Archive for the ‘About New York City’ Category

Living in a Thermos?

April 19, 2021

On St. Marks Avenue in Brooklyn is an ordinary looking 80-year old apartment building complete with red bricks, fire escapes, and currently undergoing renovations, a common sight in New York.  But the building is anything but ordinary.

The refinished building is airtight – like a Thermos – with extra insulation and triple-glazed windows, resulting in about 70 percent less energy usage than other comparable buildings.  And it has become quite trendy, with dozens of airtight buildings around the city.

It sounds very eco-friendly in terms of energy conservation.  But I guess the days of opening the windows to let in some fresh Spring air are gone…

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?

April 12, 2021

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

  1. In the roles of Diva Donna, Disco Donna, and Duckling Donna, 3 actresses played this 1970s singer in a 2018 show.
  2. For this show Dustin Collette took the role Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black in a 2003 movie.
  3. In 1973 [Christopher Plummer] sang the closing number “I Never Loved You,” playing with panache, this heroic Frenchman in Anthony Burgess’s musical of the famous play.
  4. “The Morning of the Dragon” was one of the songs from this Puccini-based Broadway musical.
  5. Set in a royal castle, “Once Upon a Mattress” is a musical based on this fairy tale.

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 Brooklyn?

March 24, 2021

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Brooklyn ‘99” I posted last month:

  1. In 1899 this gangster-to-be was born in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard section; no reports of any scars on his face. – Who is Al Capone?
  2. As it was shedding concrete, this alliterative structure was “Falling Down” in the subject of a 1999 article.  – What is the Brooklyn Bridge?
  3. This sitting president visited Brooklyn in 1899 & cabled Admiral Dewey on the anniversary of his triumph in the Philippines.  – Who is McKinley?
  4. In 1899 the Brooklyn Superbas won the National League pennant; 100 years later, they’d have moved far away and become this team. – Who are the Los Angeles Dodgers?
  5. In 1999 this novel about h Tourette’s by Brooklyn native Jonathan Lethem was the basis of a 2019 Edward Norton film.  – What is “Motherless Brooklyn?”

Even though I was born in Brooklyn, I only got three of them 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

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?

March 15, 2021

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Christmas on Broadway” I posted last month:

  1. This musical wraps up with “A New Deal for Christmas,” featuring FDR, Daddy Warbucks & the gang.. – What is “Annie?”
  2. A group of homeless people begin the not so merry “Christmas Bells” in this Jonathan Larson musical.  – What is “Rent?”
  3. This musical auntie sings “We need a little Christmas, right this minute, candles in the window, carols at the spinet.”   – What is “Mame?”
  4. In 2018 these mind-blowing magicians with monickers like the Deductionist debuted their “Magic of the Holidays” show. – Who are The Illusionists?
  5. Based on the 1954 film, a musical called this composer’s “White Christmas” livened up the holidays in 2008 & 2009..  – Who is Irving Berlin?

Typical of my Broadway knowledge, I only got three 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

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 Brooklyn?

March 8, 2021

One of the categories on a recent Jeopardy! episode was “Brooklyn ‘99.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. In 1899 this gangster-to-be was born in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard section; no reports of any scars on his face.
  2. As it was shedding concrete, this alliterative structure was “Falling Down” in the subject of a 1999 article.
  3. This sitting president visited Brooklyn in 1899 & cabled Admiral Dewey on the anniversary of his triumph in the Philippines.
  4. In 1899 the Brooklyn Superbas won the National League pennant; 100 years later, they’d have moved far away and become this team.
  5. In 1999 this novel about h Tourette’s by Brooklyn native Jonathan Lethem was the basis of a 2019 Edward Norton film.

This episode was the last one Alex Trebek recorded before his death.  The producers had a very nice tribute to Alex at the end of the show.

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?

March 1, 2021

One of the categories on an old Jeopardy! episode which was replayed recently was “Christmas on Broadway.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. This musical wraps up with “A New Deal for Christmas,” featuring FDR, Daddy Warbucks & the gang.
  2. A group of homeless people begin the not so merry “Christmas Bells” in this Jonathan Larson musical.
  3. This musical auntie sings “We need a little Christmas, right this minute, candles in the window, carols at the spinet.”
  4. In 2018 these mind-blowing magicians with monickers like the Deductionist debuted their “Magic of the Holidays” show.
  5. Based on the 1954 film, a musical called this composer’s “White Christmas” livened up the holidays in 2008 & 2009.

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 New York?

February 22, 2021

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “New York Cities’ Nicknames” I posted last month:

  1. This nickname for New York City was used by Washington Irving; Bruce Wayne put it before “City.”. – What is Gotham?
  2. Poughkeepsie is “The Queen City” of this river.  – What is the Hudson?
  3. Slowly I turned…to this “Honeymoon Capital of the World.”  – What is Niagara Falls?
  4. Second only to New York City in population, this western port is “The Nickel City.” – What is Buffalo?
  5. Sharing its name with a European capital, it was known as “Copper City” for its production of that metal.  – What is Rome?

Typical of my New York State knowledge, I got four correct (I took too much time on the last one); 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

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

February 8, 2021

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “21st Century Broadway” I posted last month:

  1. Time Out New York called “The Lightning Thief,” a musical about this son of Poseidon, “worthy of the gods.” – Who is Percy Jackson?
  2. When this show opened, Hank Azaria played several roles including Sir Lancelot & a knight of Ni.. – What is “Spamalot?”
  3. Jessie Mueller took piano lesson to play this singer-songwriter in “Beautiful.”..  – Who is Carole King?
  4. Kathleen Turner played cougar Mrs. Robinson to Jason Biggs’ Benjamin Braddock in 5the Broadway adaption of this film. – What is “The Graduate?”
  5. In 2014 this Lorraine Hansberry drama won the Tony Award for the Best Revival of a Play. – What is “A Raisin in the Sun?”

Better than my typical Broadway knowledge, I got 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

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?

January 5, 2021

One of the categories on a recent Jeopardy! episode was “21st Century Broadway.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. Time Out New York called “The Lightning Thief,” a musical about this son of Poseidon, “worthy of the gods.”
  2. When this show opened, Hank Azaria played several roles including Sir Lancelot & a knight of Ni.
  3. Jessie Mueller took piano lesson to play this singer-songwriter in “Beautiful.”
  4. Kathleen Turner played cougar Mrs. Robinson to Jason Biggs’ Benjamin Braddock in 5the Broadway adaption of this film.
  5. In 2014 this Lorraine Hansberry drama won the Tony Award for the Best Revival of a Play.

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?

December 19, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Playbill” I posted a few days ago:

  1. Playbill exposed the way this show’s final scene is tastefully lit during those last few seconds when 6 guys bare all. – What is “The Full Monty?’
  2. What a record! Emanuel Azenberg has produced all of this writer’s plays since 1972’s “The Sunshine Boys.”. – Who is Neil Simon?
  3. Ellen Burstyn told Playbill she just wanted to wear “sequins like Betty Grable” till this method guru changed her life..  – Who is Lee Strasberg?
  4. This musical’s “American Dream” ended on B’way after 4,097 performances & a lot of helicopter flights.. – What is “Miss Saigon?”
  5. This playwright said that he’s “testing the limits of tolerance” with his new play about 4 people & a goat.  – Who is Edward Albee?

Typical of my Broadway knowledge, I got three 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

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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