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Things To Do Brooklyn Columbus Day Weekend 2019

Brooklyn Columbus Day Weekend Events in Brooklyn NYC

October 7, 2019 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods NYC / Brooklyn BLVD.

This report contains a listing of some of the things to do in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn including art museums, films & theater venues, live music / comedy & dance venues, sports social events, classes, and restaurant reviews [TBD] for Brooklyn NYC. More Columbus Day events coming on Friday of this weekend.

The photo at right shows the entrance to the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The historic cemetery hosts a number of events in commemoration of its historic location [the Battle of Brooklyn which is also called the Battle of Long Island] as well as commemorating events related to some of its famous deceased residents.

Click here to view the Things To Do In Brooklyn NYC this Columbus Day Weekend.



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Things To Do Brooklyn Labor Day Weekend 2019

August 28, 2019 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods NYC / Brooklyn BLVD.

This report contains a listing of some of the things to do in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn including art exhibitions, films, theater, live music, comedy, dance, sports social events, classes, and restaurant reviews for Brooklyn NYC.

Click here to view the Things To Do In Brooklyn NYC this Labor Day Weekend.



Labor Day Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Things To Do on Staten Island Over The Labor Day Weekend

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It's too early for a reliable weather forecast. Nonetheless you can still attend NYC street fairs in all five boroughs, go bicycling on Staten Island, play soccer & other games in Staten Island parks, go shopping on Staten Island, attend Staten Island parades, watch theater, visit the Staten Island art museums, and eat out at one of the Staten Island restaurants.

And it's all happening right here in our favorite borough - Staten Island. So take your time to sort through the days and locations and start planning your weekend.

 

Labor Day Events on Staten Island

Click here to obtain information about things to do Labor Day Weekend on Staten Island. This events calendar is updated monthly with dozens of different Staten Island fun cultural events.

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Staten Island Public & Private Parks

Staten Island has one of number of public parks of which a few include swimming facilities. Click here for a listing of the Staten Island Parks including maps showing their locations along with a bit of park history. This is coming at a later date.

 

NYC Golfing on Staten Island

Staten Island has four golf courses and all of them are open this weekend. The Silver Lake Golf Course is located at 915 Victory Blvd in the northeastern section of Staten Island near the Silver Lake neighborhood. It's only short bus ride from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George. The La Tourette Golf Course is located at 1001 Richmond Hill Road near Historic Richmond Town and Lighthouse Hill neighborhoods in the center of Staten Island. The South Shore Golf Course is located at 200 Hugenot Road in the southwestern part of Staten Island in the Rossville neighborhood. It is home to the Grand Oaks Country Club. And the NYC Junior Golf Club is located at 66 Pitney Road at the southern end of Staten Island in the Woodrow neighborhood. Click here for details about Staten Island golf courses including maps and links to the operators' websites. The links are coming at a later date.


Brooklyn Fireworks Celebrating July 4th

Brooklyn has Fireworks Displays at Coney Island and at the Brooklyn Bridge as the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks has Moved Down River

June 25, 2019 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods NYC / Brooklyn Things To Do NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

brooklyn 4th of july fireworks coney island fireworks fort hamilton fireworks fireworks in brooklyn nycThe following are the dates and locations of the legal fireworks displays in Brooklyn over the next week or so leading up to and just beyond the July 4th holiday.

It begins on Coney Island on Friday, June 28th beginning around 9.30 pm when the fireworks will be shot into the air off Coney Island. You can get a good view from the Coney Island Beach. Organized by the Coney Island Alliance. This continues on July 4th, and then Fridays such as July 5th & July 12th and into the summer.

On Wednesday, July 3rd at 9.45 pm there will be a barge of Fort Hamilton in the southern top of Brooklyn near the Verazanno Narrows Bridge. These fireworks are sponsored by Fort Hamilton.

The big event is of course on July 4th, beginning just before 9.30 pm, when the Macy's 4th of July fireworks takes to the sky. This year the fireworks have been moved south of the Brooklyn Bridge on the East River [Between Pier 17 and Manhattan Heliport], so the view from Brooklyn should be better than in prior years.

And last, but not least, are the Breezy Point fireworks in the Rockaway Inlet in Queens on July 5th beginning at 9.30 pm. The Breezy Point Co-Op is the sponsor. Folks in southeastern Brooklyn should be able to see these fireworks.


