Monday, 24 December 2012

Great Summer Day, Great Outdoor Workout

I am not a morning person but since the it looked beautiful outdoors, I decided to head out earlier than usual and prepare myself for an outdoor workout at the park. I took no equipment (mainly because i forgot my jump rope), I didn't even take my car (not like I have one), so I ended up jogging (warm up).


When I arrived at the park, I went straight to work. My workout included:


Jump Squat-

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Discount for Gaiam Kettlenetics Slim and Tone Kit

Gaiam Kettlenetics Slim and Tone Kit


Gaiam Kettlenetics Slim and Tone Kit
Kettlenetics was created by international fitness sensation Michelle Khai, a lifelong fitness advocate, former professional dancer and all-star celebrity trainer. Kettlenetics is a totally unique, dance inspired exercise program that uses the kBell to swing, slim and sculpt your entire body strong and slender. The easy flowing moves are set to incredible, upbeat music, for fast, fun, total body slimming.Created by international fitness sensation Michelle Khai, Kettlenetics is a dance-inspired ke Read More >>


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  • Kit includes three kettlenetics slim and tone workouts
  • Dance-inspired three-dimensional weight-swinging workout swings
  • Leading-edge moves like three layer crunch and russian twist chisel your obliques and upper and lower abs with no wasted motion
  • Beginner and advanced workouts help you go at your own pace and see progressive results
  • Program created by international fitness sensation michelle khai



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Thursday, 20 December 2012

A Good Sign: Travel



A reader sent in this lovely photo of an old sign that sits above a children's clothing store called Thank Heaven on Austin Street in Forest Hills. It used to be for a travel agency called Plan Travel. I like the font very much. Very tiki. Makes me think of tropical locales. 

Monday, 17 December 2012

Overcoming the deadlift

Photo by familymwr



If you have been deadlifting for some time now, you may have experienced some lower back pain. You've also realized that performing the deadlift week after week was a great contributor to why you were overtraining.
Well, lucky for you there are ways that allow you train the deadlift constantly. Instead of performing the deadlift with a barbell, use a hex-bar


Since the

Friday, 14 December 2012

Bigger Arms Using Bodyweight Exercises

Photo by Beverly & Pack


I have been training with bodyweight exercises for sometime, and I have noticed that my arms have grow especially my biceps. It's kind of amazing of what bodyweight exercises are capable of. I was not expecting my arms to grow at the rate they are growing. I have been performing simple bodyweight movements that many people neglect because they consider them to be too

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Harvey's Chelsea House Recalled By Former Waiter


Two weeks ago, I reminisced about the long gone Harvey's Chelsea House. One week ago, I published the reminiscences of a couple readers who remembers the bygone Chelsea landmark. Now I have a lengthy memory shared by a former Harvey's Chelsea House waiter! Here it is:
Thanks for covering one of the great NYC institutions of the 70's and 80's. I was a waiter at Harvey's from 1977 into the early 80's. Some more details that you might not be aware of - or might enjoy remembering:
Sandy Dennis did come into Harvey's regularly. In fact, I remember working a late lunch shift on one of those cloudy Manhattan days when the sky suddenly opens up and a wall of water descends suddenly and with very little warning. Sandy Dennis must've been in the neighborhood and totally got caught in the downpour. She came running into Harvey's practically drowned holding a newspaper (fast becoming paper mache) over her head. In her haste she practically ran into me and we both started laughing like school kids. I said "Honey, I am sorry, but you look just like you did in 'The Out-of-Towners.'"
We also had a number of other celebrity regulars in those days... I remember waiting on Rock Hudson, the late great Lynn Thigpen, Pamela Reed... the costume shop Brookes Van Horn was located around the corner. And a lot of those people ate lunch at Harvey's Norma "the bead lady," Academy Award-winning designer Ann Roth, designer Gary Jones. 
Dick Harvey was one of the best employers and restaurant owners I have ever met in my life. He was fair, generous and once you had proven yourself, you were part of his family. And that family was diverse—most of the waiters (all men) were gay, the kitchen was Chinese, the bartenders were straight and the busboys were Egyptian.
Oh, a bit of historical detail—I believe 108 W. 18th St., aka Harvey's, was one of the original Annhauser-Busch bars. The first floor was the original space, then Dick opened up the basement as a private event dining room (JFK Jr. came to a bachelor party held there one night). Dick loved historical detail—and there was a barbers' chair in that area that Louis B. Mayer had gotten his regular haircut in. (I think Dick also purchased Gloria Swanson's classic Rolls Royce which he drove and his wife would sit in the back). Dick also expanded onto the second and third floors of the building recreating the look and feel of the main floor—paneling to match the honduras mahoganny, brass fixtures and beveled mirrors. The second floor was regularly used for dining and the third floor was used mostly for private events. Dick had an elevator put in to expedite getting the food up to the third floor and to save the waiters' and busboys' backs.
Hope you've enjoyed this trip down memory lane your article inspired.
Peter L.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Downtown Brooklyn Cafeteria Glimpsed Once Again


