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hot off the press!


straight from the birmingham alabama  new york city news comes a red hot story of theft in the city.  we should all remain vigilant and be on the look out.

A woman was caught on video swiping a lucky horseshoe from an Upper East Side barbershop after walking around the shop taking photos with a cellphone.

The culprit was standing outside the shop when Rebzovic caught up to her, he said. Rebzovic demanded she return the item and when she obliged, he let her walk away, he said.

The horseshoe has since been returned to its original place.

if you see this woman, please be aware she is armed with a horseshoe and potentially very lucky.  (click on picture below for more details!)

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“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.”
~ Buddha

 

place your bets now!


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i can’t be the only one who has personally witnessed some slight exaggerations from weather peeps when there may be some impending weather-activity; am i right?

here we go again . . . . the weather according to cnn:

“This could be a storm the likes of which we’ve never seen before,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Whatever terrible storms New Yorkers have experienced in the past, “prepare for something worse,” he said.

Earlier Sunday, the National Weather Services upgraded its blizzard watch to a blizzard warning for the area from northern New Jersey through southern Connecticut, including New York City. Twenty to 30 inches of snow is possible with winds gusting 55 to 65 mph.

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Weather forecast for tonight: dark.”
~ George Carlin

(i’m with george on this one until i see otherwise)Smile

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joan & my camera


 

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3 stretch limos waited outside, 2 already occupied by joan’s two assistants and some family members who preceded melisa and cooper. shortly after 10:30 am, melissa & cooper left joan’s home at 1 east 62nd street.

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a beautiful display of flowers and tributes covered half of the entrance to the building.

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i arrived at temple emanu el before the limos and if it were not for the m-1 city buses interrupting the view from the press camp located all the way across the avenue, i would have been able to show you more pictures.  how did they not close 5th avenue??  this was joan rivers’ funeral!  of course, the peeps from nbc, cbs, cnn, people magazine, ect… had anticipated this and came armed with ladders.  i spent 2 hours looking for tiny spaces in between ladder rungs, tripods and body parts trying to secure spot large enough to  fit my lens through. lesson learned.

all of the news media peeps were in crews. there were reporters, camera peeps, videographers and the assistants uploading live feed onto their computers.  by now you’ve no doubt already seen the celebrity arrivals in pictures splashed all over the news so i won’t bore you with mine, but i will tell you about the parts of the ceremony that the big outlets didn’t dwell on.

the lane of roadway closest to the temple was reserved for cars and limos dropping off guests – most had drivers.  then there was the person who pulled up in a beautiful light green maybach. i couldn’t see who it was as the view was obstructed by a double decker tourist bus filled with people taking pictures of the crowds and people in the press pit. it was pretty comical as they focused on the press camp and never thought to look across the street where all the celebrities were wandering about.  back to the maybach. apparently the guest who arrived in the maybach drove himself.  he must be used to having a driver as he forgot to take his keys when he exited his car. for the following 30 minutes or so, the maybach blocked the entrance to the to the temple so the following guests had to get out of their cars up the block and walk to the entrance. It took about 8 cops and two tow trucks, further obstructing my view, to jimmy the locks on the maybach and drive it away.

 

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just one hour after the service began, the front doors to the temple opened and out poured well over a dozen bag-pipers.  for this, they closed fifth avenue and i was grateful for the unobstructed views – until the bagpipers lined up directly in front to me.

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they played as melissa and cooper got into the their limo.

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all the other guests followed melissa out of the temple and waited for their drivers to arrive with their car.

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then – the second most amazing thing happened.  a cop moved the barrier and allowed the press to cross the street.  aproximately 3 seconds later, i was standing in the middle of a crowd of people that included whoopie goldberg, matthew broderick, charlie rose, barbara walters, kathy lee, and all the rest.  i wasn’t exactly sure what to do so i stood back and thought i would observe the pros from abc, nbc, cbs, ect., and then just do what they did.   each ‘team’ sent a reporter to a celeb and asked some questions while the camera person filmed and a third person uploaded the story for ‘live coverage.’  i did not have a crew. should i just walk up to geraldo or kelly osbourne and start asking questions? before i had time to answer my own question, matthew broderick walked by and i concentrated solely on the photo op.

