Crane Collapse, 2nd Since March, Kills 2 Workers
Bloomberg really needs to get the Department of Buildings under control and get them to figure out how to prevent anything like this from ever happening again. It's a disgrace!
Quantum Leap was one of the greatest TV shows of all time (which is why I've posted the very cool opening credits here). It's also the name of a vegetarian restaurant in Greenwich Village.
I don't usually patronize such joints (I'm a veteran carnivore) but I went a couple of weeks ago and, I must say, thought the food was great. Quantum Leap's menu is mostly macrobiotic but they also vegan options. You can get a wide variety of veggie burgers, sandwiches, and wraps plus they have healthy breakfast foods. I had a really good burrito with some kind of yam-like chips and the others had the aforementioned veggie burgers. They don't serve sodas or any of those unhealthy drinks, so plan to wash down your meal with a lemonade, fruit juice or some kind of natural tea.
Quantum Leap is located at 226 Thompson street, just of Washington Square. It's a small place but has a very friendly atmosphere, usually described by people as "chill." Best of all, the prices are modest and it's not too hard to get a table.
For a good, reasonably priced, not too crowded restaurant in NYC, Quantum Leap is a real find.
In 1987, little known singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega burst onto the music scene with this powerful, haunting song.
"Luka" was a Top 20 radio hit and this video played regularly on MTV. The success of this song was a bit surprising considering that it's about, of all ghastly things, child abuse. Bringing such dark subject matter into a popular song was a truly audacious thing to do, but the song's beauty made it a clear winner.
Vega is a born and bred New Yorker and her music over the years has always been imbued with the city's spirit. The dreamlike video for "Luka" shows the city as an unglamorous, almost mournful place, a place where you know all sorts of secrets (some tragic) abound. It captures the pain and beauty of city life, it's longings and mysteries, and it makes you think and feel at the same time.
A truly timeless song.
Dumb people make for very entertaining TV - thus they are the staple of reality shows. Dingy women, in particular, make for very, very entertaining TV, which is why reality shows like "The Real Housewives of New York City" exist (a knock off "The Real Housewives of Orange County", which I guess is something to be proud of).
Basically this show follows around five shrill, insecure, social-climbing women married to men who make money in very dubious ways. These women are supposedly the rich, classy ladies of NYC (the kind that Tom Wolfe would call "Social X-rays" or "Lemon Tarts") but, as my very classy lady friend pointed out, "They're all so trashy looking!" Hear, hear.
I caught a few minutes of this show on Bravo and it's a total train-wreck. It's really obscene. I like it a lot.
And yet it proves the rule that, while some people might have a lot of money, it can't buy them even a shred of class. Enjoy!!