Archive for the ‘About New York City’ Category

New York Then and Now

September 19, 2020

I’ve seen books which contain photos of New York City, comparing past with present images.  In fact, I have one but couldn’t think of a way to share it in my blog.  But I recently found a video of the same thing, and offer it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOEYtEkmg-M&t=126s.  It’s worth a look – 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

The Statues of Central Park – the Answers

September 13, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! episode from last month:

  1. Who is Christopher Columbus? (This statue is in the lower section of Central Park; there is another at Columbus Circle just outside the park.)
  2. Who is Hans Christian Andersen? (The statue is sitting on a granite bench in the Great Lawn section of the park.)
  3. Who is Samuel F.B. Morse? (The statue is inside the park at Inventor’s Gate, Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street.)
  4. Who is Duke Ellington? (The statue is in the north end of the park, near 100th Street, and is 25 feet tall.)
  5. Who is Sherman (The statue and plaza are at 60th Street)

So there’s a lot more to Central Park than paths and joggers, so enjoy!  [If you’re really feeling energetic, make it a walking tour of these five statues – it’ll be about five miles.]

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, 2020

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

  1. Its second act features a magic carpet, “A Whole New World” & a reprise of “Arabian Nights.”. – What is “Aladdin?”
  2. This musical featuring the hero Jean Valjean was adapted from a 1,200 page novel.  – What is “Les Miserables?”
  3. Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells played Elders Cunningham and Price when this musical opened in 2011.  – What is “The Book of Mormon?”
  4. This name of the wicked witch in “Wicked” was based on the initials of the author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” – Who is Elphaba?
  5. We want you to “state” this musical set in Indian Territory; it was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration.. – What is “Oklahoma?”

At least 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 

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

August 12, 2020

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. Its second act features a magic carpet, “A Whole New World” & a reprise of “Arabian Nights.”
  2. This musical featuring the hero Jean Valjean was adapted from a 1,200 page novel.
  3. Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells played Elders Cunningham and Price when this musical opened in 2011.
  4. This name of the wicked witch in “Wicked” was based on the initials of the author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
  5. We want you to “state” this musical set in Indian Territory; it was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration.

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 

Nathan Hale

The First New York Penny

August 3, 2020

A good friend of mine who knows of my interest in New York City and my Dutch ancestry recently gave me the collectible coin pictured here.  The face of the coin is dated 1737 and has the logo of VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, Dutch East India Company), and the reverse has the Coat of Arms of the Dutch province in which it was minted (this one looks like the province of Holland).  I don’t know what it’s worth, but I’m not even thinking of selling (or regifting) it.

Thanks, Jack!

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 

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know New York?

July 28, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “All Around New York” I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. From its resemblance to a certain game, the skyscraper seen here [above] is nicknamed this building. – What is Jenga?
  2. It opened in 1899 with 843 animals; today, it has over 6,000.  – What is the Bronx Zoo?
  3. You’ll be tickled pink to know that at the Plaza Hotel, you can book a really pink suite named for this literary girl.  – Who is Eloise?
  4. To visit the Statue of Liberty, hop on a ferry at this site named for the line of cannons that once defended it. – What is Battery Park?
  5. At one time or another, this famous apartment building was home to Leonard Bernstein, Lauren Bacall & John Lennon. – What is the Dakota?

At least 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 

Nathan Hale

The Last of “the 50 things we love about New York!”

July 22, 2020

Here are the final 10 things from the Duane Reade mural (see my post from last Sunday), along with some of my thoughts:

41.  Katz’s Delicatessen [that great scene from When Harry Met Sally!]

42.  The Garden [Madison Square Garden, that is]

43.  Canal Street [which basically separates Chinatown from Little Italy and Tribeca and SoHo]

44.  Times Square [which I’ve written about several times]

45.  Grand Central Terminal [also several posts about this landmark]

46.  The Chrysler Building [“destroyed” by Hollywood many times]

47.  Sheep Meadow [a popular spot for relaxing in Central Park]

48.  The Ball Drop [in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, of course]

49.  The skyline [and who can argue with that one?]

But wait a minute; that’s only 49!  But we should cut them some slack.   After all, number 4 was actually 2 – seven pro sports teams and the US Open.  As I said before, not a bad list at all…

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

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know New York?

July 16, 2020

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

  1. From its resemblance to a certain game, the skyscraper seen here [above] is nicknamed this building.
  2. It opened in 1899 with 843 animals; today, it has over 6,000.
  3. You’ll be tickled pink to know that at the Plaza Hotel, you can book a really pink suite named for this literary girl.
  4. To visit the Statue of Liberty, hop on a ferry at this site named for the line of cannons that once defended it.
  5. At one time or another, this famous apartment building was home to Leonard Bernstein, Lauren Bacall & John Lennon.

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

Nathan Hale

More of “the 50 things we love about New York!”

July 10, 2020

Here are more things from the Duane Reade mural (see my post from last Sunday), along with some of my thoughts:

31.  Cross country skiers in the streets after a snowstorm [unfortunately, there were not many opportunities this winter]

32.  Fishing in Harlem Meer [I don’t fish, so I’ve got no opinion here]

33.  New York Public Library [with more than 50 million items in the main library and its 82 branches]

34.  The Halloween Parade [reportedly drawing 2 million spectators each year]

35.  Yellow Cabs [all 13,000 of them!]

36.  Summerstage [showing in all 5 boroughs]

37.  Lincoln Center

38.  A subway series [there have been 14, with the latest in 2000]

39.  Carnegie Hall [host to thousands of performances since 1891]

40.  The Canyon of Heroes [the site of almost 200 parades, including the one for the World Champion Yankees in 2009].

The final 10 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

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

June 28, 2020

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

  1. Sung by Prince Eric & his sailors: “Fathoms Below.” – What is “The Little Mermaid?”
  2. “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin.” – What is “Oklahoma!?”
  3. “Food, Glorious Food.” – What is “Oliver?”
  4. “Comedy Tonight.” – What is “A Funnt Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum?”
  5. Based on a French play and based mostly at a drag club: “We Are What We Are.” – What is “La Cage Aux Folles?”

I went back to my old ways, getting only two 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

Nathan Hale


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