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i knew sara jessica parker couldn’t be far behind so i stood still and scanned the crowd until i saw her heading my way.  she was just several feet away from me when the first most amazing thing happened – – my camera died!  it just stopped.  i tried to remain cool while i frantically turned my camera on and off several dozen times; dug through my bag for the spare and changed the battery;  dug through my bag again for the second spare and loaded that battery; changed the settings . . . . and everything else i could think of. . . . .

i finally came to understand it was simply my electronic disorder rearing it’s ugly head at the worst possible time, and tried not to cry. then i went home.

here are some of the shots i managed to get prior to the death of my most favorite possession . . . .

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barbara walters

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joan rivers funeral (robin quivers)

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rest easy, joan – i hope the celebration was everything you wished for.

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“I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.”
 ~ Joan Rivers

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home


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“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”
 ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes 

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missing leaves


they won’t be back until spring and i’m missing the leaves already.

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“What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes.”
 ~ Timothy Virkkala

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how to pick a mayor in the city


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They’ll drink to that! Dem mayoral candidates vow to let New Yorkers swill beer on their stoops

They’ll drink to that!

Booze lovers are toasting the Democratic mayoral candidates, who say almost unanimously that if elected they’ll let New Yorkers swill a beer on their stoops.

When asked the question in the “lightning round” at Wednesday’s Democratic mayoral debate, all the candidates — except Erick Salgado, a minister — said city residents should be able to drink a beer on their stoops.

“I should be able to drink ’em in a park and at the beach, too,” Anthony Weiner added.

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“oy vey”
 ~ cags 

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“I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later — because I did not belong there, did not come from there — but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.”
 ~ Joan Didion

meet my new neighbor, sheik hamad bin jassim bin jaber al-thani


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Qatar’s filthy-rich prime minister has scooped up a palatial Beekman Place townhouse near the United Nations for $35 million — $15 million less than its asking price, sources said.

Last year, Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani made headlines when he bought real-estate tycoon Aby Rosen’s East 71st Street party mansion for $47 million, but soured on the place because it didn’t have enough privacy or security for his wives, children and gun-toting security detail . . .  ny post

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
 ~ Buddha

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babysitting in the city


here is the perfect recipe for keeping kids entertained in the city for an entire day – for free!

2 dogs (borrow from neighbors if necessary)

2 pillows

1 building maintenance man.

mix well and play.

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“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”
~ Milton Berle

how urban sprawl begins


it’s been 5 days on my country hiatus now and  i’m thinking of heading back to the city later this afternoon.  so far today i’ve seen 3 deer,  1 blue jay and a woodpecker and look what i found yesterday:

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i’m taking this as a sign from the universe that it just may be time to get back to the crowds in the city . . .

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
 ~ Lao Tzu 

simply noticing


i took the bus this week.  it was the m15 which travels up 1st avenue.  it was an enjoyable ride up 1st avenue and i did a lot of excellent people watching.  i was amazed at the lady directly across the isle from me who managed to remove a contact lens with one swoop of her finger and no mirror.  i was even more astounded when she popped the lens into her mouth, rolled it around a bit with her tongue and then placed it back in her eye.

directly in front of me sat a boy who appeared to be about 2 years old, along with his mother.  apparently in fear of bus germs, mom slathered the boys hands with a humungous sized dollop of purell and spent the next five minutes trying to rub it all in.  immediately upon the release of his freshly sanitized hands, he licked his palms and announced, “that tastes good!”

