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Daily Video for June 18 – NYC Checker Taxis Begin Service

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The First CHecker Cabs Hit the Road

On June 18, 1923, the first iconic Checker Cab hits the street in New York City.  While taxi services have been in existence in some form since the early 17th century, the yellow painted cars with the checkerboard stripes from New York have become the iconic symbols of taxis everywhere.

While the last Checker Cab was retired in 2009, the cars remain instantly recognizable and highly collectible by car enthusiasts.

Check out this video to see different Checker Cabs over the years:

Photo Prompt

Daily Photo (6/5/20) – NYC from the ISS

Photo — “NYC from the ISS”

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Photograph of New York City illuminated at night from the International Space Station.  Taken March 23, 2013.

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – The Streets of New York, 1930

Photo — “The Streets of New York, 1930”

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Social distancing wasn’t quite necessary 90 years ago as this overhead shot of 36th St. in New York City shows.

1930. “Overhead view of men milling about on 36th St. between 8th and 9th Aves., in the heart of the Garment District”. Photo Margaret Bourke-White

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Daily Photo – “Living Sign”, c1905

Photo — “Living Sign, c.1905”

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c. 1905. “A living sign on Fifth Avenue, New York City.” Brand ambassador for Dr. Rankin’s Dental Parlor, conveniently close to a candy store. Photographer Unknown.

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Daily Photo – “Broadway Advertising”, 1937

Photo — “Broadway Advertising, 1937”

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Here is a fun “then and now” photo, showing a Manhattan storefront in 1937 with the plethora of accompanying signage and distinctive architecture.  Today it is a very non-descript, generic Starbucks (See below) [GOOGLE MAPS]

May 7, 1937. “William Goldberg, 771 Broadway, Manhattan.” 8×10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project.

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On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 13, 2020!

APRIL 13, 2020

Today is:


National Make Lunch Count Day — Forget the idea of a “working lunch” or even working through lunch.  Turn everything off, and take time for yourself and your lunch today!  Enjoy that extended lunch break.

National Peach Cobbler Day — Ooey, gooey peaches baked in a dish with a crumb/oat topping… what could be better??  Why not try some today on that lunch break you should be enjoying!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

GUY FAWKES (1570-1606) — English soldier and revolutionary.  Planner of the Gunpowder Plot.
THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) — Author of the Declaration of Independence and 3rd President of the United States.
BUTCH CASSIDY  (1866-1908) — American bank and train robber.  Leader of the “Wild Bunch” in the American west with the Sundance Kid.
SAMUEL BECKETT (1906-1989) — Irish author, poet, and Playwright.  Nobel  laureate, 1969.
PETER DAVISON (1951) — English actor (Doctor Who – 5th Doctor, All Creatures Great and Small)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1861Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, SC surrenders to Confederate forces after a nightlong bombardment.
1870 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is founded.
1943 – The Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC is dedicated on the 200th anniversary of the President’s birth.
1964Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American to win  Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his performance in Lillies of the Field.
1997 Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament, at the age of 21.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 8, 2020!

APRIL 8, 2020

Today is:


Draw a Picture of a Bird Day — It doesn’t mater which bird you draw, but let your creative juices flow!

National All Is Ours Day — Meant to celebrate the beauty of nature and the world all around us, today reminds us that the whole world belongs to all and to get outside and appreciate those things available to everyone.

National Empanada Day — Little fried turnovers full of love and goodness!  Today why not try a new twist, or a traditional empanada, a staple in Latin and Mediterranean cooking, .

