Divine heaven at this soda jerk we stumbled upon in Carroll Gardens on date night. They make their own peanut butter. (at Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain)
oh my guh.
Like, you know, whatever.
Storytime: whilst walking Bella after I got out of work yesterday in front of my house, 4 black SUVs roll up and a huge security detail comes out. In the middle car mayor Bloomberg hops out. It startled me so much that I stopped to let him by w/ his crew. He told me hello and said my dog was cute. That’s right: my dog has Official NYC Mayoral Endorsement. (He’s the shorty in the middle)
Lincoln Center’s AtriumFlix series, a monthly FREE cinema showcase with filmmaker discussion and screening, continues tonight.
April’s event begins with an interview of prolific filmmaker Mira Nair (Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominations) conducted by Elvis Mitchell, the curator for the Film Independent/Los Angeles County Museum of Art, followed by a showing of Nair’s seminal film Mississippi Masala.
Staring a young Denzel Washington, this exquisite film tells of a third-generation Ugandan Indian family – Jay and Kinnu - who are expelled from the country in 1972 and then escape to Mississippi. In 1990 Mina, their daughter, falls in love with Demetrius (Washington), a local carpet cleaner and their forbidden and sensuous romance begins. The film highlights racial and class tensions in the supposedly “New South.”
Join us at 7:00pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium.
Mira Nair fan 4 LYF (is that how the kids say it?). I say that, but I haven’t seen her Earhart film because my dislike of Hillary Swank is stronger than my desire to see every film Nair makes.
Still, Mississippi Masala is pretty wonderful. Denzel is so cute in it!
Date: Apr. 4, 2013
Contact: James P. Judge
Media & Public Relations Manager
BluePearl Veterinary Partners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NYPD Officer’s Cat Missing for 2 Years Found, Returned by Zombie
NEW YORK – Late Saturday night, the “Times Square Zombie” was walking on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan when he saw a black and white cat running rampant in the middle of the street.
Jeremy Zelkowitz, a 22-year-old Brooklyn native, who works as a promoter and dresses in character as a zombie for Times Scare, a year-round haunted house located on Eighth Avenue, saw the fugitive cat trying to enter Dallas BBQ and later Starbucks.
According to Zelkowitz, the cat then darted on and off of the road interrupting traffic. That’s when he and a friend decided to help and took the curious cat to nearby BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Manhattan on 55th Street.
Once at BluePearl, doctors used a microchip scanner and were able to determine the cat, named Disaster, belonged to Jimmy Helliesen, a Long Island resident and New York City Police Officer.
“When our staff initially called Mr. Helliesen, he couldn’t believe it and thought we were playing a practical joke on him,” said Steve Baker, hospital administrator of BluePearl in Manhattan. “He said Disaster had gone missing two years ago.”
According to Helliesen, he has been fostering cats at his home in Long Island that wind up at the precinct where he works until he can find them a home with suitable owners. Disaster was one of the first he took in, but about two years ago, he managed to claw through a screened window and got loose.
“This really goes to show the importance of micro-chipping your pets,” said Baker. “If you and your pet are separated, sooner or later, the odds of you and your pet being reunited are more likely thanks to this affordable technology.”
Micro-chipping is an inexpensive procedure where a tiny, rice-sized microchip is implanted under the pet’s skin and can be used by veterinarians or animal service workers to find the pet’s owner.
No one may ever know the full story of where Disaster spent the past two years or how he got from Long Island to Manhattan, but he has been reunited with Helliesen and is back at home in Long Island.
I bolded for emphasis (also that reminds me I need to update Panda’s address on the microchip site!)
This month, the iconic children’s television series Sesame Street—broadcast in more than 150 countries and seen by over 120 million international viewers—will visit another icon, Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts center, on its popular “People in Your Neighborhood” segment. Inspired by the classic Sesame Street song “The People in Your Neighborhood,” Murray Monster goes on location to interview real people about their jobs. The Lincoln Center segments will showcase the New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera.
The first segment features Murray Monster and Ovejita as they visit Lincoln Center to join four New York City Ballet dancers in the studio to learn about ballerinas. Dancers Kristen Segin, Alina Dronova, Callie Bachman, and Sara Adams explain how dancers use their bodies to tell a story and explain terms like “barre” and “plié.”
Stay tuned for more segments later this month.
The story of how Danny and I were married last July in a Manhattan courtroom, with our son, Kevin, beside us, began 12 years earlier, in a dark, damp subway station.
More from the essay:
Three months later, Danny appeared in family court to give an account of finding the baby. Suddenly, the judge asked, “Would you be interested in adopting this baby?” The question stunned everyone in the courtroom, everyone except for Danny, who answered, simply, “Yes.”
Last week Urban Librarians Unite put out a call for donations of children’s books for libraries in New York City that had stock damaged by Hurricane Sandy. We applaud their effort and wanted to be a part, and so donated three each of the books above. They are still actively receiving donations, and helping place kids’ books in needful libraries. Check out their website if you want to help too.
Photo: MSF set up an emergency clinic in Far Rockaway, NY, for Hurricane Sandy relief. © Michael Goldfarb/MSF
Days after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, vast relief effort led by city, state, and federal agencies was under way, but the affected area was so widespread that many people, particularly along the poorer, low-lying margins of the city, felt forgotten and abandoned by their government. MSF set up an emergency clinic with a volunteer staff of a dozen or so doctors, nurses, and assorted health professionals. A folding table was piled high with medical supplies, and a sheet strung up in a corner created a makeshift private screening area. An empty Starbucks jug doubled as an ad hoc sharps disposal container. Misha Friedman, a Moldovan photographer in his thirties with a shaved head—a veteran of Doctors Without Borders missions from Sudan to Uzbekistan—was briefing a pair of volunteers about the dire health situation faced by 800 senior residents in a nearby housing complex who had had no running water or electricity for a week.
“No one’s been evacuated,” he told me. “There is no evacuation. Doctors have been flooded out, pharmacies have been closed. Some patients are on dozens of medications, and they kind of fall off the grid.”
In my 8am this morning C. walked in 45 minutes late, sat down, and burst into tears. Took him 3 hours to get to school from Far Rock. His house is gone he said, storm took it. So the students spent most of the rest of class planning out who would type C’s things up for him, who could share rides, who had things to give. Then we all said fuck it and tried laughing still wiping our eyes and almost secretly whispered to ourselves that in 4 years every child in the USA under 10-12ish would only ever know a black man as their president.