Downtown Brooklyn

It’s Not Good Bye, It’s Till Next Time

Moving Day! Man I would rather take one to the Cods with a Louisville Slugger than do this. But we have already given the new place on 37th St some money and the movers are inbound in 2 about hours Let’s Do It!

So in 5 years we have moved 3 times. Crap there are people I know who haven’t moved 3 times in 50 years. If there is a good thing about moving intra New York is that a tiny part of it breaks off and becomes a part of you. My former DSM of mine was amazed how many New Yorkers I knew in the short time we lived here. I mean its no secret that we are friendly people, and friendly people gravitate to the same.

What sucks that with us moving back to Manhattan is that we won’t see some friends that we have met since living here on Schermerhorn and Nevins. Let me explain.

You have all heard of the normal cast of characters, Asian Fireman, Mr. 3 First Names, Lady Barrister, ect but when we lived in the UES we met a wonderful soul named BikinisareForever. She was the purveyor of spirits for us and we became friends. When we moved to Brooklyn we would make it a point to go see her from time to time. At Christmas she went to a new bar and we were making plans to go see her again then March 13th happened. During this Pandemic we really have kind of bonded with Bikinis. She is now Reader #22 of this worthless dribble and since we are now both on the west side we are planning a social distancing trip to the park.

So Meet Stephanie. She is the owner of Wright & Goebel Wine and Spirits and a great person. She always loves it when I bring in Maya to get abused and skidded across the concrete floor to her. As expected she is top notch at making wine selections because we all know Geranium isn’t a fan of butter chardonnays. She has an evolving selection so she teaches me something each time I come in. Actually a lot of the time it was “I am cooking this and she would say.” “You drink this.”

Stephanie was always asking when Geranium was going to be in town, you could tell she cared about the both of us. She also was always leaning her head out the door saying hello when we walked by. Lately during all of this we have really connected and when things clear up, we are having a drink together.

Believe it or not she is smiling and Maya enjoys her time while daddy would peruse the wine shelves

So (and I just realized there is a vicious pattern forming) now meet Brendan who owns The Commissioner. We first met him with the Murphranks as they found this bar and loved it and we were still living in the UES. What was remarkable is that Brendan can remember people’s names from the first go round. Sure enough when we came in to look at apartments we got Lady Lawyer to meet us here and damned if he didn’t remember our names.

Took my mother when she was in town 2 years ago for some dinner and sure enough he remembered my name and was as hospitable as ever. For those of you wondering The Commissioner is modeled after Whisky Tavern in Chinatown (Think Bardog but without the smoke) and its a great place.

But what makes The Commissioner a place where you want to visit is that Brendan and the staff make you feel like family. From little kids in the neighborhood to the NFL diehard fans we all got along. People make the establishment and Brendan gets that and that’s why we are going to miss our regular Sunday visits. But we will be back.

Maya isn’t so much allowed in The Commissioner in BC Times but she made the trip last week.

Thankfully both Stephanie and Brendan’s businesses are still going in this crazy times but I make it a point to frequent them because well, they are both are good damn people.

Wright & Goebel got “Shaken but not Stirred” about 10 days ago as some assholes broke her window but everyone was safe. Stephanie Doubled Down and said, if we have to have plywood, lets make it pretty!
God I am going to miss walking by here.
Just so you know the planters are left out each night and when the peaceful protests go by they don’t even so much lay a hand on the flowers.

Yep, like I said Stephanie and Brendan, it’ not good bye. It’s Till Next Time. Thank you both for making Brooklyn a better place and for being good friends to Geranium and I. Ok and Maya too!

How many of you can say that you had an Air Show Come To You?

Let me be very clear right now Folks – This is not an invitation for a Debate on the use of a recruiting tool flying over my city rather than spending the money on COVID-19 funds. I don’t have time for this. Pro or Con you will get deleted. This is about a salute to the front line healthcare employees who are saving lives. Furthermore it’s about people being stuck in 500 square foot apartment for 40+ days and the sheer joy we had for about 40 minutes yesterday and it was a welcome distraction. Sorry for the early on Come-a-part but I have seen a bunch of these debates going on social media. *steps off his anticipated soap box*

Back Story – I have been associated with two airshows when I was in Memphis. Long hours and your neck gets sore from starting up in the air. Two years ago we went to Jones Beach with the Murphranks and saw an airshow from the beach. God that was cool and the Blue Angels killed it. Sitting on the beach with a drink in your hand watching it is really the way to go. Last year we couldn’t go because someone had to recover from a boob job. I kid because I am glad she is around but seriously Karen….

