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  1. The points per game say it all: 2003-2004: 21.0 2004-2005: 20.8 2005-2006: 26.9 2006-2007: 28.5 2007-2008: 25.7 2008-2009: 22.8 2009-2010: 28.2 2010-2011: 25.6 2011-2012: 22.6 2012-2013: 28.7 2013-2014: 27.4 2014-2015: 24.2 2015-2016: 21.4
  2. Jeff Corey (1914-2002) is another fine character actor who merits his own thread (if I see about five different performances, I'm going to give any of these talented actors and actresses their own thread - they deserve it). For those of you who've heard the term, but have never really heard it defined, a "character actor" is someone whose face you've seen a million times, but can't come up with the person's name - there are a lot more of them, both in Hollywood and on television, than you think, and Jeff Corey was certainly one of them. This is but a small portion of what he has done - ju
  3. Should be a popular one. Looks like they have timed and untimed tickets available on the Brooklyn Museum website. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving "Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other
  4. Too awesome not to share (play this for someone blind sometime - they'll *never* guess who it is). This is actually from 1959, not 1962:
  5. Visiting and staying in Brooklyn for about a week in late February. @Steve R. Would you still recommend Henry’s End? And how about Italian? (Despite my age and professed orientation you can skip the old skool stuff )
  6. I was skeptical, but I just now tried Monk Fruit in the Raw for the very first time - my initial reaction: "I like this just as much as sugar." This is expensive, but an excellent sweetening option for a low-carb diet - it's cut with dextrose; otherwise it would be too sweet. "Monk Fruit vs. Stevia: Which Sweetener Should You Use?" on healthline.com (I've never tried Stevia, although not for any particular reason.)
  7. You had a senior moment (with which I'm becoming familiar ) with Bernard King (Albert was a star for the Maryland Terrapins - he and Gene Banks (from Philadelphia - played college ball at Duke) were the best two high school players in the country his senior year - rated higher than even Magic Johnson (I was lucky enough to see all three play in the McDonald's Capital Classic (*))); Bernard (his big brother) was half of the "Bernie and Ernie Show" at University of Tennessee, along with Ernie Grunfeld. I thought sure Albert would be better than Bernard, but it didn't pan out that way - he was a
  8. How do you write a post about Mickey Rooney - a Hollywood legend whose career lasted 88 years? You don't. You throw something up there, and hope people fill in the gaps. I just saw Rooney - astonishingly, in the middle of his career - in the 1972 "Night Gallery" episode "Rare Objects" (all my "Night Gallery" episodes link to the best Night Gallery blog on the internet, written by David Juhl).
  9. Hey, don't knock H.S. doubles. Although I played singles in my senior year, I wasn't #1 singles since our coach had recruited a sophomore who could kick my ass (still can, since he's still a teaching pro) & I knew I wasn't even top 10 in NYC singles. I had played doubles previously and had (in my Junior year) come in 2nd in the NYC "Mayor's Cup" H.S. Doubles Tournament (with my partner of course). At any rate, feeling the need for revenge, we teamed up again in my senior year and won the tournament. So, 47 years later I still have bragging rights to having once been the best H.S. doubl
  10. A thread to mark the passing of Dwayne "Pearl" Washington at the age of 52. In the early-to-mid 80s there was no league bigger than the Big East - Patrick Ewing, John Thompson, Chris Mullen, Villanova's upset win over Georgetown in the NCAA final, the annual Big East Tournament at the Garden. And Syracuse had a 6 foot 2 point guard named Pearl Washington. His trademark "shake and bake" style left defenders flat footed. And his buzzer beater against Boston College in 1984 sealed his place as a Syracuse legend. Tribute by Syracuse Sports Columnist Bud Poliquin ESPN Tribute
  11. iPhone users, follow these steps to create a Brooklyn Dining Guide quasi-app:1) Enter the URL of the next post (the actual Dining Guide), and bring it up on your iPhone - you can get the URL by clicking on the very-faint icon that looks like a "less-than sign (<)" at the top-right of any given post. 2) Tap the plus sign (+) on the bottom of your iPhone screen.3) Push "Add Bookmark."Voila! Your own free quasi-app in less than 30 seconds! --- Please feel free to contact me with any typos, suggestions, corrections, or comments. In order to ensure future access to this dining guide, simpl
  12. I'll admit, watching electronic bands perform is dull - No matter what extra instruments they bring on stage...watching people twist knobs on mixers, punch in loops on a computer, or play some chords on a keyboard. Yawn. Bob Moses is such a band, but they are in the midst of blowing up. Sultry deep house vibe, dreamy vocals played over spare keyboards and guitar. They just had a big weekend: An Essential Mix debut and the release of a live set on KEXP. In January, they made their live TV debut on ... The Ellen Show. Apparently she was driving and heard one of their songs on the ra
  13. I find it incredibly rewarding to see an actor I know from Hollywood on a television program - sometimes an obscure actor that today's generation doesn't know about. I look at it as an opportunity to share my knowledge so that life plays out its complex role as a continuum, just as it should do. Joe Mantell (originally born without that second "l" in Brooklyn, due to his immigrant-Austrian parents), is one such actor. Mantell received an Academy Award nomination for the 1955 Best Picture, "Marty," for his portrayal of Angie, Marty's best friend. He's also responsible for the famous last li
  14. If you find yourself near Prospect Park or in the Prospect Heights neighborhood, make sure to stop in at Ample Hills Creamery. Handcrafted in-house ice cream with 24 rotating seasonal flavors. Make sure you sample the Salted Crack Caramel, the Peanut Butter 4 President for lovers of peanut butter (obviously), and sorbet fans should try the Lemon Sky (lemon-ginger). It's really the kind of ice cream shop we would all love to have in our neighborhoods!
