Snowy Sunday leads to Mountainous Monday

February 13, 2006

Yesterday brought a record-breaking snowfall. According to Mayor Bloomberg, “New York City has just experienced the biggest blizzard in its history. The 26.9 inches that the National Weather Service measured in Central Park just beat the record of 26.4 inches, set almost 60 years ago in December of 1947.”

The Sanitation Department responded to the storm swiftly and cleared most of the major streets for traffic before the day ended. This morning New Yorkers woke to a bright, sunny day and the rare joys of newly-formed (and quickly melting) sparkling mountains of snow.

In a city where few people own private automobiles and well-stocked stores are on nearly every street corner, this bountiful blizzard is more of an occasion for celebration than an inconvenience. Time to skip work and school and break out the skis! Grab something to use as a sled! Find your hat and mittens! It snowed!

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  • The Mayor’s Statement

  • The Year of the Dog

    February 5, 2006

    Last Sunday, January 29, was the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Today New York City celebrated with the 7th Annual Chinatown New Year Parade.

    The unusually warm and sunny day drew throngs of spectators and marchers and, in honor of the Year of the Dog, the parade included a contingent of colorfully costumed canines. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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  • Chinatown New York City
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  • A New York State of Mind

    February 2, 2006

    No matter where he goes or what he does, New Yorkers will always think of Billy Joel as a native son, a hometown boy who made good. As he nears his sixth decade, the singing, songwriting Piano Man has achieved a phenomenal measure of success: a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has sold well over 100 million albums worldwide.

    This month Billy Joel launched his first solo concert tour in years. Within days, ticket sales at his New York venue, Madison Square Garden, set a record for the most sold-out shows ever.

    During tonight’s performance, the star of the show proved that he knows how to give his most devoted fans exactly what they want. From his opening, “Hello, New York!” to his closing comment, “Good Night New York! Don’t take any shit from anybody!,” every moment was calculated to please the hometown crowd, and, as he played a set filled with musical references to his hometown and the Long Island region in which he grew up, Billy Joel made it clear that he remains in a New York state of mind.

    From a town known as Oysterbay, Long Island
    Rode a boy with a six-pack in his hand
    And his daring life of crime made him a legend in his time
    East and west of the Rio Grande

    – The Ballad of Billy The Kid

    Sergeant O’Leary is walkin’ the beat
    At night he becomes a bartender
    He works at Mister Cacciatore’s
    Down on Sullivan Street
    Across from the Medical Center

    – Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)

    I’ve been stranded in the combat zone
    I walked through Bedford Stuy alone
    Even rode my motorcycle in the rain
    And you told me not to drive
    But I made it home alive
    So you said that only proves that I’m insane

    – You May Be Right

    We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday
    And left this morning from the bell in Gardiner’s Bay
    Like all the locals here I’ve had to sell my home
    Too proud to leave I worked my fingers to the bone

    – The Downeaster ‘Alexa’

    I cruise from Houston to Canal street
    A misfit and a rebel
    I see the winos talking to themselves
    And I can understand
    Why is it everytime I go out
    I always seem to get in trouble
    I guess I made an impression on somebody
    North of Hester and south of Grand

    – Big Man On Mulberry Street

    I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway
    I saw the Empire State laid low.
    And life went on beyond the Palisades,
    They all bought Cadillacs
    And left there long ago.

    – Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)

    It comes down to reality
    And it’s fine with me ’cause I’ve let it slide
    Don’t care if it’s Chinatown or on Riverside
    I don’t have any reasons
    I’ve left them all behind
    I’m in a New York state of mind

    – New York State of Mind

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  • Billy Joel
  • New York Times review
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Billy Joel
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