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Dogs do not always live up to their reputation as ‘man’s best friend’. Sometimes, a dog can, without justification, turn on people, other dogs, or farm animals and injure them. Other times, an innocent one can push people over during play resulting in injuries.

Either way, the injured parties will often seek redress in a court of law expecting the dog’s owner to take liability for his or her pet’s actions. While this is likely to happen in the rest of the US, the same cannot be said of the State of New York.

New York Law on the Legal Liability of Dog Owners

According to New York’ Agriculture and Markets Law, owners of “dangerous dogs” must pay for the medical costs of treating a dog bite inflicted by their pet. The law defines a dangerous dog as one that attacks people or other animals without justification resulting in death or injury.

The dog also behaves in a manner that poses the threat of physical injury or death to a person. Finally, it attacks hearing dogs, service dogs, and guide dogs without justification.

The Vicious Propensities Doctrine

To get more than the medical costs associated with a dog bite from a dangerous dog, you must go a step further. You must establish that the owner of the dangerous dog knew of its “vicious propensities”. This is the propensity to act in a manner that endangers the safety of people or property. The owner must have noticed that the dog growls, bares its teeth, or snaps at people even if it has never attacked anyone. He or she must have also restrained it as a result of its actions.

This necessity to establish an animal’s vicious propensity before an owner takes strict liability for its actions is what sets New York’s law apart from the rest of the nation. Dating back to 1816, this curious statute is still in effect 200 years later.

What About Guard Dogs?

The law also applies to guard dogs. Owning a guard dog does not imply that you know of its vicious propensities even if you keep it confined or chained, or if it barks at people. In the same light, owning an animal without these propensities does not shield you from liability. For instance, you may own a docile dog that has a propensity to jump on people. If you are aware of this fact, and it jumps on people and injures them, then you are held liable for its actions.

Scavetta Vs Wechsler

A recent court case in New York, which made it all the way to the New York Appeals Court, highlighted this law on pet owner’s liability. On March 2014, 85 year-old Stuart Wechsler tied Kenny, his golden retriever, to a bike rack outside a pizzeria. He, however, failed to notice that the rack was not securely fastened to the sidewalk.

As Stuart entered the pizzeria, the rack made a scraping noise and spooked Kenny. The frightened pooch then bolted down the street, dragging the rack behind him. Wechsler heard the racket and ran after his retriever but could not catch him. The dog darted past George Scavetta, 41, who was walking in the opposite direction, and hid under a nearby car.

Wanting to help the distressed animal, Scavetta approached it to free it. But Kenny took off again. The rack caught one of Scavetta’s legs, spinning him in the air before he landed on his back with a fractured leg. He was rushed to the nearby Mt Sinai Hospital for treatment. It would take Wechsler two hours to trace his dog several blocks away.

On leaving the hospital, Scavetta sued. He argued that Wechsler should have known better than to tie a dog to a flimsy bicycle rack. This action, he claimed, created a dangerous situation. A lower court, and then an appeals court, threw out the case because Scavetta could not prove that the dog had vicious propensities.

Although Wechsler was careless in tying his dog to a flimsy rack, this fact was deemed to be irrelevant to the case. Under New York law, pet owners cannot be sued for negligence when their pets cause injuries. If the case was in another state, say, Texas, any San Antonio personal injury attorney would have seen to it that Wechsler paid his dues.

Conclusion

In dismissing Scavetta’s suit, the five-judge panel of the appeals court had a lot to say on the matter. It claimed that New York’s law on pet owner’s liability was contrary to common sense and fairness. The judges also regarded it as rigid and archaic. Yes, Wechsler was negligent in tying his dog to the insecurely fastened rack. But he walked because in New York, the suit could only be about strict liability and not negligence.

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Boomerang at Bryant Park Movie Nights Presented by Paramount+

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On Monday June 24 watch the star studded 90’s romcom: Boomerang. Join hundreds of New Yorkers at 8PM to revisit and enjoy this stylish and nostalgic NYC film classic, and follow the love triangle of the charming Marcus Graham (Eddie Murphy), Jacqueline (Robin Givens)  and Angela (Halle Berry) under the starry open skies of NYC.

