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Times Square Shooting An Eye Opening Account



For each area in Manhattan their is a neighborhood community letter. This was posted on mine as well as some of the comments. New Yorkers need to hear the truth.

From District Leader Marisa Redanty,

Since last summer, after founding the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Action Committee with co chair Holly Anne Devlin, our consistent work with the NYPD, Dept. of Homeless Services and other outreach organizations has been eye opening. My committee along with other neighborhood advocates have learned much about our present situation. We’ve learned that drug dealers both small time and cartel size have taken root in Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen. Besides setting up shop, here they have found ways to infiltrate the shelter system. Along with that disturbing fact, gun trafficking coming from mostly southern states has grown beyond anything seen in recent memory. NYC shootings has gone up by 80% since the same time last year. Last year the percentage was already alarming. The incident in Times Square is disturbing but not surprising to those of us flagging, screaming and pushing to get more protection on the streets through foot patrols, urging the return of undercover police and discussing how we can give NYPD tools to arrest without allowing unchecked police brutality. As it stands, the new laws (Albany) threw out the baby with the bath water. Community Policing is one answer (as you know the 8 for 8 program the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Action Committee and I created was enormously successful) but not the only solution. Latest update: The perpetrator of the Times Square shooting is known to police and an arrest may be very soon. His apartment was successfully searched. However, this is a wake up call. We MUST get more protection for our citizens. I believe State and City Mental Health Hospitals MUST be established and those souls who are troubled should be admitted for at least 14 days.


Thank you for this note. I think that there is a balance between solid policing and civil rights that the city has had trouble implementing throughout the years, but when the danger level rises the way it has over the past year, maintaining law and order is paramount in my opinion, without allowing unchecked police brutality as pointed out in your note. A fine line at certain junctures, but seeing the streets taken over by the organized and unorganized underworld is not just appalling, but dangerous for us who live in this transient environment. Often times the focus is on tourist safety, but many forget that there are those of us who live, shop and generally exist here during good, bad and ugly times. Anything that we can do ourselves to help is great, but nothing works as good as solid attentive police work. …I grew up in the South Bronx in the mid-seventies, and know what the streets are like here in case anyone thinks I’m a transplant from the suburbs (not that there’s anything wrong with that :)) We need to take back our neighborhood for sure.

I don’t get it. I’m a foreigner living here for 4 years and I can’t understand how it’s so obvious people selling drugs in the street and nobody does anything about it.

Its our mayor – The police hate him and why bother if they are going to be on the street a few days later.

Blame the Mayor! When you bused load all criminals into a high class neighborhood and use tax payers money to house them in a plush hotels this is what happens.

This is the least shocking piece of information I’ve ever heard lol OBVIOUSLY criminals live in and have infiltrated groups housed in networks that were artificially created by this idiot mayor without realizing the repercussions to tax paying citizens. Take one look at the crime stats, it is out of control in Manhattan and on the subway. Deblasio and his clown show are useless (and I’m a left leaning voter saying this). Criminals belong in jail, not in 14 day mental stays.(edited)

I’m sorry I agree criminals need to be put away and not just house for a week or two it is gotten way out of hand this is out of control from this stupid mayor and from our stupid governor it has got to stop I have lost a lot of my liberal views and will never getting them back until some of this stuff can be carried out and justified

Perhaps we should fully support the bail reforms from Albany? And as part of those bail conditions NYC judges should state EVERY single person on bail must stay in Albany as part of the bail conditions. Interesting one of the subway slashers was out thanks to bail reform……letting dangerous criminals out means our politicians are quite happy to risk citizens safety………

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:


The Mayor of Times Square Meets One of the World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors



I arrived to a packed lecture room at a Library in South Florida.   This lecture caught my eye weeks prior and I made sure to have it in my calendar.  After all, how many more times will I get a chance to hear a 99 year old survivor tell his remarkable story of inconceivable hell, survival and ultimately impressive success?   What I heard in the room that day was hard to fathom it wasn’t part of a Spielberg movie with some creative liberty thrown in to embellish an already unbelievable true story.  This was the real deal.  A vivid description of hell on earth.  What I couldn’t understand is how did this survivor go on to create a vibrant family and a very successful business career and not be bitter every day of his life?   Equally remarkable is how someone his age could tell a story from 85 years ago as if it happened yesterday and with energy and charisma of someone half his age.  He spoke for 45 minutes without a break.  Little did anyone in the audience know that, just prior to arriving at the Library, he fell and injured himself, making his perseverance in even making it to the Library even more heroic.  This is no ordinary man.   I approached the stage after the lecture, patiently awaited my turn to speak with him and asked if I could interview him for my podcast.  I am pretty sure he knew little to nothing of what a podcast was, but he agreed as you are about to learn why telling his story over and over is his divine mission.