The removal of some signage from a Jay Street Sprint store in downtown Brooklyn has uncovered a former resident of the block, indicated by a half of lovely old sign, saying "Cafeteria." Fantastic font on that sign. There is a red circle with a "W" in the middle of it, and there appears to be another "W" under the red section of the old/new sign that still remains.


Thursday, 6 December 2012

Scary Christmas


The residents of Cobble Hill know well the house on the corner of Kane and Strong Place's habit of impaling dozens of small jack o'lanterns of the spikes of its wrap-around cast iron fence every Halloween. And they know how the owners of that house leave the pumpkins there to slowly decompose as the days dwindle down to a precious few. Jack and his brothers are looking pretty haunting these days, some eight weeks after Oct. 31. Still, I'd like to put a Santa hat on each and every one of them.


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A Glimpse of Grandness Under the Siding


A lot of crimes against humanity and beauty were committed fifty years ago or so when the aluminum siding came a-callin' along the streets of eastern Williamsburg. Homes along thoroughfares like Frost, Richardson, Withers and Humboldt are papered with the ugly stuff, masking what are probably fairly handsome, but humble, brick, brownstone and wooden homes. You just know you might be strolling down an attractive lane if it were not for some vile mid-century sales pitch by some itinerant tin man.



Some home owners, apparently, resisted the aesthetic onslaught a bit, even as they gave in. Take the odd specimen above, on Frost Street. The personality-fleecing siding is there, all right. And beige, to boot! But someone who didn't care about architectural beauty would have given up on that ornate central window, yanked it out, and replaced it with a new, pane-less, rectangular job. Instead, this citizen, however, made the siding men work around the lovely, arched window. The doors also look old. A little bit of 19th century peeking out from beneath the horror of the 20th.




Saturday, 1 December 2012

Discount for Omron Body Logic Fat Loss Monitor model HBF-306C(Silver)

Omron Body Logic Fat Loss Monitor model HBF-306C(Silver)


Omron Body Logic Fat Loss Monitor model HBF-306C(Silver)
Measurement of body fat composition is the key to long-term exercise success. The Omron hand held body fat analyzer is an affordable and easy way to measure body fat in the privacy of your own home. After inputting the data, a measurement can be started by simply holding the grip electrodes and pressing the START button. Read More >>


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  • Analyzer measures your body fat with a gentle, micro electrical current
  • Two modes -- athletic and normal -- provide accurate results based on your exercise regiment
  • Delivers measurement results for Bi method (Bioelectrical Impedance Method) and BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Delivers results in approximately seven seconds
  • Features a nine person memory profile for the whole family



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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Another Great One Gone: Lenox Lounge to Close


One of the greatest and most lasting landmarks in Harlem—Hell, the whole city!—will be lost Dec. 31 when the famous Lenox Lounge closes its doors.

Owner Alvin Reed, who brought the historic jazz boite back from the dead in 1988, declined to renew his leave when the landlord—guess what?—doubled the rent. Guess the greedy landlord saw the gleaming Red Rooster down the block and figured he should be getting richer than he was. Reed owns the rights to the name, so the new tenants will reopen it as the Notar Jazz Club. Richie Notar is the managing partner in the Nobu Restaurants group, will be taking over the space.

