Questions to How Well Do You Know Queens?

August 28, 2016

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Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “First, Queens” I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Between the boroughs of Queens & Manhattan flows this “directional” river. – What is the East River?
  2. Queens is the site of Citi Field and this predecessor – What is Shea Stadium?
  3. Parts of Queens were once marshland, including these “Meadows” that have hosted 2 World’s Fairs. – What are Flushing Meadows?
  4. Home each year to the Wood Memorial Stakes, this Queens racetrack sounds like an old Roman construct. – What is Aqueduct?
  5. A nature preserve makes up part of this Queens peninsula that juts “Far” into the Atlantic. .– What is Far Rockaway?

I need to brush up on Queens; I got only four correct. How did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

The Force is Strong in Times Square

August 21, 2016

One of the current exhibitions at Discovery Times Square is “Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” highligting the many costumes from the first six movies (and a bonus peek at costumes of The Force Awakens). It’s a great exhibition, and no true Star Wars fan near New York City should miss it. But hurry; the exhibit is scheduled to close Labor Day! For more info go to http://www.discoverytsx.com/star-wars-exhibition.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

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http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Summer Streets 2016

August 12, 2016

Summer Streets 2016

On the next two Saturday mornings (7am to 1pm on tomorrow and next week), Park Avenue will be closed to motor vehicle traffic between the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park. The reason is the annual Summer Streets, which is, according to the event website, provides an opportunity for prople to “play, run, walk, and bike.”

Free activities include music, sounds of the shore, athletic activities, and crafts using small bicycle parts. In addition, there will be 5 rest stops along the route, featuring free activities, performances, and demonstrations:

  • Foley Square at Duane and Centre Streets
  • SoHo at Spring and Lafayette Streets
  • Astor Place at Lafayette
  • Midtown at Park Avenue and 25th Street
  • Uptown at Park Avenue and 51st Street

You can find more details, including videos from past years and the route map shown above, at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml. I’d say it’s a great way to spend a summer morning…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

The Psycho House Comes to New York!

August 5, 2016

Psycho House Met

Years ago, I visited Universal Studios with my family. One of the attractions we saw on the Studio Tour was the house on the hill from the movie Psycho; it was actually pretty cool.

If you want to see it now, you don’t have to travel to California, as the house is also located on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue. This one was fabricated from a deconstructed red barn, and will be on display there until the end of October.

Get more info at http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/cornelia-parker. Enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Queens?

July 28, 2016

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One of the categories on a past Jeopardy! episode was “First, Queens,” so I’ll venture into a NYC borough. Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each. I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. Between the boroughs of Queens & Manhattan flows this “directional” river.
  2. Queens is the site of Citi Field and this predecessor.
  3. Parts of Queens were once marshland, including these “Meadows” that have hosted 2 World’s Fairs.
  4. Home each year to the Wood Memorial Stakes, this Queens racetrack sounds like an old Roman construct.
  5. A nature preserve makes up part of this Queens peninsula that juts “Far” into the Atlantic.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

A Bicycle Tour of Block Island

July 20, 2016

Select of 2003 summer photos for the Block Island Conservation story. Aerial view of Block Island.

If you’ve never visited Block Island, east of Long Island, this summer is the perfect time to do so, and get some exercise in the process. It’s the Block Island Bicycle Tour, a 16-mile ride with 12 stations along the way. At each station you can watch a one minute video on your phone which describes the area you’re at. It’s a great way to enjoy a piece of New York!

Make a weekend out of it by spending a couple of nights in Newport, Rhode Island, and catch the ferry there to Block Island. Get more info at http://www.blockislandinfo.com/island-events/block-island-bicycle-tour. Enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

The World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village

July 12, 2016

Roadside America

Years ago we visited Reno, Nevada and were greeted by a sign that read “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Now we found another sign in Pennsylvania that reads “The World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village,” and we just had to check it out. It’s Roadside America, located along Interstate 78 in Shartlesville, about halfway between Allentown and Harrisburg.

Opened in 1941, the village is a model of an American village, complete with houses, trains, cars, animals, and anything else you’ll find in a typical village. The layout reminds me of the Panorama in Queens, and although you can spend as long as you like there, it takes about an hour to go through it, reading all the markers and notes. If you’re a fan of Americana, it’s well worth the visit.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2016

Fourth of July

I think that most Americans know enough about our country’s history to realize that today is a celebration of the signing and approval of the Declaration of Independence, beginning our fight for independence in 1776. But I also think that most of us take the holiday for granted, and view it as just another day off from work, particularly this year when it creates a long weekend for many of us. But few of us know much else about the holiday; in fact, I learned a lot as I researched it, such as:

  1. In 1778, General George Washington gave his troops a double ration of rum to observe the date. Fortunately, they were recovering from the Battle of Monmouth and didn’t have to prepare for another battle.
  2. In 1779, July 4 was on a Sunday, so the celebrations were held on Monday…perhaps that set the precedent for what we do today.
  3. In 1781, Massachusetts was the first state to make it an official state celebration
  4. The first time July 4 was referred to as Independence Day was in 1791
  5. It was made an unpaid holiday for federal workers in 1870
  6. It was finally declared a paid federal holiday in 1938
  7. The oldest continuous July 4th celebration has been held in Bristol, Rhode Island since 1785.

So whatever you do today, remember the intent of Independence Day as you celebrate!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

More About the Auto Pub

June 29, 2016

Randolph Mase Blogging Tips 2

One of the most popular blog posts I’ve made was about the now closed Auto Pub in the GM Building. Many readers have asked if I have any photos, but alas I did not…until now! Reader James Pontolillo sent me a link to a You Tube video; in James’s words, “This video on You Tube is part of a documentary from the 1970s. Go forward to the 34 minute mark and you can watch economist John Kenneth Galbraith walk into the Autopub, walk around inside a little and then sit down in one of the booths and continue his narration.” NOTE: The lighting in the video is not too good, but you’ll get an idea of what the pub was like.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2mf1AUIskM

Thanks again, James – and enjoy, everyone!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know New York State?

June 23, 2016

Randolph Mase Blogging Tips 2

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers about New York State in the category I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Prospect Point provides excellent views of this attraction; Queen Victoria Park does the same from the Canadian side. – What is Niagara Falls?
  2. At Sunnyside, near Sleepy Hollow, New York, home of this “Rip Van Winkle author, he designed the home & grounds himself & wrote , “It is a beautiful spot, capable of being made a little paradise.” – Who is Washington Irving?
  3. Want to see the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Head to this village in Otsego County – What is Cooperstown?
  4. I got my first taste of stargazing as a 9-year-old kid in New York City when I took a trip to this facility at the American Museum of Natural History; later I took classes there & today I’m its director. – What is the Hayden Planetarium?
  5. What could be more serene than a visit to this resort in the Adirondacks, the USA’s first winter Olympics host? – What is Lake Placid?

I guess I know my state well, as I got all of them right! How did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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