This heartwarming feature film is great for a summer date night and will be sure to leave you laughing and smiling. So, bring a cozy blanket, some snacks and hit up the Hester Street Fair for some local food and drinks to enjoy! Hester Street Fair is now bringing the city’s best vendors to the Fountain Terrace each week, from 4pm-8:30pm, to make your Movie Nights picnic the most delicious it can be . Starting at 5pm, stop by our bar tent at the back of the lawn for summer-ready drinks, featuring special offerings from Stout NYC.

Forgot a blanket? Stop by the Bryant Park Shop for a cute blanket, apparel, games, our apiary honey, and more!

For more information on Paramount+ Movie Nights at Bryant Park and all of the free programming at Bryant Park this summer, visit bryantpark.org.

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Can First Graders Mount a Broadway Musical And Raise Money for Charity?  Yes, They Can For Marin Mazzie

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New York City’s Midtown West School/PS 212’s First Grade Theatre Study program continues their tradition of creativity, collaboration, and philanthropy, this year benefiting the Cancer Support Community in memory of Tony winner and American Theater Hall of Fame inductee Marin Mazzie.

This astonishing group of first graders from Midtown West School/PS 212 and their teachers Bryan Andes and Rowena Hurst who, this year, produced an original musical version of The Little Mermaid with a score made up of Flaherty/Ahrens songs while raising funds to honor the memory of beloved Broadway legend Marin Mazzie, who died of ovarian cancer in 2018.

Developed by Andes in 2005, the First Grade Theatre Study (the Study) was created as a way to help students develop a deeper understanding of how people work together to create theater. Using a social studies lens, the two-year program looks at the entire process of how a show comes together – from the creation of a script to the running of a live musical, and every step in between.

The Study begins in kindergarten with an immersive study of fairy tales. Students learn about tales from around the world and how different cultures retell these stories in distinctive ways. Then, beginning in first grade, students engage in the research process. They meet with directors, designers, stagehands, front-of-house workers, wardrobe workers, advertising executives, and actors to gather information about each theater job.

In the winter, the students start writing an original fairy tale script, curating a score, designing advertisements and playbill covers, and deciding which job they will carry out for the production. The students go on to build set models, design costumes, sell tickets, choreograph dances, rehearse their lines, and more.

“Given our location near the heart of the theater district, the Study is also about connecting our school community with the theater community,” Andes said. “Since so many members of the theater community, across all areas of the profession, donate their time to visit our school or host us at the theater to teach us about their jobs, fundraising for a charity with links to Broadway is our way of giving back and saying thank you.”

The beneficiary for the 2024 production is the Cancer Support Community (CSC), a global nonprofit that uplifts and strengthens people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities, and breaking down barriers to care. CSC’s services and resources are available at nearly 200 Cancer Support Community, Gilda’s Club, and healthcare partner locations as well as online and over the phone. Mazzie was a fierce supporter of CSC and actively advanced its mission to support people living with cancer and their loved ones. Her husband, Broadway star Jason Danieley, continues to be a champion for CSC and a resolute advocate for cancer patients and caregivers.

Members of CSC’s senior leadership, including Karen Costello, MSS, LSW, OSW-C, a licensed social worker and the Senior Director of CSC’s Cancer Support Helpline, spoke to the students this spring about the organization’s mission, answered their questions about cancer, shared how Mazzie advocated for patients, and told them how their fundraising will help people, including children, impacted by or coping with a cancer diagnosis.

Giving back is an important component of the First Grade Theatre Study program, with prior beneficiaries including The Actor’s Fund, Broadway Barks, BCEFA (Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS), and Covenant House. This year, in addition to raising money through ticket sales, the students are creating a vertical garden of sunflowers, Mazzie’s favorite flower. Handmade by the students, the 400 flowers, priced at $5 each, have already sold out. Their generosity and creativity do not end there. The students are also writing positive messages that will be placed in an affirmation jar to encourage patients, caregivers, and other participants at CSC’s nearby network partner, Cancer Support Community Greater New York and Connecticut.

On June 25, the first graders will present their original musical in a special afternoon event that includes both a museum and film documenting the journey and the live performance (complete with an 13-piece orchestra made up of Local 802 musicians, parent volunteers, and teachers).

