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Ruminations on Stay At Home by Steve Guttenberg



The birds in the backyard don’t know about corona virus. We have this one little guy who keeps tapping at our kitchen window, wanting to get in. It’s gone on for a month. He doesn’t know about the corona. Neither does the cat next door. Or any of the bugs starting to buzz around the orange blossoms. But they live in a different world than us. No rat race, no questions about who has the more righteous this or that, whose kids go to which school and achieve this or the proverbial that. They just get their chores done. And all that has changed for us sophisticated humans.

I’m an actor used to having long stretches at home, but even my wife and I are noticing we are home alot. Mostly. Like everyone. Home. Has this ever happened before? Maybe in a sci fi movie. A Twilight Zone. A Star Trek. An Outer Limits. The world has stopped. It is in pause. Like one of those stop action commercials where only the lead actor moves, everyone else is frozen. So what do I see. The television. We aren’t fiction television watchers. We love the talk shows, the news, and 60 Minutes. But now the TV is on all day, all night. We ping pong between CNN and FOX, and then slide to MSNBC. They are slick and on it. But the more you watch, actually didn’t take long, to see the skew toward the ideals that each group protects. I remember when CNN, created by Ted Turner was a real news station. It was the first 24 hour news, what? You mean the tv doesn’t go off at midnight with the National Anthem ? TV all night? It was news. News. No offense CNN, but no opinions. Very few. Now, you too Fox and CNBC, opinions. It’s dizzying if you pay attention.

My wife wants “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory”, I want that Don Lemon, and Sean Hannity, with a little Rachel Maddow on the side. Who do we believe? Then we have Governor Cuomo whom I’m addicted to and am a fan of shooting back and forth on facts and is doing his grittiest to steer N.Y. clear of the rocks. And the main show is the everyday press conferences of President Trump and Fauci and the White House leaders. I don’t mean to belittle it calling it a show. There are days when I like, hate, believe, don’t believe, pay attention, don’t pay attention. Get scared. Be still. And the President is our President, makes no sense to sling arrows at him now. It’s time to help him fix his truck. After that you can sit and tell him your viewpoint, Now we have to fix this truck. Mike Pence has proven to be in charge of his regiment and involved. Before this I didn’t know him and Fauci, just a sincere, smart man who empathizes. And the dow numbers dance on while you watch. Up, down, on, off. Ping ponging between the three stations. No time for local news now. My Cousin Mark in N. Carolina swears by Lester Holt, I’ve started to listen to his show the day after, on podcast. Techy me.

I believe everyone, and still think there are facts we aren’t getting. The footage from N.Y. is shattering. My friend Joe’s nephew Antonio is a physicians’ assistant at Mt. Sinai, and is overwhelmed. He is in the ER, and neurosurgery. His sister Giordana ia a nurse at Sloan K, and just got the virus. She has a slight fever and is home. The hospital wants her back at work next week. Her parents want her home. My friend from high school Gary , an anesthesiologist, contracted it. He said it was a rough few weeks. My next door neighbor Mark might have it. We are waiting on test results. Another friend Michael, from my old neighborhood has had a fever for weeks. We are praying it goes down. I ask people, the ones I see on the street on a walk if they know anyone who has it. Most say no.

WCBS Emily Smith and husband Steve Guttenberg wedding day. (

Before the virus. Remember before the virus? The world was spinning pretty fast. It was hard to keep up. So much going on. So much to stay aware of. The market was blazing, the world was buying, the party was on. And stop. Like a needle on a record. Abrupt stop. My wife and I beat the rush to get canned goods. We stocked up on Dinty Moore stew and pasta. Bread and frozen veggies. And like a wave it rolled in. Was it someone on one of the stations who said a month ago we were talking about Biden in S.Carolina?

And now we are home. And you can get anyone on the phone now. They are all home, all your friends, all your family, all your colleagues. And I’ve talked to people I love to talk to, but don’t. And we are now. Everyone is hurting, everyone is trying to make sense. Adjust, get those disciplined minds into a productive home life during the corona. Cleaning out those drawers. Learning that guitar you always wanted to learn. Reading that article or book or old cards and letters. Organizing old photos. sending texts and jokes and news. And video with doctors, and friends smartly warning us of Advil, which is not good for corona. Don’t take it. And we get down, and moody, and irritated. But I’m learning, (my wife might think otherwise,) but I’m learning to listen, and to communicate a little better. A little, I’m sure my wife would say. But I think I’m listening to her bit more.

