Wednesday - October 05, 2005
DATELINE NEW YORK - The greatest city of ‘em all ... There’s more Italian eateries in the Big Apple than in Rome ... More Greek coffee shops than in Athens ... More Jewish delis than in Tel Aviv ... More Irish pubs than in Dublin ... More Chinese kau kau chopstickeries than in Beijing ... And sushi? Probably New York’s most popular snack. Everybody seems to be eating the Japanese delicacy ... Hotel tip: Don’t try to visit unless you book hotel rooms way, way in advance. Best deals can be found on the Internet ...
Surprised how friendly everyone seems to be ... It’s been years since I last visited. Yet some things never change in New York. The famous Rockettes are still one-two-three kicking up their heels at Radio City Music Hall ... You can’t find a cab when it rains, but you can always get a bagel with cream cheese almost anywhere ... Just a bit of history: Didja know: When the Dutch settlers first came to this island of Manhattan, they made a deal with the Indians who lived here. They purchased the whole place for $24. (It’s said). And some glass beads were thrown in. If the Indians had put that 24 bucks in the Bank of England at compound interest, they would have more than what the entire worth of Manhattan is today ... Coming up for Hawaii’s transplanted New Yawker
Bette Midler: On Oct. 31 she’ll celebrate the 10th ann’y fundraiser for her Manhattan Restoration Project that will (sort of) coincide with the Divine One’s 60th b’day (Dec. 1). It seems like yesterday, this island-born lass took New York by storm when she exploded out of the Continental gay baths to become an overnite superstar and instant icon. And it also seems like yesterday when I saw her in a show at Diamond Head Theatre when she was a teenager and remarked to her mother, “Oh, she has a little talent. Let her go to New York, give it a try and get it out of her system. She’ll be back in a year or so.” ... Shopper’s Paradise: They say if you can’t find it in New York City, they probably don’t make it. Whatever you may be looking for, be prepared to put a big dent in your credit card. There are places where you can bargain - like Canal Street - and buy phoney Rollex watches that look like just the real thing. Street vendors clutter the sidewalks with cut-rate stuff like umbrellas, scarves and belts for 2 bucks each ... And if you’re not a shopaholic, just window gazing is a treat in itself. Amazing, creative displays of merchandise ... A must-not-miss are the great emporiums of food like Zabar’s incredible display of international treats. Unbelievable ... The Belvedere Hotel my wife and I stayed at was the perfect location for show-going, close to Times Square. Here you’ll find the current big hits along with high priced and often hard-to-get tickets. Average tab today for a top B’way hit show is $100 ... Once crime-ridden and shabby, Times Square now has a new face. Cleaned up and sparking. And in the middle of all the activity still stands that famous statue of the legendary great entertainer George M. Cohan of another era, Broadway’s Yankee Doodle Dandy, magnificently portrayed by James Cagney in the film based on Cohan’s life that’s still often enjoyed on late nite TV. Unfortunately, the statue’s head needs a cleanup. It’s loaded with bird kukai ... And, if you’re a little brave and crave an experience, you might try the subways to get around. Fast, cheap and complicated. It’s a unique New York adventure. However, could be dangerous late at nite when muggers and pickpockets go to “work” ... Next week will tell you more about New York and shows along the Great White Way
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