Zoo Lovers Day — For those who love being able to visit animal parks and see interesting and wonderful creatures from around the world.  While we can’t go there in person right now, why not try viewing remotely via your favorite zoo’s webcam?  Most animals are still out and about and keepers are still on duty.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

MARY PICKFORD (1892-1979) — Canadian-American actress, director, & producer.  Co-founder of United Artists in 1919.
SONJA HENIE (1912-1969) — Norwegian-American figure skater & actress.  Most decorated female skater of all-time.
BETTY FORD  (1918-2011) — 40th First Lady of the United States.  Advocate for breast cancer awareness and addiction and substance abuse education through the Betty Ford Clinics.
RICHARD HATCH (1961) — American reality show contestant; first winner of Survivor.
BIZ MARKIE  (1964) — American rapper, producer, and actor.  Most famous for his sing, Just a Friend.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

 

1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Greek island of Milos. It is now displayed in the Louvre in Paris, France.
1904 – Longacre Square in Manhattan (New York City) is renamed Times Square in honor of the New York Times.
1913 -The 17th Amendment to the US Constitution, allowing for the direct election of Senators, becomes law.  Before this, all senators were elected by the state legislatures.
1975 – Frank Robinson takes the helm of the Cleveland Indians in his first game, becoming Major League Baseball’s first African American manager.
Fiction, November 2019

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Permanent Record by Mary H.K,. Choi. September 3, 2019. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 432 p. ISBN: 9781534445970.  Int Lvl: YA; Rdg Lvl: YA.

On paper, college dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. His graveyard shift at a twenty-four-hour deli in Brooklyn is a struggle. Plus, he’s up to his eyeballs in credit card debt. Never mind the state of his student loans.

Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. The brand is unstoppable. She graduated from child stardom to become an international icon and her adult life is a queasy blur of private planes, step-and-repeats, aspirational hotel rooms, and strangers screaming for her just to notice them.

When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated.

Potentially Sensitive Areas: Marijuana, Strong language, Strong sexual themes

 

Reviews

Booklist starred (August 2019 (Vol. 115, No. 22))
Grades 9-12. Pablo has dropped out of college, is massively in debt, and feels aimless. One night when he is working the overnight shift at the 24-hour health food bodega, he meets Lee, who breaks him out of his rut. They have witty banter and great chemistry, but at the end of their encounter he figures out that she is Leanna Smart—the pop mega-star whose image is plastered everywhere and whose songs are inescapable on the radio. Navigating these barriers while falling in love pushes them into uncharted territory, and while it’s swoony and dramatic, it’s also messy and fraught. Choi (Emergency Contact) has penned a smart and funny read that is as much about finding your path as it is about falling in love. Pablo is a winning narrator with a natural voice, and readers will root for him in his romance with Lee, as well as on his rocky journey to self-actualization. Choi’s specificity, realistic dialogue, and humor ensure that the personal and romantic journeys feel warm and rewarding but never saccharine. Pablo’s friends and family, a diverse cast with rich inner lives of their own, are loving but firm with him, and readers will relate to the ultimate message of the book, delivered by his father: “Doing nothing is the only stupid.”

Kirkus Reviews (July 1, 2019)
A chance encounter between a college dropout and a pop star in a New York City deli leads to unexpected romance—and expected complications. Korean Pakistani American Pablo Rind, a former NYU student struggling to figure out what he wants to do with his life, is weighed down by a mountain of student loans and credit card debt. Feeling paralyzed by his Korean anesthesiologist mother’s high expectations, he works the graveyard shift at a deli. Into his monotonous existence comes Carolina Suarez, aka mega-star Leanna Smart, who enters the store early one morning on a snack run. Mutual attraction (and a shared love of snacks) leads to a whirlwind, jet-setting romance, but when the disparity between their worlds puts pressure on their relationship, Pablo is given the opportunity to come to some hard realizations about himself and the responsibilities he’s been avoiding for too long. That, along with some prodding from friends and family compels him to finally face what he needs to do in order to change his life, stop taking his loved ones for granted, and pursue his dreams. While the language has a contemporary feel and the range of diverse, appealing characters accurately reflects modern-day New York, the plot frequently drags, and character development is weak. Hip characters and jargon adorn a predictable storyline and unconvincing romance. (Fiction. 14-18)

About the Author

Mary H.K. Choi is a Korean-American author, editor, television and print journalist. She is the author of young adult novel Emergency Contact (2018). She is the culture correspondent on Vice News Tonight on HBO and was previously a columnist at Wired and Allure magazines as well as a freelance writer. She attended a large public high school in a suburb of San Antonio, then college at the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Textile and Apparel.

Her website is www.choitotheworld.com.

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