Have a Good Memorial Day Weekend

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In the photo at right, a New York City veteran pays his respects to those who went before him. These brave men made the supreme sacrifice to preserve democracies - governments by the people, for the people, operating under rule of law in lieu of being subject to the capricious whims of reckless rulers.

That struggle for truth and justice continues to this day. But the battles are being fought on our own soil between - those who appear hellbent on destroying our Constitutional democratic institutions using mass deception and outright lies - versus those who are fighting to preserve them.

Thomas Jefferson said that "Eternal vigiliance is the price of democracy" and that "Those who believe a people can be ignorant and free - believe in something that never was and never will be."

The Founding Fathers of our nation designed our system of government so that it includes checks and balances within our governance system. These checks and balances are designed to thwart rule by commands, and to empower the governed by institutionalizing a system of law based on due process, which guarantees all people their inalienable human rights, including liberty and justice for all.

But any system on the planet can be hacked, if the hackers are given enough time. And rights, like property, can be lost or stolen - if the rights or property holder doesn't pay attention and take appropriate action when required.

Thus, we live in a time when American democratic institutions appear to be not just under siege - but in actual jeopardy - and the ultimate outcome of this continuous struggle remains unclear. So while remembering those who went before us, who fought to bravely to preserve the blessings we all enjoy, honor them by paying attention to what's going on in our own government. To do this you need to be sure you're getting the truth - all the facts - about the pols and the issues, which these days can only be done by using multiple information sources controlled by different people.

Right now mega-billionaire Rupert Murdoch controls Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the NY Post, Barron's, Market Watch, National Geographic and this year he became the largest shareholder in Disney / ABC. It's useful to think of these media outlets, which represent about half of America's news, as being controlled by one man. And do your duty to your country, and your fellow Americans, by seeking out non-Murdoch information sources to fill in the omissions, correct the distortions and offset the amplified lies told by others that are broadcast and printed by the Murdoch-controlled information sources. It's been documented innumerable times, that Murdoch's information sources distort or corrupt the news.

Murdoch's dominant or monopolistic control of the national media in Australia and Britain appears to have turned these two nations into banana republics. For example Australia has gone through five Prime Ministers in about five years [including one former Murdoch employee who appears to have given Murdoch's company a nearly $900 million tax gift paid for by the Australian public]. And it seems that because of Murdoch's relentless push for Brexit [Murdoch is said to prefer operating in Britain as a separate nation because he can tell British Prime Ministers what to do], Britain is on its way to thrashing through three Prime Ministers in three years. One of the leading candidates for British Prime Minister, Michael Gove, is also a former Murdoch employee.

Others see the Russian or Chinese nations as the greatest threat to America, perhaps because Rupert Murdoch's grabbing for monopolistic control of our media, is stateless and more insidious. It's possible that Rupert Murdoch's self serving use of his media outlets represents an even more dangerous, hostile stateless intelligence service to our nation, than Murdoch's former fellow Australian countryman, Julian Assage, Founder of WikiLeaks, could ever even imagine.

I've documented Murdoch's history of propaganda profiteering, which he appears to have been doing in Australia, Britain and America for decades, in a multi-part series posted on this website about Rupert Murdoch and the Rise of the Propaganda Press - including Fox Fake News.


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Martin Luther King Weekend Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC

Things To Do in Brooklyn over the MLK Day Weekend

January 19, 2019 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods NYC / Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

Weather. The Temperature highs will be around 40 on Friday and Sunday, dipping to the mid 30's on Saturday. The temperature lows will be in the low 30's on Friday and Saturday, dropping to 6 DEGREES on Sunday. There's 3 - 6 inches of either Rain or Snow forecast beginning about 3 / 4 pm Saturday and ending about 2 pm Sunday. Winds will rise all weekend, beginning at 7 mph on Friday, 15 mph Saturday and rising to over 20 mph on Sunday. The Humidity will be around 70% throughout the weekend. Click for Brooklyn Weekend Weather.

Brief History of Martin Luther King Holiday in NYC

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister who became the leading voice for African Americans' non-violent civil rights movement beginning in the mid 1950's through to his assassination in 1968. In 1983, the third Monday of every year was set aside to honor Martin Luther King for his service to the nation. The third Monday was chosen, as it was the nearest Monday to the anniversary of King's birthday, which was January 15, 1929.

