Thank you for being a patron of The Clock Bar! Your support and feedback over the past month have allowed The Clock Bar to take root as a community establishment focused on bringing you the freshest food and drink possible. Thank you for being part of our growth.
I wanted to let you know of some exciting things happening this weekend!
Tonight we have Teacher Appreciation--our teachers work hard educating our youth so we offer drink specials and discounts. Come on by! It's a lot of fun!
To keep the party going, we have ELI and ACOUSTIC ROMANCE, a ridiculously good acoustic and vocal trio that we snagged from the beaches of Miami. Eli and the group will be performing Spanish inspired classics, as well as some pop--later in the evening we will even get some spicy salsa to get your hips going! Eli comes on at 8:30pm and the reservations are coming in--so if you'd like give me a call to book a prime seat--718.684.2338
Then tomorrow, my BIRTHDAY WEEK culminates with a huge PRIDE party at The Clock Bar. Complete with the musical stylings of NYC's infamous DJ Kriv, bottle service, great drink specials, and sexy bartenders and cocktail servers. It would be an honor to have you join me for my birthday and also for what has become one of the BEST Gay Pride Parties in the Bronx. So whether you are LGBT or just a friend, come on out and join me! OPEN GIN BAR starts at 9:00pm. Show this email to a bartender and get a free house-shot.
[editors note: how they got a photo of my old roommate I'll never know.]
Lastly, back by popular demand! MIXOLOGY 201 by Master Alchemist, Moses Laboy. Moses will be talking a lot about farm to beverage, and how to ensure that you get the best and freshest drinks possible. Topics of conversation will also include infusions. Tickets are 2 for $80 or $50 each. This is a very popular event so book your ticket today by calling, 718.684.2338. Again, thank you for coming by the bar--I hope to see you all very soon.
In 2007, NYC launched its “Taxi of Tomorrow” project.
A request for proposal went out in 2009 to designers and manufacturers for the first ever purpose-built NYC cab.
Ford, Nissan and Karson, a Turkish manufacturer, were named as finalists.
Nissan, a Japanese company, was selected in May 2011 to produce NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow. This car will roll out for the next 10 years.
The all new Nissan NV200 will feature room for four passengers with luggage, a sunroof, passenger controlled heating and cooling, germ fighting-anti-microbial seat upholstery and a USB charging port for your phone.
Designed in haste and opened to traffic on April 29, 1939, it was designed a bit too quickly, it turned out.
Deficiencies required a renovation within the first year, costing tax payers more.
Three years after that in 1943 engineering mistakes had to be addressed again, this time adding 14 foot support trusses to reduce flex and oscillation.
Then it was discovered in 1988 that the extra weight of the added support trusses was causing fatigue cracks that had to be fixed while the bridge remained in service.
But the cracks kept on coming.
So in 2003 the MTA removed the heavy trusses and replaced them with fibreglass fairings to effect the same stiffening at much lighter loads.
This reduced the overall weight of the roadbed by some 6,000 tons, roughly 25% of the entire weight borne by the suspension cables. But the bridge kept on flexing under load. No wonder there were cracks.
In 2008 hydraulic dampers were installed to further reduce flex, plus new paint and lighting.
Overall, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in this bridge over the years, keeping it on the cutting edge of technology. Some taxpayers have complained about the neverending expense.
But a near exact design called the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State opened at the same time in 1940 and collapsed in high winds just four months later.