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295,103 New York Residents Filed Change of Address Forms With the U.S. Postal Service

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If 295,103 New York Residents have filed change of address forms, how many people have actually left Manhattan? This number does not include the business that have left. Statistics tell us least at least 11 forwarding could include multi-person households.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called fleeing residents “fairweather friends,” but did he ever think that letting criminals go with just a slap on the wrist, or letting them out of jail was going to make people feel safe? What about the homeless who he bussed in who attack, confront and cause damage to what was once was peaceful thriving neighborhoods.

A 14-year-old boy was punched in the face, beaten and robbed near Bowery Mission Tribeca Campus, a homeless shelter and food kitchen at around 11:30am on Friday. They took his bag and jacket.

Charlie Destefano, 35, was found across the street from where the robbery took place. He was charged with robbery causing physical injury, robbery aided by another and endangering the welfare of a child.

Destefano was listed as living at the Bowery Mission Tribeca Campus outside of where the robbery occurred.  

The boy was taken to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital where he is expected to recover. How many incidents before someone takes charge?

The NYPD CompStat 2.0 recorded 339 murders with the number of shooting victims at a 101.4 per cent rise.

Gov. Cuomo begged wealthy residents to stay, but considering that a new tax is being proposed by progressive lawmakers and activists that would impose a new form of capital gains tax on New Yorkers with $1 billion or more in assets, why would the wealthy stay?

Add to that the state of the education system where de Blasio warned that parents should be ready for schools to close as soon as Monday morning but backtracked saying schools will remain open.

The cost of living is higher, the crime rising and there is a Mayor as well as a Governor who seems to want to see Manhattan become a shell of its former self. At this point it seems the only reason people are staying is financial.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Price Hike to Ebike Citi Bike

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Taking a ebike Citi Bike is a wonderful way to get around Manhattan, but beginning Wednesday, July 10th. It’s the second price hike already in 2024.

On January 4, a yearly subscription was raised to $219.99 from $205, while unlocking a standard Citi Bike for non-members and riding it for 30 minutes went from $4.49 to $4.79. The per-minute fees for non-members riding longer than 30 minutes or riding an electric bike, rose $0.30 per minute from the current $0.26, or 15 percent. Basically every price was raised 17 percent.

Unlike other cities like Washington, DC and California, New York City doesn’t give public subsidies to bike share, instead allowing the private half of the public-private partnership to cash in.

Membership and e-bike prices inWashington DC are just $95 per year and 10 cents per minute. In California you pay $150 per year for a membership and 15 cents per minute for e-bikes.

Mayor Eric Adams says he endorses the idea of subsidies for bike share, but he has not followed through, like most things he says and does.

The fees being raised are E-bike fees for those with an annual Citi Bike or Lyft Pink All Access membership will increase to $0.24 per minute from the current $0.20.

Non-members will see fees raised to $0.36 per minute from $0.30.

Lyft, which runs the bikeshare program, cites battery swapping, insurance costs and vehicle expenses costing more than the company anticipated when the rates were set in December.

Citi Bike acknowledged the price changes only affect rides in New York City.

E-bike prices for rides in New Jersey are not changing. Only in New York!

 

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Remembering Marilyn Clark Langner

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I heard the sad news on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024, that my dear friend, Marilyn Clark Langner, had died in her Central Park West apartment with her family at her bedside. Like the classic column  in the Reader’s Digest Magazine, Marilyn Clark Langner was one of my “Most Unforgettable Characters.”

Growing up in Covington, Kentucky, I always dreamed of a glamorous show business life like the movies I watched on late night TV.  Having lunch with Kitty Carlisle Hart at a beachside restaurant in Barbados, cocktails with Gena Rowlands at Harry’s Bar in Venice, perhaps a late night supper at a rooftop restaurant in Athens celebrating the First Lady Of The American Theatre, Helen Hayes, on her 90th bithday, were just the kind of things I dreamed about. I got all of this and so much  more from Marilyn and Philip Langner during my tenure as artistic director of their trail blazing and truly amazing project called Theatre At Sea.

Theatre Guild

Marilyn was born in Spokane, Wadhington, on September 28, 1924. Even as a child Marilyn was drawn to the theatre.  Marilyn attended UCLA and set her sights on a show business career. She moved to New York City and hit the jackpot when she met and fell in love with Philip Langner, the only child of Lawrence Langner and Armina Marshall, co-administrators of the Theatre Guild and arguably the two most important figures in the history of the American Theatre.

Marilyn played roles in four Broadway plays including The SevenYear Itch and Absurd Person Singular.  A cast mate in The SevenYear Itch named Gena Rowlands became a life long friend. Marilyn played roles in a number of feature films including several films written and directed by John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands’ husband.

Loretta Swit in SHIRLEY VALENTINE had a very succesful national tour winning a Sarah Siddons Award for Ms. Swit in Chicago.

Perhaps Marilyn’s most lasting show business legacy will be the creation of Theatre At Sea. Long before the current Broadway style entertainments on cruise ships including Playbill At Sea, Marilyn and Philip Langner and Armina Marshall paved the way  by creating Theatre At Sea.

