My Hurricane Sandy Odyssey

 
Base of The FLATIRON BUILDING
 
NEW YORK
 
Aftermath of HURRICANE SANDY
 
October 2012
“MY HURRICAN SANDY ODYSSEY & WHY STARBUCKS SUCKS” !!!
 
 
I’m walking up 5th Avenue, just south of the Flatiron Building in New York, the day after Hurricane Sandy hit New York around 8 PM the previous night. The storm knock-out all Electricity below 26th Street in New York, which included my apartment in Greenwich Village.
 
I knew they had electricity above 26th street so I went on a quest in search of  Coffee, food, and electricity to charge the batteries in my Laptop Computer, my tablet, and Cel Phone.  I thought I’d be able to fulfill these requirements at a Starbucks somewhere, but Star Bucks failed me and all of New York by not being able to pull together crews to open at least 2 or 3 of their stores in Midtown Manhattan. Starbucks Failed New York and the people of the city of NY at a time when we needed them most, during Hurricane Sandy. Satrbucks SUCKS ! And they do not have an excuse that because of the hurricane, they couldn’t open any of their locations, McDonald’s did, and if they did, Starbucks should have been able to and they didn’t. They probably didn’t even try, they Suck. I’ve never really liked Starbucks, and I don’t support them, and this I will never forget or forgive Starbucks for not helping New Yorker’s when we needed it most, during Hurricane Sandy. If McDonalds was able to open some of there locations and they did and I went to one and had a large coffee and a Black Angus Cheeseburger and used the Wifi and that really helped me out, and helped the people of New York, so once again I want to say STARBUCKS SUCK, you Failed the people of NEW YORK when we needed you most.
 
So anyway, I couldn’t find one dam Starbucks open. Those SOBs. I did find a McDonalds and had a nice time there. Before I went to the McDonald’s in midtown, I went up to The Waldorf Astoria Hotel and plopped myself down in the lobby of the Waldorf for a couple hours, hung-out,and charged my batteries and had a great time there.
 
I left the Waldorf and as I was walking from east to west, I came upon a McDonald’s that was open, so I went in. I ordered a large Coffee and a Black Angus Cheeseburger and I was in business. I sat down and enjoyed my coffee and burger, and I was happy.
 
 
 
Calm Before The STORM
 
 

 
 
 
HURRICANE SANDY
 
ONE MANS ODYSSEY
 
FRANKENSTORM
 
NEW YORK CITY
 
October 2012
 
And WHY STARBUCKS SUCKS !!!!
 
 
 
 
COFFEE
 
Most peopel probably don’t think about it, but for many of us (Millions) Coffee is one of the most important and loved things in all our lives. It’s almost a necessity to many. We all must air to breath, and water, and food to survive, clothing, and the shelter of a home and roof over our heads, and after these absolute necessities to actually staying alive, to live, Coffee comes right after these things taht are an absolute must to staying alive. Yes, Coffee is an option, but the # 1 most popular, “Must Have” options to living a happy life, “We’ve got to have IT.” We gotta have our Coffee in the morning, and thorughout the day, but we have to have tht first cup to get us going in the morning, and if we don’t, we’re not happy campers.
 
The day Hurricane Hit New York, we (New Yorker’s) wanted food, shelter, we wanted Electricity, some of us had it, and some  didn’t. I for one was one who didn’t have electricity, and we were without it for 5 days, but I for one made due. Well, not just me, a few million of us in the New York Metropolitan area. Anyway, again, I must reiterate, Starbucks failed us on this day when they could have and should have served us well. They didn’t, and for this, I say again, STARBUCKS SUCKS ! Do you hear me Starbucks? You SUCK !
 
 
So, I walked from my home in Greenwich Village. I walked up Sixth Avenue in search of Coffee, Food, and Electricity. I did find all 3 eventually, but not at Starbucks, do you know why? Starbucks Sucks, that’s why. McDonald’s managed to open a couple locations, but Starbucks didn’t, they were all closed. Starbucks didn’t serve New Yorkers coffee when they needed it more than ever, they Suck.
 
Anyway, I wanted to go to The Ace Hotel to get coffee and electricity, but they weren’t letting anyone other than guest to go into the hotel, so I continued on looking for a Starbucks, which I found, but they were all closed, Starbucks couldn’t manage to at least open a couple Starbucks, the way the McDonald’s Corporation did, serving New Yorker’s when they needed it most, McDonald’s came through, Starbucks didn’t. Starbucks SUCKS !
 

 

 

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A Brief History of GREENWICH VILLAGE

EARLY SUNDAY MORNING
 
by Edward Hopper
 
7th Avenue, Greenwich Village NY
 
 

Greenwich Village is one of the world’s most famous neighborhoods, located on the southwest corner of downtown Manhattan in New York City.

Steeped in history, the village is also known as “West Village” or simply “the Village.” It has Broadway on the east, the Hudson River on the west, Houston Street on the south, and 14th Street on the north. Surrounding communities include East Village to the east and Chelsea to the north.

