Saturday, May 23, 2015

the five food groups?

Garlic and black pepper marinated skirt steak.

Sauteéd, mixed olive tapenade.

Pan crisped, buttery panko.

Grill-pan skirt steak, fresh tomatoes and broccoli rabe with sauteéd olive, panko and shaved reggiano parmigian. 

And white wine, shallot-steamed mussels.

For an appetizer.

Friday, May 22, 2015

sobro seafood

Have a great and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

wrong number

A UK study suggests that school kids' performance 
significantly improves
when they can't get hold of a phone at school.

It also showed that low-achieving students 
improved the most.

Deere Landlord

Could it be?

Yes it could.

Somethin’s comin’, somethin’ good.

If I can wait.

I don’t know

what it is. 

But it is

gonna be great!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

flattery will get you everywhere


You’ve heard of the fashion house of CHANEL, 
but do you know her actual story?

Gabrielle Chanel was born in the south of France in 1883, three years before our ClockTower was built.

Chanel claimed to be born in 1893, 
shaving a full decade off her age before she died in 1971.

Like her clothing, her life was elegant on the surface but very practical underneath.

She was actually a failed cabaret singer performing as “Coco”, but soon began millinery (hats) and then haute couture, (custom made) eventually creating the concept of prêt-à-porter, known today as ready-to-wear.

Coco Chanel introduced the staples of a modern woman’s wardrobe: slacks for women, little black dresses and very short skirts, collarless jackets and quilted, gold-chained handbags.

To secure funding she needed to open her shops she became the mistress of a flush military man, later replacing him with a wealthy British industrialist when the costs of her empire expanded.

An eminently practical woman, she kept working until the day she she died and Karl Lagerfeld assumed her role of chief designer.

She was right, by the way, about being copied. 

The “Nasty Gal™” jumpsuit worn by Taylor Swift at the Billboard Music Awards was a direct knock-off from the Balmain 2015 collection.

Nasty Gal got all the publicity.

The House of Balmain, for the moment, is being silent.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Oh, look out you rock ‘n rollers

ClockTowerTenants are the leading edge of gentrification in Sobro.

To locals who like things the way they are, 
we are the problem.

But we are also fortunate to have known their South Bronx
 as it was.  

And when the ClockTower is someday surrounded by 40 story, blue glass towers, this little red brick from 1886 will still look the same.

But by then, our neighborhood will not.

“We look but do not see.” is a reminder 
that our time to look around is running out.

A recent meeting at the old Bruckner Bar hosted by ClockTowerTenant Michael Brady revealed a developer plan that will sweep our waterfront clean.

Mugler Shoring is slated for demolition.

They have an amazing story here:

So is Beethoven Piano on the chopping block, the last vestige of a once thriving piano business in our hood.

Take a fascinating look inside:

But perhaps the greatest historical loss will be the building Beethoven occupies, the old Jacob Mott Iron Works foundry, namesake for all of Mott Haven.

You can read the Mott Ironwork story here:

The OZ Moving parking lot and one story building along the bridge ramp is also going to be knocked down for high rise apartments.

So the next time you walk down to the Lincoln Avenue Waterfront and watch the CSX train go by...

...or wander over to Beethoven Piano, take a long, hard look around and maybe a few pictures.

Less than a year from now ClockTowerTenants will have a front row seat on the “changing of the guard” in South Bronx history.

If you haven’t seen the hood by then, it'll be too late.