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Steve R.

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  1. Thanks. Appreciate both the explanation & the alternate source.
  2. Does their error affect its internal consistency as well as just being somewhat inflated? Given that the infection count has remained pretty constant but this chart’s Transmission Rate measurement for NY has regularly climbed from the under 1.0 when I first posted it a week ago I remain concerned. I’m guessing that watching the hospitalization rate is the best indicator but....
  3. The short answer to NYC public tennis court openings is that several are not run directly by the NYC Parks Dept but are contracted out to others to run. These are the courts that have opened. Therefore, the red clay ones you speak of, as well as Prospect Park's courts & even the hard courts at Central Park (not the adjacent clay courts) opened a week or so ago, while the ones run directly by the Parks Dept. have not yet opened. Private membership clubs with outdoor courts (like Sporttime on Randall's Island) were green lighted along with other businesses two or three weeks ago (with lots of regs.). I'm a member at a small private club in Brooklyn and have been playing regularly again. Of course, none of this makes any sense to anyone (not that anyone was expecting it to) 🎾
  4. Although 3 is a reasonably small number, it is the # of things that we do with great frequency: play tennis, eat at restaurants (or other people's places) & travel. Well, although the other things that I do with regularity (nap, watch TV, do crossword puzzles) or that Ginny does (read, watch TV, text/e-mail) are at least equal in #, they didn't/don't sustain either of us enough to not really miss the other 3. And, apparently, the lack of exercise & stressors (hello competitive tennis) and the ability to order different dinners from or resist what my ever lean, carb & dessert loving mate is eating at home, has had a negative medical effect noticeable on my recent lab tests. They better keep the tennis courts & outdoor dining open long enough for me to get my A1C number back down over the next several months. Ouch.
  5. In my opinion, the crux of the matter. And a bit worrisome for those of us in NY, even while we all pat ourselves on the back for "flattening the curve". https://rt.live
  6. We ate outdoors at another of our favorite local restaurants last nite & had a good time there as well. There was plenty of ability to say hello to familiar faces at other tables from a distance, and even a brief conversation or two from table to table. Interaction with wait staff is a bit awkward at times but can be managed if everyone is on the same page, safety wise.
  7. We ate dinner outside at one of our favorite places last night. It was good.
  8. We didn’t like it. As a period piece, it just seemed that the cadence was off. And a bit too much by the numbers with stereotypes. It didn’t draw us in at all & I fail to see how “this guy” could ever become “that guy”.
  9. Steve R.

    Death Pool

    You were clear. I was just similarly recalling the name of the one I went to first. No a/c?
  10. Steve R.

    Death Pool

    Cucina Stagionale - the one near Matt Umanov on Bleeker
  11. Steve R.

    Death Pool

    There were 4 places in the original "Cucina" group. The 1st one was on Bleeker, a couple of doors toward 7th from Matt Umanov & I used to go for lunch with friends back in the early '80s. The 2nd one was also on Bleeker, halfway to Hudson from 7th (south side of street) and had a downstairs room as well as the ground floor space. Ginny & I went there throughout the rest of the '80s. Both made many good (for the time) pasta dishes at very low prices. I only went to Cucina di Pesce for dinner a couple of times & for Happy Hour there several other times. I remember good mussels, but ehh everything else. Never went to the 4th place (Pescatore?) across the street.
  12. From what I’ve heard, the parking is now only $10, right?
  13. Tip of the iceberg: https://gothamist.com/food/photos/nyc-bars-june-12-2020?image=0 Today's news video of streets throughout Manhattan & parts of Brooklyn echo Wilf's description of Tompkins Square Park. Add to that the ongoing protests and I guess we're gonna find out about virus encores the hard way .
  14. Read this: https://nysilvergull.com/covid-19-faqs/ Given these restrictions for when they are allowed to open, I'm guessing that crowds will not show up. Bringing outside food/drink is sorta the point for those going. Parties go late into the night on weekends.
  15. Daniel: not exactly. The tension at Sea Gull was there but there were a lot of Jewish members way back into the '60s. Many of my Jewish friends' families are still there, renting cabanas. But, that wasn't the case as you went further into Breezy Point, toward the even more "exclusive" Country Club at the tip. To my knowledge, being Jewish was not an acceptable thing. Bonner: The subtext is mostly race. And, sometimes specific ethnicity, although not in the case of the two "clubs" mentioned. These clubs were almost, if not entirely, white, but Jewish, Italian & Irish membership was the norm. Growing up in Brooklyn in the '60 (& for many, much later) was all about knowing where you were welcomed and where you weren't. And most of it had little to do with affordability. For example, if you were Black, you were part of very integrated athletic teams at Midwood H.S. (where I went), but you were not welcome to play pick up ball at Midwood Field. When I met Ginny in the early '80s, she was working in the theater and getting home to Carroll Gardens (Court St, all the way down where Buttermilk Channel is) late at night. She tells the story of one night noticing that she was being followed by a car after getting off the train, being scared and ducking into the car service storefront to tell them. They grabbed baseball bats ("they" being not Ginny) and went outside. They came back saying "oh, that's just Vinny making sure you get home okay". The first Asian family to move in was chased down the street by guys with similar bats. African Americans took the long way around to the Smith/9th St. Station and Red Hook.
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