When I moved back to the Upper West Side in 2016, ubiquitous scaffolding was the most jarring change I saw to my former ‘hood. Yes. From the 1960’s to 1980’s there were some pretty skeevy streets above 69th. But. At least the mom & pop shops were in plain view. As was The Museum Café, Victor’s Cuban, Ruskay’s, then Ruelle’s. Bustling with outside tables and windows for people watching.
In 2019, the scaffolding scourge continues to spread. It’s rare to find a building not shrouded by dark cobwebbed metal and wood. Obscuring business signage and entrances, leaving al fresco spaces too dank to dine under. Even the stately San Remo has a newly erected shed. Sad.
Still waiting for The Mueller Report.
Drinking German pilsner outside at The Tavern is the only way to do it. With a spicy chicken flatbread.
Who is it? And. What is an aperol spritz?
Tennessee and Michigan State are in Sweet Sixteen. 2 to go.
A fight for the working class has emerged with dueling barn-burners yesterday. Trump v. Bernie. Queens v. Brooklyn. FOX v. MSNBC & CNN. Both targeting class rather than party affiliation. This will be the most clear cut battle in the 2020 campaign. On the same rural lawn.
– Hatfield, Massachusetts 2016
Meanwhile best SNL in a long time. Hader with the see-through white Jim Jordan shirt spot on. Stiller as Cohen New York perfection. John Mulaney funny and smart. Well done fun.
Give it up for the NYC fireworks maestros. In the pouring rain.
Central Park at Midnight. Rocks it every year.
As always, lots to say. But. Hey. Tomorrow is a longer day.
Susan Chira. Women Don’t Think Alike
Kat Stoeffel. The Age of the MSNBC Mom
Maureen Dowd. Bill’s Belated #MeToo Moment
Michael Ian Black. The Boys Are Not All Right
Pete Wells. Anthony Bourdain