If You’ve Had Bedbugs, Read This

I had bedbugs late in 2009 and early in 2010.  Management of the building where I lived didn’t handle it right, but apparently the bugs didn’t return to my apartment after treatment.  Not before I was able to move, anyway. Still, I took precautions while moving.  I discarded most of what I owned, and wrapped items that went with me.  While packing, nothing touched the carpet. I remember the horrible stress.  Some people have become suicidal while going through that trauma, so the pest control company should be staffed by professionals with good people skills and preferably some crisis training.  … Continue reading If You’ve Had Bedbugs, Read This

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

Keeping Your Info Safe on Public Transit, and Unrelated Irony

We hear about identity theft precautions all the time.  Always shred documents before discarding them.  Empty your mailbox every day.  Don’t share your credit card number with someone who calls you on the phone and tells you there’s a misdemeanor warrant for your arrest, and paying a fine will resolve the matter (and please don’t judge people who have fallen for this scam.  The callers know how to induce panic). Other precautions are less practical to carry out, so we have to decide how many risks we’re willing to take for our convenience or to make a system more efficient. … Continue reading Keeping Your Info Safe on Public Transit, and Unrelated Irony

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


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

Ride the NYC Subway Like a Pro

My recent stay in New York City was the first in four and a half years. I’m a city person, though, and most of it came naturally. Still, there’s conscious risk-taking which we know is unnecessary and we do it anyway. Example: using the elevator in a subway station. We do it when we’re tired, or feeling inclined to harm ourselves.  I think I was just tired. I did it only once, and it worked out fine.  However, I won’t recommend the experience to anyone.  For clarification, here’s a YouTube video by username Nordell: Continue reading Ride the NYC Subway Like a Pro