"If they want to use Lenox Lounge, they will have to negotiate with me," said Reed. "I brought it back and I want to see it stay there. I want to keep the legacy alive. I am Lenox Lounge, and I will be Lenox Lounge for quite some time. And if they want Lenox Lounge, they want me."

Every jazz great played Lenox back in the day. The interior is a living museum. I was there just a few months ago. Few spaces in New York can match the magic of that art deco interior. When a good combo is playing, and couples are chatting and drinking, the scene is classic cosmopolitan urbanity at its finest. It takes little effort to imagine life in New York during its post-WWII heyday.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Building Muscle On A Budget

Photo by stepnout



How Am I Supposed To Build Muscle/Lose Weight If I Don't Have The Money For Good Quality Food?

This is a common question that comes up when your introduced to any sort of diet.
Healthy food does tend to be expensive but, there are ways around this.





Coupons.


This is were coupons come in. With coupons you can't buy fresh food but you could buy could buy canned and

Friday, 23 November 2012

Discount for Everlast for Her All-In-One Body Slimmer (Large/X-Large)

Everlast for Her All-In-One Body Slimmer (Large/X-Large)


Everlast for Her All-In-One Body Slimmer (Large/X-Large)
The Body Slimmer helps you slim and trim you waist, hips, and thighs more effectively. By keeping your body warm, you'll shed excess water working out or doing everyday household chores. Read More >>


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  • Easy zipper closure
  • Comfortable, neoprene
  • Hand washable
  • Size Small/Medium



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Monday, 19 November 2012

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INSANITY Fast & Furious: 20 Minute Maximum Fitness Results Workout DVD


INSANITY Fast & Furious: 20 Minute Maximum Fitness Results Workout DVD
Ready to go INSANE?
Thought you left it all on the floor with INSANITY? Well, Shaun T thinks you've got a little more in you. He's got his crew together. And they're bringing it to you FAST and they're bringing it to you FURIOUS. You'll be digging deeper than you've ever dug before.


Familiar Moves. Furious Pace.
You'll recognize some of your favorite moves from INSANITY, but they've all been kicked into overdrive. Jacks, jumps, and all the cardio you can stand. Just watch where you Read More >>


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  • Effective max interval training.
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Saturday, 17 November 2012

A Change of Sign at Tout Va Bien


I'm not sure when this happened—probably some time ago—but Tout Va Bien, the old school French hold-out in Hell's Kitchen, has changed its neon sign. The classic original sign (above) has been removed, and a reasonable facsimile (below) has been put in its place. The new one's not bad, but not nearly as charming. It lacks the handmade quality of the original. The font is more ordinary. Most significantly, they've going from two colors to one.

I imagine the old sign just died one night and a replacement was required.


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD with Lauren Brooks

The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD with Lauren Brooks


The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD with Lauren Brooks
Ready to strengthen and sculpt your entire body? It's time to learn how to use kettlebells and to incorporate them in to your lifestyle. Lauren Brooks shows you how kettlebells and bodyweight exercises can get you the body and conditioning you have been striving for. This program is beneficial to women and men of all ages and athletic backgrounds. This is 2 DVD's rolled in to one all for the price of one. A Demonstration section, two Follow Along Workout sections, and a Joint Mobility section is Read More >>


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  • Follow along Fat Blast Workout - Low to Medium Intensity. 12-14 minutes long and can be repeated twice if you are ready.
  • Follow along Sculpt and Conditioning Workout - Medium to High Intensity. 40 minutes of intensity
  • Joint Mobility section for warm up and cool down
  • Designed to get you in tip top shape no matter what your fitness background is



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Saturday, 10 November 2012

The Ghosts of Columbia Street: More Irving Street Shots


Here are some more shots of the vanished Brooklyn waterfront road called Irving Street, all courtesy of Freebird Books.




This one is looking east toward Columbia Street. Note all the classic cars.


This depicts an empty log on the street, in the shadow of an old warehouse.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

A Good Sign: Price Wise Discount Center


In Glendale, Queens. Nice, fading, hand-painted sign. I like the choice of font for the words near the bottom.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Lost City: Louisville Edition: Dizzy Whizz


Every city in America has a locally treasured monument to greasy cuisine. In Louisville, it is the Dizzy Whizz, a wonderfully named, one-of-a-kind, fast-food joint that has lit up a desolate block on West St. Catherine Street since 1947.




