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NYC Officially Opens on Monday

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Protestors and others have been able to come into our city, as residents have been in lockdown, Monday lets the businesses slowly come back to life. For many it will be cleaning up and moving out.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated that “everywhere he goes, he hears from constituents who have lost so much and are afraid of losing more due to the shutdown. We have to restart our economy, the restart is something that will allow us to get people back their livelihoods.” One has to ask the Mayor, if he was so concerned, why did he let non-residents cross over the bridges to protest, many without masks? Why was he proud of his daughter who was caught in the act of vandalism according to all reports. I thought we were in lockdown!

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “NY Forward,” is a four step program. Step one: construction jobs, wholesale, manufacturing, agriculture and retail companies (with safety procedures in place) can open. Where was the Governor’s concern during the looting and pillaging of Soho, 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center, 5th Ave, Madison Ave, Lexington Ave, Times Square and all the other area’s that were destroyed and will NEVER be able to return? Again we were a city in lockdown!

Retail businesses are only allowed to do curb side or in-store pickup. What that mean is you have to make your purchase online or over the phone and then you can pick it up. Here is what kind of stores are ready.

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Don’t expect Sephora, Ulta Beauty Inc, Coach, Kate Spade, or Stuart Weitzman to open. According to Stuart Applebaum, president of the 60,000-member Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, “most retail workers will remain unemployed. Workers are “frightened” to return to work, which for many requires them to take mass transit.”

Each business that reopens has to follow a set of safety protocols outlined by New York State, otherwise they could be fined.

Hair salons, gyms, and restaurants won’t open until Phase 2, which is likely to happen by July. Yet it seems different rules apply to protestors and looters.

Phase 1 occupancy must be under 50 percent and keep confined spaces to one person only (that means one person at a time on elevators and behind cash registers); employees must be six feet away from each other; limit in-person meetings and doing them in a well-ventilated area with social distancing; provide protective gear like masks for employees; do daily healthcare screenings and constant cleanings; and put up signs and markers to help employees keep their distance.

Visitors must wear a mask, or be deny entry.

The Department of Buildings, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protections and the Department of Small Business Services will start training business owners immediately and will hand out guides with regulations on them. A “restart hotline” will also be available. Agencies will do random inspections and hand out summonses in only egregious circumstances or for repeated violations. Complaints will be done by the Office of Special Enforcement, the mayor said.

The MTA has announced that starting June 8, the same day the city reopens, it will be back to full service with a continuation of cleanings and a requirement that everyone must wear face coverings.

Hand sanitizer dispensers and PPE vending machines will be in stations as well.

The MTA will provide real-time information about how crowded an approaching train or bus is, so riders can make decisions for themselves about whether they want to board, or wait for the next opportunity.

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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