Martin Luther King Holiday Special Events in Queens NYC

Over the weekend, the Grand Prospect Hall at 263 Prospect Avenue in the South Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn is hosting the return of the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival. The festival celebrates Balkan life with music, dancing and performance. Not related to MLK but an option for a fun thing to do over the long weekend. For details go to www.goldenfest.org.

brooklyn things to do mlk martin luther king day weekend brooklyn martin luther king day weekend events brooklyn mlk day weekend nycOn Monday, January 21st, in Fort Greene, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts its 33rd annual celebration of MLK's life. There will be musical performances, a speech by a modern day civil rights activist, and a film screening [culture / free].

On Monday the Prospect Park Alliance is hosting an MLK Day at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park [culture / history / free but $3 donation suggested].

On Monday in Crown Heights the Brooklyn's Children's Museum is hosting a day celebrating the life the Martin Luther King. There will be arts and crafts, games, storytelling and a neighborhood march.

On Monday the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 53 Prospect Park West in Park Slope is hosting a day of cultural activities celebrating the life of Martin Luther King.

Click here for Brooklyn things to do on Martin Luther King Day weekend.



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Martin Luther King Weekend Things To Do on Staten Island NYC

Things To Do on Staten Island over the MLK Day Weekend

January 19, 2019 / Staten Island Neighborhoods NYC / Things To Do on Staten Island NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

Weather. The Temperature highs will be around 40 on Friday and Sunday, dipping to the mid 30's on Saturday. The temperature lows will be in the low 30's on Friday and Saturday, dropping to 6 DEGREES on Sunday. There's 3 - 6 inches of either Rain or Snow forecast beginning about 3 / 4 pm Saturday and ending about 2 pm Sunday. Winds will rise all weekend, beginning at 7 mph on Friday, 15 mph Saturday and rising to over 20 mph on Sunday. The Humidity will be around 70% throughout the weekend. Click for Staten Island Weather.

Brief History of Martin Luther King Holiday in NYC

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister who became the leading voice for African Americans' non-violent civil rights movement beginning in the mid 1950's through to his assassination in 1968. In 1983, the third Monday of every year was set aside to honor Martin Luther King for his service to the nation. The third Monday was chosen, as it was the nearest Monday to the anniversary of King's birthday, which was January 15, 1929.

Martin Luther King Holiday Special Events in the Staten Island NYC

martin luther king day weekend staten island nyc things to do mlk day weekend staten island nycThere's an MLK Day of Service on Sunday at the Greenbelt Nature Center from 1 pm - 3 pm on Staten Island. And on Monday at the Conference Park House Visitors Center from 11 am - 1 pm there's an MLK Day of Service for beach clean up near there on Staten Island. On both days in both places participants will have an opportunity to work with the NYC Parks Department to improve the quality of public green space by making them cleaner, greener and healthier.

On Monday the Staten Island Children's Museum at 1000 Richmond Terrace, located on the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, is hosting a storytelling session at 11 am and a musical performance at 3 pm, both of which are themed around the works and words of Martin Luther King. The museum offers free admission on this holiday.



The Road Ahead 2019

A Few Axioms To Keep In Mind Throughout The New Year

staten island things to do staten island this weekend staten island nycDecember 31, 2018 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Holidays / Brooklyn BLVD NYC & Staten Buzz NYC.

For all of us, tomorrow starts the beginning of the new year.

I usedto make new years resolutions that generally lasted a few days or few weeks. Over time I've given that up and have focused on a few guiding principles that I work toward throughout the year, every year.

1. The first guidepost is to keep things as simple as possible by letting things go, so you can change and evolve who you are. Over time it's important to learn to let go of the past which includes letting many of the people, projects and things - once so meaningful and relevant - to fade away with time. This process involves discarding much of what one collects, in order to open up space in your life to make room for new possibilities.