The Dizzy Whizz boasts both table and "curb" service, meaning you can drive your car up to the above neon "Dairy Bar" sign and order, and eat, there.


The inside is largely nondescript, with anonymous tables and chairs. Peek into the center of the interior, however, and you'll find a room containing an old-fashioned lunch counter (seen above). This—along with the drive-in area—is obviously the core of the original drive-in. The stand has since been added to and enlarged.


The counter area features an old school menu board, which tells of the joint's most famous culinary attraction: the Whizzburger.


I ordered a Whizzburger. It is basically a double-decker cheeseburger, with an extra piece of bread between the meat patties, and the requisite "special sauce." (Not so different from a Big Mac.) I enjoyed it, though it was nothing revelatory. Also liked the fries, and the cute paper sleeve the fries came in. But the milkshake was thick and exceptional. There are elaborate desserts as well. But I was too full to indulge in one by that point.

The prices are incredibly low at the Dizzy Whizz, and the help is helpful. (I was quickly steered toward a more economical choice than I would have otherwise made.)

Dizzy Whizz was founded by W. Howard Poole. He and his wife Millie ran the eatery for decades. Howard died in 2003, Millie in 2011.

Friday, 2 November 2012

The Cornice of a Cornice Maker


I was walking down 13th Avenue in upper Borough Park when I looked up at the cornice of an old building. Because that's what I do—look up at cornices. You often find clues about the history of the structure up there, the date of erection or the name of the builder.

This time I saw something I'd never seen before. The words on the cornice indicated that this had once been the address of...a cornice maker! The Brooklyn Union Cornice and Roofing Company, to be exact. There's something mind-bending about seeing a cornice maker's cornice, I've got to tell you.

Cornice making was enough of a booming concern in the 19th century that the practitioners had their own union. The Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers' International Association for formed in 1888, largely through the efforts of Robert Kellerstrass, who had started a similar local outfit in Peoria. The union joined the ALF in 1889. It's welcome was short, however. The Panic of 1893 weakened the union's finances, and the AFL revoked its charter in 1896. It reformed as the Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers' International Association and was rechartered by the AFL in 1899. No more "Cornice" in the title. 

When I first saw this building, I thought it had been a place where the cornices were made. But it's not a very large structure, and not suited to the creation of cornices, which are not tiny things. So I now this this was perhaps once the home of one of the Locals of the bygone cornice workers' union. 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Statues at Times Square's "Show Folks Shoe Shop" to Be Restored!


Last week, I posted an item about how the four statues that adorned Times Square's century-old I. Miller shoe store building had disappeared. The address is to be occupied by the Express clothing chain in the future, and there was some question as to whether the corporation would restore the two-story stone building's unique facade to its former glory—including the figures depicting Ethel Barrymore, Mary Pickford, Marilyn Miller and Rosa Ponselle in their most famous roles.

A women in the preservation community contacted me and said she would look into the matter. She wrote back with this good news:
I did find out that the building is being restored - by a VERY good firm. And that the sculptures have been taken down to be cleaned, repaired and re-installed - once restoration is completed. So...and I can't believe I am going to say this...but it appears that EXPRESS is doing the right thing. And doing the great building the honor it deserves.
Following Sandy, and the closure of Stage Deli, and the imminent closing of the Lenox Lounge, this is the best news I've heard in weeks.

