Posts Tagged ‘new york’

The MTA has a new boss–Joe Lhota–and the guy has a plan to fix the subways. That’s a good thing.

I’ve been riding the subways my entire life and it’s true–they’ve become more crowded, less civil and full of panhandlers. It’s pretty intense down there…

Yes, it’s winter and it snowed…

Posted: 24th January 2016 in winter
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Why oh why does every storm have to be the ‘storm of the century…and a reason for hysterical reporting?

I was visiting the Museum of the City of New York this past weekend and drifted into the exhibit on Affordable Housing. There, amidst all the information about rent stabilization, rezoning of neighborhoods and vintage pamphlets on public housing, was a curious letter signed by Bob Dylan. “Could that be THE Bob Dylan,” I asked my wife, not that I’d ever heard of another.

If you love books & reading and live in New York or are just visiting, you owe it to yourself to visit the J.P. Morgan Library.

Commuting in NYC is not for the faint of heart or those in high heels.

Yes, I’m a biking klutz. Who else would run over his own pair of new glasses!

It took almost a year of biking these mean streets but I finally had an accident and went down with a crash….

One of the more curious sights on the NYC subway is the seemingly endless parade of women who, upon getting a seat, proceed to put on their “face” in full view of a subway car full of commuters, completely oblivious to all that’s going on around them.

They dab and dot, brush and eventually begin pointing sharp makeup pencils at their eyes while the subway hurtles along on its merry way. I usually close my eyes when the eye-liner pencils come out and pray we don’t stop short.

If New York is such an exclusionary place fit for only the wealthy, as de Blasio would have us believe, then why has the population grown by probably a million in the last decade? And despite what you may hear, a lot of our new neighbors are immigrants seeking the American dream, not hipsters brewing their own beers. New York is a city where our minority population is the majority. You can look it up.

One of the great things about New York City is its propinquity, the possibilities that exist because disparate people are living within spitting distance of each other. In many ways, that’s why New York is magical; it embodies that idea. Walking the streets of New York one gets the feeling that anything can happen, that it’s possible you could run into anyone.

For the last decade, the beautiful TWA Terminal has been opened only a handful of times after being renovated by JetBlue which operates out of the adjacent Terminal 5. Sunday was one of those days; the terminal became a showpiece for visitors — not flyers — as part of the city’s Open House New York weekend when dozens of buildings and structures, normally closed to the public, are thrown open for all to see.

“Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again.”

Those words are so haunting even after all these years. Those are of course the opening lines of “Sounds of Silence” and they still have to be among the best ever for a rock/pop song. They could also be the opening of a short story by Edgar Alan Poe for that matter.

Paul McCartney wrote “All My Lovin” back in July 1963 while shaving or on a tour bus, take your pick. nyway, nearly 50 years later, I came across this group of musicians performing it in the NYC subway with more than a little passion.

New York City street fairs don’t vary all that much but last night’s event on the Lower East Side did have its charm. Take a look….

So now NYC voters can choose TWO political horndogs this electoral season — “The Tweeting” Weiner AND “Black Socks” Spitzer both trying to make comebacks this year. The stars are surely aligned. Suddenly, NYC politics are a lot more interesting but is this a good thing for voters?

Why do New York’s city bikes look the way they do? What’s with the design? Read on….

I love NYC’s bike share program. So far, I’ve taken six rides including one today in beautiful weather down the west side but if I had to choose a word to sum up what it’s like to hit the pavement on a bike in this city, that word would be “terrifying!”

This lost New York footage in color from 1939 is really an eye-opener.

can’t say I ride my bike a lot around NYC but I have the very best intentions. Every May, I drag our two bikes up from the basement and….

Back in 1979, when I was a young reporter working in The Daily News Brooklyn section, my editor turned to me one day and said, ‘Hey I want you to do a story about the 100th anniversary of Gage & Tollner’s.” “Gage & Who?” I asked. “Gage & Tollner’s,” the editor replied. “It’s an historic […]

Imagine a “store” containing nothing but The Beatles historic White Album…

Part of an ongoing series of New Yorkers on their way to work….    

Now comes word that NYC officials are taking down all the ‘no honking’ signs around this burg (you know the ones — “Don’t Honk-$350 Penalty blah, blah, blah) and I couldn’t be more delighted. I love to honk! It’s true, I really do get into tooting my own car horn, much to the chagrin of […]

Things are looking very bleak for the historic South Street Seaport after Hurricane Sandy. Nearly every store suffered extensive damage and has been closed indefinitely although a very few are hanging on. Not only that but a lot residences down there were destroyed also. Right now, it’s a mess with boarded up stores, “restricted” signs […]

Sandy is gone but her destruction remains. Still, Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and, by most estimates, there are far more volunteers for every site than are needed. New Yorkers really turned out and, with that, a few random pictures from today: