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

Follow-Up to Yesterday’s Aaron Schlossberg Post

Yes, evidently that was attorney Aaron Schlossberg who went into a Fresh Kitchen restaurant on Madison Ave. in NYC and shouted at employees that they shouldn’t be speaking Spanish. Mr. Schlossberg was identified very soon after the videotaped incident, which raised questions about whether the wrong person had been named.  Last time I looked, the WNYC-owned Gothamist.com was refusing to post his name in their article on the topic because his identity hadn’t been confirmed to their satisfaction. The Gothamist writer was right to hold back.  We must use caution with details that haven’t been verified — especially when someone’s reputation is at risk.  … Continue reading Follow-Up to Yesterday’s Aaron Schlossberg Post

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

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