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Biden and The UN Are in Town Making New Yorkers Stressed Out

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The traffic into New York was a mess from New Jersey. Hour long waits and traffic jams boggled the drivers minds. The reason for the delays…..are the road closures set for UN General Assembly, which started Sunday Night. The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is about to kick off on Tuesday and the preparations are enough to dive a sane person crazy.

Tomorrow expect a gridlock of diplomatic motorcades until next Tuesday, as world leaders and their entourages descend. The UN hosts 132 countries and of course the already listed 37 protests planned. Hundreds of law enforcement officers are being deployed to the streets surrounding U.N. Their numbers will multiply over the weekend and into early next week, and so will street closures. And who pays the price? The people who live and work in Manhattan.

President Biden, comes off his vacation to deliver his remarks in-person. He is expected to appear with a smaller-than-usual White House entourage on Monday.

More than 100 presidents, prime ministers and other leaders are expected to give in-person speeches.

Over at the UN, 42nd St. between First and Second Aves. will be completely closed off to traffic.

Here’s what we know:

  • FDR Drive between Whitehall and 42nd streets
  • Area bounded by 60th Street on the north, 34th Street on the south, First Avenue on the east and Third Avenue on the west
  • Area bounded by 54th Street on the north, 48th Street on the south, First Avenue on the east and Madison Avenue on the west
  • Sixth Avenue between West 50th and West 59th streets
  • Fifth Avenue between East 55th and East 63rd streets
  • Grand Army Plaza between 58th and 60th streets
  • Grand Army Plaza between East Drive and Fifth Avenue
  • Madison Avenue between East 42nd and East 58th streets
  • Park Avenue between East 61st and East 62nd streets
  • Lexington Avenue between East 57th and East 42nd streets
  • FDR Drive Service Road between 48th and 49th streets
  • East 63rd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues
  • East 62nd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues
  • East 61st Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues
  • West 59th Street between Seventh and Fifth avenues
  • 58th Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue
  • 57th Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 56th Street between Sixth and Madison avenues
  • 55th Street between Seventh and Madison avenues
  • 54th Street between Seventh and Madison avenues
  • 53rd Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 52nd Street between Seventh and Madison avenues
  • 51st Street between Seventh and First avenues
  • 50th Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 49th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive Service Road
  • East 48th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive Service Road
  • East 47th Street between Third and Park avenues
  • 42nd Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 34th Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is about to embark on a second five-year term, stated “The war on our planet must end.”

Representatives from Afghanistan will not be attending.

If you are going to the opening nights of either Come From Away or Moulin Rouge! you need to give yourself extra time to get to your seats.

For the rest of us breathe, this to shall pass.

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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Saying Good-Bye to Donald Sutherland

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Donald Sutherland was a Canadian actor. In a film career spanning over seven decades, Sutherland received numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. He is cited as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination, but received an Academy Honorary Award in 2017.


He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Spent a year and a half at the Perth Repertory Theatre in Scotland and began to get small roles in British films and TV. He was featured alongside Christopher Lee in horror films such as Castle of the Living Dead (1964) and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965). He had a supporting role in the Hammer Films production Die! Die! My Darling! (1965), with Tallulah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers. In 1967 Sutherland appeared in “The Superlative Seven”, an episode of The Avengers. In 1966 he also made a second, and more substantial appearance in The Saint (S5,E14). The episode, “Escape Route”, which was directed by the show’s star, Roger Moore, recalled Sutherland “asked me if he could show it to some producers as he was up for an important role… they came to view a rough cut and he got The Dirty Dozen. which starred Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, and a number of other popular actors, was the 5th highest-grossing film of 1967.  Sutherland left London for Hollywood.

Sutherland rose to fame in such films as The Dirty Dozen(1967), M*A*S*H (1970), Klute(1971), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), 1900 (1976), Animal House (1978), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Ordinary People (1980), Eye of the Needle (1981),  JFK (1991), Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Hunger Games franchise and so many more

I met Sutherland in 1981 when he stared as Humbert Humbert briefly in Lolita on Broadway.

Donald Sutherland and Blanche Baker, “Lolita” Bernard Gotfryd photograph collection (Library of Congress)

Television audiences known him for Citizen X (1995) in which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. For Uprising (2001), and Path to War (2002) he earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Sutherland received various honours including inductions into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2000 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) in 1978, a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2012 and received the Companion of the Order of Canada (CC) in 2019.