  15. I'd never heard of The Brooklyn Eagle, much less knew Walt Whitman (!) was its editor for two years, but at one time, it had the largest circulation of any afternoon daily newspaper in the United States. The Brooklyn Public Library has the entire set of newspapers online - a person could send a lifetime learning about the history of Brooklyn, just by going through these archives.
  16. The Brooklyn Museum, situated along Prospect Park, is huge. At 560,000 square feet it is NYC's second largest museum and their collection holds approximately 1.5 million pieces. We spent five hours there and didn't even make it to several floors. General admission is a suggested $16 (ie: you can actually pay what you want) and well worth it. Of special note is the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Judy Chicago's monumental piece, The Dinner Party. We also toured the now closed Killer Heels: The art of the High-Heeled Shoe as well as the fabulous show Kehinde Wiley: A N
  17. Rye ticks off all the boxes for the current state of New American cuisine - Bacon, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, pork belly, short ribs, pickle platter. But they do it well. Duck rillettes served in a glass jar with a thick layer of fat revealed a moist star ainse scented layer of duck served with grilled bread. Delicious. Grilled pork belly with braised red cabbage served over grits. Also delicious. Cassoulet for two was a larger platter of sausage, lamb shank, duck confit, and beans, probably could have fed three and was equally delicious. Even the token vegetarian option of ricotta
  18. Despite hearing how family-friendly some parts of Brooklyn are, it seems that these actual restaurants are a secret, since I'm not finding much. If you've been to a restaurant in Brooklyn and thought to yourself, "Wow, look at all these kids in here!", please let me know what they are. We're heading there next month for a long weekend. Obviously, my baby bird eats out quite a bit now with us here in D.C., but the regular caveats apply (early dinner, varied menu but don't necessarily need a kids menu, not too hipster). Thanks!
  19. I always thought it was just an expression for pointing out someone's gullibility, but the bridge has been "sold" many many times. Makes me wonder what other BS we're falling for nowadays. "For You, Half Price" by Gabriel Cohen on nytimes.com
  20. Met a friend here for lunch today at her recommendation, she visits regularly. I had the linguine with mushrooms and light cream sauce, plus I tried my friend's side of roasted cauliflower. Also ordered a lemonade which was how I like it -- very lemony/tart. The food was tasty, though I felt the pasta could use a little pepper or spice to it. If they had a pepper grinder I would've been happier. My friend was happy with her food (besides the cauliflower she ordered polenta and mushrooms with gorgonzola, which I didn't taste). Unfortunately one hiccup with the food combined with slow servic
  21. I would like to be able to say that I ate at Talde this trip. It is just blocks from where I was staying. But they don't take reservations for parties of 2. On Friday night at 8:15 there was a 90 minute wait. On Saturday at 8:30 there was a 90 minute wait. Perhaps we needed to hire someone to go put our names on the waiting list an hour before we would have arrived. It was empty when we walked past at brunch on Saturday but we were heading to Princeton to see John Guare's new play. (Which was wonderful and thought provoking and totally worth the trek on NJ Transit to Princeton...) I ca
  22. "The Painful Exile To Brooklyn" by Josh Ozersky on vice.com, closing with, "Brooklyn is the worst." Feel free to comment.
  23. The Brooklyn Flea people run several weekend flea markets. Fort Greene is the original flagship location, located at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School's 40,000 sq-foot schoolyard. Although Smorgasburg is probably their more well known operation. The Fort Greene flea is a mix of junk, repurposed, vintage, and newly crafted artisan stalls, jammed with hipsters, tourists, and folks from the neighborhood. But let's not forget about the food. Come ready to eat. The side of the market closest to the school is a street foodway, with vendors selling tacos, pupusas, dosa, sausages (Brooklyn Ba
  24. One of the great things about NYC is that, on any given day, you can sort of pretend that you live somewhere else. With upwards of 150 different nationalities sharing our 5 boroughs, a trip somewhere distant may be as quick as a subway ride away. Take Russia. A few weekends ago, we gathered up the clan and headed out to Brighton Beach, which sits way out at the ass end of Brooklyn, right smack in between Coney Island and Manhattan Beach. Brighton Beach is home to a large population of Russian speakers, many of whom come from Odessa (giving Brighton its nickname, Little Odessa), and the main
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