 

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“It’s a troublesome world. All the people who’re in it
are troubled with troubles almost every minute.
You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot,
for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.”
~ Dr. Seuss

strange in the city


i think it’s funny how some people discard their christmas trees the moment christmas is over.  i imagine there are several reasons;
1. they are just not that into the ho, ho, ho of the season and relish the day it’s behind them
2. they have had enough of the cat climbing the tree and smashing many ornaments in the process
3.  the dog thinks the tree is an indoor port-a-potty
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4. they’ve fled to paris or some exotic island to ring in the new year, leaving the staff in charge of tree disposal prior to their return to the city.

there may be other reasons, but those are the first that come to mind.  of course there are the peeps whom prolong the merriment of the season throughout the entire month of january and some into february.  whatever the case, dying trees line the city streets from the end of december through mid february.

this year i’ve noticed something quite odd about the discarded trees. maybe you can explain.  take a look at these east midtown pix and see if you notice anything odd.

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anyone?

have you noticed anything unusual about these discarded trees?  every day since christmas, i see the same thing and i have yet to figure it out.  what is confusing me is why not one tree has a shred of tinsel left on it.  i haven’t had a tree in many years, but i can clearly remember that it is virtually impossible to remove every single strand of tinsel from a decorated tree.  did i miss the news about the tinsel ban?  did something terrible happen with tinsel and it’s no longer available?  how can people properly decorate a christmas tree without tinsel?  have tinsel-less trees become all the rage and no one bothered to tell me?

I have spent an inordinate amount of time looking for evidence of tinsel everywhere in the east fifties and have yet to see even one stray strand anywhere.
there has not even been one small piece of remaining garland hiding in the branches.

can someone please tell me what is going on?

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“To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. ”
 ~ E. B. White 

hiding in the silver lining


John Turner bought a scratch-off lottery ticket after a hard day of work last Sunday.

Instant karma!

New Jersey native John Turner, 38, returned to his home state to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, and left $70,000 richer after hitting the jackpot in a Garden State lottery.
Turner, who runs a water removal business in Chicago, knew that his skills and equipment were desperately needed when Sandy ravaged New Jersey.
Shocked by the devastation, Turner even emptied out some flooded homes free of charge for families that got hit particularly hard by the storm.  full story
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Whole Foods
The store nicknamed “Whole Paycheck” for its high prices surprised some Manhattan residents with a generous offer earlier this week. On October 31, Whole Foods  in New York’s Tribeca district — one of the neighborhoods that lost power Monday night and is still waiting for the lights to come back on — had food on shelves and in storage that was about to go bad. Management could have held a fire sale but instead decided to hand out all perishables for free. Twitter alerts brought instant crowds and news crews.  (source)
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Adorama
Any retailer that allowed residents without power to charge their cell phones and computers became a hero this week, and remains such. Meanwhile Adorama, a camera store on West 18th Street, went one further, setting up a charging station in front of its storefront.  (source)
 U-Haul
Free self-storage would thrill any real estate-deprived New York area resident even in the best of times. During the Hurricane Sandy recovery, dry, clean space is even more valuable, especially to those facing property damage or those forced to bunk with friends, family, or strangers.  Right now, U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box pod moving to assist victims of the storm. (source)
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Duracell
Duracell  gained some energized fans by taking to the streets of the New York metro area this week with its Duracell Rapid Responder truck. Employees handed out free batteries and access to charging lockers.  (source)
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On the Upper East Side, residents of 200 East End Ave. — many of them elderly — found themselves without power after the storm flooded their basement. And just like that, their neighbors across the street at 180 East End offered to take them in. That was welcome news for Mike Traub, 74, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and gets around with a scooter — but who lives on the ninth floor of 200 East End, and had no way of getting downstairs. Or so he thought. The building’s porter, Luis Cortes, carried him down. “I knocked on the door and said you need to get out, but he said he couldn’t walk. I said no problem, and carried him down nine flights. It was difficult, but I did what I had to do” said Cortes, 53.