So on Monday around 10:15AM I get a message from Professor about an airshow all over New York and New Jersey. I am thinking that from our vantage point in Downtown Brooklyn we could possibly see them twice.

I decided to go live on Instagram Stories and post this. I mean, I watch people’s stuff all the time and maybe I can give something back. I messaged my Work Wife (the International one) and asked if she would want to show her view from Hoboken New Jersey. We did a joint call and it was cool having two perspectives.

She was in and it was very helpful because I found out that it is pretty hard doing a live stream with nobody talking back to you. Shout out to those who got on and those who saw the feed. S/O to Atlanta, Memphis, Lyon France, San Pedro, Florida, New Jersey, New York and all others. The feed is still active until 12:40PM Eastern Standard Time today.

Here are some pics from Mr. 3 First Names and Lady Barrister. They watched it from their rooftop. I told them that in 40+ days I was never so jealous of them and (Calm your tits, we ain’t doing it folks) wanted to come see them and watch together. But that is irresponsible and selfish because other people live in that building so we stayed home.

I could be a male version of Anne Burrell
Shout out to the Work Wife (the international one) for agreeing to do this with me.
Hard to Tell but she and I both have them in our screens but from two different states and across 2 rivers.

Photo Credit by Mr. 3 First Names who I bet was just like me – A Kid in the Candy Store during all of this!
Mr. 3 First Names (this is the outbound flight to Long Island)
Outbound to Long Island and to see Homeless Tim in CT.
Coming back from CT and about to finish. The Building with half glass/half brick with the birdcage on the right side (That is our building)
So Fucking Cool! They were spraying Lysol on all of us by the way!
BobCat and Professor got married here. This may be a duplicate.
Watched my own feed. I say Shit a lot but I am kinda happy with what I put down there.
Again it was a great day and watching this from the 38th floor helps with neck strain.

Shout out to all you COVID-19 front line healthcare responders. Thank you for what you do. We are going to get through this. We are doing our part. We are staying home.

Writers Block

It was bound to happen. I mean one eventually will come to the end of the internet right? Even Taco Girl who is recovering from a chipped tooth and Scooop have changed up the way they are posting during this. I looked at my pictures this morning to post today and even I can’t come up with something clever.

I do have a fun tongue n cheek that I am going to work on Saturday while the sheets are drying. But I am just warning you dozen or so readers of this worthless dribble it could go boring here folks.

Anyway here is what I got going.

If I don’t lead with a picture of Maya I make LJZ upset. FZ doesn’t need that in his life right now.
Geranium ordered up some Gold Belly for us.
Sorry Scoop, I know you don’t need that negativity in your life
Multi Tasking – Happy Hour and DJ Bobby Smith
Surf and Turf
Like I said, I have been bored

And I refuse to be one of those. So big plans this weekend?

Downtown Brooklyn/Brooklyn Heights is Resting

Saturday was a little heavy for us so we stayed in and didn’t really want to get on any of the chat apps. I watched some Insta Stories and one of my favorite nowadays is Michael Rappaport. He had posted a now viral post where he tells parents to keep their kids at home. Saturday he reposted a video of a bike messengers wearing Go-Pro’s going about their way in Manhattan. Talk about strange seeing everything void of people and cars. The name of it was “New York is Resting” and I encourage you to go find it. It is pretty neat stuff.

So on Sunday I was dispatched to go get Easter Beer and some items I couldn’t carry from my Grocery store trip. I decided I would walk down to the Duane Reade on Fulton Mall. Guess what? That location is now closed so I had to walk my ass down to Brooklyn Heights. I left out early in the morning so that I didn’t have that much interaction with people as I knew a lot were going to virtual Mass.

