Here’s to the Ladies who Lunch!

Let’s say you’re a well-off New York woman in the late 19th century, and you’re on an excursion to Ladies Mile—the area roughly between Broadway and Sixth Avenue and 10th and 23rd Streets where the city’s chicest emporiums and boutiques were located. Shopping is time-consuming, and your stomach starts growling. Where could you grab a […]

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Happy Birthday to all of you

I realized that I knew several people with today, September 16th, as their birthday [Maria, Donna, Breyon, and Emily… at least].  That led me to wonder what the most common birthday was – well it turns out there are several answers.  I have checked a number of studies and there seems to be three common answers: September 16th, September 30th and October 5th.  That of course leads to the question of what is the average human gestation period?  Answer: 280 days. Now, doing the math backwards from those three dates you get December 11th, December 25th, and December 31st.  I guess two of those are no surprise.

By the way, besides February 29th, the least common birthday is December 25th.

Heard on the Street I

“Let’s get over this idea of snapping turtles. You’re not getting them.”


Checker Cab
A Checker Cab

I was walking along West 81st Street yesterday and saw this wonderful specimen of a Checker Cab parked on the street.  It appeared to be a working cab, but the last one checked out in 1999 [See New York Times article here].  I do recall riding in one or two when I was young.

It made me think about Latka Gravas working on them in the garage while Alex, Elaine and Tony schmoozed.  I loved that show.  The best scene, bar none, was when Jim had to get his drivers license – “What do you do at a yellow light?”

Now, apparently, the only Checker Cab you can get in New York City is Checker Cab Blonde Ale brewed by NYC’s own Chelsea Craft Brewing Company.  I think I might go get one.

Noise pollution

I enjoy peace and quiet. Remember when the biggest noise annoyances we had were airplanes overhead and people talking during the movie? Now we are bombarded everywhere we go with people’s phone conversations, phone notification tones, game app “music”, and the tinny sound of loud music leaking from earphones of people who can’t afford good ones.

What is it that makes people think this is okay? What happened to thinking about others? Something has changed, caused by this omnipresent digital tether we now all have in front of our face more often than not.  Ironic, I know, that my recent living has been highly impacted by the existence of these devices. And many of you who know me know I am as addicted to the device as the rest of them. But can’t we just keep it a little more quiet please? Where’s the crying baby when you need one?

And is the Procrastinator’s Club meeting a week early?

As reported in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Train songs

My family and I have been spending a lot of time on the New Jersey Transit trains this last year. Not complaining. Most of us enjoy taking the train. My go to train song is City of New Orleans as sung by Arlo Guthrie, although Willie Nelson did a good job with it also.  So then I wondered if there are more train songs than car songs? Tried Googling it. Couldn’t find the answer.

Here is a list of train songs, in case you were wondering.

Hidden Attractions and Unusual Things to Do in New York | Atlas Obscura

Discover hidden New York attractions. Find unusual things to do in New York, New York from City Hall Station to Gimbel’s Bridge.

Source: Hidden Attractions and Unusual Things to Do in New York | Atlas Obscura

Discover NYC Landmarks

Great website from the City of New York with an interactive map to find NYC Landmarks

Source: Discover NYC Landmarks

Manhattan street names on tenement corners — Ephemeral New York

If there’s an actual name for these cross streets carved or affixed to the corners of some city buildings, I don’t know what it is. But they’re fun to spot anyway. I’ve never seen one quite like this decorative sign on an otherwise unremarkable tenement at 169th Street and Broadway. Fancy, right? This one at […]

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