 2012

the G stands for

All the GUINNESS® sold in the UK, Ireland and North America is brewed in Ireland at the historic St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin.

Guinness is made from only four ingredients: roasted barley, hops, yeast and water.

Contrary to popular opinion, Guinness is one of the brews lowest in calories, specific gravity (not filling) and has no bitter aftertaste.

GUINNESS® is not actually black, either. The barley is roasted using a method similar to coffee beans, giving Guinness its distinctive ruby color.

Over 10 million glasses of GUINNESS® stout are enjoyed every single day around the world.

One billion, eight hundred eighty three million pints are sold each year.

and Gregory.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

be careful driving this weekend.

dance class

Manhattan meeracle

Designed in 1858 by landscape artist Frederick Law Olmstead and English architect Calvert Vaux, Central Park was largely completed by 1873, some 13 years before our ClockTower.
This is their Harlem Meer, a manmade lake in the northeast corner of the park.
“Meer” is Dutch for lake. The designers were acknowledging earlier settlers from Amsterdam who had moved in to settle “Nieuw Haarlem” at the time.

The Meer itself was originally larger but has been reduced to eleven acres. 1940’s era concrete curb “improvements” were removed in 1993 so the banks are natural again.

That same year they dredged 34,000 cubic yards of “sediment and debris”, too. Don’t ask.

The Discovery Center was built and opened in 1993 in a Victorian Style to blend with earlier park buildings.

Like the Dairy.

According to Parks data online, the Harlem Meer is one of the most successful wildlife habitats in Manhattan, home to fish, turtles, and waterfowl, a breed of heron and this duck.

The landscaping offers several varieties of oak, bald cypress, beech and gingko, and it’s not very far from here. Bring a cold drink and a blanket this Summer. 

And some crackers for the duck.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

bad day in Weehawken

Remember this place? 
Alexander Hamilton’s Grange at 141st and St. Nicolas?

Last month, ClockTowerTenants visited and photographed the exterior.
The interior is a beautiful example of 19th century style.

Alas, Hamilton only lived long enough to enjoy his home for about two years. He was shot to death in a pistol duel by the Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, a man named Aaron Burr. That had to suck.

Burr had been a New York State Senator but lost his race for governor largely because of vicious, public attacks leveled by Hamilton during Burr’s campaign.

These men openly detested each other, despite both being high ranking American politicians.

Finally, Burr could take no more and issued a public challenge to a duel, a challenge Hamilton accepted. Oops. 

On July 11, 1804 they rowed across the Hudson River to a dueling grounds in Weehawken New Jersey.

According to most accounts both men fired but Burr’s shot met its mark. Hamilton died the next day.

So in the end, Burr managed to eliminate a powerful political rival but after the murder (for which he was never tried) his career faltered and he never recovered. 
Alexander Hamilton gave his life to halt his political rival and today we have his cool house.

Monday, May 21, 2012

we remember

May 21, 2005

Jackie Chan announces retirement from action pictures
“The 58-year-old actor said he felt “really, really tired” after decades of pushing his body to the limit.”
He’s a stunt man for heaven’s sake, at 58. And he’s tired?

We’ll take the elevator.
Besides, it’s Tucker who really cracks me up.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

roaming charges may apply