He was the father of actors Kiefer Sutherland, Rossif Sutherland, and Angus Sutherland. In October 2023, Canada Post issued a stamp in his honour, commemorating his career as one of Canada’s most respected and versatile actors.

Donald Sutherland was a brilliant actor whose work will be missed.

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Billy Joel and Roger Sichel Quiet Brunch Turned Newsworthy Thanks to Justin Timberlake

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The night before Justin Timberlake was busy drinking and talking with his friends. Timberlake was stopped by police just after midnight on Tuesday. Billy Joel and artist Roger Sichel the next morning were having brunch at their usual hang out at the American Hotel, next to each other. Joel and Sichel were bombarded by photographs due to the late breaking news. What was scheduled to be a  quite afternoon turned out to be what has taken over the news.


Timberlake who is in the middle of a world tour that includes upcoming Madison Square Garden told the officers he had just “one martini.” According to sources he was inhibited on them and refused to take the sobriety test.

Billy Joel is busy working and lives within walking distance of the hotel.

Sichel just finished an art show in Beverly Hills and will be opening in Sag Harbor Kramois’s art gallery two doors down from the American Hotel next week.

Seems that the American Hotel is the place to hang this summer, well it always was.

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My View: Norm Lewis…. “SUMMERTIME” at 54 Below… Spike Lee & Celebs Attend

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In all my years of going to shows, whether theatre, concerts, clubs, cabaret, etc., I have never done what I did this past week and I’m not sure I can even explain. I went to see Norm Lewis at 54 Below on June 6th and didn’t just love it, I was somehow hypnotized by the man and the material. That night, Miss Melba Moore was his Special Guest and invited to share the stage and something magical happened. The program was all showtunes and treasure from Broadway-current, past and even a little in between, with one brilliant piece of Off-Broadway gold, TRY TO REMEMBER, dedicated to the memory of the late, great Jerry Orbach. Then, upon finding out the Guest List for the entire 7 shows, we just decided we wanted to be there and it was the right decision. Night after night, added and/or subtracted songs to adapt to the desired length of the show. Every night, Norm’s longtime friend and trusted Director, Richard Jay-Alexander, on the scene, along with Musical Director/Arranger Joseph Joubert on keys, Perry Cavari on drums and percussion and a very cool Dylan Shamat on both electric and acoustic bass. Each night a different kind of magic and, lucky me, living so nearby, I was able to capture all the Award Winning Guests and high=profile friends. So, here for Norm Lewis, who brought summer early to all of us at 54 Below, is a scrapbook of his seven nights and special guests, both on stage and off. Now that the run is over, what will Eda and I do tonight??? Bravo!

BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL & NORM LEWIS

54 BELOW

NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS

MELBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

MELBA MOORE

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & NORM LEWIS

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & WALTER MARKS

PASTOR BOBBY LEWIS & NORM LEWIS

MARC SHAIMAN

MARC SHAIMAN & NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS (Sweeney Todd)

NORM LEWIS

LEN CARIOU

NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS & ALICE RIPLEY

ALICE RIPLEY & NORM LEWIS

WILL SWENSON & NORM LEWIS

WILL SWENSON

WILL SWENSON

BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL & NORM LEWIS

BRIAN STOKES MITHCELL & NORM LEWIS

NOVA PAYTON & NORM LEWIS

NOVA PAYTON & NORM LEWIS

OLIVIA ELEASE  HARDY

OLIVIA ELEASE HARDY & NORM LEWIS

OLIVIA HARDY

THE DRINKWATER BROTHERS

THE DRINKWATER BROTHERS

NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS

SPIKE LEE & NORM LEWIS

SPIKE LEE & NORM LEWIS

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER & SPIKE LEE

LEN CARIOU

MARC SHAIMAN

SPIKE LEE

MARILYN MAYE

MELISSA ERRICO

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER & BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL

