New York Beaches Cleaner Than Ever
The city’s beaches are cleaner than they’ve been in years, according to a recent survey by New Yorkers for Parks. The average score of all city beaches went from a failing 59 in 2007 to a sparkling 87 this year, with 90+ grades achieved by the much maligned Orchard Beach in the Bronx and South and Midland Beaches in Staten Island. Take that, Maui!
New York Celebrity Doesn’t Act Like a Jerk
In my last blog, I wrote about the less than neighborly behavior of New Yorkers Alec Baldwin and Ann Curry. But I’m happy to report about a celebrity with true concern for his fellow man.
During a nasty street fight in the East Village, actor Ryan Gosling happened to be strolling by. Did he ignore it, protecting his movie star face? No way! He dropped his stuff, jumped into the middle, grabbed each guy, broke up the scuffle and went on his way.
Is Ryan Gosling really a New Yorker? He is now!
New Yorkers Handle Earthquake with Aplomb
The first major earthquake in over a century hit New York City this week and yes, made us a bit edgy at first. After 9-11, that’s more than understandable.
But we quickly shrugged it off in our usual, breezy “What else?” New York style. Despite that, it seems many citizens of California scoffed at our initial reaction. One typical remark, from a blogger in San Francisco was “As a Californian, all I can say to New Yorkers is, wusses! You guys make me laugh!”
You know what makes us laugh? When you get one inch of snow, close all the schools and act like it’s the new ice age. So shaddup!
Letterman Stands Up to Death Threat
There are those who cower in fear from Islamic extremists who think it is perfectly acceptable to beat women in the streets but issue death threats over cartoons. Then there’s David Letterman.
Last week, the FBI investigated such a threat issued on a militant web site, asking followers to kill the comic because of a joke he told about an Al Quada leader. Letterman responded like a true New Yorker, with balls and humor, mocking the idiot “who issued a fatwa on me.”
He then trotted out a Top Ten list of “Thoughts That Went Through My Mind After Hearing About the Threat,” starting with “Threaten me? Get in line!”, followed by “Why is the staff in such a good mood?” and “Gee, maybe I should have worn my kevlar hairpiece.”
When it comes to Letterman, the terrorists definitely have not won!