New York City becomes more beautiful each passing year that it is overwhelming trying to remember what used to be there instead of what's new.
Even in my first neighborhood where I stayed at West Side YMCA on West 63 Street at Central Park West, the street is so different than what I remember. Everything brand new. Even YMCA has upgraded its dull interior to a modern, exciting one with an array of brighter colours.
When I first stayed in this Upper West Side part of town the corridor at West 63 and Broadway and up to W. 64 Street did not have all the chic bars and restaurants and street table seating like now and as much noise and people and bustle than San Francisco's North Beach on a Saturday night. Across Broadway Lincoln Center fountains of recycle water rise and fall and the plaza is as busy as the corridor of stylishly dressed people that spill into Julliard School holding an event of its own that heavily guarded by boys in suits.
Do we love New YOrk? Yes, oh yes, we do.
I suspect some day it will be "our" home. The home of Charles and Sal...He the great photographer and engineer; Charles, the great author/storyteller. What he wishes happens for us. However, I am not so sure yet that I am ready to depart San Francisco permanently...
Manhattan's Theatre District late night is inspiring with bright lights and ads and news tickers of what's happening around the globe that don't quit. Even the McDonald's marquee takes on a glamorous appeal.
After an up in the air daredevil move on a busy inner city street crossing, a man lost control of his bike and slammed head-on into a parked van at the corner of Taylor at Eddy Street.
People of all colours and nationalities ran to help the man including drug users and dealers.
An ambulance was called by several people, which arrived abruptly, along with SFPD, to take the injured man away.
We are unsure what actually happened but our hearts hurt for the guy lying on the sidewalk in the heart of the Tenderloin on Taylor at Eddy. Apparently, he crashed his motorcycle into another vehicle at 1:03 PM or a vehicle shoved him into the white van in front of his damaged bike.
An ambulance has been called.
We hope and pray the guy will be OK.
New York Times editorial: Comey fired because of 'investigation that could bring down a president'
The New York Times in an editorial Wednesday said FBI Director James Comey was fired Tuesday because he was leading an investigation that could "bring down the president."
The editorial board said that by firing Comey, President Trump has "cast grave doubt on the viability of any further investigation into what could be one of the biggest political scandals in the country's history."
The editors dismissed the president's explanation for the firing and pointed to his past praise of the former FBI director.
"Of course, if Mr. Trump truly believed, as he said in his letter of dismissal, that Mr. Comey had undermined 'public trust and confidence' in the agency, he could just as well have fired him on his first day in office," the editorial said.
"Mr. Comey was fired because he was leading an active investigation that could bring down a president. Though compromised by his own poor judgment, Mr. Comey’s agency has been pursuing ties between the Russian government and Mr. Trump and his associates, with potentially ruinous consequences for the administration."
The Times editorial board said the FBI is conducting the only "aggressive effort" into any ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.
Now, the need for a special prosecutor is "plainer than ever," the editorial board said.
In between the shows at PianoFight, the piano man played and played his heart out. One tune after the other, his head turning and nodding to every beat.
"Play it again, Matt," I said, just learning his proper name. How fitting, I thought, he is a Matthew like my PaintedPeopleStory's Matthew Rae. My Edge of Night piano man. My party social crowd had already departed by now. One set, a couple, were off to view their new place just rented on lower Nob HIll's Bush Street. They, two men as a couple, were tired of living with other roommates and wanted to be in their own home. JD would tell an engaging story about finding her apartment that she's been in since 1992 that we will always remember and apply to our own lives. HC had just one cocktail as she stipulated and left shortly after an hour was up just as she said she would to her NOPA apartment shared with 5 other girls. And I, was suddenly left alone with the piano man and Turtle at the bar who bought me a drink, and he expected to stay to late. A good day, I thought, since JD paid for all our drinks and appetizers as well. Thank you, JD. But suddenly, I felt sad and kind of alone and thought of SKA and so wished he was here...
Matt looked over, smiled and struck the keyboards as he bounced and tapped his feet and swayed into the music and I applauded..
First major blizzard of 2017 called Stella knocks-Out The City! The city above all others.
Airlines grounded; schools cancelled... With people staying home, broadcast soap operas like ailing Days of our Lives recently renewed for its 52nd year on NBC should get a big boost in Nielsen TV ratings.
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These are the Days of our Lives
There are two Yemen (Yemeni) restaurants right near each other on Jones Street at Eddy in the Tenderloin. Today, Friday, the 10th day of February, we made our third lunch experience at the one located on Eddy at Jones and ate like a king. All meals are prepared by the beautiful wife of the owner. For some reason, they think I am Muslim and from Africa. Thus far, I've neither confirmed or denied their alternative fact.
Yemeni cuisine is largely distinct from the more widely known Middle Eastern cuisines, it is unique and coherent, if characterized by a degree of regional variation. The lentil soup with olive oil is especially magnificent.
Chicken, goat, and lamb are the staple meats in Yemen. Breads are an integral part of Yemeni cuisine, most of which are prepared from local grains. Unleavened flat breads are common.
An adventurous Manhattan night in winter in a city not always so glamorous but full of lure and lust without sleep one is easily led into endless, un-forgettable scenarios and a compelling night of new people and social contacts, new energies, and discoveries of hidden New York often not seen in daylight...
Blondie’s Bar on Valencia Street is a dive bar between 16th and 17th in the Mission. Here, you get an enormous portion of Blondie bar themed Gin and Vodka Martinis for about $17 including bartender’s tip, enough for three people.
On various week nights and weekends, Blondie’s provides live music on a stage erected along the side wall in the back area and enough space for dancing and presents comic acts as well.
The atmosphere of this part of Valencia Street with its eclectic cafes and good strong coffee, cheap wine and Sangria, Hookah’s bars, chic local boutiques and tons of restaurants including many Moraccan and Arabic food, Roxie Theater and absolutely no American chain stores or Starbucks is like being in East Village, New York City with all the cool-looking people.
Blondie’s also features local artists. The current exhibition is a tribute to African American musician and comics like Rick James, Redd Roxx, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince with John Lennon and David Bowie included for soul.