JENNIFER ASHLEY TEPPER

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, SPIKE LEE, TONY DANZA

LEN CARIOU, NORM LEWIS, MARC SHAIMAN

HUGH PANARO, EDA SOROKOFF, STEVEN REINEKE, ERIC GABBARD

54 BELOW

CARLOS CLEMENZ

NORM LEWIS

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Earthy Tech Set to Launch Groundbreaking Web3 Global Framework

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Earthy Tech is a new platform compassionately created to take out the frustration in giving to charities and organizations in need. Revolutionizing the way you can donate by using a prolific Web3 framework, the trailblazing foundation is setting the bar high for a new and highly approachable way to give. The mission of the visionary organization is to finance and execute impact projects around the globe.
Imagine a world where your resources make it directly to the source in need. All too often as seen in modern headline news, large charitable organizations lean more into the world of business rather than focusing on the individuals in need of help. Intentions may seem decent on paper, but the corporate infrastructure of some of these well-known institutions has turned into a level of outlandish greed. The money you give frequently goes into the deep pockets of high-earning CEOs who sit on the thrones of lavish C-suites. Wanting to break the old-fashioned standard and shatter the outdated chain of command is what Earthy intends to do by paving the way for elevated giving with groundbreaking Web3 functions.

Sam Singer

Created by Sam Singer after a personal need to improve the world, he has taken his profound talents to establish a truly remarkable foundation that will transfigure giving in an unprecedented way. The CEO and founder of Earthy is an incredible expert in the blockchain space, having won multiple international hackathons, including the Chainlink Hackathon, and worked on Web3 projects for various government agencies worldwide, including the South African National Energy Development Institute.
Providing a solution that is an ecosystem- based social platform for financing and executing impact projects on an unparalleled scale, Earthy ensures capital for impact causes that is leveraged effectively to solve real world issues in real time. The comprehensive blockchain is designed to fund and support projects as well as provide financing, data, and utility for direct and meaningful impact on a global scale.
The guesswork is replaced with logic and reasoning thanks to Earthy. It works by a person taking the initial step to submit their impact projects to the platform. Once approved, they are added to the network and become eligible for funding. Developers build applications to support the various projects as users earn rewards by staking their tokens in apps and projects. Over time these projects can withdraw funds through the efficient app. In turn, impact projects are funded in an organized manner.
The brainchild of the system that solves the problems that run rampant around the planet by mingled efforts of governments and old-fashioned nonprofits. It also takes away Blockchain’s struggle to impact people outside of the Web3 ecosystem. Singer with Earthy has successfully bridged this gap. He has found a way to resolve issues in communities through powerful social and financial tools all at the same time providing funding for projects that offsets carbon by generating carbon credits on a chain. Over the past year, Earthy has made significant strides in releasing the world’s first natively carbon-negative blockchain network, eliminating the need to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions.
Earthy also helps you hire and find like-minded individuals to volunteer and create real change along with you on such issues as hunger relief, homeless support, environmental conservation, community development, cultural and arts program support, wellness programs, and even educational support. Now auditing and releasing the blockchain network, the set goal on the timeline is that by September 2024 Earthy will onboard projects and environmental data en masse on the Earthy network. There is also the projected hope by the quarter that partnerships with global festivities, concerts and events will help grow a powerful networking system.
Singer being no stranger to hardships after growing up impoverished and with a single mother struggling to make ends meet, he recognized from an early age that just one person caring to want to create a better existence can change the lives of so many.
Growing up in destitute poverty and then facing trials and tribulations of recovering from drug use is what made Sam develop a deep understanding and compassion for those struggling in the world. This commitment to helping the less fortunate culminated in the creation of Earthy, a software ecosystem designed to empower people and organizations globally to effectively address impact issues.
He often reflects on his challenging upbringing as a source of inspiration to do good: “I often wish I had a mentor or guide in my life as my father left my life at an early age. It’s a miracle I am not in prison or dead given the cards I was dealt at birth. That is why I am building Earthy—I want everyone to have a community of dedicated, passionate, and inspired people that can uplift and encourage people to not only better society and the world around them but also to better themselves by realizing the transformative power of helping others and how it is one of the most fulfilling things any human can do.”
He goes on to state, “The initial idea and inspiration for Earthy came to me in a dream and was the result of various life experiences and situations that allowed me to see the whole picture. I realized how we can create a world where people give to each other and end up having more than if they only cared about themselves. This idea was inspired by a very remote Siberian society I visited, which did not use money among its people. Instead, everyone selflessly helped everyone else in the community, and they were all very happy and flourishing as a society. If they needed to purchase anything, they would pool resources and buy it from outside the group.”