2. The second guidepost is to take care of the vessel that carries one's being - meaning take care of your body because it's the only one you'll ever get, and it has to last an entire lifetime. This means consuming the foods that will enable the body to function properly and ward off disease, while recognizing that satisfying the mind is important too, as it's a part of the body. There are three elements to this guideline.

brooklyn things to do brooklyn this weekend brooklyn nyca _ Try to maximize consumption of natural foods while managing / minimalizing consumption of the delicious processed foods that come in packages. Read package container nutrition labels which indicate the amount of fat, sugar, sodium andcholesterol consumed per serving. You can manage the balance of natural and processed foods depending on what's going on in life, meaning leaning toward natural foods to take care of the body, and leaning toward tasty processed foods to treat your mind.

b _ Reduce consumption of toxins by first paying attention to the quantities consumed of them, and then by substituting the toxins with healthier choices. For example dilute a soft drink with seltzer water [cuts sugar], or swap in a lemonade for a beer [cuts alcohol], or swap in pretzels for potato chips [cuts salt and fat]. Over the years these little substitutions can add up to some fair measure of weight loss or stability, and can aid in maintaining generally good health. But it's also important not to deprive oneself, too much, of some of the simple pleasures in life that keep one going - experience tells us not to be too draconian, or you can expect a subconscious rebellion, and then your program doesn't work.

c _ The third element of this guidepost is to try to walk and bike whenever possible. It's a good way to kill two birds with one stone, as it enables getting somewhere, while also getting some exercise. And be sure to carve out enough time each night, for a proper rest.

3. The third guidepost is to try to move your life in the direction of your interests. This will likely take a great many years, as well as needing to make a good number of economic and other lifestyle trade offs. But if successful, you can then spend most of your time doing the things that totally engage you. It's said that "when someone is doing something they truly love, they'll never have to work another day in their life."

4. The fourth guidepost is to keep on learning, because "luck is when preparation meets opportunity". So the more you learn, and the more experience you get, the better prepared you'll be ... come what may.

May your new year be filled with promise and possibilities. Best wishes for a happy and successful 2019.


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Brooklyn Holiday Markets, Christmas Shopping & Hanukkah Shopping

Brooklyn Christmas Shopping, Hanukkah Shopping & Brooklyn Holiday Markets

November 18, 2018 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / NYC Shopping / Brooklyn BLVD NYC.

Holiday outdoor markets have been on the rise in Brooklyn since the dawn of the 21st century. While some date back many years, some are relatively new.

Shopping at holiday markets alone, with friends, or with the kids gives folks a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor and satisfy some of their yearnings and some of the yearnings of those we love.

Each of the Brooklyn holiday markets is a bit different, as some are organized by community groups and others by business organizations. Oftentimes one can find artisanal products that are made in NYC or NYS.

Brooklyn Holiday Markets Getting Underway

The Brooklyn holiday markets get underway shortly after Halloween, with some coming opening up about the time of Thanksgiving. The Brooklyn holiday markets are located in or near the following Brooklyn neighborhoods - Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Prospect Park, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Dyker Heights. Many either include the serving of some beverage like hot chocolate and generally snacks like cookies - or are near food vendors and restaurants.

Click here to read our report about Brooklyn Holiday Markets & Shopping - Brooklyn NYC.



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Staten Island Holiday Markets, Holiday Events, Christmas Shopping & Holiday Things To Do

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Updated December 4, 2018 / November 24, 2018 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / NYC Shopping / Staten Island Buzz NYC.

The holidays are a special time of the year. In ancient times there were harvest celebrations to give thanks and enjoy the bounty after a long growing and harvesting season aka a year of work.

 

THESE HOLIDAY EVENT & HOLIDAY MARKETS ARE ORGANIZED

1. BY NEIGHBORHOODS OF STATEN ISLAND

2. And BY DATE

Watch carefully as some locales have multiple dates, and all dates for a given locale are shown at the time the venue is first listed.

 

And there were also winter solstice celebrations to commemorate the end of the darkening of the skies. Some cultures celebrate with a festival of lights, and in Christian cultures the holidays are marked with holiday lightings including tree lightings and candle lightings - as well as the celebration of giving through the most well known and most generous man in the world - Santa Claus.

Meanwhile, back on Staten Island we celebrate in a number of ways, which carry on some of these ancient traditions. The following provides the dates / times / locales and some details regarding many of the various Staten Island holiday celebrations and Staten Island holiday markets and shopping for folks to enjoy between now and the end of the year.

Click here to read our report about Staten Island Holiday Events / Holiday Things To Do & Staten Island Holiday Markets & Shopping.



