Fred W. McDarrah’s Images of New York City

Earlier this year, The Village Voice ceased operating. People have positive and negative memories of that paper.  Regardless, if you looked at it often enough you found some impressive photos. An exhibit titled Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes is at Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 W. 26th Street in Manhattan through November 3. Here’s a link to an article by Jen Carlson about Mr. McDarrah’s work on Gothamist’s site.  Please read the article and click the images to recall his work. http://gothamist.com/2018/09/21/fred_w_mcdarrah_old_nyc_photos.php#photo-1 Continue reading Fred W. McDarrah’s Images of New York City

Not Suitable For Work (NSFW)

I’m posting this on the weekend, so most of you should be able to watch the accompanying video.  Be discreet, though.  If you enjoy it, take a look at some of the other material uploaded to YouTube with the username ExplosiveIndustries.  It’s Dave Hill’s account, and he has worked with some of the best: Dick Cavett, David Rakoff and a couple of Chihuahuas. If you’re really, really impressed, try listening to Dave’s radio talk show.  It’s on Monday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on WFMU in Jersey City, NJ.  The station has an online stream at wfmu.org.   Continue reading Not Suitable For Work (NSFW)

Gothamist and DNAinfo Have Shut Down

If you read local New York City news online, you have lost two resources. Gothamist and DNAinfo, two of the most popular sites for New Yorkers and people who are just curious about New York City, closed after employees voted to join a union.  Other regional sites owned by publisher Joe Ricketts, including SFist, have also shut down. Mr. Ricketts has posted negatively about unions on his blog, and a link to an anti-union blog post appears below. There’s also a link to a New York Times article on the closure.  The Times article lists names of other, extant NYC news sites, in blue text.  Click … Continue reading Gothamist and DNAinfo Have Shut Down

Second Avenue Subway Safety Questions

The Second Avenue Subway in New York City opened at the beginning of this year.  The opening date was promised by New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and as far as the public knew everything was completed on schedule. There are concerns, though.  At the end of this post, please click the link to an article by Emma G. Fitzsimmons in the New York Times.  Although the New York Times disappoints readers more often than it used to, Ms. Fitzsimmons’ report is the product of real investigative journalism.  Read the item carefully to get an idea of the standards this newspaper used to … Continue reading Second Avenue Subway Safety Questions

Carbon Monoxide Leak in Tribeca

On Tuesday, a building in Manhattan’s Triangle Below Canal Street (Tribeca) District experienced a carbon monoxide leak which caused people to be hospitalized.  A link to a news story on the incident appears at the end of this post. Carbon monoxide detectors are easy to find in hardware and drug stores, and once you read the instructions they’re easy to install. Always follow the instructions. Carbon monoxide is odor-free (in spite of the impression you may have gotten from smelling car exhaust), and it can leak from building fixtures such as furnaces and boilers.  If a person is asleep when … Continue reading Carbon Monoxide Leak in Tribeca

NYPL News

Although I was running my tailfeathers off during a recent stay in New York City, I was able to find time to visit the Main Public Library. If you haven’t seen that building — located next to Bryant Park — yet, try to get around to it someday.  Maybe this DNA Info article by Shaye Weaver will encourage you if you don’t yet know how curious you are: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170519/midtown-east/nypl-library-rose-reading-bill-blass-landmark/?utm_source=New+York+City&utm_campaign=34b2b29022-Mailchimp-NYC&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4f5d8e7caa-34b2b29022-132382133 Continue reading NYPL News

New Bookstore Coming Soon to Queens, NY

Bookstores aren’t easy to find anymore, especially if you aren’t in the Downtown area of a city. If you live in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, pretty soon you’ll have a chance to shop in a storefront bookstore near your home: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170516/kew-gardens/kew-gardens-bookstore-the-queens-bookshop-81-63-lefferts-blvd?utm_source=New+York+City&utm_campaign=7c8fac6c53-Mailchimp-NYC&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4f5d8e7caa-7c8fac6c53-132382133 Continue reading New Bookstore Coming Soon to Queens, NY