To say the streets are empty is an understatement. Check out my 20 block walk.

Livingston Street – I mean guys this kind of shit never happens.
Flatbush and Nevins – This is like Germantown Road at Poplar Avenue.
This is looking back up Flatbush at Nevins towards the Barclay’s Center. Again Empty!
I mean you would normally have a guy begging for money here. Not anymore. There isn’t anyone riding the subways.
It reminds me of South Main with all the quiet buildings. BUT IT IS NEVER LIKE THIS!
One of the Urgent Clinics here that I am guessing have temporarily closed due to COVID-19. A lot of the urgent cares are being understaffed due to people quarantining or getting sick. To combat that they are closing urgent cares and sending staff to other locations.
Dekalb Market – There should be over 100 people sitting around this flower garden. Empty!
Over on Hoyt Street
I actually could hear the most famous 6 words said – “Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors” from here!
and S/O to my Kentucky readers!
This is the place who said it was ok to have 1 dog that weighed up to 75 pounds but having 2 dogs that a total of 12 pounds is unacceptable. The leasing agent said it was ok then they said nope. And they tried to keep our deposit.
I want to say this place opened in early March.
Yeah this place never made it to open. Seriously folks the restaurant framework here is going to be changed forever.
So here is where The Asian Fireman and AB the LSU Fan sit back and laugh.

Hey Bill (Debasio) how about you stop fucking riding from the UES to Prospect Park (in Brooklyn) in your NYPD detail to have an afternoon stroll and you close some city streets down here?

Explain to me how the in the World I am to walk here and maintain social distancing?

Oh and for those of you who don’t know but Gracie Mansion in in the Upper East Side and guess what is right next to it?

A New York city park. He is a bum I tell ya!
I have a feeling these guys won’t be back.

Hope you enjoyed the walk with me.

Easter Brunch on the 38th Floor with Friends

Right off the bat a big S/O to Reader #2 Chloe for calling my ass out in thinking that I got a haircut.

I had changed my FB profile picture Sunday night from Joe Walsh and the Easter Bunny back to my normal black & white picture. The picture was taken a couple years back when we were living in the UES. My hair wasn’t as ‘greying’ as it has been lately. We laughed it off but on a serious note. Prohibition style Beauty shop Speakeasys? How narcissistic and vain are some of you? Hope you don’t kill someone you love because you don’t want people to know you have dark roots?

Geranium and I had a standing reservation at Stone & Vivian’s house with Ty but COVID-19 screwed that day up for us. To keep some sense of normalcy Geranium informed me that we would have Easter Brunch like we used to host in Memphis and when EGP would come down.

She dispatched me to the store to get the 20 items. I nailed it and got them all except for Sister Shubert Rolls which they don’t carry at Brooklyn Fare. Actually they had all the items I have been getting shut out so it was a good Shopping day.

Honestly, carrying what I am guessing 40 pounds of groceries in 2 LL Bean Boat Tote Bags 7 blocks in a Mask By Bec Mask is a bitch. I may get one of those Full face Scuba masks because I bet I can breathe better in that thing.

So to celebrate we invited two of our neighbors to join in the Easter Brunch. We shared a meal with George’s Mum and K & J who also are on the 38th floor. But with a twist. More on that in a few.

Trying to find a suitable sub for Sister Shubert actually these are pretty good.
Tomatoes drying out. We are months away from good Jersey Tomatoes but these were pretty good.
Washed Asparagus for the Quiche
Putting together the 2 cheese Asparagus Quiche with Hashbrown Crust
I pity the person who doesn’t like Deviled Eggs
So Technically I did mess up and didn’t get the right puffed Pastry. There is a Pandemic going on so cut me some slack!
Layering for the cheesy scalloped potatoes.
Trust me when I say it settles down and tastes so good!
Since I was banished to the Living room I decided to polish silverware
But of course we got the table out and the fancy table linen
Ashley B is so proud of me right now!
How messed up is this? We shared food from our table but we have to leave it outside their door like it is an Amazon package. This is George’s Mum’s food.
K & J’s food.
As you can see from the time we replayed the Prayers from Milan
Maya was exhausted

So yeah, Happy Easter folks. And S/O to RAB for my yearly Easter/Passover Meme!

