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“the 50 things we love about New York!”

May 18, 2020

I first wrote this series of five posts several years ago. It was very popular with readers, so I’m posting again for your entertainment in these homebound days.

Duane Reade is a well-known name to New Yorkers. For those of you not familiar with it, the company started with a drugstore that opened in 1960 on Broadway between Duane and Reade Streets in Manhattan. Today, they operate more than 250 stores in the greater New York area, and many think of them as “New York’s Drugstore.”

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I visited one of their midtown stores with multiple floors. On the wall by the escalator we saw a mural called “the 50 things we love about New York!” It really caught our attention, and as I read the mural, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. You may also find the things interesting, and even useful if you plan a visit, so I’ll share them here in several posts, along with some of my thoughts:

  1. More diversity than any city in the world [some experts believe that more than 800 languages are spoken in New York City!]
  2. Buggy rides in the Park [we took one many years ago, and it’s a unique – but expensive – experience]
  3. The Pizza [I’ve never found better thin crust pizza…anywhere!]
  4. Seven pro sports teams and the US Open [I actually count 9 – Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders, and Devils – but only 7 are called “New York,” and only 6 actually play in New York City. So pick a number.]
  5. Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off-Broadway [We’ve been to shows in each of these categories, and have enjoyed all of them]
  6. Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes [I’ve seen the Christmas Spectacular several times, and even went there on a field trip in junior high school to see a movie]
  7. Restaurant Week [it’s held in Summer and Winter, and I’ve written about it several times]
  8. Free movies in Bryant Park [occasionally, Broadway performances are offered as well]
  9. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island [I haven’t been to Ellis Island recently, but the Statue of Liberty is worth the trip!]
  10. Prospect Park

More to come…

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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Virtual NYC

April 28, 2020

Do you want to experience New York City but you don’t want to go out, or you want to observe social distancing guidelines, or both? Then this is for you – nycgo.com has compiled a list activities that you can do from the comfort of your living room. Activities include a virtual walk-through of a Lincoln Center exhibit, stand-up comedy shows, tour of the American Museum of Natural History, and a 360 view of the Guggenheim. Just go to https://www.nycgo.com/articles/social-distancing-things-to-do-nyc?cid=NYCEM_TINYCVisitor_20200326. 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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know New York?

April 20, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Short Runs on Broadway” I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Based on a Stephen King novel, this ’88 musical featured a high school dance to remember but closed after only 5 performances. – What is “Carrie?”
  2. Shuttered after only 6 shows, “Into the Light” is about a physicist seeking the truth about this fabled burial cloth of Jesus. – What is the Shroud of Turin?
  3. A sequel to this musical. “Bring Back Birdie” closed after 4 shows but still earned Chita Rivera a Tony nomination. – What is “Bye Bye Birdie?”
  4. “Bobbi Boland,” meant to be a star vehicle for this late Charlie’s Angel, never opened, closing after 7 previews. – Who is Farrah Fawcett?
  5. “LaStrada,” based on this director’s film, starred a young Bernadette Peters & said arrividerci after one show. – Who is Federico Fellini?

I surprised myself by getting all 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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale

New York City’s Easter Parade

April 12, 2020

As you may suspect, this year’s Easter parade, one of the most famous in the world, has been cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns. It is normally held every year on Easter Sunday, and is known as a showcase for new clothes and bonnets; hence the popular song by Irving Berlin, “Easter Parade.” The photo above is of Fifth Avenue during the parade in 1900. But don’t despair! The Fifth Avenue Association has announced a virtual parade this year. To participate, “post an Instagram story or a static post to their feed, tagging @Fifth.Avenue.NYC and using the special hashtag #EasterOnFifth.” The Association will then showcase the best photos on their website (https://fifthavenue.nyc/) on Tuesday.   Happy Easter!

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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

April 6, 2020

One of the categories on a recent Jeopardy! episode was “Short Runs 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. Based on a Stephen King novel, this ’88 musical featured a high school dance to remember but closed after only 5 performances.
  2. Shuttered after only 6 shows, “Into the Light” is about a physicist seeking the truth about this fabled burial cloth of Jesus.
  3. A sequel to this musical. “Bring Back Birdie” closed after 4 shows but still earned Chita Rivera a Tony nomination.
  4. “Bobbi Boland,” meant to be a star vehicle for this late Charlie’s Angel, never opened, closing after 7 previews.
  5. “LaStrada,” based on this director’s film, starred a young Bernadette Peters & said arrividerci after one 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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

March 25, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “A Broadway Cast of Characters” I posted a few weeks ago:

  1. Pumbaa, Nala, Zazu. – What “The Lion King?”
  2. Marius, young Eponine, Madame Thenardier. – What is “Les Misèrables?”
  3. The Pigeon sisters (not enough? Okay…). Felix & Oscar. – What is “The Odd Couple?”
  4. In a musical:       Henry Higgins, Alfred P. Doolittle. – What is “My Fair Lady?”
  5. Brick, Big Mama, Gooper. – What is “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?”

I again got four 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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2020

This seems to be an appropriate time to write about St. Patrick’s Day, so I will. Today is the national holiday of Ireland, and celebrates the life of Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary who lived in the 4th and 5th centuries. It began as a religious holiday, and became a public holiday in 1903. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Boston in 1737, but the longest-running and largest parade is in New York, which has run every year since 1762, and today would have attracted two million spectators and 150,000 marchers. However, this year’s parade has been postponed due to coronavirus activity. As you know, green is the color of choice, with a river dyed green in Chicago, a canal in Indianapolis, and fountains in Savannah. Even those not of Irish ancestry participate in the festivities (in fact, I’ve gone to several “St. Paddy’s Day” parties in the past few years, and I’ve got only one connection – McCracken – and that name hails from Northern Ireland). So regardless of your background, 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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know New York?

March 9, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “New York City Museums” I posted last month:

  1. At the 9/11 Memorial Museum, you can see part of a retaining wall and a column now covered with mementos from this complex. – What the World Trade Center?
  2. A National Museum of Immigration at this site is housed in the original main building restored to its 1918-to-1924 appearance. – What is Ellis Island?
  3. Fun House mirrors & vintage bumper cars are part of the collection celebrating this iconic amusement area in Brooklyn. – What is Coney Island?
  4. Frank Lloyd Wright was in his 90s when he supervised construction of his final masterpiece, this museum. – What is the Guggenheim?
  5. This last name is paired with Cooper in the name of a national design museum. – What is Hewitt?

I again got four 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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

March 2, 2020

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

  1. Pumbaa, Nala, Zazu.
  2. Marius, young Eponine, Madame Thenardier.
  3. The Pigeon sisters (not enough? Okay…). Felix & Oscar.
  4. In a musical:       Henry Higgins, Alfred P. Doolittle.
  5. Brick, Big Mama, Gooper.

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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know New York?

February 24, 2020

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

  1. At the 9/11 Memorial Museum, you can see part of a retaining wall and a column now covered with mementos from this complex.
  2. A National Museum of Immigration at this site is housed in the original main building restored to its 1918-to-1924 appearance.
  3. Fun House mirrors & vintage bumper cars are part of the collection celebrating this iconic amusement area in Brooklyn.
  4. Frank Lloyd Wright was in his 90s when he supervised construction of his final masterpiece, this museum.
  5. This last name is paired with Cooper in the name of a national design museum.

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 (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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