HEROES: Luis Cortes (left) carried Mike Traub down nine flights and José Murillo (right) got him across the street.

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HEROES: Luis Cortes (left) carried Mike Traub down nine flights and José Murillo (right) got him across the street.

Another building employee, José Murillo, carried Traub across the street. When he got to his host’s apartment, “They were very welcoming, and food was pushed on us. Cakes, coffee, salads, soups.” Traub’s wife, Bonnie, said, “They were super wonderful. They put little chocolates on our pillows and they made us an incredible breakfast. New Yorkers are the greatest people in the world.” in all the years i’ve lived here, i never understood why new yorkers have a reputation for being rude & uncaring.  my experience has been just the opposite. on the countless occasions i’ve seen people fall down or be in need of help, there are always plenty of people tripping over each other to offer assistance.  One of those who played host to displaced neighbors was Robert Horowitz, 82, a part-time Traffic Court judge in Nassau County, and his retired teacher wife, Micki, 81. “I spoke to my wife, and we said [to the people working downstairs], ‘Send someone up who needs a bed.’ ” They sent up Dorothy Kreindler, 80. “They were true good Samaritans, as many people were there and at 170 [East End],” Kreindler said. “They are wonderful people.” __________________________

In Red Hook, the west side of the neighborhood was still without power, with elderly residents essentially trapped inside of their apartments. Dorothy Robinson, 94, stayed in her fifth-floor apartment on Center Mall in the Red Hook Houses. “I’ve seen worse. World War II was worse,” Robinson (above) said. “But I didn’t think it was going to be this bad.” Now she’s running out of food, as is Joshua Rodney, who’s also on the fifth floor. Rodney, 85, has a leg injury and breathing problems. “God, oh mercy, I can’t go down the stairs,” Rodney said. Both are now relying on the kindness of strangers, and those strangers have been reliable. Yesterday, volunteer Conor Tomas Reed, 31, of the Red Hook Initiative, brought plates of rice, beans and vegetables, along with gallons of water for residents.  full story

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Worried that the hen would become a victim of the looming “Frankenstorm,” the pair picked the gentle bird up and took it home with them. There, they made her a bed from a cardboard box and lined it with T-shirts to make her comfortable in the kitchen as the hurricane approached.

Chris Mottalini and Nepal Asatthawa

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Chris Mottalini and Nepal Asatthawa

“She was so freaked out by the storm, she wouldn’t stop clucking,” said Mottalini. On Tuesday, the no-longer-spooked hen showed her thanks by laying them an egg.  full story

a simple reminder of all the good people we are surrounded by –  always.

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“When people show you who they are, believe them.”
~ Maya Angelou

nothing yet . . .


as you can see, not much has changed since my 8:00 am post although it’s a little windy and rain is falling very lightly.  here is first ave in midtown at 1:30 today.


last i heard, 4:00 is the magic hour for the real deal. i’ll be back at 4:00 – stay tuned!

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“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.”
 ~ Samuel Smiles

union square wildlife


so i’m cruising around union square the other day looking for some photo ops, and this gorilla walks by.

the end.

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies.”
 ~ Nora Ephron

shopping in the city


would you like a mouse with that, sir?

“The best laid plans of mice and men are usually about equal”

walking time


walking through the city can take your mind off anything.  you can do a walking meditation and become invisible to the people passing by, tuning out all of the traffic and noise or you can walk up the avenue with an intention to connect with people – depending on what you need at the time.  after sitting at the computer for several hours, sometimes i want a little conversation or mental stimulation and just get up and walk out.  there’s always something going on, someone to talk with or something to do without having to make specific plans.

