The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

July 28, 2015

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Each year, Summer Mondays happen in Bryant Park, showing some classic films outdoors. The lawn opens at 5:00 pm, and you can bring your own blanket and picnic dinner to enjoy while watching. The remaining films in this year’s festival are:

  • August 3 – Marathon Man
  • August 10 – Desk Set
  • August 17 – Chinatown
  • August 24 – Back to the Future

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy New York City and a classic film – and it’s free!

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

It’s NYC Restaurant Week® Summer 2015!

July 20, 2015

NYC Restaurant Week 2015

The summer version of Restaurant Week (there’s another one in January) begins today and continues through August 14 (but don’t worry; the weeks are often extended, perhaps even until Labor Day). This time, more than 300 restaurants are participating, and offer either a three-course prix fixe lunch for $25 or a three-course prix fixe dinner for $38 (some restaurants offer both). And the list of participating restaurants is quite impressive, including:

  1. City Mussels
  2. The Capital Grille
  3. Delmonico’s Steakhouse
  4. Ocean Grill
  5. The Palm Court
  6. The Red Cat
  7. Tavern on the Green
  8. ViceVersa

See the restaurants and make reservations through http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/?pid=hp-hero-1-full_image. I’m getting hungry already…

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

Hot Dogs, Anyone?

July 12, 2015

Hot Dog

A couple of weeks ago, I threw a couple of hot dogs on the grill, then enjoyed them with some potato salad. And that was dinner for me.

And then the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest was held last weekend on Coney Island, and once again a new record was set. Matt Stonie devoured 62 wieners (with rolls) in 10 minutes. If you do some math, you’ll find that it was about one hot dog every 10 seconds. That’s about how long it will take the average person to read the previous sentence.

62 vs. my 2? I guess I’ll never even think about entering that contest…

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

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2015

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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Central Park – There’s an App for That!

June 26, 2015

Central Park and Manhattan

Several years ago, I attended an information session at which the speaker was predicting the state of the workplace in 2020. One of the things she mentioned was apps that will be available by thay year, and one of my favorites was the “Where’s My Boss?” app, which one could use to locate your boss if you had to ask him or her a question. Or maybe for some other purpose.

Anyway, now there’s an app for Central Park. With the app, you can view a map of Central Park, explore the Park including arches, fountains, and photo opp spots, and even listen to audio narration about points of interest. So download the Central Park Conservancy app you’re your app store and head to Central Park for a day of fun!

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

Today is Juneteenth!

June 18, 2015

Juneteenth

You may be cocking your head and asking, “What?” And you’ve got a lot of company. I had never heard the term until I read about it in a local newspaper article. So here’s the scoop.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed with his troops at Galveston, Texas, and shared the news that the Civil War had ended and that the slaves were now free.

One of the first things Granger did is read General Order Number 3 to the people of Texas:

       “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

Today, celebrations are held across the country, with many states having legislation that proclaims Juneteenth as a special day of recognition. You can find more information about Juneteenth at http://juneteenth.com.

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 Broadway?

June 10, 2015

Broadway

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

  1. This “popular” show is the untold story of the witches of Oz.
  2. It’s set in the Jewish village of Anatevka in 1905.
  3. Songs from this musical include “Opening Night” and “Springtime for Hitler?”
  4. Her name was Lola, and she’s the showgirl (or guy) who helps save a failing shoe factory in this high-heeled hit.
  5. It’s based on a 1933 movie musical and it’s title song says, “Come & meet those dancing feet, on the avenue I’m taking you to.”

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

Toys R Us to Close FAO Schwarz Store

June 2, 2015

FAO Schwarz

When I saw that headline in the newspaper last week, I almost freaked. “It can’t be – that’s a NYC institution!” However, as often happens, things are not always what they appear to be. Upon reading the article, I discovered that Toys R Us, the parent company, is merely closing the current store due to high rents on Fifth Avenue, and is looking for another location in midtown Manhattan. So don’t panic; FAO Schwarz will still be with us. But if you want to see the current location which has been its home since 1986, hurry, as it closes July 15!

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

It’s Memorial Day – A Time to Remember Our Veterans

May 25, 2015

Jeff Jones Funeral

Most of us think of Memorial Day as another Monday holiday, another day off from work, and baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. But the real purpose, as the name implies, is in memory of our men and women who died while in the military service.

I had an experience that reinforced this purpose for me. Several years ago I attended the burial of a classmate from West Point who died of brain cancer after serving 30 years in the Army. Although I had visited Arlington National Cemetery before, I had never attended a funeral service and burial there. It was a somber but rewarding experience.

It started with a memorial service in the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer adjacent to the cemetery, with probably more than 300 people in attendance, including many of our classmates.

Following that, we walked to the gravesite; as it turns out, it was about a mile. The clear sky, moderate temperature, and soft breeze made it more bearable (although the uphill return walk was a challenge). What made the entire event more memorable were two things: the casket was transported on a horse-drawn wagon, and at the gravesite, 12 white doves were released into the air, flying in unison for several minutes.

So even though I’d prefer not to have to attend another similar funeral, it did make me pause to remember those who have given their lives for their country. Colonel Jeff Jones, rest in peace…

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

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

May 17, 2015

Broadway

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers about shows in the category “Broadway Debuts” that I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. 2003 was a great year for this boy from Oz: he debuted in “The Boy from Oz” & hosted the Tony Awards. – Who is Hugh Jackman?
  2. She made her Broadway debut in “The Boy Friend” in 1954; starring roles in “My Fair Lady” & “Camelot” were soon to come. – Who is Julie Andrews?
  3. “I don’t even like the theater!” said the 67-year-old sourpuss comedian about his 2015 bow in his own play “Fish in the Dark.” – Who is Larry David?
  4. Before “Wicked,” she won a Theater World Award for her role in the 1997 musical “Steel Pier.” – Who is Kristin Chenoweth?
  5. Diane Keaton debuted in the original 1968 run of this musical as an understudy to a member of “The Tribe.” .– What is “Hair?”

I didn’t do well – only one 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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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