Saturday, August 30, 2008

Help-wanted ad for nanny: `My kids are a pain'

NEW YORK (AP) -- It was an unusually honest ad
for a live-in nanny, a 1,000-word tome beginning, "My kids are a pain."
But it worked, attracting a brave soul who's never been a nanny before.

you cannot multitask, or communicate without being passive aggressive,
don't even bother replying," Rebecca Land Soodak, a mother of four on
Manhattan's Upper East Side, wrote Aug. 19 in her advertisement on

"I can be a tad difficult to work for. I'm loud, pushy and while I used to think we paid well, I am no longer sure."

being the age of instant communications, the ad took on a life of its
own, making the rounds of parenting blogs and e-mail inboxes and
inspiring an article in Thursday's New York Times.

a 40-year-old painter whose husband owns a wine store, eventually hired
Christina Wynn, a 25-year-old University of Virginia graduate, to take
care of Rubin, 12; Ellis, 9; and Shay and Cassie, both 6.

made a commitment to stay in the job for at least a year," Wynn told
the Times. "I met the oldest child, but not the others, which my mother
said was crazy - to accept the job without meeting all the kids. So
we'll see." She noted that one of the pluses is that the children are
all in school for several hours each day.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Cops Search for Brooklyn Man Accused of Stealing Parking Meters

Police are looking for a Brooklyn man suspected of stealing 87 parking meters in Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay and Bensonhurst.

Maurice Mizrahi, 34, of Gravesend has been arrested 7 times in
the last year for stealing the coin-operated meters, police said.

No one has ever actually seen him stealing the meters, which are
quite heavy and extremely difficult to remove, according to police. And
yet several of them were actually extracted from the sidewalk
-- poles and all -- which in some cases went two feet deep
into the ground.

A woman, who police believe to be Mizrahi's mother, called 911 on
Wednesday after discovering 19 of them in her house at 2032 East 1st
street in Brooklyn's Gravesend section.

She then called again Thursday to tell police she had found many
more meters in a crawlspace in her home, and police removed the
additional 68 meters from the home Friday morning.

McCain picks Alaska gov as running mate.

McCain Surprises With VP Pick
McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a maverick conservative with
less than two years in office, as his vice presidential running mate
Friday in a startling choice announced before the start of the
Republican National Convention.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Advertise on Home Sales Increased 3.1% in July

Home Sales Increased 3.1% in July

The respite for the housing slump came as falling
prices appeared to lure more buyers into the market, but the number of
homes for sale increased significantly.

Web Audience for Games Soars for NBC and Yahoo

Web Audience for Games Soars for NBC and Yahoo

The extent to which the Internet served as a
supplement to television was unprecedented, and there were two clear
winners: NBC’s Web site and Yahoo’s Olympics section.

Kennedy, Michelle Obama rally Dems at convention

'Barack Will Be Extraordinary'
Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National
Convention Monday night, stressing her husband's values and belief in
the American dream, and the fact that she believes he'll be an
extraordinary president.

Friday, August 22, 2008


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - An analysis of recent earthquake activity
around New York City has found that many small faults that were
believed to be inactive could contribute to a major, disastrous

The study also finds that a line of seismic activity stretching
from Stamford, Conn., to Peekskill comes within two miles of the Indian
Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan. Another fault line near the
plant was already known, so the findings suggest Indian Point is at an
intersection of faults.

The study's authors, who work at Columbia University's
Lamont-Doherty Observatory in Palisades, acknowledge that the biggest
earthquakes - in the 6 or 7 magnitude range - are rare in the New York
City region. They say a quake of magnitude 7 probably comes about every
3,400 years.

But they note that no one knows when the last one hit, and because
of the population density and the concentration of buildings and
financial assets, many lives and hundreds of billions of dollars are at

Co-author Leonardo Seeber said in an interview that although the
metropolitan area does not have a single great fault like the San
Andreas fault in California, "Not having a major fault is not a reason
not to worry about earthquakes."

"Instead of having a single major fault or a few major faults, we
tend to have a lot of very minor and sort of subtle faults," he said.
"It's a family of faults, and that can contribute to the severity of an

John Ebel, director of seismology at Boston College's Weston
Observatory, said he agreed with the study's finding that small faults
can contribute to large earthquakes. "A quake can jump from one fault
to another," he said.

The study, published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society
of America, analyzed 383 known earthquakes over the past 330 years in
or near New York City. The biggest were three that reached magnitude 5
in 1737, 1783 and 1884.

