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)


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  • Hand washable
  • Size Small/Medium



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Monday, 19 November 2012

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

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


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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
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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.