Originally a small farming community, the area surrounding the village was once marshland. It was referred to as “Sapokanikan” in the 16th century. The land was turned into a pasture by the Dutch settlers in the 1630s and then it came to be known as “Noortwyck.”

In 1664, the village developed as a hamlet separate from the larger downtown Manhattan when the English occupied the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.

It officially became a village in 1712 and was first referred to as “Grin’wich” in the records of the Common Council. As a result of recurring yellow fever in New York City in 1820s, many people fled to the healthy area of Greenwich Village and remained there. The village was converted into a military parade ground and park in 1826.

With a history spanning nearly two centuries, Greenwich Village was a mecca to Bohemians, and they played a major role in propagating new political, artistic, and cultural ideas in the area.

Since the turn of the 20th century, the Village has been a destination to famous artists, writers, entertainers, and intellectuals, such as E.E. Cummings, Eugene O’Neill, and Edgar Allan Poe.

The village also remained home for political rebels such as John Reed and Marcel Duchamp who proclaimed the founding of “The Independent Republic of Greenwich Village.” Further, the village’s role as a center for movements is remarkable.

Presently, the Village is a vibrant area, dominated by some important monuments, beautiful townhouses, multitudes of dining areas, and a wacky serpentine layout of streets.

The Federal-style row houses, Greek Revival townhouses, and quaint carriage houses, apart from the office buildings of the late 19th century and towering 20th century apartment buildings, reflect the creative and diverse population of the Village.

The heart of the neighborhood is the historic Washington Square Park, which is a hub of activities such as chess playing, skateboarding, and walking or jogging. The Village is also the seat for some of the important educational institutions in the nation, such as New York University (NYU) and New School University.

The world’s oldest gay and lesbian bookstore – Oscar Wilde Bookshop – is located here. Petrosino Square, Little Red Square, Time Landscape, Desalvio, Thompson Street, and William Passannante Ballfield are other important landmarks in the village.

Also, located here is The Cage, officially known as the West 4th Street Courts. It is one of the most important venues for the city-wide amateur basketball tournaments. In addition, the Village is the place for the renowned Halloween Parade – a mile-long parade of life-sized puppets and masqueraders that draws more than two million spectators.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Macdougal Street
 
 
Macdougal Street and Bleecker Street are two of the most famous and historical streets in all of Greenwich Village. They were the main streets that spawned such Bohemian Types as Jack Keroac of the Beat Generation known as Beatniks. Macdougal Street and Bleecker Streets and the area where they converge was the epicenter of Folk Music in Greenwich Village in the many clubs, cafes, and Coffee Houses back in the 1960s with such musical artists as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Maty Travers of Peter Paul & Mary, John Sebastian, John Phillips and Cass Elliot (Mamma Cass) of the Mammas & Pappas, Pete Seger, John Denver and others, and later on such notables as Jimi Hendrix at Cafe Wha, Steven Tyler and Aerosmith.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Map of GREENWICH VILLAGE
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY SAUCE is NEW YORK ITALIAN
 
 
Greenwich Village for a long time from the early 1900s to the early 1960s was primarily an Italian Neighborhood made up of immigrants of the Southern Italian enclaves of Naples and Sicily, as well as some from Genoa, Calabria, and Abruzzo. There are still a few great old Italian businesses left like; Monte’s Trattoria (Since 1918), Raffetto Pasta Co. since 1906, and PORTO RICO COFFEE owned by the Longo Family Since 1907, and CAFFE REGGIO since 1927, which features paintings from the School of CARAVAGGIO and Renaissance  Benches from a Medici Pallazzo that can actually sit in as you sip your Italian Cappuccino and listen to Classical Music in a most delightful way. This is just a little taste of the charms of Greenwich Village New York.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Joy of My Coffee

The JOY of MY COFFEE

 

The Joy of My Coffee

Coffee, a joy ? Yes it is, and quite a bit at that

Coffee, it sure does make me happy as I go for one each morning, day after day

Coffee, it starts my day right, warm, comforting,and tatsy. My Coffee, it’s always there

Yes coffee sure does bring much joy, more than almost anything I can think of, it’s my rock … I love it, my hot cup of brew

Coffee

I leave my house each day and make my way .. I make my way to the cafe, and you guessed it, my morning cup of Joe, coffee …

I read the paper, write, surf the net, all along withthat cup, cup of coffee, it sure does bring me joy and makes me happy, my morning cup of coffee, Java, or Joe

 

 

 

a poem by Daniel Zwicke

 

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Coffee Lovers Rejoice

COFFEE LOVERS REJOICE !!!


COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOU !!!



