Time in a Bottle

August 1, 2016 12:10 am


A time capsule is a historic cache of goods or information, usually intended as a method of communication with future people and to help future archaeologists, anthropologists or historians understand the world as it once was.  Time capsules are sometimes created and buried during celebrations such as a World’s fair, a cornerstone lying for a building or at other events of importance. A research of our fair city revealed not one, but two time capsules buried right here on 59th and Lexington.  On April 23, 1930, while Bloomingdales was under construction to expand the store, the time capsules were placed in the cornerstones on the Lexington Avenue side.

Hmmm, you must be wondering, what kind of items would Bloomingdales put into a time capsule, a pair of Gucci heels, and a Hermes bag, a David Yurman ring? Well, wonder no more . . . we’ve got the answer all wrapped up in a little brown bag!

Into the first went a horseshoe; a roll of ticker-tape with stock quotes from the previous closing; a radio set, an early electronic receiver to detect, demodulate, and amplify signals; a cocktail shaker with instructions; a phonograph record; a pair of eyeglasses; some current sheet music; a telephotograph of Charles A. Lindbergh and wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh; a wedding ring; several hundred flower seeds; a leather subway strap; a piece of a “talking picture” film; and some newspapers, including, as The New York Times account naturally stated, The New York Times.

There’s no documentation explaining the reasons for including these items or the owner of some of the more personal items. There is a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth, who was 35 years old when he signed the ball; it was his tenth year as a Yankee with four more to go. According to Rich Mueller, the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily, “If it remained in good shape, I think it would probably be the most valuable Ruth ball ever sold because of the publicity that would surround it and the story behind it.”

There is also a golf ball signed by top amateur player Bobby Jones. In 1930, Jones was as famous as Ruth: he had just won all four Grand Slam championships in a calendar year and had two ticker-tape parades in 1926 and 1930 – still the only athlete to have two ticker-tape parades. Mueller adds, “Bobby Jones signed golf balls are very rare, too. The fact that he signed it at the peak of his career would make it even more valuable.”

A second box contains a bound volume of written forecasts of 200 years into the future regarding art, literature, religion, science, politics and sports. The prominent citizens who participated in prophecies included 63-year-old Broadway impresario Florenz “Flo” Ziegfeld who produced the flashy Ziegfield Follies from 1907 until his death in 1932. Also packed in was a copy of the Congressional Record, photographs, a history of Bloomingdales, banknotes, and coins. There are three bankbooks, each with a deposit of $25, slated for an intended run of 200 years with compound interest. According to the plan, when everything is jack hammered open on April 23, 2130, the total sum, with the hope that the bleak economy that began with the Stock Market crash of 1929 would have recovered, would be $614,400.00, which was a staggering sum in 1930. The money would then be distributed to three New York hospitals by whoever is alive from the Association of Savings Banks.

If you were creating a personal time capsule, what items would you consider important enough to be included?

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Root, Root, Root For the Home Team

July 31, 2016 9:00 pm


One of the most successful sports clubs in the world, the Yankees have won 18 division titles, 40 AL pennants, and 27 World Series championships, all of which are MLB records.

During their history, the Mets have won two World Series titles (1969 and 1986), five National League pennants (1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2015) and six National League East titles (1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2006, 2015). The Mets also qualified for the post-season as the National League wild card team in 1999 and 2000.

Nothing divides New Yorkers more than team loyalty, especially during baseball season. Fans of our home teams, the Yankees and Mets, take this competition so seriously it has often tried many a friendship.  However, doesn’t seem this is going to be a problem this season.  In the opinion of Mike Lupica of The New York Daily News, Terry Collins’ Mets aren’t playing much better than Joe Giraradi’s Yankees right now. “So this is where we are in baseball in New York going into a week of Subway Series games: We have two teams with pretty much the same record after four months of season, a combined and less-than-whopping total of six games over .500 coming out of Friday night’s games. One is fifth in the wild card standings right now. The other is fourth. But only one team has been talking about being a seller rather than buyer, even though that team – the Yankees – has had a much better record than the Mets since May.”

Subway Series happens this week from Monday, August 1st through Thursday, August 4th.   The first two games will be held at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens at 7:10pm.   On August 3rd the teams move to the Bronx. The Yankee Stadium games begin at 7:05pm.  Play Ball!

There’s still time to order your tickets now. Check online for more information.



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Reservations Required!

July 30, 2016 10:25 pm


As attested to via those smiling photos posted on Facebook and every social media outlet, these past two weeks,  it seems your family and friends have had a great day visiting their child(ren) at sleep away camp.  Of course, a few tears fell at the end of the day before the campers headed back to their bunks to catch up with their friends and happily try to finish all the candy found in their goody bags before they are confiscated.  That routine is a camp tradition.

With no home parenting responsibility for seven weeks, parents take a vacation from routine, allowing them a slew of free hours for personal time and date nights.  That’s tradition, too.

Is it coincidental then that one of New York City’s favorite traditions, a semiannual promotion that celebrates fine dining at an affordable price, conveniently happens through August 19th?   This year 369 popular restaurants are participating in Summer Restaurant Week, each having created their own unique three-course, prix fixe special menu offering lunch at $29.00 and dinner at $42.00.

This is the perfect opportunity to try Thai and get it off your bucket list, revisit your favorite restaurant usually reserved for special occasions only or perhaps, discover a new ‘favorite’, reminisce with a college roomy over lunch at a wine bar, or catch up with friends at  ‘that’ sophisticated restaurant you’ve heard so much about.  For a list of participating restaurants log on to http://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week.

Make sure to read each restaurant you’re interested in – some serve during the weekend, others do not –but all require reservations.  Mangia!


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