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The so-called “payphone of the future” has come and gone a number of times since the mid-1990s. AT&T’s Public Phone 2000 could be found at most major airports, along with garishly ugly contraptions such as the Atcom/Info Cyberbooth and TouchNet Internet Business Centers. Telco companies large and small produced a wide range of these now… Read more »

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Thanksgiving is a great holiday because anyone can participate in it. It’s a secular tradition that encourages thankfulness and humility. No matter what your background or thoughts about the country’s origins, everyone has something to be Thankful for. Even if your life is miserable and you’re having tough times, someone somewhere has helped you and… Read more »

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Today I’m strumming my instrument and pondering on the oblivious nature of organic acoustic-sound, we’re aware of progressions, keys, chord constructions and musical structure, but the rudimentary nature of sound itself is an independent factor that seems less-absorbed in the musical passage of time. The idea of musicians and non-musicians can attribute the same emotional… Read more »

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My father is one of seven children born and raised in the Bronx. Growing up with many aunts and uncles is great. Aunts and uncles are adults who are not your parents and so they are automatically cool and interesting from the time you are a kid. Being taken to see ‘Little Shop of Horrors’… Read more »

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Hello, I’ve been away from AANY for a awhile. My memoir, “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys tales of a scrappy New York boyhood” was released by YBK Publishers last month and I’ve been doing my best to get the word out. The book covers my first 18 years in the working class neighborhood of Yorkville… Read more »

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Love Letters continues its run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with Alan Alda taking over for Brian Dennehy in the role of Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Candice Bergen following up Carol Burnett as Melissa Gardner. Under the direction of Gregory Mosher the two will continue these roles until December 18th. A star filled lineup… Read more »

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If you have $7,500 burning a hole in your Passbook you might consider Adopting a Bench at Central Park, leaving your more-or-less permanent mark in the city’s most famous outdoor space. Browsing the plaques along Wallach Walk last week I found myself contemplating the rabbit hole of mortality which informed many messages on these benches,… Read more »

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The sense of smell seems to share a common denominator with light and sound, an association with our senses and its ability to travel. Lights velocity is the fundamental constant of the universe with a velocity of over 186,000 miles per second, while sound propagates at over 700 miles per hour. The inner-workings between light… Read more »