Friday, 26 October 2012

TrekDesk Treadmill Desk

TrekDesk Treadmill Desk


TrekDesk Treadmill Desk
Too busy to work out on a daily basis? Turn to the TrekDesk treadmill desk, which encourages you to walk slowly on a treadmill while you talk to clients, type up proposals, or catch up on your email. Designed to attach to most existing treadmills, the TrekDesk was originally built for offices, with a variety of features meant to keep employees productive and fit throughout the day. The desktop offers a generous workspace that measures 72 inches long by 34 inches wide, and includes such desktop a Read More >>


List Price: $ 589.00






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  • Integrated treadmill desk designed to let you walk on treadmill while working
  • Attaches to almost any treadmill; workspace measures 72 by 34 inches
  • Includes manuscript holder, three-level file folder; and top telephone/headset stand
  • Two cup/utility holders; adjusts to users between 5 feet, 4 inches and 6 feet, 4 inches tall
  • Supports up to 55 pounds of equipment; weighs 57 pounds; two-year warranty



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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Show Folk on the Show Folks' Shoe Shop Disappear


A few months ago, the news unrolled that the retailer Express was going to take over the old I. Miller show store in Times Square. A few folks expressed the hope that this might mean the unusual building might finally be refurbished. The previous tenant, TGI Friday's, had never given a damn about the century-old, landmarked structure, with its quartet of statues of famous performers—Ethel Barrymore, Mary Pickford, Marilyn Miller and Rosa Ponselle—from the 1920s.




Well, it seems that that may be the case. The "Show Folks Shoe Shop" is now surrounded by scaffolding. But, more importantly, the statues have disappeared. Since the facade is landmarked, one can only imagine that they are being restored as we speak. Also, the building changes landlords in 2011, so it might be the new landlord's doing.


The public can also now get the best gander they've had of the south facade in decades, with now TGIF awning to block part of it.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Exercises to improve your balance

Photo by gracewanderer

If your looking to improve your balance but don't know were to start. Then let me first introduce you to the three main lifts. The main lifts will make your core and stabilizers strong therefore, increasing your balance. The lifts will also help you build a more well-rounded body. Once you have reached a weight that your satisfied with, then your ready to move on to the

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Discount for Valeo Sauna Suit Xxl

Valeo Sauna Suit Xxl


Valeo Sauna Suit Xxl
2 Piece heavy-duty vinyl sauna suit retains body heat. Top features chest pocket and reflective striped sleeves for improved visibility. Pant features elastic waist and cuffs. Generously sized for easy movement. Wipes clean with damp cloth. Read More >>


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  • 2 Piece heavy-duty vinyl sauna suit retains body heat
  • Top features chest pocket and reflective striped sleeves for improved visibility
  • Pant features elastic waist and cuffs
  • Generously sized for easy movement
  • Wipes clean with damp cloth



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Friday, 12 October 2012

Merry Christmas From Red Hook


A couple weeks ago, when I did a post-Sandy tour of Red Hook, I expressed dismay when I saw a familiar old storefront on Van Brunt covered in plywood. The ancient, long-defunct shop had always served as a living museum, its window displays full of antiques. And during the holidays, it was always decked out in its evergreen fineness. I despaired the the store would fulfill its yuletide goal this year. So I was happy to see this sight the other day. Way to bounce back, Red Hook.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Weighted Sports Hula Hoop for Weight Loss - Acu Hoop 5L - 5 lb. large

Weighted Sports Hula Hoop for Weight Loss - Acu Hoop 5L - 5 lb. large


Weighted Sports Hula Hoop for Weight Loss - Acu Hoop 5L - 5 lb. large
Sports hoops are weighted and different to traditional small hula hoop. Sports Hoops are big and heavy, designed to enhance adult and teenage fitness workouts. This item features: * Item for adult user weighing 120 lbs to 300 lbs. * Product dimension: Diameter 41.5" / pipe 1.3"- 1.8 " wave * Big size and heavy weight. Strong impact to your body. * Unique wavy ridges design inside the hoop. * Slim your waist week by week until fit. * For fitness workout, massage and have fun. We are Sports Hoop w Read More >>


List Price: $ 56.00






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  • Acu Hoop 5 lb.- for adult users weighing 120-300 lbs.
  • Very easy to play. Just follow the instructions and you can learn how to play in 10 minutes. Attach or detach all 8 sections with easy button design.
  • Trim your waist up to 2 inches and lose weight up to 4 lbs. monthly until fit.
  • Thousands of health clubs are using Sports Hoops as the major waist trimming tools. Soft color sponge covering, smooth and comfort. Patented wavy ridges, easier to play.
  • Please Visit Sports-hoop.com for more variations and discounts.



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