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Brooklyn Holiday Events & Things To Do - Brooklyn NYC

Brooklyn Holiday Events & Things To Do NYC

Brooklyn Holiday Things To Do - Christmas Tree Lightings, Brooklyn Hanukkah Menorah Lightings & Kwanzaa Holiday Candle Lightings

December 28, 2018 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / NYC Shopping / Brooklyn BLVD NYC.

Community holiday events have been on the rise in Brooklyn since the start of the 21st century. While some date back many years, even prior to the start of the 21st century, many are relatively new.

Enjoying a community get together around the holidays is a good way to share in other people's cultures and strengthen the human bonds that transcend cultural variation. Or conversely, an opportunity to share your cultural upbringing with others.

Each of the Brooklyn holiday events is a bit different, as some are organized by community groups, local government officials and others by business organizations. Oftentimes one can find artisanal products that are made in NYC or NYS for sale, but we've dedicated a special section to announcing Brooklyn Holiday Markets & Shopping - Brooklyn NYC.

Brooklyn Holiday Events & Things To Do Getting Underway

The Brooklyn holiday events get underway shortly after Halloween, with some coming opening up about the time of Thanksgiving. The Brooklyn holiday events are located in or near the following Brooklyn neighborhoods - Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Prospect Park, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Dyker Heights. Many either include the serving of some beverage like hot chocolate and generally snacks like cookies - or are near food vendors and restaurants.

Click here to read our report about Brooklyn Holiday Events / Holiday Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC.



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Thanksgiving Day - America's Communal Holiday NYC

Thanksgiving - America's Communal Holiday

The Pilgrims Legacy: Love, Sharing & Community Empowerment

November 19, 2018 / NYC Neighborhoods / Thanksgiving Holidays in NYC / Gotham Buzz NYC.

For the past couple of days, I've been searching for something to say about the Thanksgiving holiday.

My Mother died this Fall, and it will be my first Thanksgiving without a living parent, so I reckon that's led me to musings about who we are, and what we're doing, and why we're all here.

If you're looking for answers to those questions in this little story, I can save you a few minutes by telling you that you won't find any definitive answers here.

Anyhow, after various false starts, I happened upon a childhood storybook that I had saved since I was a first grader. I was young enough to still like fairytales and old enough to be learning to read. The book, A Gateway to Storyland, by Platt & Munk Co, was given to me around the holidays. The fairytale storybook contains a warm, loved feeling that I still can get, when I periodically open it. When I was younger I read it numerous times, as the words and the illustrations fed the imagination.

Unselfish Parental Love Manifested by Empowering Progeny

Love comes in many forms, but the purest form is unselfish love. The love of truly giving something with no thought of anything in return. That love is likely most often given generationally - from parents to children - from one generation to another. And one of the greatest gifts is the gift of teaching someone something that they will be able to put to good use throughout their lives. Parents do this all the time, when they teach their children's skills and impart some of their knowledge and wisdom ... just as my parents did many years ago, by giving me a well illustrated fairytale book to encourage my learning to read.

Pilgrims: Shared Communal Resources to Actualize a Dream

At Thanksgiving time we commemorate one of America's first settlements, founded by the risk-taking, resource-pooling, communal sharing Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims were early English settlers who arrived on these shores in the early 17th century [1600's]. They came here because they wanted a measure of freedom and self-determination that they were forbidden in Europe or what we call the 'old country'. They wanted to practice their faith in a way that differed from the established Church of England. They took great risks, pooled / shared their communal resources to obtain a ship, the Mayflower, to cross the Atlantic in mid September of 1620, landing here at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts on November 9, 1620.

Help Comes from a Foreign People in a Strange Land

Per Wikipedia, they survived a hard winter in 1621 with the help of the Wampanoag, an American Indian tribe. The Pilgrims were the immigrants, and the Indian natives welcomed them. The Wampanaog taught the Pilgrims how to catch eels, and how to grow and harvest corn. Thus the Pilgrims ended 1621 with a good harvest which they celebrated and shared with their new friends, expressing their thanks to a higher power, aka God, for the success of their endeavors. Hence the celebration entered into American lore, as the first Thanksgiving.