Lee Roy Reems and Tammy Grimes

Their casts were made up of legendary stars of both theatre and film including Lillian Gish, Roddy McDowall, Tammy Grimes, Dean Jones, Carol Channing, Cyril Ritchard, Patrice Munsel, Eli Wallach, Loretta Swit, Ed Asner, Donna McKechnie, and many more. On an early cruise on board the SS Rotterdam, a musical evening was created called MUSICAL JUBILEE which transferred after the cruise to a Broadway theatre. An “out of town tryout at sea” of a musical called Ruthless! lead to a tranfer to the Players Theatre in New York City. Ruthless! won the Outer Critics Circle Award that year  for Best Musical.

Ed Asner played the role of FDR. The one man show played first on ship and then around the country.

Stars including Loretta Swit, Ed Asner

Jean Stapleton captured the unique spirit of one of America’s most admired first ladies, Eleanor Roosevelt.

and Jean Stapleton performed plays on ships that went on to successful national tours. Academy Award winner Patricia Neal and Joel Vig created a version of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory, which played around the country for many years.

Academy Award winner Patricia Neal and Joel Vig played A CHRISTMAS MEMORY on ship and then around the country for decades.

Marilyn Clark Langner will be remembered both as a savvy artistic producer and also as the perfect hostess for these remarkable voyages.   Whether sailing up the Amazon River with a final performance in the legendary Manaus Opera House or a Meditteranean cruise ending with a reception in the Princess Grace Theatre in Monaco hosted by Prince Albert II, Marilyn was always charming and elegant with an air of whimsy and a wonderfully wicked sense of humor. When Marilyn and Philip Langner were honored with.the Gold Medal at the National Arts Club in December of 2010, stars of more than thirty years of unforgettable Theatre At Sea cruises expressed their gratitude for the gift.and honor of being part of the Theatre At Sea legacy.

Marilyn Langner: a Most Unforgettable Character.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Philip, two daughters Lola and Eve, and two grand daughters Lauren Kennedy and Brielle Kennedy.

 

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My View: Happily Ever Laughter at 54 Below……Liz Callaway & Jason Graae

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At first glance they might seem like a musical and personality mismatch, but the chemistry between Liz Callaway and Jason Graae is far from problematic.  It is an enormously entertaining integration of these two artists musicianship, acting, and comedic expertise. Liz Callaway’s once in a lifetime voice and vocal dexterity doesn’t just sing in tune.  It lands in the middle of the middle of a note with a clarity that pierces your soul.  Jason, once he gets his oboe in tune (that’s a double entenndre) also possesses excellent vocal technique, and my camera, no matter how many photos I snap is incapable of capturing his enormously expressive facial movements that glide between comical and the heartfelt with such ease. His rendition of William Finn’s “What More Can I Say” brought tears.  The duets from “BABY” for which Ms Callaway was nominated for a Tony and her two songs from the animated film Anastasia (in which she starred) were highlights.  This evening’s friendship (they’ve been for forty years) was the perfect blendship, together with the masterful Alex Rybeck on the piano at 54 Below last night. The show was very appropriately titled “Happily Ever Laughter” and it has two more performances, July 5 & 6.

Speaking of friendship and blendship, my table of KT Sullivan, Eda, and Debbie Gravitte was pretty special too.

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

LIZ CALLAWAY

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

54 BELOW

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

ALEX RYBECK, LIZ CALLAWAY, JASON GRAAE

54 BELOW

JASON GRAAE & RICHARD SKIPPER

KT SULLIVAN, DEBBIE GRAVITTE, EDA SOROKOFF

HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER

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My View: Jamie deRoy & Her Friends….Who’s Like Them….Damm few

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There wasn’t a sign on the door that said “ Private Party…you have to know Jamie deRoy to get in”, but it seemed that way last night as all the tables in Birdland were filled with Jamie’s friends. They came for another edition of her long running (34 years) variety show.  Jamie as usual hosted the evening and presented a talented line up of performer friends which included: Jason Graae, Jason Henderson, Cory Kahaney, MOIPEI, A.J. Shively, and Jim Vallance & Catherine Porter. The evening, which benefited the Entertainment Community Fund, was directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Ron Abel.

A show tends to be well received when an audience is mainly comprised of friends. However, even an audience of strangers would have become Jamie’s friends after watching this outstanding cast creating a highly enjoyable evening of music and humor.  As the song says.. “ya’ got to have friends”, and to answer the question asked by the many friends who couldn’t snag a ticket…yes, Jamie sang “Jews Don’t Camp”.

Check out the show photos and the Cast Party

JAMIE deROY

A.J.SHIVELY

JASON HENDERSON

CORY KAHANEY

CATHERINE PORTER & JIM VALLANCE

CATHERINE PORTER

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

RON ABEL, music director

RON ABEL

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Major Announcement His Highness Prince Mario-Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe of Germany Is T2C’s Newest Columnist

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Today at lunch His Highness Prince Mario-Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe consented to become T2C’s newest columnist. On Wednesday check out “Live from The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents” interview with the Prince. This is definitely one to watch, as the Prince disclosed for his next chapter, he is looking for his Princess.

Starting July 4th his column on the Royal’s begins and this should offer insight into the world of Kings, Queens, Princes and Princess with maybe a frog or two thrown in done by someone who knows them all personally.

T2C is thrilled to be growing and expanding.

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