December 11, 2011 |
For Labor Day weekend, my wife and I agreed it was time to get out of town. We needed to see different zip codes, to slip the surly confines of Center City Philadelphia, to give our spirits a lift. So we traded one big town for another and went to New York for the day. In the past, we'd see a show for half-price, but this time we set our sights on bigger things. One thing that has always captured my imagination is the Brooklyn Bridge, with its sturdy stone towers made almost spiritual by the beautiful Gothic arches and spiderweb of cables and suspenders.
November 18, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Occupy Wall Street protesters clogged streets and tied up traffic around the nation Thursday to mark two months since the movement's birth and signal they are not ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police. Hundreds of people were arrested, most in New York. The demonstrations - which took place in cities including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, Washington, and Portland, Ore. - were for the most part peaceful. Most of the arrests were for blocking streets, and the traffic disruptions were brief.
October 30, 2009 |
IF THERE'S any truth to the idea of karma, the Yankees won't be winning the World Series. Their fans don't deserve it. The team itself isn't all that objectionable, with a storied tradition and players that, except for juiced-up serial dater A-Rod, get the job done in a poetic fashion. It's actually hard to hate a club with charter members like the Babe, the Iron Man and Joltin' Joe. But tolerance doesn't extend to the actual denizens of Gotham (and let's throw Mets, Jets, Giants, Rangers, Islanders, Nets and Knicks fans into the mix as well)
May 24, 2009 |
In fall and winter, world-class performances in the Big Apple might break the budget. Summer, now that's the time for free and breezy. Whether you're searching for the soulful sounds of jazz, looking for cinema under the stars, or are a fan of the Bard, New York's summer season has a freebie for you. And much of it takes place outdoors against the backdrop of iconic landmarks such as those in Central Park or the Brooklyn Bridge - almost as...
January 18, 2008 |
The Statue of Liberty has been decapitated. The Brooklyn Bridge destroyed. And did you hear, Rob and Beth had sex. Omigawd! In Cloverfield, the first monster movie for the YouTube generation, a going-away party for a guy moving to Japan is pretty much ruined when a giant reptilian squid thing starts snapping its tail into skyscrapers, smashing cars, cabs, buses and pedestrians under its huge, gnarly feet. Cloverfield is as much about our need to document everything we do - capturing cute moments on the cell phone, holding the mini-cam aloft on dates, keeping the "record" button pressed even when you're in danger of being mauled by basketball-sized carnivorous spiders - as it is about our colossal fears in a post-9/11 world.
January 4, 2008
Casinos Atlantic City Hilton Boston at the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-347-7111. www.hiltonac.com . Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge. $30. 1/6 7 pm. 1/7 2 pm. 1/9-1/10 7 pm. Bally's Atlantic City Park Place & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-340-2000. www.ballysac.com . Malignaggi vs. Ngoudjo. $125-$250. 1/5 6:30 pm. Borgata Hotel & Casino 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000. www.theborgata.com . Kid Rock. $65. 1/5 8 pm. Comedy Stop at the Trop Brighton & the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-822-7353.
January 4, 2008
Bally's Atlantic City, 1900 Pacific Ave., 609-340-2000, ballysac.com. Paulie Malignaggi vs. Herman Ngoudjo, 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, $125-$250, Main Ballroom. Borgata Hotel & Casino, 1 Borgata Way, 609-317-1000, theborgata.com. Kid Rock, 8 p.m. tomorrow, sold out, Event Center. Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, 777 Harrah's Blvd., 800-342-7724, harrahs.com. Atlantic City Hilton, Boardwalk and Boston Avenue, 609-347-7111, hiltonac.com. Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, 7 p.m. Sunday, $30. Resorts Atlantic City, 1133 Boardwalk, 800-336-6378, resortsac.
August 22, 2007
The federal government's rating system for bridge safety tells us a lot, but not enough. The eight-county Philadelphia region has 57 "structurally deficient" bridges with ratings as bad as, or worse than, the Minnesota bridge that collapsed on Aug. 1, killing 13 people. That tells us the costly scope of the repair job facing transportation officials in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as taxpayers who will foot the bill in those states. But it doesn't tell drivers whether to avoid a certain bridge.
July 15, 2007 |
Chester County is going way back in time, to 1776, the first full year of the Revolutionary War, for this year's Chester County Reads book. The book, in fact, is 1776, historian David McCullough's account of the military campaigns and political intrigues of that year, as experienced by George Washington, his farmers turned soldiers, British troops, and Americans loyal to the British crown. Cecy Keller, director of the county library system and a member of the panel that chose the book this month, said 1776 "tells the exciting tale of the American Revolution, and we feel it is a starting point for discussion of Chester County's role in the War of Independence.