Flatiron District

In Memoriam – Anthony Bourdain

We all can recall what we were doing when we found out when Elvis Died. How about when we found out that Princess Diana was killed in the car crash. What about John-John Kennedy when he and his wife were killed in the plane crash? Well this past Friday I know what I was doing when I found out that Anthony Bourdain died. It was as I was getting ready to head out the door to head into the city and I got that text from my fellow chef stalker GrainBinGirl. 5 minutes later I got a text from Pepe with the same information.

First thoughts were – No way, not Bourdain. I clicked on the CNN link and the worst was confirmed. If you have ever read this worthless dribble of a blog you know that I have huge ass man crush on Bourdain. His writing, his stories, his love of exploring different cultures and naturally his love of food and drink were things that I envied. I read all of his books cover to cover. I binge watched No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown ad nauseum. When he went on tour I bought the damn tickets. Like I said, I loved that man and wanted to be just like him.

Now he is gone and a huge hole is in the hearts of millions of people and his fans. I have read pretty much every tribute to him. Watched the CNN memoriam and it still is unbelievable that I won’t ever get a chance to drink a beer with him in one of the many dive bars here in the city. Much less watch him visit my hometown, do a show on it and probably say something that will probably piss off half of twitter. KC Jayhawk was very bitter when he did the show on Kansas City.

While reading some of the comments on twitter I recall someone saying that the best way to honor Bourdain was to act like him. Go visit an unfamiliar place, order something that you have never tried before, and ask a complete stranger about their life. I know that Tony probably didn’t agree with everyone that he met along his journey but he respected them, he got to hear their side of the story and he grew from it. This is what made his shows so fucking good.

IMG_3380Never in a million years would I imagine that I would see this tribute on “the pass” at Per Se.

IMG_3393I don’t know why I made it a point to swing by the shuttered Les Halles yesterday but I had to. Deep down I know that this probably pisses Bourdain off because he wasn’t a fan of fame but people need closure.

IMG_3394To read some of the notes is a testament to how much he was loved by all walks of life, cultures and people.

IMG_3395I could have spent hours reading these but the crowd was rather large today.

IMG_3396Lots of flowers and cards

IMG_3398It is impressive to say the least. Like Graceland or Morrison’s grave impressive

IMG_3399Puts a smile on my face seeing this tribute

IMG_3401All kinds of stuff being left for his memorial

This one is going to hurt for a while. Condolences to his family, his friends and his fans.

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Pictures of the Week

Hodgepodge of pictures this week. Dominican Republic and then Trump visits NYC. It has been a busy week.

presidenteBeer4.htmThey had a run on Presidente Beers while we were there. Even if Eddie Money’s fan drank Pink drinks and Coors Light.

IMG_0735Painting Fail

IMG_0747Departure Lounge in Dominican Republic – Of course the effin sun came out!

IMG_0746That is a flood of Rainwater by the way. It got biblical down there!

IMG_0700Went to a Yankees game in the Suite. We don’t eat well there. #sarcasm

IMG_0698Chicken Tenders and Mac n Cheese – You sure this isn’t the suite at AutoZone Stadium?

IMG_0697Sushi at a Baseball Game? Sure why not!

IMG_0719Automatically makes you feel happy just seeing a bunch of balloons you know?

IMG_0745Shower Beer was in full effect down in the DR!

Have a good weekend!

End of May – First Mention of Gold Bond in New York City

You guys remember my post about Gold Bond and surviving the heat in a major city from last August? Well guess who reared their ugly head this past week????Summer Heat and Humidity. I have documented how I don’t think that New Yorkers have sweat glands from wearing winter coats on warm days to how some places won’t kick on the air even if the ambient temperature is in the high 80’s. You add these and the fact that “I run hot” anyway and yep, our bathroom now resembles a Columbian Cocaine Kegger!
I know that there are some of you who are in outside sales saying “Come on CBT, you big P word” it was hot in Memphis too, grow a set!” Yes Memphis humidity is “Hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock hot” (S/O to SM aka Mr. Wizard for teaching me that statement) but trust me when I say that the radiant heat from the buildings and concrete make it just as unpleasant. Another big problem with outside sales here in Gotham that is different than Memphis is you don’t have a car AC to cool down. When I was working for HW/AMF I would blast that cold air in my Jeep between appointments to keep me from sweating through my shirt and shorts. Here we have to walk to our next appointment or worse, take a subway. Subways are great but they are underground where there is moisture and when you add heat and moisture……anyone ever walk down Middle Street in early September in San Pedro Belize? Trust me it sucks.
This past week I would leave the office, walk 10 blocks to my first appointment, lather up a good sweat and then go into the building. Thankfully my first appointment felt sorry for me and got me a glass of water. You then repeat this process 7 more times a day and you get the picture. I get back to the office and my shirt is sticking to me, my tie around my neck is now moist (love you Kaylee & Lana) and well lets just say that there is some serious chafing.  We have some guys on our team who also run hot and I looked to them for advice on how to stay cool. One guy sweats so bad he actually has a fan on his desk to keep cool but both of them told me that pretty much you have to deal with it. Walk on the shady side of the street. Schedule appointments with some ‘cool down’ at Starbucks and if at all possible stay in the same block or building. Oh and they also said to plan on spending a small fortune on dry cleaners during the summer too. Thanks guys and stay out of my drawer full of Gold Bond and deodorant.

IMG_1274Cabs help when having to go across town because you don’t know that lower Manhattan isn’t that close to Nolita

IMG_1281Hello boys, welcome back!

IMG_1286 (1)My dry cleaner loves me

Stay cool folks!

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Fire

Last week my boss and I were doing joint calls one day. For those wondering my territory is from 26th street to Wall Street so I have some major real estate to cover. Unlike some of my other work comrades who may just have a street or even a building to cover I have to really pay attention to the distance between appointments or I could be running my ass off. We go about our calls and find ourselves in the Flatiron district and are walking on E25th street. The thing about walking with someone is that you find you don’t pay much attention to your surroundings and can miss stuff. We come up to another construction zone (one on every block) and there is where I see the remains of St Sava Church.

I was out of town on business when the fire alert came over my phone about the church fire. Because of my friendships with numerous NYFD boys I follow a couple of NYFD social media pages. I glance at them and see the footage of the flames blowing out of the windows and figured it was a complete loss. Imagine my suprise when I see that other than the roof the entire structure is still standing. We all remember the feeling of heartbreak when the south wall of the Blue Monkey came tumbling down thanks to the Pucci Ban, why didn’t this sucker fall like that? My boss informed me “they build shit well up here!” What also amazed me was that there were no other businesses affected when that sucker went up. One would expect heat damage from the flames but the other buildings around the church appeared fine.  According to a couple New Yorkers there is a big difference between New Consruction and Renovations. Because they were able to save the walls this job will be considered renovations even though there is not shit inside the 4 walls. I was also told that the first day following the clean up the church officials rehung the American and Serbian Orthodox flags at the front door saying “we will be back.”  I look forward to visiting this church when they reopen.

Fire 2Nipped this off the internet the fire was on the 2nd of May

IMG_4352This was taken this past week. Still standing!

IMG_1282Still inspecting the building.

IMG_1283I imagine the amount of rubble that still has to be cleaned.

Thank God that nobody was killed.