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What happened to the Asian Orthodox Jew?

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It occurred to me today that it has been more than a year and a half since I last saw the Asian Orthodox Jew. What happened to him? Did he find a better job (so we no longer cross paths)? Did he renounce Judaism because the food tastes so bad?

Now, all I see are pasty-white Orthodox. The ultra-Orthodox really need to recruit more Jews of Color so that Haredi Judaism can benefit from diversity.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 20, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in New York City, Religion

Lion was right about Amazon HQ2, always believe the Lion

Back in February, I wrote about Amazon’s HQ2 debacle:

Notice that there’s no backup plan announced. Bezos isn’t going to abandon New York City for Las Vegas or Omaha. Nope, it appears that he’s just going to move into New York City anyway, but quietly, without the tax breaks, and without the big splashy showmanship of building a huge Amazon campus in Long Island City. So the liberal protesters were right, De Blasio and Cuomo didn’t actually need to suck Bezos’ **** in order to lure him here.

Commenters disagreed.

Brendan wrote:

He’s still going to NY? News to me.

gothamette wrote:

I’m sorry but I’m as lost as others are about the still staying in NYC part. Where’d you get that from?

Well of course I was right.

Reported today by the NY Post:

After walking away from a deal to build a headquarters on the Queens waterfront in Long Island City, Amazon is back to shopping for office space on Manhattan’s West Side, sources tell The Post.

The tech giant has been in talks with owners of two shiny new skyscrapers located just one block west of Penn Station — the newly built One Manhattan West and its soon-to-be sister project, Two Manhattan West, sources tell The Post.

The online retailer is seeking “at least 100,000 square feet or much more” — just to start, one well-placed source said.

So it’s just like I said. Amazon is going to come here anyway, even without De Blasio and Cuomo sucking Bezos’ ****.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 29, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Business, New York City

Wheel investors should have read my blog

This is old news, but somehow I didn’t know about it until someone mentioned it a comment this weekend.

Back in June 2014, I wroted:

Giant Ferris wheel, giant boondoggle

Every time I hear about the project to build a giant Ferris wheel on Staten Island, I think how stupid the idea is. Nobody wants to go to Staten Island, and that’s not going to change just because there’s a giant Ferris wheel there.

Yet people who live on Staten Island actually think that the giant Ferris wheel will usher in a new era of prosperity. For real. You can’t make this stuff up.

In October 2018, the Staten Island Advance reported the death of the wheel:

“After years of planning, the developers of The New York Wheel announce, with great disappointment, that the dream of building a world class attraction in Staten Island will unfortunately not come to fruition,” said Cristyne Nicholas, spokesperson for the New York Wheel.

It’s further reported that of $400 million was spent on this giant boondoggle and the only thing that got built was an ugly parking lot. The Advance also reported that $250 million of that $400 million went towards the parking lot. Which is a huge amount of money to spend on a lousy 950 parking spaces. That’s $263,000 per parking spot. Each parking spot costs ten times the price of a car.

If only people had read my blog, $400 million wouldn’t have been thrown out!!!!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 19, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in New York City

The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards

Every article about this new shopping mall has been written by some hipster who whines and complains that New York City is being ruined by expensive shopping. As if expensive shopping hasn’t existed in New York City since before everyone writing those articles was born.

So what was once a dismal neighborhood now has a really nice shopping mall. Big deal? Or hip, hop hoorah if you happen to live in that dismal neighborhood and now there’s more going on there.

I personally liked the mall at Columbus Circle (aka The Time Warner Center) a lot better when there was a Borders and a Samsung Experience there. Malls no longer have any fun stores.

I am suspicious that this new mall at Hudson Yards is going to be dead after the excitement of it being there has passed. Not many people live in that neighborhood compared to the Columbus Circle neighborhood, and I don’t think that tourists walking on the High Line are going to be big consumers at Neiman Marcus. The executives at Neiman Marcus may wish they had moved into Soho instead. But hey, that’s not my problem.

My one complaint is that the various fast food places (like Citarella, Shake Shack, some place selling Asian chicken sandwiches, a bunch of coffee and desert places) are scattered throughout the mall, with inadequate seating. They should have created a food court like they used to do in suburban malls.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 18, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in New York City

Did NYC really lose 25,000 jobs because Amazon bailed?

Everyone wants to be in New York City, but they are prevented from moving here because there isn’t enough office and residential space to hold them.

(I already can sense a comment coming. “Lion, you moron, not everyone wants to move to New York City, I certainly want nothing to do with the hellhole.” It’s rhetorical hyperbole, something that Trump does just about every time he opens his mouth.)

All NYC has to do to attract 25,000 jobs is zone the same area in Queens so developers can build a bunch of huge buildings without the normal massive amounts of red tape. Proponents of the Hudson Yards project claim it will bring 55,000 new jobs, more than twice as many jobs as Amazon was offering up. In New York City, “build it and they will come” is completely true.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 22, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in New York City

Today in NY Times real estate

A 93-year-old guy has been living in the same rent-controlled apartment since 1955. The apartment has no closet. He is too old to climb the ladder to his loft-bed, so now he sleeps on the couch. His rent is $896/month.

Apparently, he has never gotten married.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 4, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in New York City

Best-dressed kid in New York?

Most of the kids are dressed like … well kids.

XINYI TAO’s outfit is the most fashionable, but at 18 she’s not really a kid.

Thus I vote for DEVON ANDERSON, 12. That outfit looks like something a cool girl might have worn to Stuyvesant High School in the early 1980s. Very classic merger of preppy with rocker chick!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 27, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in New York City

There’s a new Miss Staten Island

Unlike the last one, she’s not a sanitation worker.

I’m not really sure what her career is, but she recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA degree in Psychology, according to her LinkedIn profile. (The previous Miss Staten Island does not have a LinkedIn profile; I guess you don’t need one to be a garbagewoman).

She only has 517 followers on Instagram. Definitely not someone who is Instafamous.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 19, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in New York City

Bill de Blasio should read my blog

NY Times says

Leaders in New York and New Jersey said they were caught off guard by the ferocity of the storm after early forecasts predicted a light dusting.

The day before the storm I wrote:

The NAM* predicts 6 inches of snow for New York City and more than a foot for Pennsylvania and upstate New York.

Final result: National Weather Service reports exactly 6 inches of snow fell in Central Park.

Why can’t this moron mayor just read my blog for information?

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*The NAM is the National Mesoscale model, which along with the GFS (Global Forecasting System), is one of the two major computer weather forecasting models run by the National Weather Service.

There are other models out there, some think the European Model is better, but information from the GFS and the NAM runs are easily available to the public for free, plus there’s the fact that the NAM was specifically designed for short-term forecasting in the United States. The NAM used to be considered kind of a joke, but the National Weather Service has improved it a lot, and with its big success with yesterday’s storm, I say to look to the NAM first for winter weather forecasting.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 16, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in New York City, Weather

Bums taking over the city

A while ago I complained about how there was a huge increase in bums compared to just a year ago.

This New York Times article bears me out. And it specifically talks about places in the Garment District, which is the area where I have been seeing all of the bums.

Bums ruin all public spaces. Even Bryan Park, specifically mentioned in the article as a place that’s usually too crowded to be dominated by bums, if you get there early before the crowds you have to share your breakfast with scattered bums.

With respect to another topic mentioned in the article: luckily, I have never seen a bum making a number 2, but I’ve seen them doing number 1 in the streets and that’s disgusting enough.

The bum situation makes me long for clean suburbs without bums.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 14, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in New York City

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