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Dec 29, 2009

Where to take your Mother for Lunch in New York City? The Modern Restaurant near MOMA

The Modern will keep most mothers happy: great food, great service, beautiful decor and scenery, and it's worth the $48 for the prix fixe lunch menu.

Make a booking, 212.333.1220, a week in advance, for the restaurant (the bar room is more casual and great for drinks and light stuff. They'll call you back to confirm.
Show up on time, they may put you in the lounge area for a drink while they get your table ready.

The waiters serve beautifully, so sit back and enjoy the service. Everything on the menu is superb, the award winning chef, Gabriel Kreuther a native of Alsace, is imaginative and quite brilliant.

Chocolates made on the premises are served after desert. Mmmm.

The Modern Restaurant
(next to the Museum of Modern Art )
9 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019-5401


Dec 25, 2009

New Year's Eve in Time Square : How to... (Chris Daughtry appearing )

New York City on New Year's Eve?
Why would you do it?
If you like crowd scenes, this is for you...
Also: 2010 line up is:
  • Chris Daughtry
  • J-Lo
  • "Hair"
  • Confetti and pyrotechnics
There are a few things you should know before heading there all full of booze:
No bags or backpacks.
Hide alcohol from police: plastic water bottles work..
Dress really friggin warm or you'll freeze ya tits off.

Time and place:
The ball is raised at 6pm so:
If you are going to commit yourself, just get there too early (ie soon after noon) to ensure best views and to be close to the action.
The sound system is set up in the Bowtie area (where Broadway and 7th Ave), and the video screens at One Times Square (where the Ball is lowered) are visible.
Also: additional screens are at Broadway and 50th, Broadway and 52nd, Broadway and 54th and Broadway and 58th.

To find answers to frequently asked questions such as:
  • Where is the Ball lowered?
  • What streets will be closed?
  • Areas designated for the disabled?
  • Where is the best view?
  • Getting There without losing an eye..
  • How does one enter Times Square on NYE?
Click on: FAQ

2010 video :
(Jonas Brothers were the flavor of the year):


Dec 24, 2009

About ice skating in New York City

Is skating in NY on your list of stuff to do?

Like in the movies: Rockefeller Center
Small rink, but classic scenario...
Price: up to $20, rates vary a lot
Hours: Call 212 332 7654
Time your arrival to fit the strict skate session times:
  • 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. 
  • 10:30 a.m. - noon
  • 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.
  • 10:30 - midnight

Early morning during holiday periods and weekdays before 4 p.m. are quieter times.
  • F, B, D or Q trains to 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center stop;
  • 6 to 51st Street;
  • 1 to 50th Street


Quieter and cheaper: Bryant Park info: 866-221-5157
Price: free! (just pay your $12 skate rental, $9 locker.. and hospital bills )
ONline Reservations!

Daily from 8 a.m. til 10 p.m.
Open til Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. (Weather permitting.)

Getting there: 7 or B/D/F/V trains to 42nd Street/Bryant Park stop.

If you are stuck there with skaters but hate skating, skaters and everything about skating, find shelter at the holiday market or The Pond Snack Shop or.. Celsius: A Canadian Lounge, both located adjacent to the skating rink.


Lasker Rink and Pool
call (917) 492-3857 or (917) 492-3856
Central Park between 106th and 108th Streets
Entrance just south of park entrance at 110th Street &; Lenox Avenue
Admission $4.50, skate rental $5

Open Saturday, October 24, 2009 through Sunday, March 28, 2010.


Big and loud: Wollman Rink: call 212-439-6900
Central Park between 62nd and 63rd Streets
Skate Rental and Lockers available
Price: $11, skate rental $4.75, locker rental $10 ($6.75 refundable on lock return)


Dec 2, 2009

Kodak zi8 best HD portable video camera (the flip camera is dead) and now there's the "PlaySport" a waterproof version

Finally a manufacturer has designed a portable HD video camera with a microphone in jack.
This camera is available for $159 if you search. Bigger SD card is necessary than the included one, but they are cheap.
This guy has a nice video about it:

Here's some interesting footage taken with the kodak zi8:
Subway Riders

UPDATE: the camera has an available firmware update

Using iMovie, the zi8 footage at 60 frames per second looks great in slow motion.

2010 UPDATE: and now there's a waterproof one! (to 3 meters )
The Playsport

Scuba Divers: If you put this camera in a 30meter casing which leaked, this camera stands a better chance of surviving,,,

Underwater Housing available from B&H

One more thing:
There's now a remote:
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Nov 30, 2009

Hiphop Music Video shot in Times Square

Last Month, native American rapper: Daybi chose Times Square to shoot his latest Music Video.
Thankfully unhampered by New York's Finest, the shoot attracted attention from curious tourists, and after dark the crew found a couple of perfect locations to fill out the footage.

Shot on a Canon 7D by Mathieu Favreau

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Nov 2, 2009

NYC Marathon 2009: Powerbar team raises $30,000 for charity

Sports Writer

This video gives us a closer look at the powerbar runners:

Videos by the New York Video Service: NYvideo.US

Oct 15, 2009

New York dog depressed after being left at home again

A Manhattan Dog, who asked that his real name not be used, is seeking psychological counseling after being left at home every day for his whole life.
"I've had it up to here with this tiny apartment" said Eric, a large Canine, "sometimes I just think screw you, and I rip up a few cushions or take a dump in the bedroom, but mostly I just lie on the couch and think about chasing pigs and mounting small dogs".

Eric's owner was unavailable for comment, but his representative said:
" my husband picks up Eric's gigantic turds every night when he gets his walk, what else can he do?"

Eric has been secretly using the computer while the humans are gone, uploading his profile picture to several dating services

Eric says:
"the drinking at home really had to stop, I was going through 24 cans a day. Sometimes when the humans got home I could hardly lift my head"

Since the Toimes interviewed Eric, we were happy to receive a tweet from him announcing his engagement to a younger woman. Let's hope they live happily ever after.

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Oct 12, 2009

New York Opera star Rinat Shaham sings jazzy Gershwin

During the day before Rinat Shaham had to go on stage to sing the title role of Carmen in Cologne Germany, we managed to get a couple of cameras in to the opera house and filmed an impromptu jam session with Shaham and her young colleague Sam Hogarth. The result was quite startling: not JUST an opera singer!

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Oct 4, 2009

Still eating ground beef? Warning

Ground beef is usually not simply a chunk of meat run through a grinder. Instead, records and interviews show, a single portion of hamburger meat is often an amalgam of various grades of meat from different parts of cows and even from different slaughterhouses. These cuts of meat are particularly vulnerable to E. coli contamination, food experts and officials say. Despite this, there is no federal requirement for grinders to test their ingredients for the pathogen.

Read about how a simple 'angus beef patty' paralyzed a woman: New York Times Article


Sep 13, 2009

Marijuana Cross-Joints becoming popular in New York

Artistic look at something illegal


Aug 27, 2009

Horse Manure on Stage in Israel

Opening night of Carmen, and one of the horses drops his load for the glitzy Tel Aviv crowd:

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Aug 20, 2009

Searching for Whitopia, startling new book about White Flight

New York City Author, Rich Benjamin broaches a tough topic:

Video by NYvideo.US

Purchase the book at


Feb 27, 2009

Rinat Shaham Sings the Role of Dorabella in Paris

Ensemble Matheus under the energetic baton of Jean-Christoph Spinosi.
Paris Opera House, November 2008.

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