May 4 before the election only one to state Bloomberg may not win due to voter anger...used my political art poster lampooning king Mike - media blacked out. My YouTube channel was removed. Google apologized.
The YouTube that said No to renewing SAIC CityTime.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Karen, Love Saves the Day, E. Village FDNY EMS and 2 Men assist her broken leg 14th St and First Avenue

Karen, Love Saves the Day, East Village, FDNY EMS and 2 Men assist her broken leg 14th St and First Avenue

Karen sitting with a friend

Flashback East Village:  Karen worked in front of "Love Saves the Day" and than she worked  in front of this coffee place on St. Marks Place selling cool thangs. 

Above an old photo of Karen and a friend chatting.   Now Karen is in a wheelchair but not down for the count...she is loving on the East Village,  how wonderful and good the people are -- so kind to her and a special thank you to her rescuers when she fell last month and could not get back up due to a broken leg.

She served our Country during the Vietnam War.

Before Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner there was Karen....

Karen loves the East Village and the People of NYC/East Village -- she believes they are the best and she wanted me to thank the two men that came to her rescue when she fell January 30, 2018 on First Avenue and 14th street.

It was one of those freezing cold days and Karen doesn't know if she slipped on black ice or what -- she was crossing the street and she did fall.   She broke her leg so badly she could not get up.   Two men came to her assistance and would not leave her side.  One man directed traffic to prevent Karen from getting hit by a car and the other called an ambulance.

Karen really wants to thank the two men that helped but she doesn't know how to reach them.

Karen did call the FDNY EMS and gave the two EMS workers that responded to the 911 call a commendation praising them as well.  

The FDNY chief of EMS wrote back thanking Karen for her praise and appreciation of the EMS workers and Karen has the letter hanging on her wall. 

Karen was taken to Mt. Sinai and she now has her leg in a cast and is in a wheel chair.   Karen gets the best care at the VA hospital where they know her and are seeing her through the healing process.

She is gaunt, wheel chair bound for now but her spirit is good.    She loves the East Village so much and again wants to thank the men that helped her.
Photo of me and Karen in Tompkins Square Park

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sunshine Movie Theatre Closed

 I walked in and chatted with a handsome heavily tattooed young man --- I have pasted the half way point in my life and the the PTSD and insomnia have aged me... I don't know if Mr Handsome Tattoos was kidding when he said a McDonalds was moving in but I can confirm a bit of Sunshine has now gone out on Houston, Lower East Side.


 Yes a Woody Allen film "Bananas" --- now just brings a cringe factor.... but how sad --- the stack of over sized movie posters -- a house of cards -- so many ways..

Friday, January 26, 2018

Mamoun’s Expanding Falafel Frontiers

Mamoun came from  Damascus, Syria and he opened up the first falafel place ever in NYC in 1971!

It was and is still  in the original location on McDougall street and is open untill 5:00 am  which was a tradition that started in the 1970s!

Mamoun is survived  by four sons that  run this successful expanding business now transforming into a franchise.

With the exception of the first Mamoun store located in the West Village, each location has huge photos of NYC.   One of my favorite photos is of Mamoun himself, a young handsome man with long hair and a beard.

I’m writing this from the Princeton location (does not have late night hours) where there’s a large photo that says Cafe WHA?, FUGS, Bleeker St.    Well now a days,  all that remains is Bleecker Street and Mamoun’s—just joking —  but over the years we’ve watched the city struggle to hold onto the City’s Soul to what makes the city so unique and special...

as the city loses so much of what made the city the city and so many ethnic famous restaurants have fallen — the small falafel forerunner survives and flourishes!

 The  teeny Mamoun’s on McDougall’s place is  reborn over and over — 2 in New York City different locations — always successful; Mamoun’s legacy  expanded to New Jersey and Connecticut and now the second generation is expanding across the country starting next in Texas .

 Some people open a restaurant in New York City and it  closes in less than a year, some people have a successful run for five years or 10 years while this frontier falafel place is close to a 50 year anniversary — the second generation’s success is a tribute to Mamoun!

You can see one of Mamoun’s handsome sons on Rachel Ray!

Rachel Ray call Mamoun’s Falafels iconic and her favorite falafel‘s.

 My favorite foods are (vegan) the rice, lentil soup, babaganouj aka baba and the famous hot sauce!!!

Mamoun’s Falafel Birthed in NYC 1971 Expanding to Texas and Beyond...