Lesser Known Museums of New York City – Morbid Anatomy Library

September 20, 2021

Many people are familiar with Museum Mile along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and its famous museums, including Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Not many people are aware of some lesser known, yet still popular, museums in the City.  I’ll write about some of these museums over the next several weeks, this week the Morbid Anatomy Library in Brooklyn.

According to its website, the Morbid Anatomy Library is “a research library and collection making available thousands of books, photographs, artworks, pieces of ephemera, and artifacts relating to art and death, medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and society, natural history, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered.”  Founded in 2008, the Library is located on 36th Street in Brooklyn..  You can read more at https://www.morbidanatomy.org/library.  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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Lesser Known Museums of New York City – City Reliquary

September 13, 2021

Many people are familiar with Museum Mile along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and its famous museums, including Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Not many people are aware of some lesser known, yet still popular, museums in the City.  I’ll write about some of these museums over the next several weeks, starting with the City Reliquary in Brooklyn.

When I first saw the name of this museum I suspected it contained relics, and I was correct.  Its website describes it as having “New York City artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events.”  It began as a window display in the founder’s apartment, and was so popular that it moved and expanded several years later.  You can read more at https://www.cityreliquary.org/.  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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Enjoy Labor Day!

September 6, 2021

Each year, we celebrate Labor Day here in the United States on the first Monday in September (many other countries celebrate the May 1 Labour Day, but of course we are different), and many of us mourn it as the unofficial end of summer, yet celebrating it as the unofficial start of football season.  But do you know the history of this holiday?  It actually originated in Canada when a parade supporting the Trade Union Act was held in Toronto in 1872.  Ten years later, American labor leader Peter McGuire saw the parade in Toronto and was inspired to organize a similar parade in New York City on September 5, 1882, becoming the first Labor Day here.  After the bloody Pullman strike of 1894, President Cleveland and Congress hurriedly passed a bill making Labor Day a national holiday.  Unfortunately, the NYC Labor Day parade has been cancelled again because of COVID concerns.  But enjoy the day anyway!

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

August 30, 2021

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Broadway Musicals by Setting” I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. The Land of Oz, before & after Dorothy dropped in – What is “Wicked?”
  2. A junkyard on the night of the Jellicle Ball.  – What is “Cats?”
  3. The small village of Anatevka in Russia  – What is “Fiddler on the Roof?”
  4. In & around the royal palace of Bangkok in the 1860s. – What is “The King and I?”
  5. Mushnik’s skid row florists.  – What is “Little Shop of Horrors?”

I got all of them correct this time (everyone gets lucky once in a while); 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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Knowing About Greenwich Village

August 23, 2021

An adventure in a deck of cards called 52 Adventures in New York City is called “Famous Village Haunts.”  It mentions buildings in Greenwich Village which were occupied or frequented by some famous people, including:

  • Chumley’s, a former speakeasy and host to writers including James Joyce and Jack Kerouac. When police approached during Prohibition, patrons sneaked out the 86 Bedford Street exit, leading to the phrase “86 it.”
  • The narrowest house in the City at 75½ Bedford Street – only 9½ feet wide, was home to Edna St. Vincent Millay in the 1920s.
  • 69 Bedford Street, where William Burroughs lived in the 1950s.
  • White Horse Tavern on Hudson Street, frequented by Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan.

It may be worth looking for these Village treasures…

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

August 16, 2021

One of the categories on a recent Jeopardy! episode was “Broadway Musicals by Setting.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. The Land of Oz, before & after Dorothy dropped in.
  2. A junkyard on the night of the Jellicle Ball.
  3. The small village of Anatevka in Russia
  4. In & around the royal palace of Bangkok in the 1860s.
  5. Mushnik’s skid row florists.

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Do You Have Friggatriskaidekaphobia?

August 13, 2021

Not too bad, right?

But you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about, aren’t you?  It’s very simple, really…it means the fear of Friday the 13th, that’s all.  Some claim that this superstition has been around forever, but the first written evidence of this superstition in English appears in an 1869 biography of renowned opera composer Gioachino Rossini: “…was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; and if it be true that, like so many other Italians, he regarded Friday as an unlucky day, and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday, the 13th of November, he died.”

Is 13 unlucky?  Is Friday unlucky?  Who knows?  But whether or not you tend to be superstitious, you may be a little nervous on Friday the 13th…which is today, of course (and one month from now as well!).  So watch out for black cats and broken glass and ladders, and whatever you do or say today, do or say it carefully….

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions for Another Four Answers from Jeopardy!

August 9, 2021

The final answers on a few Jeopardy! episodes during the past several months related to New York City; the categories and answers are shown below.  Let’s see if you know the questions:

New York City:  Bright new lighting installed in 1880 on a street that crosses Manhattan diagonally led to this 3-word nickname. – What is Great White Way?

Journalists:  In 1833 this “shining” New York newspaper established the penny press & George Wisner was its first reporter.. – What is the Sun?

Journalists:  Matt Bai, Judith Crist & Steve Kroft have been honored as distinguished alumni of this university’s School of Journalism. – What is Columbia?

Channel Islands:  Just imagine the crossover episode of “Elementary” & “Friends”, as both took place primarily on this island.. – What is Manhattan?

Well, I got three of them correct.  How did you do?

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know New York City?

August 2, 2021

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

  1. Kevin James rules: “The King of ______” – What is Queens?
  2. JLo charms the room: “Maid in ______”.  – What is Manhattan?
  3. Steve Buscemi & Bill Burr are firefighters:  “The King of ______  _______”   – What is Staten Island?
  4. DeNiro’s directorial debut: “A _______ Tale.” – What is Bronx?
  5. Eddie Murphy sinks his teeth into a role: “Vampire in _______.”  – What is Brooklyn?

I reverted to my typical muical knowledge, getting three correct; how did you do?

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Another Four Answers from Jeopardy!

July 26, 2021

Some answers in Jeopardy! categories during the past month related to New York City; the categories and answers are shown below.  Let’s see if you know the questions:

New York City:  Bright new lighting installed in 1880 on a street that crosses Manhattan diagonally led to this 3-word nickname.

Journalists:  In 1833 this “shining” New York newspaper established the penny press & George Wisner was its first reporter.

Journalists:  Matt Bai, Judith Crist & Steve Kroft have been honored as distinguished alumni of this university’s School of Journalism.

Channel Islands:  Just imagine the crossover episode of “Elementary” & “Friends”, as both took place primarily on this island.

Think you know them?  Leave a comment if you do; I’ll share the questions with you in a future post!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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