We Are NY Tough

I was standing outside waiting on the dog to pee Thursday morning and I felt a subway rumble under the sidewalk and it almost startled me. I hadn’t seen a subway platform for over 28 days. From my “office” I can see the B & Q train on occasion going over the Manhattan Bridge but that’s it. We are now 26 days in lockdown and I am starting to forget the little things that make this city so great. The things that normal people skeeve that are just part of life for New Yorkers.

So there is a video clip that someone made of Cuomo’s speech. I encourage you to go seek it out. It is titled “NY Tough” grab a tissue it will put a tear in your eye.

There are two parts that really hit home. “You have to be smart to make it in New York The Second part is equally strong “And because we are New York Tough. We are tough, you have to be tough. This place makes tough. But it makes you tough in a good way. We are going to make it because I love New York. And I love New York. Because New York loves me. New York loves all of you. Black and White, Brown and Asian, Short and Tall, gay and straight. New York loves everyone. That is why I love new York.” Incidentally Maria informed me that I got my New York Pin so I guess I got that going for me.

So I put on my reporter hat and asked a bunch of my fellow New Yorkers (via email, text, Instagram) a question – “Once we get out of this what is the one thing you are going to do?” I will start off;

  • Carbunkle Trumpet – I plan on sitting with the old Chooch’s at the Cigar Inn on Second Avenue and smoke an Arturo Fuente Opus X ($75 a stick) hell I may smoke two of them at the same time! I might even debate the Chooch’s about Trump. (highly discouraged as they are all red hat wearers)
  • The Notorious N “M’effin” G – Make a reservation at Carbone and have every single person I have ever met over to my apartment to pre-game.
  • The work wife (The international one) – I am going to day drink by the pool or beach with no social distancing and then go out to eat every night for weeks because I am already tired of cooking every single meal.
  • My Cubical Roomate in the West Village – See my friends and do whatever we can as a group. Oh and join you on Second Avenue too!
I recall a baseball game right after 9/11 and they showed the back of the camera and it had this sticker. This is my iPad stand I put that sticker on it on Friday March 13th. That is the last day that New York was normal.
  • My Haitian Brother from another Mother not wishing to be from PA – Talking to everyone on the Train at Grand Central and having lunch with my work brothers and sister at Sophies and Blue Smoke and drive the kids to school. (he has 2 young ones and a wife that works in a medical lab – make sure you pour one for him)
  • Tarheel M(squared) – Drink an overpriced iced latte on my way to boozy brunch in the East Village then day drinking all day!
  • Shawneen from Middle Village – I am going to visit my family and hug and kiss them with no fear!
  • M(Squared) the former work wife (the domestic one) – Response pending
  • The Cruise Queen – Going to a nice restaurant after I get my hair done.
  • Geranium’s Work Wife – I am going to head down to Paddy McGown’s Pub drink buckets of Busch Light cans with friends and sing along (way out of key) to all our favorite songs on Touch Tunes.
  • Don Bruni – I am going to hop on a plane and hit an island somewhere. Work phone in a lock box in my bedroom.
  • The Credit Queen – I am going to NEVER again get pressured into buying ginormous amounts of toilet paper. Drink more prosecco, pay attention – really pay attention at Mass.
  • Bikinisareforever – Yankees Game
  • Asian Fireman – Going to the Rambling House for a proper pint of Guinness.
Rush hour on the Manhattan Bridge – Yep that is a FedEx Truck
  • AB the LSU Tiger Fan – Go to Nat Sherman for 2 Metropolitan Host Maduro Hyde and smoke it in Bryant Park while enjoying a few 24oz Ice Cold Corona Mortar shells and polish off a few dirty dishwater dogs. YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR HIS ACCENT WHEN YOU READ THIS.