A Navy Yard Brooklyn Halloween Party

The 733 Collective Steps Out into Limelight at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

October 29, 2018 / Brooklyn Navy Yard & Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Halloween Parties / Fact N' Fiction / Brooklyn BLVD.

brooklyn halloween party at navy yard halloween party bk nycIt was a dark and stormy night. And all around the campfire. There were Briggins tall and Briggins small. Luigi said the Captain, Tell us a tale. So Luigi began ...

It was a dark and stormy night ... as I made my way west on Flushing Avenue along the southern perimeter of the Williamsburg neighborhood on my way to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The dark wet streets were largely empty of pedestrian traffic, except for a few Hasidic Jews, one of whom gave me directions. I encountered construction along Flushing Avenue, just west of the BQE, but all in all it was smooth journey.

I arrived at the 77 Building and passed through the building security, taking the elevator to the 15th floor. The building had recently been completed, and the 15th floor had not yet been rented out. So the organizers of the party, many architects by profession, obtained an option to use the space for Halloween Weekend night.

The space was massive. It was literally thousands of square feet, with very high ceilings [likely 18 feet] and floor-to-ceiling windows on all walls. The location was also pretty remarkable as it is just across Flushing Avenue from the Brooklyn Coffee Company, less than a half mile north of Fort Greene Park, and less than a mile from Downtown Brooklyn / Cadman Plaza Park. And, of course, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is located along the East River, but not yet a regular NYC Ferry stop [they've done special pick ups like during the Clinton / Sanders debate of April 2016].

brooklyn halloween party at navy yard halloween party bk nycComing off the elevator I had no idea what to expect. As I entered the party there were two reception desks - one staffed by folks working with the organizers of the event, the 733 Collective. And the other staffed by a Laughing Rabbit representing the Twisted Toy Factory. Given the party name - I decided to go with the rabbit.

As I approached the rabbit's desk Grace Jones emerged, taking a spot alongside the twisted toy figure. She was accompanied by an Asian Athena, who had a hand in bringing the crafty long eared mammal to life. They gave me my press credentials without saying a word. Rabbits may laugh, but they don't talk a lot.

I headed into the building, passing one of the toy stores along the way. There were several large platforms of figures mounted on the large boards, which I'll come back to a bit later in this report. I was on a mission - to find Hannibal ... not Lektor, but one of the founders of the 733 Collective with whom I had arranged my visit.

Like so many highly paid workers these days, he wasn't working, but rather talking things up with his pals. I asked him if he could spare a few moments of his break time to chat. He didn't seem to mind.

I'll have the rest of this hopefully tomorrow = Tuesday, 10/30/18.


Bronx St Patrick's Day Parade in Throgs Neck

20th Annual St Patrick's Day Parade in Throgs Neck, Bronx

bronx st pats parade throgs neck st patricks day parade photos bronx st pats parade throgs neck photosMarch 12, 2018 / Throgs Neck Neighborhood / Bronx Neighborhoods / Bronx Parades / Bronx Buzz NYC.

On Sunday I made my way north into a southeastern neighborhood in the Bronx, to attend the 20th annual St Patrick's Day in Throgs Neck. It's worth mentioning that the Throgs Neck neighborhood is also known as Throggs Neck, and apparently while the double g is the correct name and only spelling of the bridge [Throggs Neck Bridge], the Throgs Neck neighborhood uses both spellings.

It was a chilly Sunday morning, following the switch to Daylight Savings Time, so I began the day running a bit behind schedule, made worse by repair work being done along the #7 subway line in Queens.

The photo to your right shows folks milling along East Tremont where there's an Throgs Neck St Patrick's Day Parade after parade party.

 

Public Transit Between Flushing Queens & Throgs Neck Bronx

bronx st pats parade throgs neck st patricks day parade photos bronx st pats parade throgs neck photosIn the downtown section of the Flushing neighborhood of Queens I had planned to take the 44 SBS bus, but was [wrongly] advised to wait for the Q50. The Q50 came far less frequently, but it did get me there. That said, it's worth noting that the 44 SBS would have been faster, because four of them passed me while I was waiting for the Q50.

 

I departed the bus just off the Hutchison River Parkway at Lafayette Street and started walking east passing St Raymond's Cemetery. St. Raymond's Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in the city and associated with St. Raymond's Schools [one for Boys and another for girls] in Parkchester. Click here to see an earlier report we did regarding St. Raymond's Schools in nearby Parkchester, which is only a neighborhood [Schuylerville] away.

 


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