Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  on New ork

No Chicken Jokes -

More like Ketchup... 

Ok, catch up. Because I have egg on my face for being on hiatus. Especially since we've now lost that fanciful events-compendium blog, Daily Candy!

Tuesday, April 21st was We-Are-Finally-Paying-Attention-to-the 

Earth Day

Lots of commercial biz booths, hyping their efforts at being environmentally conscious. And 

a good start.

Plus one politician, who showed up on time,

NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio at Union Square's Earth Day
promising to update and strengthen the City's air pollution control laws. The next day, the City Council held a hearing on Intro 271, which codified the revisions to the Air Code. This bill targets commercial char broilers, outdoor boilers, mobile food trucks and fire places, requiring them to use only natural gas or renewable fuels. We like-y! Now, if they could just make "renewable fuels" cheaper for the funsy-and-ubiquitous food trucks - or maybe reward them for recycling their oils. (If this idea works well, then yeah: I want attribution, please!)


For the muy bueno near future, there's -

Cinco de Mayo

Basically, it's a commemoration of the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. But it is lavishly celebrated in NYC by anyone who is - well, fun-loving. To find a party, look up the address of any Mexican restaurant, or ask your friends if they're having a gathering. Lots of spontaneous celebrations that day - just don't ask me what date. *eyeroll*

Finally, 'tis the season of outdoor activities. Kicking them off (Giving them a run for their money?) was
Meb Keflezighi winning the 2014 Boston Marathon

the Boston Marathon.

What does the Boston Marathon have to do with NY?

1) The runners who qualified for Boston also qualified for NY.
2) A ton of NYers followed it.
3) My niece/goddaughter Jessica finished in 3 hours 22 minutes: her first marathon! 
Jessica and Dan Triumphant

Hey, she's my niece and I am a NYer.
So, by association...

Congratulations, Jess, and all the runners! Next stop, NYC...?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

on New York

Ye Goode Olde Daze, "Round II"

Annoucement of the winner of naming our Dragon. The winner is John B of New Jersey. Our Dagons name is now Flame The Terrible

The 2013 Festival date is September 29th
from 11:30AM to 6 PM.

Town Criers Trumpet
What Is The Medieval Festival?
The Medieval Festival brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic medieval music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. Costumed vendors will be on hand to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of medieval crafts as well as food and drink.
The festival is free -- there are no charges for admission or entertainment. Donations at our wishing wells are welcome, however!
Where Will the Festival Take Place?

The festival is held in the area surrounding the world famous Cloisters, a magnificent museum of medieval art located in Fort Tryon Park near the northern end of Manhattan Island. The park offers vistas of the Hudson River and the picturesque Palisades: a setting reminiscent of Europe eight centuries ago.
When ?

The 2013 Festival will be held on
Sunday September 29th, 2013 from 11:30AM to 6 PM.

Who Produces The Festival?
This years festival will be the twenty-ninth presented by the Washington Heights & Inwood Development Corporation, a privately and publicly supported not-for-profit corporation. The event is produced in conjunction with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
How Is The Festival Supported?
The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, in recognition of the importance of the festival to the City and to the entire metropolitan area, is providing half the total budget for this years faire, and has given substantial support since 1983. Past festival sponsors have included: the office of the Manhattan Borough President, Con Edison, David Rockefeller, WNCN Radio, the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund, the Samuel Newhouse Foundation, major New York City banks, the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center Neighborhood Fund. Additional support comes from craft and food vendor fees and individual donations by festival visitors.

Who Attends? Average attendance of the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park has been sixy thousand(60,000) people for the past five(5) years.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 on New York [harbor]


Here's a subject/headline/phenom big enough for its own blogpost:



The humpback whales are from "up North", probably around the Gulf of Maine, "gaining weight" - Who doesn't? - according to Dr. Caterina Penzeca, a marine environmental scientist. They stopped by NYC for a snack - Why not? - and will probably be around for a few more days before they take their annual Caribbean vacay.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


 on New [Fashion] York

Yes, I heartily apologize for being so "Fashion Weak". It's not that we don't need to, literally, gear up. And need to hear about entertainment because we certainly deserve a day or night - or weekend - off! But I really am an optimistic idealist. (Not redundant!) So, with all these causes, the mayoral primary, and 9/11, I didn't have the to simply chit-chat about anything else.

So, I owe you a re-Cap!
Suze, your blushing blogger, at the French'Chic MeetUp pre-Fashion Week Coco Chanel 130th Birthday Party hat contest. (She won! To be fair, her hat had a veil...)

I'll just slip into my Louis Vuittons, and strut to it!

Fashion Week-and-a-Half

First up: Style 360, in it's infinite wisdom (and style), invited me to 

a fashion show by Rev. Run-DMC's lovely and maverick daughter. ( The fashion was terrific: see for yourself.

 And a little fun.

Doesn't everyone wear red faux fur coats over a swimsuit? It is outrageously fun-n-glam - so, why not? Go, Angela!

Then, there were the goodie bags...

...and the celebs - some wearing anime hats...
  And some not.

And to finish out the Week

Uptempo Magazine Candice Wu with French'Chic MeetUp - Ooo, la-la!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

on New York


Blessings today, friends. May love, peace, and a bright future be yours.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 on NEW YORK

Yes, the image in the "I" is an eye of a storm/hurricane. It's primary election time in NYC, and are the candidates ever gathering like clouds over the issues this go-round!




Well, I showed up at Washington Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn: my first vigil. This one, against bombing Syria. We were peaceful, friendly, companionable, informative - neighborly, even ("Hey, I'm from Cobble Hill, too!" "Williamsburg? Who else is here from Williamsburg?"). We held signs, sang songs, someone read from the works of Gandhi, and we discussed what we'd heard and what we thought about it. A real vigil.

And then a woman tried to get us to shout slogans. When that fell flat - because it was a vigil, not a rally or protest march - she got up and started reciting her "credentials." "Well, I'm old! I protested the Vietnam War..." Which was fine. Until she started calling out racial slurs. About our president.

I left. And wrote an email to, the activist group that announced the event to those of us on their mailing list: why weren't there people there who would ensure that this peaceful vigil didn't turn into something ugly? Why weren't THEIR people there, to monitor the event for the public that they seem to want to inform and rally? Well, I hope they learn from this: I did. I'll raise my voice to sing again - but in hope and peace only.

It was a good idea, but somebody's gotta think it through a little more. Let's give peace a chance - even in NYC.

Oh, and please vote today!

Monday, September 9, 2013


LOTS to do around NYC!

Plain talk this morning, people. THE most important NYC event this week:

(green for hope)

No messing around: read, talk, make your choice. Then please -