NYMYSTERIES.COM  June 26, 2021 

Something soothing…bird houses. Let’s celebrate Juneteenth and the Democrats and Republicans supporting badly needed infrastructure. A friend won a raffle. The local volunteer firefighters called her and told her she won a handmade bird house. She and her reluctant husband installed it on their lawn and you’ll see how the birds reacted. Fairly recently, I walked around Peter Cooper Village and was delighted to see available housing – for birds.

Jan’s Bird House
Checking out the real estate
Still checking
Moving in
Welcome to Peter Cooper
Peter Cooper


NYMYSTERIES.COM  June 17, 2021 

On June 16 I spent a perfect day at Untermeyer Park and Gardens. I belong to the Garden and Forest Book Club and we had an excursion to Untermeyer Gardens. We took the train to Yonkers on Metro North. Our taxi driver was a proud Yonkerite who took us on a verbal and actual whirlwind tour of his city before depositing us at the park. Since I was last there three years ago, major improvements have been completed. Let’s get to the photos!

Untermyer Gardens


NYMYSTERIES.COM  June 12, 2021 


SENATE CONFIRMS FIRST MUSLIM AMERICAN FEDERAL JUDGE The Senate voted 81-16 to confirm Zahid Quraishi to a lifetime seat on a U.S. district court, making him the first Muslim American federal judge in the 230-year history of the U.S. courts. 


Will we keep the out-of-door cubicles, a covet gift? Probably through the summer. 

Speaking of cubicles, a friend and I had lunch at Village Taverna on University Place. It was a few months ago, very chilly. The freezing waiter cheerfully delivered the food to our cubicle. Remember BYOB? meaning Bring Your Own Blanket. Their Avgolemono, a traditional Greek chicken soup was perfect. 

On 14th Street and 7th Avenue, there’s a terrific Cuban restaurant, Coppelia. The interior is charming and the buttermilk chicken is superb. As the Coppella sign says, Eat and drink because life is short.


NYMYSTERIES.COM  June 4, 2021 

Valedictorian Paxton Smith 

Commencement is a busy time of year, especially this year. Congratulations to all! 

Paxton Smith, the Dallas Lake Highlands High School valedictorian, had the courage to change her preapproved address and discuss a recent abortion bill. Texas Governor Greg Abbott  signed the “heartbeat ban” into law two weeks previous to Ms. Smith’s graduation. It’s very moving to read how frightened and insecure the brave Ms. Smith felt as she decided to change the content of her speech. From talking about TV media and content she switched to the controversial abortion law. “I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace, when there is a war on my body and a war on my rights,”  Attagirl!

Courtesy of Alice Garrard

Isn’t Governor Abbott responsible for signing legislation allowing Texans to carry handguns in public without a license? Please tackle that law, Paxton Smith.