Saturday, January 19, 2013

maybe closer to Aiello

Our ClockTower is served by the 40th precinct but the 41st is better known.

Once located on Simpson Street, it was the home and movie location to “Fort Apache, The Bronx”, starring Paul Newman and Danny Aiello.

The Hunts Point neighborhood had problems with this movie and fought to stop its release. It depicted the neighborhood in an unflattering light and made the Bronx a synonym for killing field.

In 1981 when the flick was made, 
that wasn’t so far from the truth.

The 41st moved to a new facility at Longwood and Bruckner in July of 1993, and I visited there the other day.

The bland red brick from ’93 is not nearly as handsome as the 1914 white stone fortress featured in the motion picture.


I’m not Paul Newman, either.  

lifestyle lift

Interesting feature over at the Washington Post yesterday.

Everyone knows the demands of the oval office take their toll upon the person who occupies it.

But WashPo illustrates it. With a before/after slider.

Clinton and Bush are there, too, in smaller versions. 

It’s cool, it's alarming too, go take a look.

Friday, January 18, 2013

I ♥ NY

Thursday, January 17, 2013

anybody miss Mitt Romney?
I didn’t think so.

good morning!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

the evergreenosaurus’s new clothes

everybody knows a turkey (and some mistletoe)

Barnes and Noble had a very bad Christmas.

Retail is like a shark. It keeps moving forward or it dies.
But when was the last time you bought a hardback?

I didn’t think so. Same-store sales fell a sobering 8.2% for the last 8 weeks of 2012, the biggest sales period of the year.

Okay...when was the last time you bought a movie on DVD? Uh-huh. Netflix, right?

Then how about a music cd? Okay fine. Never mind. lol I was kidding! But there you have it.

So Barnes and Noble’s stake in our future is the NOOK. Surely the NOOK is doing well. Right?

No. The NOOK, and all its accessories actually fell a staggering 12.6% over that same period against the iPAD.

And piracy has destroyed their content market.

So what’s left? 

Maybe you buy magazines? Newspapers? ANYthing? 

Me neither.

So now they are in trouble.

“The change [in the book industry] is enormous and Barnes & Noble is going to continue to shrink because it goes against the tide,” says Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates Inc., a New York City-based retail consulting and investment banking firm. “It’s in a very tough place and its future is very uncertain.”
Do you like the Barnes and Noble on east 86th street?
Take a picture.

Monday, January 14, 2013