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Bizarre Headlines

vicnytn3[1]Here are some actual headlines from US newspapers which had readers chuckling or scratching their head as a result of an unfortunate choice of words –

“New study of obesity looks for larger test group”
“Red tape holds up new bridge”
“Typhoon rips through cemetery – hundreds dead”
“Kids make nutritious snacks”
“Hospitals are sued by 7 foot doctors”
“Something went wrong in jet crash, experts say”
“Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers”
“Panda mating fails; Veterinarian takes over”
“If strike isn’t settled quickly, it may last a while”
“Sex education delayed, teachers request training”
“British union finds dwarfs in short supply”
“Drunks get nine months in violin case”
“Antique stripper to demonstrate wares at store”
“Sewage spill kills fish, but water safe to drink”
“War dims hope for peace”
“Iraqi head seeks arms”
“Local high school dropouts cut in half”

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Little-known ( and probably worthless) facts about New York City

vicnytn3[1]To avoid giving an overload of information, my previous NYC post failed to address one of the most important Avenues in Manhattan – “Broadway”. My next post will explain how this thoroughfare got its name, why it does not run exactly North and South like the other avenues, and a few other facts regarding Broadway which I believe you will find both interesting and useful while navigating your way around the City — But since I didn’t have enough time to prepare the Broadway post, let me present a “filler” of somewhat worthless information regarding New York City.

If you dug a hole from NYC to the other side of the earth, you would not wind up in China as many people believe, but rather, you would exit around 600 miles south of Perth, Australia.

The average NYC cab ride is 2.8 miles.

A licensed taxi driver, according to the NYC Civil Code, can be fined $25 for wearing shorts while “on duty.”

The flat fare for a taxi ride between J.F. Kennedy International airport and any point in Manhattan (not including bridge or tunnel tolls and a tip) is $45. The usual tip is about $10. Remember that taxi rides are cash only! This trip should take between one-half to one hour depending on traffic and final destination in the City.

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Pilot’s Variety Fiesta – Fun For All!

vicnytn3[1]Although I am always happy to do all I can to help my church, I regret the fact that my organization held our first Lenten fish fry last Friday, which prevented me from attending the PILOT DOLPHINS VARIETY SHOW FIESTA! However, my wife attended the show along with our daughters and sons-in-law, and she said the various acts were absolutely fantastic and very entertaining.
Our two granddaughters cheered on their brother who was in one of the acts, and they had a great time clapping along with the music which accompanied some of the skits. Even our teen-age Grandson (who like most teen agers is usually “bored”) had a good time watching the acts and making faces at his younger brother who was in one of them. The emcees did a wonderful job, the opening dance performed by the Pilot staff was well-done, and all of the pianists, comedians, singers, dancers, and specialty act performers were, according to my wife, “extremely talented” and ”lots of fun to watch.” Rather than attempt to single out individual acts, I believe it would be advisable to simply reproduce the program, since everyone involved did an excellent job. Congratulations to all and I hope to attend next year’s performance.
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New York City Information -2-

vicnytn3[1]When out and about in mid-town, you will note that some businesses or residences have an address like 210 W. 57th Street, while others might have an address like 210 E. 57th Street. You might ask yourself “What is the dividing line between East and West with respect to addresses”?
The answer is quite simple but very important to remember if you want to navigate around the city with ease. Fifth Avenue is the dividing line between East and West.
In my prior post, I mentioned that the streets in mid-town Manhattan run East and West, while the Avenues run North and South. If you are walking along Fifth Avenue facing North (remember that the street numbers are higher as you walk North), then any address to the left of you will be W. 57th, or W 58th, etc., while the addresses to the right of you will be E. 57th or E. 58th street. Easy enough, eh?
One last point for today. The numbering or naming of the avenues changes somewhat depending on your location in the city, but for our purposes let’s assume that we are in mid-town near the Theaters and restaurants on W. 44th Street.

 
MidGridAfter looking at my amateurish illustration above, you will notice several things –
-1- When I published this post, a portion of the right side of the illustration was cut off, and I’m too lazy to go back and change the coding for this page. Consequently, while the Hudson River is shown on the left (or West side of the drawing), conspicuously absent is the East river on the right (or East side of the drawing). But just remember, Manhattan is bordered on the West side by the Hudson River and on the East side by the East River.
-2- Starting on the East side of the island, the Avenues begin with 1st Avenue, and the Avenues are consecutively numbered in a Westerly direction ending (at this location) with 12th Avenue at the far West side.
-3- As is usually the case with New York, there are always exceptions to the rule, and the naming of the Avenues is one of these exceptions. While the numbering proceeds in a predictable manner – 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., and 3rd Ave., you will notice there is no 4th Avenue. Instead, there are three named Avenues (rather than numbered avenues) between 3rd Avenue and 5th Avenue.
As my NYC posts progress, I will give you easy ways to remember the naming of Avenues, the naming of bridges, etc. through the use of mnemonics, or as I like to call them – Memory Pegs. Now let me give you the first memory pegs, which at first blush seem somewhat silly, but nevertheless will stay in your memory and help you navigate New York City when the need arises. I began this post by assuming that we are driving in mid-town Manhattan. Assume that you were driving Northbound on 1st Avenue and made a left turn onto E.45th Street. You just passed 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. – now which Avenues come next? Easy – call on your first memory pegs – Let’s Park in Mid-town (LPM). After you pass 3rd Avenue the next avenue is Lexington Ave. The next Avenue will be Park Ave. Then comes Madison Ave. After Madison, the numbered Avenues progress in a Westerly direction – 5th, 6th, 7th Ave. through to 12th Avenue. Let’s Park in Mid-town — (LPM) — Lexington, Park, Madison — Easy enough?
Because this might be too much to take in all at once, let me give you an interesting fact about New York City (or as us Yankees call it “The City”). The largest Sunday edition of the New York Times was published on September 14th, 1987. It contained more than 1600 pages and weighed in at more than 12 pounds!
More info on navigating in NYC will be coming shortly.

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