The concept of business growth The use of the regeneration of trees.

I’m waiting, I’m a bit, maybe more than a bit, attentive. Today the stories on tv made me upset, and in my alone time I hung my head. But I picked it up. It’s the only manner to fight this enemy is to look up. My ears are filled with the tv, my eyes are filled with what I imagine, and my soul is full of hope. Please G-d hope.

Steve Guttenberg


Happy Birthday, Grand Central!



Today, Wednesday, February 2nd, is Grand Central Terminal’s 109th birthday, and the shops are helping them celebrate. Visit the below stores and eateries in Grand Central to take advantage of one-day-only deals* that either celebrate Grand Central’s age (109 years) or our birthday (1913)!

Café Grumpy: 8oz drip coffee is $1.09
Central Cellars: bottle of Banshee Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2019 or O.P.P. Other People Pinot Noir is $19.13 each
Doughnut Plant: Grand Central–exclusive GCT mini doughnuts are $1.09 each
Grand Central Watch: 18mm nylon straps (in various colors) are $1.09 each
Li-Lac Chocolates: a 9-piece truffle box is $19.13, and caramel squares are $1.09 each
Pescatore Seafood Company: jumbo lump crab cakes are $19.13 for 2 pieces
Spices and Tease: Indian spice trio – 1 pouch of Madras curry, 1 pouch of turmeric, and 1 pouch of Garam Masala – is $10.90

Grand Central Terminal’s construction lasted for ten years (from 1903 – 1913). The building was designed by a Francophile architect named Whitney Warren, who wanted to bring a whole lot of Parisian flair to New York City with his Beaux-Arts style.

Did you know 750,000 people pass through the station every day. That’s almost half the current population of Manhattan. The space occupies 48 acres.

The station has very few stairs, relying on a network of ramps. There are 2,500 stars painted on the ceiling; roughly sixty electric bulbs add to the twinkling effect of the stars. The constellations, with the exception of Orion, are painted backwards. The star-spangled ceiling  is 125 feet high.

During the filming of a scene in The Fisher King (1991), 400 extras waltzed around the main concourse from the evening until the first trains arrived at 5:30 the following morning.

Grand Central is the setting for the opening scenes of Gossip Girl.

In Alfred Hitchcock’s classic North by Northwest, Cary Grant makes an amazing escape through the terminal. Like The Fisher King, this scene was filmed at night to prevent disruptions to train service.

In Superman (1978), Clark Kent battles Lex Luthor, whose hideout is located under the terminal.

At the very end of Francis Ford Coppola’s Cotton Club, Richard Gere and Diane Lane escape their mobster lives through Grand Central.

Fire Power, starring Sophia Loren, was also filmed in Grand Central.


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Happy Chanukah or is it Hanukkah? Day 1



Tonight Chanukah starts at sundown. The word Hanukkah means ‘rededication’ and commemorates the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom when, according to legend, the leaders of a Jewish rebel army called the Maccabees rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BC (BCE).King Antiochus had taken over the Second Temple in Jerusalem and soon after ordered an altar to Zeus to be erected. Judaism was prohibited, circumcision was banned and pigs were ordered to be sacrificed at the altar.The Jewish rebellion that followed was led by Judah Maccabee, (or Y’hudhah HaMakabi, meaning “Judah the Hammer”).The uprising spanned three years until the Maccabees gained control of Jerusalem.They wanted to rededicate the desecrated temple, but could find only one container of the sacred oil they needed which had the seal of the high priest still intact.Judaism’s central text the Talmud, dictates only pure olive oil with the seal of the high priest can be used for the Hanukkah. The candelabrum is required to burn throughout the night every night but although there was only enough oil for one day, the candles miraculously stayed alight for eight days – the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of kosher oil for the menorah. This event became known as ‘the miracle of the oil’ and is now marked  with an eight-day festiva


Is it Chanukah or Hanukkah? In Hebrew, Hanukkah is pronounced with the letter ‘chet’. The letter “H” makes the closest sound. So both names work.