“We are simply overwhelmed by the effort and generosity of this group of children,” CSC CEO Sally Werner commented. “The creativity, attention to detail, and curiosity they have shown in putting together this musical and fundraiser are outstanding. They are fortunate to have Bryan Andes and Rowena Hurst as their teachers whose dedication to creating a positive, life-changing experience and commitment to “paying it forward” by including a philanthropic and service component are stellar. We are honored to have been selected as their 2024 beneficiary.”

To support the students’ fundraising effort, go to:  https://bit.ly/2024mazziefundraiser

The Cancer Support Community is a global nonprofit that uplifts and strengthens people impacted by cancer. We are dedicated to fostering a community where people find connection, compassion, and knowledge. We provide professionally led support and navigation services, along with social connections and award-winning education — when, where, and how impacted individuals prefer throughout their cancer experience. These resources are available at nearly 200 Cancer Support Community, Gilda’s Club, and healthcare partner locations as well as online and over the phone — all at no cost. We amplify the voices of those impacted by cancer through research and advocacy and create solutions that break down barriers to care and close the healthcare gap for communities whose members are disproportionately affected by cancer.

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I Took a Trip on a Train …. 

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And not just any train, but one of two cars from the original 20th Century Limited, the World’s Most Famous Train. It was truly a step back in time sitting in the newly and lovingly restored Hickory Creek car, which once transported the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra to Hollywood.   

We departed from the magnificent Moynihan Train Hall after enjoying a mid-morning nosh in the exclusive lounge and then walked a red carpet to our car. (The notion of a red carpet actually originated with the 20th Century Ltd.) There were two cars remaining from the original, and both were cozy and comfortable. Once settled, refreshments were offered, and we began the journey up the Hudson River to Albany. I don’t believe it unfair to say that most of us take the Hudson River for granted—it’s there, separating us from New Jersey. But not long after we left the familiar territory of Manhattan, we began to see the river from a different perspective. Sometimes it’s wide, other times not so much, with small islands popping up. There was enough green on the trees to be a pleasant break from the grey of the city, and congenial fellow passengers for pleasant conversation. Before we knew it, lunch was served, and quite an excellent one too, given that it came from the tiniest kitchen I’ve even seen. A beet salad with pecans, Beef Bourguignon, and finally a lovely slice of cheesecake with raspberry sauce was beyond my expectation. 

Throughout the trip, our jovial host, Lou, dropped in to assure everyone’s comfort and to give us a bit of history on the train. Music from the era was just discernable and added to the time-travelling mood.    

A stop in Albany midway through the journey enabled the train to turn around to take us back and to give us all a chance to stretch our legs and see a bit of the state capital. The sun was descending as we passed the familiar sites of West Point and Tappan Zee Bridge, and before long we were back, refreshed and rejuvenated. Beverages and nibbles were served, just as they surely were when Marilyn and other luminaries traversed the country heading for Hollywood.     

Every effort was made by the staff to make this trip memorable for all of us. The afternoon offerings included lovely canapes with a tulip crafted from a tomato and chives—you must see it to believe it!   

And this experience can be yours, brought about by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ.!  Check them out at URHS.org and HudsonRiverRail.com to see the many ways you can enjoy this luxurious experience. This was a day trip, but overnight trips to and from Chicago are also available. It was a spa day for the mind and spirit! 

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Hamptons Fashion Week Keeps Getting Hauter So Save The Date

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Hamptons Fashion Week®, is the premier fashion event in the Hamptons! On July 26th-27th, 2024, join us at the luxurious Summer Series and an unforgettable experience. With over multiple designer shows, runways, luxury brands and exhibitor spaces during Hamptons Super Saturday®, Hamptons Swim Week® with a range of exciting activations, this is the must-attend event of the year.

At Hamptons Fashion Week®, leading fashion designers, entertainment, and productions are all under one roof, creating a truly immersive and transformative experience. You’ll have the opportunity to rub shoulders with industry professionals, fashion designers, models, and more, all while experiencing the latest trends in fashion.

From panel discussions and product demonstrations to social events such as industry mixers, after parties, lifestyle events and more! Guests will have access to exclusive, on-site hospitality, unmatched insider extras, and more, making this a truly coveted invitation.

Reserve your access now to receive one of fashion’s most coveted invites and be a part of the best touring fashion hampton experience of the year. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the transformation of the fashion industry. Join us at Hamptons Swim Week® presented by Hamptons Fashion Week® Summer Series and Experience 2024!