With tremendous passion and a sense of purpose, Singer is poised to make Earthy become the world’s most impactful technology for global change. “I pray everyone finds the strength, guidance, and willpower to change the course of their life for the better. I also dream of a world where every individual is fully aware of their potential to shape reality and enact the kind of world they want to live in.”

“Often times we get lost in things that matter not, because we become so entrenched and ingrained in powerless paradigms, we forget that true fulfillment comes from being the best version of yourself that you can be and living for a higher purpose, a purpose which uplifts and changes the world around you for the better, in my eyes, this is the only effectively fulfilling way to live life, all other forms of success quickly become monotonous and people become complacent and hungry for the next thing, the next thing is the infinite cycle of seeking that most people are trapped in, when they fail to realize that true fulfilment comes from feelings you can only get from genuinely being a good person and helping those around you, even when no one is looking.”

With so many opportunities to elevate the way to give, the platform of Earthy is destined to reach soaring heights by the end of the year. The time is now to embark on the journey together with a system that will have a long-lasting impact on humanity for the better.

For more information, please Earthy.tech

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My View: SUMMERTIME Starring Norm Lewis Just Keeps Getting HOTTER!

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I don’t usually post multiple photo essays of the same show/event, but, in this case, I simply must or I wouldn’t be doing my job of “reporting” here in Times Square Chronicles. The fact of the matter is that my wife, Eda, and I have been to Norm Lewis’s new show SUMMERTIME (Special Tony Edition) 3 times now and it has been “delivering” on a nightly basis more thrills and excitement than any other run of a show we have previously witnessed. The show is beautifully directed by the gifted Richard Jay-Alexander, with musical direction and arrangements from the equally gifted Joseph Joubert. What Norm and his artistic posse have put together is so satisfying that you get drawn in and forget you’ve already seen it. Add to this unexplainable phenomenon the array of Broadway Guests and each night has been a delight for so many different reasons. Because I live conveniently close, I am able to capture historic pairings of creative giants and I had to put this together so you could witness the kind of history that has already been made each of these nights at 54 Below. Norm has 4 more shows and many more Special Guests on June 10, 11, 12 and 13 and I can only heartily recommend you go see this man who is so comfortable in his stardom, that he easily seduces you into his world of music and Broadway. You will not be disappointed. I must also note that there has been as much star power in his audiences as there are on stage, adding extra excitement to every night.

( I couldn’t catch all the celebs in the audience but here are a few photo highlights)

NORM LEWIS & LEN CARIOU

NORM LEWIS (Sweeny Todd)

LEN CARIOU

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & WALTER MARKS

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & NORM LEWIS

MARC SHAIMAN & NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS & MARC SHAIMAN

LEN CARIOU, NORM LEWIS, MARC SHAIMAN

MELBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

MELBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

MALBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

MARILYN MAYE & NORM LEWIS

MARILYN MAYE

LEE ROY REAMS & MARILYN MAYE

WALTER MARKS, JENNIFER HALLIE DIAMOND, ROBERT DIAMOND, founder/owner BROADWAYWORLD, RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER

NORM LEWIS, ROBERT DIAMOND, JENNIFER HALLIE DIAMOND

HUGH PANARO, EDA SOROKOFF, STEVEN REINEKE, music director/conductor The New York Pops, ERIC GABBARD

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, EDA SOROKOFF, STEVEN REINEKE, ERIC GABBARD

LORNA DALLAS BROWN, LEE ROY REAMS, MARILYN MAYE

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER & NORM LEWIS

PASTOR BOBBY LEWIS (Norm’s cousin) & NORM LEWIS

JOSEPH JOUBERT, music director

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, NORM LEWIS, CATHERINE ADLER

JENNIFER ASHLEY TEPPER & RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER

MARK SENDROFF, RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, RICHARD SKIPPER

54 BELOW

MACON PRICKETT

CARLOS CLEMENZ & MARC SHAIMAN

NORM LEWIS

EDA SOROKOFF & CATHERINE ADLER

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