We here at T2C wish you a holiday of lights, hope and health.

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Get Ready for NYC Hotel Week & Fourth Annual NYC Winter Outing



Get ready for something big in the Big Apple!

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and NYC & Company has officially launched NYC Hotel Week with the start of reservations available at

“I am thrilled to announce the return of NYC Hotel Week, offering deals of a lifetime to an array of hotels across the City,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “NYC Hotel Week kicks off the start of NYC & Company’s NYC Winter Outing Program, combining NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week, NYC Must-See Week, and NYC Hotel Week. Whether you want to catch one of our world-class attractions, dine at the finest restaurants or unwind at our luxurious hotels, New York City has it all right here in our backyard, across all five boroughs. Our city is open for reservations, so book yours today!”

Returning for its second year, NYC Hotel Week will run from January 3 through February 12, 2023, offering 23% savings off standard room rates at more than 140 hotels across all five boroughs, with additional properties expected to join.

Presented by preferred payment partner Mastercard, NYC Hotel Week 2023 participating hotels include Hard Rock Hotel New York; Lotte New York Palace; The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel; The Hoxton, Williamsburg; The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue; New York Marriott Marquis; The William Vale; Radio Hotel; The Opera House Hotel, The Rockaway Hotel; Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island and more.

“NYC Hotel Week offers the best values of the year for travelers looking to visit the five boroughs or for New Yorkers treating themselves to staycations,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company.”

Hard Rock Hotel New York

The start of NYC Hotel Week reservations marks the countdown to the return of NYC Winter Outing, NYC & Company’s annual citywide value program. NYC Winter Outing, now in its fourth year, celebrates the City’s winter season with offers from NYC & Company’s signature programs: NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week, NYC Must-See Week, and for the second year, NYC Hotel Week. NYC Winter Outing, which will run from January 17 through February 12, 2023, will combine deals across all five boroughs on dining, Broadway shows, attractions, museums, tours, performing arts and hotels. Bookings for NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week and NYC Must-See Week will open to the general public on January 10 at

New York City – there is simply no where better to be in the world!



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Sex Hotel Up For Sale



“I used to have this girlfriend known as Elsie
With whom I shared for sordid rooms in Chelsea
She wasn’t what you’d call a blushing flower
As a matter of fact she rented by the hour”

They advertise that “For more than 40 years, Liberty Inn has been the destination for New York City couples seeking an intimate yet vibrant setting where they can lose themselves in love. You won’t find any resemblance here to the traditional image of by-the-hour hotels. Even more important – you won’t find that boring sameness of standard hotel rooms. Instead you’ll find modern, lively, colorful rooms filled with lots of features that are tailor-made for romance. Whether it’s for a few hours or an overnight stay, our rooms are unique, with an romantic atmosphere that leads to those moments of playfulness, tenderness and passion.

Liberty Inn, located at 51 10th Ave., (between 13th and 14th streets) is now for sale, ofr more than $20 million according to The New York Times.

Expect lip-shaped headboards, fancy sex chairs, and rates for two and six-hour stays ($95 and $155).

An overnight stay costs  $200-$250, depending on the room.

The owner told the NYT it was harder to keep a place like an hourly hotel in a neighborhood that has become more and more expensive.

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Looking For Artists To Be A Part of a New Book on Child Abuse



32 years ago I wrote a book on child abuse called “A Child’s Heart.” The purpose was to raise funding to make and give teaching tapes to judges and change laws. Did you know in 98% of cases, the person who reports the abuse loses their child to the abuser. It’s true!
I forgot about the book until my friend told me about her friend who reported the abuse of her child to the courts, lost her child to the husband, who then killed the child.
Did you know the national statistics are are 1 in 3 females and 1 in 4 males have been abused? Imagine the voices to be heard if they were not silenced.
I am looking for 23 to 28 artists to participate. The criteria is you must have been abused. Age, sex, gender is unimportant. I am especially looking for 4 children to participate. Each person will illustrate a line in the story and have a chance to tell their story. I had all the artists, but it has been a long time and sadly we lost track of each other.
If you would like to become a part of this project message me at and I will get back to you ASAP.
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