  • Bobcat – Peter Lugar Steakhouse in Brooklyn and see her sister
  • The Professor – Swing by 773 Dive Bar, Palace Dive Bar, Connie O’s Dive Bar and Call Box (yep you guessed it another dive bar)
  • Homeless Tim – Fried Chicken at TAK Room and sit down and eat it properly. *he got that for Takeout when he fled the city for CT*
  • Lady Barrister Murphrank – Commissioner, Fausto, Osteria Morini (Italian Joint in the City) as that was the last place she ate before the city went on pause.
  • Mr 3 First Names – A repeat Trip up 5th Avenue (its a FDNY Pipe’s and Drums band thing)
  • AV The Russian – Take the subway anywhere and have a nice boozy brunch outside at a restaurant while touching every single person I see.
  • AV’s Momma – After I give my daughter an unending hug and shed some tears, Ima getting a huge juicy burger and eat it down by Battery Park across from the Statue of Liberty. I LOVE THIS ONE
  • Flynn Shady – Drinks at Down The Hatch in Greenwich Village and a slice of pizza at Joe’s,
  • PC the Memphis Fan – Queens Comfort in Astoria and get rousingly drunk at hip hop brunch then walk it off along the East River.
I don’t know what scares me more. That Z(squared) will get one of these guys if they are having a bad day. Or I will get one of them if we are having a bad day. I am kidding because no mater what they still have to go into work. God Bless you Boys!
  • The Cousin – A Bouie UES Brunch at Penrose with my girls!!!!!!
  • UWS Holly – Well it won’t be ‘go see Hamilton’ because her tickets are for May 30th. She will go to the 105th street dog run with the Ellington in the park outdoor café.
  • Maria – Bloody steak at Peter Lugar in Brooklyn
  • Gumata Jennie – Joining Maria for that Steak
  • Rhino – A great meal from Maria and Inga
  • LJZ – Stupid Expensive Cocktails on the roof of the Peninsula then sipping champagne at Tiffany’s with her personal shopper.
  • F from Z(squared) – Playing Dominos at the Ear Inn and drinks at Oceana.
  • JP on the Island of Long – Head to the Gym then Beach. I’ll be in a NY state of Mind.
  • Tay-Tay – Mani/Pedi, then a Swedish Massage and flying down to Florida ASAP for the Big 3-0!
  • Vivian Longstreet – Raoul’s – having a martini at the bar served by Franko then I’m having dinner in a booth. I will start with 6 raw oysters, then steak au Poivre and finally the profiteroles.
Asshole to Elbow getting a pic of Manhattanedge
  • Ty Middelton – Go to my Tailor and pick up the Rick Owens Suit I had altered. Then head over to Caviar Russe for Vodka and Caviar.
  • Ty Webb on The Price is Right – Response Pending
  • Name Withheld to protect the innocent – JG Mellon’s in the UES for a bloody Mary, Bowl of Chili and a Burger.
  • The Bartender – I am going to hug the F Train!
  • San Pedro Scoop – Murray’s Bagels for a Sesame with Lox or Maple Walnut Cream Cheese naturally Untoasted
  • Brizzyc – Wants to go to Kettle of Fish for a Packers Game! I miss being with FANS!
  • Grantmeaccess – Anything to do with Beer!
  • Mary Louise Geranium – Find a Gospel Brunch and ride the Q Train into the city to see her chiropractor.
  • Steve from Flushing – Aquaduct and then maybe Belmont.
  • The Bookie – I am going to go to one of my favorite Alphabet City Dive Bars, walk in the men’s room and if it doesn’t smell like it used to I am going to be pissed!
  • QBall from Tudor City – I am going to Old Town Tavern sit at the bar and bitch to John (the Bartender) about how the Mets completely fucking Suck!
  • Kate the Dog Sitter – I am going to my favorite restaurant Coppola’s with my grandma!
  • Constantine – “I am going to walk into Mt. Sinai hospital and I am going to hug every nurse, doctor and employee”
  • Mr. Clean – I am going to cherish the following 6 words – “Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors!”
  • DRS (Former Work Momma) – I plan on seeing my mother, and head to the beach.
I miss the old Normal

Thanks to all those who played along. I had fun putting this out.

This Is Some Award Winning Shit Right Here Folks

We cleaned under the bed, organized the bins, threw some stuff out and killed every Dust Bunny under the bed.