Data on earthquakes since the early 1970s, when Lamont deployed
dozens of new detectors, enabled the authors to see patterns from
smaller quakes, including the magnitude 4.1 quake that was centered on
Ardsley, in Westchester County, in 1985.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Patsy's Celebrates Anniversary with 1933 Prices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hurry to Patsy's Restaurant in East Harlem as it celebrates its 75th anniversary with 1933 prices.

The offer is good all day Tuesday.

A 12-ounce New York cut steak and grilled salmon are going for 90
cents, a slice of pizza for 60 cents, and most beverages are 10 cents.

The dining room was packed, of course and people were lined up around the block to take advantage of the huge discounts.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Two-Headed Turtle Stolen from Brooklyn

Two-Headed Turtle Snatched from Pet Store
A reward is being offered for the safe return of a two-headed turtle that was stolen from a Brooklyn pet store on Sunday.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Methadone Rises as a Painkiller With Big Risks

Methadone Rises as a Painkiller With Risks

Methadone, once used mainly in addiction treatment
centers, is now more widely prescribed, and it is the fastest growing
cause of narcotic deaths.

In Beijing, Phelps Does What He Came to Do

Phelps’s Epic Journey Ends in Perfection
Doug Mills/The New York Times

The United States' team, from left, Jason Lezak, Michael Phelps, Aaron
Peirsol and Brendan Hansen celebrate winning the gold medal after the
men's 4x100-meter medley relay final.

The 4x100-meter medley relay team broke the world record to help Michael Phelps make history.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

'Golden Boy' Michael Phelps Ties Spitz Record

Michael Phelps Swims to Seventh Heaven
Golden Boy, right, tied Mark Spitz's 1972 record with his seventh gold
medal Saturday after coming from behind for a fingertip victory.
He goes for number 8 and the record tonight in the 4x100 medley

Friday, August 15, 2008



Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Too Much Security?

Too Much Security?
New York City Police Department's security plan for the rebuilt World
Trade Center site has many downtown businesses asking, "How much
security is too much?" 'Operation Sentinel' is the department's plan to
have the 16-acre site sealed off and secured by 2010 with measures
including check points on street corners for screening pedestrians and
underground bomb screening centers for delivery trucks.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Disney Store on Manhattan's 5th Avenue Is Closing

-- The Walt Disney Co. plans to close its World of Disney store on
Manhattan's Fifth Avenue when the lease expires in 2010 and replace it
with a smaller store elsewhere in the borough.

Spokesman Gary Foster says the company behind such lovable
characters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh and the
``Toy Story'' and ``High School Musical'' movies is scouting locations
for the new store.

World of Disney stores like the one on Fifth Avenue near St.
Patrick's Cathedral are operated by Disney's parks and resorts division
and are bigger than the chain stores operated by the consumer products
division. The new store will be part of the chain.

The Disney stores sell products including toys, clothes and games.

Disney used to operate a store in Times Square.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Report: NYC Has Failed to Reduce Homelessness

Mayor's Homeless Plan Flops
Michael Bloomberg is failing at his goal to reduce the homeless
population by two-thirds before he leaves office next year, according
to a report released Thursday which said the number of homeless
families in city shelters has actually increased.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Hundreds remember Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer in stirring tribute

Gotti Arrested in Murder Conspiracy

JetBlue Readies New Post-9/11 Terminal at JFK

It's Now 'I Love Upstate New York'

New York State is reviving the ``I Love New York'' campaign to help boost tourism to upstate New York.

Tourism officials will announce 15 finalists in the state's first
``I Love New York'' film contest on Thursday. Filmmakers produced
60-second films on why they love the state.

Comedian and actress Tina Fey and Academy Award-winning actor Philip
Seymour Hoffman are part of a panel that will pick a winner. The grand
prize is a weekend getaway package in New York state.

The winner will be announced at Independent Film Week in New York
City in September. The winner's film will appear in a commercial during
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast.

The ``I Love New York'' campaign originally helped increase tourism to New York City in the late 1970s.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Study: Retail Chains Populate NYC

A new study says the number of national retail chain stores in New York City is growing.

The Center for an Urban Future counted nearly 7,000 national chain stores in the five boroughs.

The non-partisan think tank says that's more than the city had five to 10 years ago.

It says some parts of the city, particularly Manhattan, are ``oversaturated'' by chains.

Dunkin' Donuts topped the study's list with 341 stores. Subway
sandwich shops ranked second with 335 restaurants, followed by
McDonald's, Starbucks, and Duane Reade.

Manhattan has the most chains: 2,352. Manhattan's most popular? Starbucks, with 186 stores.

Critics have complained big retailers are forcing mom-and-pop stores out and stripping neighborhoods of their unique character.

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