Live theatre (much less Broadway) won’t reopen until it’s safe

If you've been to a Broadway show in the past few years, you're familiar with how the audience is packed tightly even with substantial ticket prices. Implementing the standards needed to ensure that performers, staff, and the audience are kept healthy and safe will increase those prices. Despite the good will evidenced by these proposed … Continue reading Live theatre (much less Broadway) won’t reopen until it’s safe

In the face of social distancing and high demand, NYC libraries trying everything

The City is a new online and email publication that is already producing some fine investigative reporting about the NYC area. http://thecity.nyc/2020/05/nyc-public-libraries-mull-grab-and-go-book-pickup-service.html May 26, 2020 NYC Public Libraries Mull Grab-and-Go Book Pickup Service By Reuven Blau@ReuvenBlau The New York Public Library is ramping up electronic materials` during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY … Continue reading In the face of social distancing and high demand, NYC libraries trying everything

Movie group where I volunteer sponsoring Q&A on excellent movies — here’s another

Go to http://www.newplazacinema.com to register for this discussion and to stream hard-to-find movies. Before the major water main break that shut down New Plaza Cinema's usual weekend theatre, followed almost immediately by COVID-19, our group would be thrilled if we had a physical audience close to 200. These online events are even more successful as … Continue reading Movie group where I volunteer sponsoring Q&A on excellent movies — here’s another

Want to cut global use of plastic water bottles? Fix the pipes.

The best thing a new article can do is give me a new slant on an existing problem. Turns out many plastic water bottles are needed because the local water supply is so polluted. Sure I knew about Detroit, but entire countries? An additional consideration not germane to the point being made here is that … Continue reading Want to cut global use of plastic water bottles? Fix the pipes.

NYC doormen fill many roles, particularly in hard times

I get a kick that this article, from the LA Times, is about a uniquely NYC way of life. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-05-21/new-york-city-building-doormen While New York City fights a pandemic, building doormen greet and troubleshoot By Stephen BattaglioStaff Writer  May 21, 20204:22 PM NEW YORK —  For the last two months, New York City building doorman Louis DeJesus has seen … Continue reading NYC doormen fill many roles, particularly in hard times

How ethical and practical is it to order a restaurant meal?

Interesting article examining the pros and cons of ordering a restaurant meal. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/pick-up-the-damn-phone-and-other-thoughts-on-ordering-restaurant-delivery? Pick Up the Damn Phone, and Other Thoughts on Ordering Restaurant Delivery By Helen Rosner April 2, 2020 Ordering in food during the coronavirus pandemic is an exquisite luxury. It’s also an ethical and practical minefield.Photograph by Stephen Lam / Reuters The … Continue reading How ethical and practical is it to order a restaurant meal?

How did Manhattan’s UWS buildings get their names?

https://ilovetheupperwestside.com/where-do-buildings-get-their-names/ Claudie Benjamin  May 12, 2020  Real Estate Robert A.M. Stern’s 15 Central Park West, the Indiana limestone-clad landmark, clearly is today’s Upper West Side building with the greatest “OMG!” factor. Its understated name suggests that it’s classy to refer to showcase buildings by a number alone. 15 Central Park West In contrast, the Upper West Side … Continue reading How did Manhattan’s UWS buildings get their names?