i just did that and ran into a neighbor who was on his way up to 68th street to buy some pound cake at rite aid.  i took the walk with him and learned quite a bit.  i learned that pound cake at rite aid is half the price it is at shop rite (not that i plan on ever really needing that information, but you never know when those types of fun facts will come in handy. . .). i learned that he is married to a paranoid schizophrenic and pays $156.00 a month rent to live on the corner of 1st avenue and 50th street.  he has a one bedroom apartment and pays almost $2,000 less a month than i pay for a studio just 2 blocks away. although he has no stove and i do.  i found out that he’s 68 years old and plays the lottery regularly. he used to be a doorman but now walks dogs in the neighborhood for a living so he can stay close to home in case his wife has an attack.  she calls him every 10 minutes or so to tell him that someone is trying to break into their home.  he can usually talk her down over the phone but sometimes he has to rush home to assure her that she’s safe.  she called 3 times on our walk to rite aid.

i’m back home now and feeling grateful.  i love this town.

“Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.”
Wayne Dyer

bug battle


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this bedbug thing is starting to get a little scary.  it was just about a year ago i told you about the  5th floor bedbugs in my building.  today, according to the post;

“the Metropolitan Opera House, Empire State Building, Carnegie Hall and other landmarks, the UN is now playing host to bedbugs.

The creatures were first found there in May 2009, and, while fumigation solved the problem, the insects returned this month, an official confirmed yesterday.

Meanwhile, city Housing Authority cleaner Miriam Ortiz, 36, was charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to a bedbug-infested mattress in a 10th-floor hallway of the Manhattanville Houses.”

it’s just good to know that someone is taking action.

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“If we all just had compassion with action, it would be a beautiful world.”
Ellie Pigman


subtle differences


in the several months i’ve spent in suburbia, i’ve noticed some remarkable differences from life in nyc.  here are just a few:

1. in suburbia, they have hillbillies selling furniture door to door out of an 18 wheeler, similar to the one pictured below.  they ring your doorbell and claim they’ve driven all the way up from tennessee, or some place like that, to deliver a shipment of furniture to a store.  if you haven’t shut the door in their face (which most of the suburbanites would find just to rude to do – another subtle difference) they continue on with a story about arriving at the store only to be told the store did not have the money to pay for the shipment.  then they invite you to take a look at the contents in the truck.   no thank you.

2. when i took ivan to the vet, i saw an suv with a  horse trailer pulling out of the parking lot.  i never noticed that in the city.

3. baby deer pop out into the middle of the street all the time, every single day. and people are afraid to drive in the city??

4. in the city i could count on a friendly greeting and some small talk from at least 7 people on my 6:00 am walk with ivan.  in suburbia, so far i’ve seen bunnies big & small, cardinals, blue jays, deer, chip monks, squirrels & no people.


5. even the mice are different.  the mouse currently living in my kitchen only comes out at night – never to be seen.  the only evidence is mouse poop all over the kitchen counter.  i see it every single morning when i go in for my coffee. city mice know to poop on the floor.  they are also bold enough to walk around right out in the open – even walk right over your feet  (see rodents).

6. quarters.  in nj people treat quarters like they’re made of copper & nickel, which they are.  in ny, people treat quarters like gold.  in the city, all people who make under $150,000, need quarters for laundry and parking.  lots of quarters,  and we collect them whenever possible.  we pay with dollar bills when we have exact change, just to get quarters back.   it’s a bit disappointing when store clerks give back dimes and nickels  instead of quarters.

7. one could live in just about any neighborhood of the city and be within 2 or 3 blocks of organic cottage cheese.  in the suburbs it’s a 10 mile drive to a store that carries just 1 brand and it’s not even the kind you want.  there is no place that sells frozen yogurt. no pinkberry, not even a tasti-delite facsimile. no frozen yogurt – that’s it – none. you can’t get that here.

8.  there not a vegetarian restaurant within a 4 zip code radius.  (think –  white plains to the seaport)

9.  there is no delivery.  no one delivers anything. ever.

10. in the suburbs when you ask about finding a good restaurant, people often direct you to a strip mall.  i will not dine in a strip mall.