Yes Boys and Girls, all you Coffee Lovers out there, it’s True, Coffee is Good for You. Ye-Ha! Don’t you just love it. You might have heard from time-to-time that coffee is not good for you, bad for your health. Not So, but just the opposite, Coffee is Good for you. Coffee is High in Antioxidants, which can protect against damaged cells and  reduce your risk of chronic disease including Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Strokes. 

Now this is really good news, Great News in fact, the prevention and reduced risk of getting Heart Disease,   Diabetes, and Stoke is major, and anything any sane person should be ecstatic and rejoice over, “I am.” Coffee can help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson Disease. Awesome!

Just remember, moderation is the key, too much coffee can cause nausea, jitters, and a rapid heart beat. It is safe to drink up to 5 cups a day, if you start getting over 8 cups you may have problems and adverse side affects. So remember, enjoy your coffee, you can love it, but stay moderate and it will love you back. As for me, I just love and adore my morning coffee. I usually have a second cup in the late afternoon, but hardly ever after 4 PM and I’m finished for the day, until my next glorious morning cup to start another day, my Coffee, in the Cafe, the newspaper and I’m set, Buon Giorno!







*THIS ARTICLE FOCUSES PRIMARILY ON THE POSITIVE BENEFITS OF DRINKING COFFEE, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE DRINKING COFFEE CAN BE BAD FOR YOU, SUCH AS PEOPLE WITH ANXIETY OR SLEEPING DISORDERS.  IN TERMS OF HEALTH, COFFEE IS BEST DRUNK WHEN IT’S BLACK OR WITH VERY LITTLE SUGAR AND MILK ADDED. DRINKING A VENTI MOCHA WITH WHIPPED CREAM FOUR TIMES A DAY ISN’T GOOD FOR ANYONE.  


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DUDES GOT COFFEE !!!


ABIDE !!!




















 

 

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       SOPEHIA LOREN






            “Just Because”

HOT COFFEE

Hot Coffee

 

HOT COFFEE

…………………..

 

Hot Coffee

I Love thee So

 

Do You Love Me?

It matters not

My love for thee, is the unrequited

Whether

You love me or not

Still thee do I Love



You’re warm You’re Hot

I love it hot

 

You taste

Oh so Good

 

I need you

whether or not you need me

Still, you’re always there

for me

Each and every morning of my life

you’re there

and I have thee

whether or not you want me

 

Your’e Hot

then warm

then cold



but you’re always there

I have you

two or three times a day

I have you

sometimes more

 

You comfort me and you’re always there

you’re coffee

sometimes Sweet

sometimes not

you can be bitter at times

but I love when you’re Hot!

Hot, just for me

Thank You


Thanks for the comfort

the taste

the consistancy



You’re Coffee



I Love it when you’re HOT



Coffee





Poem by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke



 

NEW YORK’S BEST CROISSANT A CATHEDRAL & GRANTS TOMB

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BEST CROISSANT In TOWN
THE HUNGARIAN PASTRY SHOP
113th STREET And AMSTERDAM AVENUE
EAST HARLEM
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Ever wonder how has “The Best Croissant in Town,” The Town of New York, NY ???
That’s Easy! It’s The Hungarian Pastry Shop up in East Harlem on Amsterdam Avenue at 113th Street, New York, NY …  It’s across the street from the fabulous Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, to me the Coolest and Most Beautiful Cathedral in the World. And can you believe “most New Yorker’s” don’t even know it exist, or have ever heard of it, “Amazing!”
The Hungarian Pastry Shop is a favorite of nearby Columbia University students as well as faculty I’m sure. Not many New Yorker’s know of this wonderful little gem of a Pastry Shop Cafe, other than neighborhood locals, Columbia Students and tourists that might be tempted to drop in for Coffee and taste pastries like Sour Cherry Strudel, Croissants, and Coffee or the Dobos Torte, a Hungarian specialty.
A great “Double-Header” and wonderful way to spend a fine weekend day would be to take a train from wherever you might live in New York City, or if you’re a tourist, take the 1 Train to 116th Street/Columbia University and walk 4 block to 113th and Amsterdam Avenue. Go inside the incredibly beautiful Cathedral of St. John The Divine. Take a tour if possible, or just walk around, sit and contemplate, maybe pray, and just enjoy the beauty and grandeur before you. Take at least a half-hour, an hour or more, you won’t get bored. When you’re finished, go across the street for a coffee and pastry, or the best Croissant in town. Grab a table, sit back, relax and enjoy. And all for just about $10 to $15 total. You couldn’t have a better time, nor see more beauty, or get a a better croissant, not even for 15 Hundred. Believe me!
PS The equally beautiful Riverside Cathedral is only a few blocks from Cathedral of St. John Divine is another beautiful Cathedral, The Riverside Cathedral on Riverside Drive at 119th Street .. And 3 blocks up at Riverside Drive and 122nd Street you’ll find the answer and evidence to that age-old question, “Where is Grant Buried?” In Grant’s Tomb Yes, which is at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive overlooking The Hudson River in Manhattan, New York, NY … How Bout That?