Hamptons Fashion Week announced that it will feature Alice & Olivia and Michelle Farmer as their award recipients at Hampton’s Fashion Week Retail Of The Year Award Show on July 26th VIP Reception. Event coverage will be brought to you by E! News!, Bella Magazine, Dans Paper, Hamptons.com, Vogue  and other major influencers! There will also be a swim Week Runway Showcase by Johnny Was

 
This year, Celebrity, Hollywood Stylist & Designer Phillip Bloch will be receiving the Style Icon of The Year Award , July 27th during the program and show 6pm-10pm
 
Shop our latest brands at theHamptons Fashion Week Online Marketplace!
 
You need tickets so click here. Security will be super tight for this event. So if you don’t have a ticket there is no entrance.

VIP Tickets $500 include:

Swag Bag-Valued at $500{One Per Person]

Seating

Access to ALL 3 Events!

July 26th, 6=10pm, Vip Launch Party-Drinks , Bites & Entertainment. The cocktail reception is from 6pm to 8:30pm 

July 27th, Drinks, Bites , Entertainment plus Hamptons Fashion Week Fashion Show Debut in Westhampton. The cocktail reception is from 6pm to 8:30p and After Party.Double check on the List below

VIP Restaurant Sponsors:

Justin Chop Shop

Rouge Kitchens

The Cottage On The Hamlet

Sobol

Centro

Mill Road Seafood

Fruit King

North Fork Chocolate Company

Honest Plate Chef Nicolas

Mary’s Pizza And Pasta

Tonino’s Pizza

Buoy One

Jerri’s Cakery & Confections

Daphne’s Westhampton Beach

Insatiable Eats

Vern Restaurant And Bar

VIP Spirit Sponsors

William Grant And Sons

Votto Vines Importing

Hamptons Wine Shoppe

Handlebar

British Ginger T

Monkey In Pardise

Elbuhl Mezcal

Twin Stills Moonshine

Blue Nextar

Penelope Bourbon

Westhampton Beach Brewing

Twin Stills Moonshine

Fort Hamilton Distillery

Kleos Mastiha Spirits

Beau Joie Rose Champange

Cantera Negra Tequila

Bay Gin

Twisted Cow Distillery

Series 19 Wheat Vodka

Series 19 Rye Vodka

Series 19 Jalapeno Vodka

Dune Drifter Agave Spirit

Spy Ring Rum Raisin

Drinksouthside

 

 

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A Toast to a Sparkling Fourth of July

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Fourth of July is just around the corner. Get ready to get your red, white and rosé on with these excellent selections. Your holiday will simply sparkle with these spectacular sip selections.

For a perfect start to your holiday luncheon and to kick off the holiday in a refreshing way try Mingle Mocktails Sparkling Raspberry Rosé.

This is a sparkling rosé in a pretty can option suitable for anyone whether you drink alcohol or not. We adore the bright bubbles that fizz out delicious notes of raspberry. Crisp and dry, it hits your senses perfectly and lingers with just a hint of sweetness on an end note. It is a wonderful drink to have as you start to talk to guests arriving for a wonderful day of holiday festivities.

For a sophisticated sip that will make you blush with wonderful joy try Minuty Prestige Rosé.

Minuty Prestige wines have been showcasing the terroirs of Provence for over 25 years. Subtle finesse comes with this crystal-clear cuvée with a delicate nose. This cuvée was born over 25 years ago out of Jean-Etienne and François Matton’s desire to offer a wide audience of Provence rosé lovers a wine combining aromatic expression and lightness on the palate with a thorough mastery of Provence’s terroirs.

We adore this breathtaking selection that delicately hits your senses with a smooth balance that bears a hint of bright reflection to add to your day. A perfect choice for the sun set before the fireworks.

For the perfect drink to have with the holiday bbq and when the fireworks pop in the sky try Cloudy Bay 2023 Sauvignon Blanc.

The color reflects perfectly with the fireworks illuminating over you as you sip on this gorgeous wine that speaks to you in grand voice with notes of juicy citrus.  Your pairing with your festive meal will be matched by the capricious and grateful attitude for all the party guests that surround you. We love the way it helps you see the night in a whole new beautiful way.

Here is to your own magical Fourth of July holiday with these incredible sips.

 

Cover art by Alondra Olivas on Unsplash

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