Maya is begging us to please go out she is tired of this bonding
How much dust can accumulate under a bed? We emptied the vacuum because of it.
Laundry was done. We had a big Saturday!
Found the Sewing Machine
Like I said this shit be clean!
Cleaned out the area behind the Kitchen Rack – I call this area the Garage
Geranium – “These are no longer sparking me joy”

I will be judging the F out of you when I come to your house and your silver isn’t polished.

Weekend Fun Here in Brooklyn!

Here is what is currently going on here in Brooklyn

DJ Bobby did a show on Friday Night – Thanks for doing it Bobby. It was a welcome break.
Get The House Party App. It keeps us Mo-Ho’s together.
So there was a error when I was ordering my Rum for Painkillers. Anyway we now have plenty of post COVID-19 Rum Drinks!
Mr. 3 First Names with the Win!
It was a long week!
Yes we are Nerds but what else are we going to do?
That was what Cinco Askew requested for dinner
It rained on Saturday so it kept people inside which is what everyone needs to do!
Lots of Alcohol being drank!
This Bitch!

Hope you had a good day and stayed inside!

"Maya Lets Go Get The Package"

I was doing my work expenses from the Week ending March 13th. Last week I didn’t really have the energy to get it done. Normally I do my expenses each week and that reminds me; “Hey Staten Island Sam – do your freaking expenses!”

That week I had lunch at Tommy Bahama on Thursday March 12th with a client and VA. Now the brightest part of my day is taking the dog down when I get a package. I don’t know what is worse. That I am blogging about going to get 2 boxes or that you are now reading it.

Maya now leads the way when we go out.
Park is empty, normally you see some kids but they are stuck at home now. God Bless anyone who is working from home with little ones. Spoke with Don today and you can hear the stress in his voice.
At least it was a nice day yesterday.
You don’t see much activity on the streets or traffic.
Got to keep Trevor, Jackie and the staff at The Hub Safe.
As you can imagine the deliveries have picked up Substantially. Normally the food guys will lean on the counter and that isn’t fair to our staff.
Lots of Junk Food on that Cart. Got to Find out where they live
Social Distancing in full effect here folks. You have no idea how strange this is for New Yorkers.
I am happy to report that Maya is very happy with Social Distancing.
The staff has been great here. Once we get done with this I am hugging everyone!

So if you haven’t figured out yet “What was in the Box?” We got our order from Meh.Com. We ordered some new pillows and now that we are stuck in here we are happy.

Social Distancing

Let me be perfectly clear, to whomever came up with that now overly used term you deserve a punch in the throat.

So I have had a bunch of people reach out to me asking how things are going here in New York. I don’t really watch the news on TV so I am not really sure what they are reporting. I went to Target on Saturday everyone was acting civil. There was food on the shelves, but the TP aisle was as expected, empty. I was picking up some Tide Pods and a ream of paper expecting to be stuck at home.

Later that afternoon we went to meet up with Lady Barrister and Mr 3 First Names at The Commissioner. I was happy to report that the bar was behaving correctly and people were keeping their distance from each other per the rules. Also anytime a table left the staff was spraying the table down with Lysol and cleaned the seats. It was great getting out and having some drinks and a much needed distraction.

Yesterday we were more or less staying in and working from home as the majority of my accounts heeded the warning. It was also announced that restaurants were to either close or allow take out only. This is going to really hurt some businesses. I get that we need to disrupt the spread and ‘flatten the curve’ but it is going to be interesting to say the least.

We are fine by the way, the dog is loving having mom and dad home but its everyone else that puts me on edge and makes me nervous. I am afraid that some business won’t make it. The profit margin of running a restaurant isn’t that great. I fear that we are going to lose some great institutions.

Restaurants are required to be 50% occupied and keep your distance but that has now changed.
Going to be strange with nobody out for St Patrick’s Day but it’s expected.
Had a couple of these the other day to ease the pain
Ate Mexican with Laterza on Saturday.
I have a feeling I am going to be watching some of these
My Fly office down on the 3rd floor before they closed it down.
We haven’t sent the “Can you spare a square” email yet.

Be Nice to Each Other and if you can support your fellow man/woman.