Most Sundays I look out of my Stuyvesant Town window and see seven or eight white tents. Under each tent a merchant is setting up a fruit or bread or flower or meat or fish stand. It opens at 9:30 am and closes around 4 pm. It’s the place to meet and greet, buy fresh, farm produce and enjoy the Oval – that’s Stuyvesant Town’s grassy area decked with Adirondack chairs and a fountain.
Ted Dawson leads a Judson Memorial Church group that is determined to have Jean returned to his home, the U. S. A. The following is a quote from the Judson team. “Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security has a pending request on his desk to grant Jean a humanitarian pardon. Please consider writing an email ASAP to Secretary Mayorkas asking him to grant this pardon for Jean and to finally reunite Jean with his family.”
Just as we did when we reached out to all our contacts in Virginia, we can do this too!
We went to the International Center of Photography at 79 Essex Street. The Center had moved into a snazzy, three story building. I appreciated the sleek building if not most of the photography. There were a few exceptions. The photograph of the African American woman looking out the car window is wonderful. Either this was an impromptu shot or she’s a fine actor. I apologize for not knowing the photographer’s name who shot the picture.
Then it was on to the Essex Market across the street. From open air push cart venders to the 1940’s Essex Market to this wonderful, colorful array of food from all over the world. Downstairs, we had lunch at Veselka’s. Delicious pierogues followed by yummy pancakes.
There’s a new puppet exhibit. Head to the second floor and immerse yourself in childhood memories. One complaint: no Kuckla, Fran and Ollie but there is Howdy Doody.
To quote from the cultural information billboards: The Lion King and Avenue Q are recent examples of puppets on stage. The Metropolitan Opera is indebted to puppets: Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Satyagraha. Puppets are used to celebrate different ethnic holidays: the rip-roaring Chinese dragons on Lunar New Years, scary puppets at the West Village Halloween Parade and puppet barons for the Macy Special on Thanksgiving.
A founder of the Halloween parade, Ralph Lee, a puppeteer whose work was featured in the 1973 parade, is honored.
I associate the word gout with cartoons of well fed gents sitting in English clubs with one leg resting on a foot stool. According to Doctor Google It’s a painful form of arthritis. When your body has extra uric acid sharp pain may form in the big toe or other joints.
I have joined the gout club. After hobbling around for a week, submerging my big right foot toe in icy water, and elevating it to no avail, I consulted a doctor. Did I want a needle or pills? We started with the needle, switched to pills. I was given a stern talk on what not to eat: the usual (delicious) culprits: booze, red meat, sea food, anchovies (Huh?)
A few surprises: Cherries, diary, coffee, water, bananas, citrus fruit are good for gout sufferers.
Scallops, peaches, apples should be avoided.
You are not alone. Some famous gout sufferers: Henry VIII, Benjamin Franklin, Sir Issac Newton. What? No women?
I’ve been reading about Hitler. John Lukacs wrote a fine book comparing him and Churchill. Lukacs claimed that Hitler and Mussolini were revolutionaries and Churchill was a conservative. He examines why Mussolini was initially admired by Churchill and why many Germans and Austrians supported Hitler.
Governor Cuomo thinks he owns the governorship. He doesn’t. It’s a rental. His confidence and political smarts have made many New Yorkers like me turn a blind eye to his behavior. Has he groomed a successor? Of course not. Dictators don’t. After he leaves office, he can take pride in the mistakes his successor makes.
Who succeeds him? The Lieutenant Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul.
Elizabeth Herwood, Paris deserves credit for these photos.
What about masks? I wear them out of guilt. Love to know your opinion.
Chinatown has been hit hard. I’ve always found busy, confusing Chinatown a great place to wander. My companion, Pei Yi Wu, and I would meet friends to celebrate various birthdays, graduations. Recently, I was meeting friends for dinner. I got off the Number 9 bus on east Broadway. The street has gone downhill from being a noisy, bustling shopping area.
But there is HWA YUAN. It’s a spacious (three stories), elegant, Szechuan restaurant at 42 East Broadway. Everything is perfect: the service, the setting and most of all the glorious food. Some classy details: Beautifully laundered napkins and each guest is given two sets of chopsticks: one is for serving and the other is for eating.
Here’s a quote from the current owners: First opened in 1968, Shorty Tang’s original Hwa Yuan is returning to Chinatown this October, 2017, under the reign of Tang’s son and grandson.
Abdul Latif Nasser was imprisoned without charge at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for 19 years. He was transferred to his home country of Morocco on Monday. He’s the first detainee to be released from Guantanamo under President Joe Biden. Mr. Nasser had been scheduled to be released in 2016. Former President Donald Trump, had reversed his predecessor’s efforts to depopulate the prison.
We Judsonites are surrounded by gifted poets, writers, musicians, dancers. actors, cartoonists. The poet, Phil Eggers, wrote A Quiet Homecoming.
In celebration of returning to our space for Sunday services here is a poem, an offering dedicated to those who have come over the past two weeks, those will will come in the future, and for those who can only attend in spirit (for I am aware that a church and community is much more than four walls).
Yesterday we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time since last March. We wandered through two wonderful, diverse exhibits: Alice Neel’s People Come First and The Medici: Portraits & Politics 1512-1570. Room after spacious room with great art. Neel captured New York City and the sixteenth century artists, Jacopo Pontormo and Francesco Salviati (among others) captured Florence. For dessert we went to the roof and gloried in the city landscape and Alex Da Corte’s whimsical As Long As the Sun Lasts.