Saturday, July 30, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

airbnb is the bomb

Rocked by four different terror attacks in Germany in just the last two weeks, Angela Merkel made clear today she feels no guilt and will continue to let violence in.

Tourists have been voting with their feet and now Luftansa is flying half emply.

So in an attempt to drum up business, the beleagured airline is selling seats as if they were hotel beds.

Admittedly, it’s getting mixed reviews.
But with a straight face, the airline lists the details as any homeowner would.

If all goes well, 
they'll make up what’s been lost to terror on the ground.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

protect your magic

Longacre Square is often regarded as the “crossroads of the world”.

When the New York Times arrived in 1904,
it was renamed “Times Square” in the newspaper’s honor.

By the mid-1990’s, Mayor Rudy Giuliani launched a full scale assault on the area, transforming a gritty, urban commons rife with prostitutes and drugs into a cleaned-up and Disneyfied theme park.

But back in the mid-1970’s when I was the doorman at Sardi’s, Times Square was littered with flophouses like this.

350 West 52nd street was built in 1920, a little 2500 square foot, industrial four story.

Gatti and Lopez were masonry contractors, and it speaks volumes that a concrete business could have been located in such a tourist mecca today.

Gatti senior was an immigrant from Italy, but his son Joseph had other ideas about a career.

He tried his hand in concrete for awhile, but turned to money management until he passed away in 2008.

Since then the building, laced with asbestos and lead paint, has been abandoned.

Another bit of old New York is about to disappear.

hair today, yawn tomorrow

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

don’t use our songs

Usher, Anne and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Michael Bolton, 
  Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Cyndi Lauper, Cheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, and Josh Groban.

dyslexia on draught