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Steve R.

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  • Birthday 02/04/1953

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  1. The Bronx Zoo is great. We'll be there this Friday, as we're members but haven't yet been this year. As for where to eat, the Arthur Ave places seem to be fine choices (haven't been for years) but I thought that I'd just mention that they are a 25-30 minute drive north from where you're staying. Its actually a shorter or equal ride over to upper Manhattan. Any of the Harlem places (Sylvia's, Red Rooster, Amy Ruth's or even Dinosaur BBQ all the way on the west side) are in that same time frame. Come to think of it, all of Astoria, Queens' places are closer to your hotel as well. eta: unless, of course, you go to dinner directly from the zoo. Then, you're only 10 minutes away.
  2. Djokovic is really annoying me. I just don't want him to be this good. He actually seemed to wear Nadal down in the French semis (another of the greatest matches I've seen) and then came from 2 sets down to calmly win the finals. It would be nice for Federer to win Wimbledon and I wouldn't mind if Djokovic lost an early rounder. It would also be nice if I lost 50lbs overnight and grew a full head of hair.
  3. I agree with you. There should be a Palestine and an Israel, 2 countries, and I think that its the only solution that makes any sense whatsoever. However, its one of those things that, even if everyone agrees to, doesn't end the conflict. What about Jerusalem? Is it totally within Israel? What about Israel itself? Is it acceptable as a Jewish state and, if so, what does that mean to non-Jews living there? Exactly where is Palestine? -- Gaza and the West Bank are not currently land connected. What about the Jews living in areas that will become Palestine? I'm 68 years old and have never lived in a time where any of these have been agreed to. I suspect that I will not live to see that change. The "victory laps" are for the times that those in charge are forced to stop killing innocent people.
  4. Apropos of nothing really, I just remembered that Gregg is in your area (D.C.) working at https://www.culinaryconservatory.com/culicon. (Gregg Nelson)
  5. We agree. On current plans (or lack thereof) vis a vis EMP, as well as the history. I do miss the duck. As an aside, one of the early staff at EMP was Greg, who went on to be co-owner of an East Village place called Redhead (long gone now). Redhead became the unofficial "clubhouse" of many, many of us food board folk in NYC. Were you ever there?
  6. Me too. I think you're correct on Naomi's better net game and varied groundstrokes. However, although there are some heavier hitters in women's tennis these days, I think that it would be interesting to see if Naomi could withstand the power Serena had at her peak. As you know, its a very different game when you're taken out of your comfort zone and boy could Serena do that to her opponents. I guess we'll never know.
  7. 50% starting today. A talk with the Manager of our favorite local place revealed that this increase from 35% won't help them much (if at all), as they cant possibly go up the 15% and still maintain the 6 foot distancing with tables.
  8. Given the context (again, a place we know well, is small -5 tables in use) it went very well. It was great to go out for dinner again. But, ask again on Thurs., as we’re going out on Wed eve with another couple to Park Side, a large old line place in Queens, where let’s just say that vigilance will be required. It’s a different world there.
  9. And here we go again. We have reservations for 2 of our favorite places this Sunday (yes, Valentine's Day but, at 25%, our neighborhood place is gonna be all locals and not amateur hour) and then Wednesday. We've gotten our 1st doses over a week ago, so we're a little less fidgety.
  10. 2021 Australian Open: once again they’re meeting early (3rd round). Why are they (seemingly) always in the same quarter?
  11. Well, I guess I was a bit over optimistic, but 25% indoor dining as of Feb 14 is a start. Personally, I think 50% wouldn’t change the rate in any significant way (although Long Island is at a much higher rate than NYC, I wouldn’t bet on indoor dining being the difference maker). I think the overly conservative approach by Cuomo is understandable, given that he’s also pushing back against major “open it all up” forces in athletics, theater & tourist venues (hotels, etc), while getting non-conclusive info. on vaccine effectiveness and availability. My next guess is that it moves to 50% indoor dining by the end of Feb, barring vaccine &/or variant surprises. As for our mayor, well I’ll just risk violating DR’s “no partisan politics” edict by saying “what a f—king waste”, while thinking much worse 🤦‍♂️
  12. I think they're wrong and that the 25% indoor dining rule will be back, maybe by next week. Just a hunch.
  13. I miss DaveO. This thread won't be as much fun without him. So... did the Nets just assemble a (admittedly short term) Miami Heat type dominant team or is this a "there aint enough balls on the court" move? Regardless, I will do something I wouldn't have done otherwise... I'll watch them.
  14. One of our favorite go-to places over many years. Although the menu had been undergoing many changes pre-COVID, eliminating many of the small vegetable & seafood terrines, the bar area was still a great place for dropping by and having glasses of wine with pastas or grilled pizzas, while bantering with some of the best bartenders around (Dennis, Frank, Uriel...). When bars re-open, we'll get in touch with Dennis and plop down wherever he's landed.
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