Eli Marcus and Sam Ron

Sam Ron bears personal witness to the greatest atrocity in human history. He is one of the only remaining Holocaust Survivors his age who survived four concentration camps…and a Death March.  He turns 99 in July.  His story is remarkable…and he himself is equally as remarkable.

Here’s what you will learn when listening to this World Exclusive interview on The Motivation Show podcast:

-Where did Sam grow up and what was life like before the Germans invaded his country

-How life changed once the Germans invaded and how long did the changes take

-Why and when did Sam and his family decide to go into hiding and where did he hide

-How did Sam end up in the Krakow Ghetto, how was it different than the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, and what took place in the Ghetto

-When did Sam first realize that the Germans were not just transporting Jews to what they disguised as labor camps, but were actually killing them.

-How many times was Sam transported in cattle cars and what was that like

-Which concentration camps was Sam in & what were they like

-What was life like in the concentration camps and why did they move Sam around to different camps

-What is a Death March, why and how did that happen and how did Sam survive it

-What lessons should listeners take away from Sam’s experience

-What does Never Again mean to Sam and why is it so important for him to share this and other Holocaust lessons

You can listen to this interview on any podcast listening app or use this Spotify link:    WARNING:  This interview is GUARANTEED to move you to tears!!!

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Events In April Bring Easter, Spring and Flowers Galore.



Photograph: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.

Join the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire tradition with the Easter Bonnet Parade on Fifth Avenue. There is also the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden or right at home the flower show at Macy’s. On select Fridays every month, you can enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Until 4/9: Macy’s Flower ShowThe show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements, special events including live music, and kids’ activities.

until 4/23: This is The Orchid Show‘s 20th year. Reconnect with nature while experiencing the picture-perfect beauty of the orchids. On select nights, adults can experience the exhibition through Orchid Nights, with music, cash bars, and food available for purchase.

4/1-30: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, celebrates Japanese culture and the arrival of spring. It features a variety of cultural performances and activities, as well as a small flea market, tea ceremonies, and crafts. The highlight is the magnificent display of cherry blossom trees, with over 200 trees in full bloom. Visitors can admire the pink and white blooms and enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Tickets are usually around $40 for adults, though seniors and students get a reduced rate of $35.

4/7-16th: The New York International Auto ShowThe first new york Auto Show took place in 1900, for over 120 years now they have been sharing what’s new and interesting in the auto industry.

4/9: The Easter Parade starts near St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am. The tradition dates back to the 1870s, where elaborate bonnets and fashion galore is full frontal.

4/9: “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” comes to MoMA.

4/15: The Tartan Day Parade is an NYC tradition that offers attendees a unique way to celebrate and honor Scottish culture. For the 25th year, there will be bagpipes, dancers, and even Scottish dogs marching in the parade. Attendance is free and open to the public. In addition to the parade, expect a whole week of Scottish-themed events and festivities.

4/15: Pillow Fight in the Park at Washington Square Park.

4/15: The New York Restoration Project is giving out 3,500 free trees to New Yorkers across all five boroughs. To get one of the 3,500 free trees that will be given away, register in advance on this website, where you’ll also get to browse through the current list of distribution dates, times and locations.

4/15 and 29: f the likes of udon, yakitori, ramen, and taiyaki make your mouth water, then mark your calendar for Japan Fes in Chelsea. The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is considered a paradise for Japanese foodies and cultural enthusiasts.

4/16: Holi in The City demands food, music, dance, and fun while embracing people and organizations from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

4/22: Earth Day celebrated in NYC with a festive, family-friendly outdoor fair in Union Square. There will be dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, a green-vehicle show, family activities, music, and entertainment. 12-6pm.

4/27: Attend The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

4/27- 30: Antiquarian Book Fair now in its 63rd year, this festival for book collectors at Park Avenue Armory for a full weekend of first editions, maps, manuscripts and other treasures from literary epochs past from nearly 200 exhibitors.


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Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life



Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”

Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo

We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.

Eli Marcus,George Pettignano

Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.

Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more!  George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories

Eli Marcus

Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!

Eli Marcus, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, Errol Rappaport

Errol Rappaport, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Eli Marcus

Steve Garrin, wife, George Pettignano

Colin O’Leary Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Rena Sylvester, Eli Marcus

Colin O’Leary,Rena SylvesterErrol Rappaport

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