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  • Michael Krakovskiy 8:25 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Metropolitan Transportation Authority, , , Sheepshead Bay bridge, Thanksgiving, ,   

    Sandy Aftermath 

    It’s calm. A good time for some meditation.

    The building windows still have the useless tape crosses, some probably still from Irene.

    Tons of sand are removed from the streets

    Beach is where it was not before

    Most of the messed up cars have been towed, but some streets are still full of sand

    Garbage imbedded in fences

    The iconic Shore Hotel sign twisted in the wind

    Nathans is full of water and sand

    Brighton’s old ladies are back on the benches though

    This limo probably spent some time under water

    Dirt marks the high water line

    Brighton beach streets are never particularly tidy, but now businesses have basements full of water

    This cab has seen better days for sure

    The swans are back. I wonder where they went for the storm. The Sheepshead Bay bridge is all jacked up though.

    Getting into Manhattan is a pain in the ass.

    Buses think that they are trains

    Downtown Manhattan is eery – it’s dark and there’s no cell reception. Cops set up flares by the bus route

    Getting back into Brooklyn is even more of a pain. Cops have no idea where the shuttle buses stop saying that they are not MTA, and MTA employees send you in the wrong direction. Streets by the bus routes are lit by road flares. Only the Empire State Building is lit. It’s red – orange – yellow in honor of Thanksgiving.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:46 pm on March 15, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 718-658-7400, classical guitarist, Don Witter, Empress, Haitian Roots Music, , Jaili Kandjia Cissoko, Jamaica, Jamaica Center, Jamaica Center for Art & Learning, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jr., , , Luellen Abdoo, Manze Dayila, Metro, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, , the Underground, , violinist   

    Public Service Announcement: Metro’s Best Concert Series 

    A kind reader alerted me to Metro’s Best series of concerts at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning:

    Saturday afternoons at 3pm
    The “Metro’s Best” series features some of the finest musical performers discovered under the city of New York. All performers in our series are professional musicians who were sanctioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to give New Yorkers a bit of respite during their travels and perform in the subways. Ranging from classical and jazz to world music, these musicians breathe life into New York and radiate its diversity. After fighting our way through the enthralled crowds, we invited them to perform in the Jamaica Center for Art & Learning theatre. “Metro’s Best” is an enchanting series of discovery as musicians of the Underground come to the surface in Jamaica, Queens. Admission: $5. For more information call 718-658-7400.

    Featured Artists include:
    Don Witter, Jr., classical guitarist
    Luellen Abdoo, violinist
    Jaili Kandjia Cissoko, Kora player
    Manze Dayila, Empress of Haitian Roots Music

    Of particular interest is Jaili Kandjia Cissoko. I wrote about him here and here.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:34 am on February 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ballet, , Buzzword, Dance, Danseurs, Helpmann, Jubilee 150 Walkway, Knights Bachelor, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, public transportation, Robert Helpmann   

    Hit By a Bus 

    Higher class of corporate denizens absolutely love metaphors, buzzwords and doublespeak. Corporate conversations are sometimes a bit similar to the way that Mr. Helpmann speaks in the movie Brazil:

    “Bad sportsmanship. A ruthless minority of people seem to have forgotten good old-fashioned virtues. They just can’t stand seeing the other fellow win. If these people would just play the game… “

    “We’re fielding all their strokes, running a lot of them out, and pretty consistently knocking them for six. I’d say they’re nearly out of the game.”

    “All I can say is don’t fall at the last fence. The finishing post’s in sight. See you in the paddock… keep your eye on the ball. ”

    Although Mr. Helpmann only uses sports metaphors, they usually come in a much wider variety as chronicled at jennypeters.com.

    For some reason, public transportation in a form of a bus became a symbol of “quick corporate death” as in “you need to document this project for the “hit by a bus scenario”” or “what if Joe gets hit by a bus tomorrow?”. There’s even an expression “bus number” – a number of key people in a company.

    Yesterday I’ve encountered the actual “hit by a bus” scenario:

    Apparently some old lady got run over by an MTA bus and lost a leg. My favorite cop quote from the incident – “Hey, you better get onto the sidewalk, especially in light of what happened here.”

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