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“I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.”
–  Willa Sibert Cather

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gotta love it to live it!


it’s true – you really have to have a huge love for nyc to put up with some of the hindrences.  unless of course you’re a gazillionaire – which is on my list of things to become before i die.

in the city it is not unusual for people to live in a glorified closet, and for that, the rental ad may read something like this: “giant one bedroom with huge closets! completely renovated in great neighborhood and rent stabilized – pets OK. $2,048.00 ”

they will never mention that it is really just one small room with a bathroom that you cannot use if you want to shut the door.  and the ad will never reference the roaches. ellen degeneres once did a show from nyc  and interviewed people who live in very small ny apartments. one girl told ellen that she could cook food on the stove while sitting on the toilet. she probably answered an ad like the one above.

on the internet you can look up reviews for specific buildings or management companies.  here is one right from a building just 4 doors down the block from my old place on e. 73rd st:

416 East 73rd Street:

This gem of an old-school New York tenement has it all !

here are the comments to this ad from some people who live in the building:

? Totally unpredictable hot water!!!
Enjoy creating exciting new and interesting shower choreography as you dance around and away from the sometimes-steady stream of “scalding-no-freezing-no-lukewarm-no-freezing-no-scalding” water. Fun for the whole family!

? Thoroughly unreliable heat!!!
Imagine the thrill of purchasing extra blankets AND a space heater just to make it through the night!

? Regular building-wide power outages!!!
No tenant should ever have to settle for the boredom of predictable electrical service — Enjoy your status as a frequent shopper at the candle store. BONUS: Pleasure abounds especially for the home-based businessperson looking for some variety (or a sponatneous break!) in the working day.

? Missing super!!!
Tenants benefit from a dedicated superintendent who maintains a slum-level professional demeanor while managing to not actually live on the premises or be available for city inspectors.

? Mold in the front hallway!!!
For those who think that they don’t have the time or energy to keep a houseplant, this building has you covered. Offering one (1) major leak per six (6) -month period, as well as the requisite “plaster and paint only when the city is called” service, residents enjoy a daily fix for their flora fetish. Just walk on in and “get-your-plant-on!”

? Loose tiles on the stairways!!!
Living on the edge requires total investment. Show your commitment to the cause by bringing a friend along to guide you as you carry your laundry down the stairs. Fun social time and good training — for your friend’s lookout skills as well as for your own ability to roll-through a fall!

? Faulty Front-Door Buzzer!!!
If you are the type who just loves to exasperate delivery people, a special treat — It can take upwards of four (4) attempts to buzz-in. Imagine their frustration as they HEAR the buzzer but don’t actually experience the OPENING of the door!

? Unmarked Floors!!!
Thrill to the confused sounds of your guests (or firemen, or emergency workers) as they overshoot your floor because it’s not marked! Floors are denoted with a letter, apartments with a number — “1F” would denote a sixth-floor apartment. It’s fun to play “Guess-which-floor-we’re-on”!

? Filthy floors!!!
It’s a known fact that peeling paint in hallways is much less distracting when it is not reflected in a too-shiny floor.

? Overflowing Trash Area!!!
Recycling is blissfully ignored in the common area — Tenants enjoy poor markings and unclear delineations for all types of materials to be recycled. Trashcans are left regularly to spill over — We take pride in our refuse in this building and we like to display it on the street!

response to above review:
Funny…. but sadly it’s true. I feel sorry for the lost delivery boys! How about the padlock on the basement door to keep the city inspectors out? Makes you wonder what is being hidden down there besides a boiler that doesn’t work properly!  At least the mice that frolick in the rubish in front of the building are being well fed.

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if your not from the city and you’re just not sure you believe this is really true, have a look at this video.
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still, i love it.

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”I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday.”
– W. C. Fields

(i actually know some very cool peeps in philly – but this quote made me laugh so hard i just had to use it – sorry april!)