If there is one thing New York City is known for, it is our subway system. It is the lifeblood of not just the city itself, but of the region. Without it, NYC would not be what it is.
Last weekend, Michelle Go was shoved toward a subway car by a homeless man as it barreled into the Times Square station. She did not survive. The accused, who will not be named on this blog, has a history of previous arrests and emotionally disturbing encounters with riders.
There are two theories as to why Ms. Go was targeted. The first is that the accused has severe mental health problems and should not have been on the streets. The problem with this accusation is that it casts a shadow on everyone who lives with a mental illness. The truth is that most of us who live with it are just trying to get by. If such an act happens, we are more likely to be the victim, not the perpetrator.
The second theory is that she was targeted because of her ethnicity. It is sadly not the first time this has happened and will not be the last time. Back in November, Bew Jirajariyawetch was chocked one station south of where Ms. Go was killed. Ms. Jirajariyawetch is a model originally from Thailand.
My feeling is that both played a role in Ms. Go’s death. Which as a rider of the NYC transit system scares the shit out of me. I should not be afraid to get on the bus or train. But until the city does what they need to do to protect straphangers, I am forced to be more vigilant than I have been before.
Imitation, we are told is the sincerest form of flattery. It can also reveal truths that we would rather not deal with.
For the last four years, actress Laura Benanti has been satirizing former First Lady Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Last Tuesday, Benanti stepped into the shoes of Mrs. Trump for the last time.
It’s as if they were saving the best for last. Using the opening number from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as a baseline, the song speaks to how much we want her and her family out of the city.
I hate to say it, but there is one thing I will miss about you know who and his family. It is the comedy that is writing itself.
From the outside looking in, the law profession is a noble one. But then I see the commercials for law firms on television and I have to wonder if they are as legit as they promise to be.
One could say the same for former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Once upon a time, he was respected lawyer and politician. These days, the man is a punchline waiting to be written.
Randy Rainbow released his latest video today. Entitled RUDOLPH THE LEAKY LAWYER – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody, the song is based on the beloved Christmas song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
He could have gone down in history as the NYC Mayor who cleaned up Times Square and led us through the darkness of 9/11. But instead, he will be remembered as a bloviated fool who nearly destroyed the American democracy to protect the fragile ego of you know who.
For the last few years, he has been been the legal stooge of you know who. As of this afternoon, it was announced that he has Covid-19.
Karma, once more is a delightful bitch. While she and Covid-19 strike indiscriminately, this time, her aim is right where it needs to be. I would wish a speedy recovery, but given his recent actions, I wouldn’t waste my breath.
Gulliver’s Travels is one of the most unusual narratives ever introduced into the world of literature.
Inspired by the book, the exhibit, Gulliver’s Gate is one of the more unique experiences in New York City.
Visiting Gulliver’s Gate is akin to traveling the world without needing a passport or getting on an airplane. The visitor walks through realistic looking and technologically awe-inspiring miniatures of over twenty cities spread over five continents.
Ask anyone who lives in New York City and they will probably tell you that they avoid Times Square like the plague. But for Gulliver’s Gate, I would brave the crowd in Times Square just to revisit this amazing exhibit. It is fun for all ages, interactive and feels like you are traveling the world without leaving New York City.
I absolutely recommend it.
Gulliver’s Gate is at 216 W 44th Street in New York City and will be open until December 31st, 2019. Check the website for ticket availability and prices.
After work yesterday, I had an errand to run in Union Square. Union Square, for those who don’t know the layout of New York City is only a few short train stops away from Times Square. While it is not as busy as Midtown or Times Square, the neighborhood has a nice mix of homes and shops.
Most of the United States is experiencing a cold streak in the weather. The temperature does not tempt one go to go outside if one does not need to. During the very short time that I was out, I passed four different people, shivering in the cold and begging for spare change.
Seeing these people made me feel very grateful. I may not be a billionaire, nor do I have everything that I would want, but I have a lot to be grateful for. I have a roof over my head, food to fill up my stomach, a good job and a great network of family and friends who support and love me.
Words, words, words... well said Hamlet! A little blog to go off on tangents within the worlds of history and literature that interest me. From the Tudors to Tom Hardy's Tess, or from the Wars of the Roses to Wuthering Heights, feel free to browse through my musings to pick up extra ideas and points for discussion!