FROM SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
New York, New York... A City in Heat
NEW YORK, Aug 1, 2006 - I got here yesterday, dreading the oppressive humidity in the city that never sleeps. The heat wave is just as advertised. The temps are hovering around 99F (over 37C). The heat index 112F. Which makes New York at the moment a "city in heat." J And another reason for no sleep.
But that does not stop anyone from having fun, including yours truly. Take a look at this shot, for example, of a medical clinic, taken just west of Queensborough Bridge...
How would you like to have a name like this Karen Horney? You meet a guy and say, "Hi, I am Karen Horney." "Are you now?" may be a likely response. J There is probably an infinite number of other funny pokes like that this Ms. Horney could share with us. Alas, she never had a chance. I was just passing by in a car...
Elsewhere in the city, The Plaza is seen here getting a facelift, before morphing into a bunch of expensive condos.
And Central Park, which always seems to change, rain or shine, heat or frost, did it again. Here's the ice rink made famous by the movies, such as "Serendipity." From a skating rink to a circus ring.
And here's the look of Central Park from the 20th floor of the St. Regis hotel at 55th Street and Fifth Avenue, where an IBM/AMD press conference took place this morning.
IBM/AMD Press Conference
Here are some scenes from the conference...
Bill Zeitler, senior VP of IBM.
Hector Ruiz, CEO of AMD.
The two male executives joined by Susan Whitney, GM of IBM System x division.
Red Bull Racing was one of the partners in the IBM/AMD announcement. And they put on this display in front of the St. Regis. The building across the street is the former AT&T Tower, now a Sony building. And that's where I headed next, to get a coffee at one of the coolest Starbuck's I have ever seen.
No, make it THE coolest...both in terms of appearance and temperature.
The Sony Plaza Building
The entire lobby was like something out of the Sony-produced movies. Take a look at this giant Spiderman at the entrance, for example.
Another cool thing about the Sony lobby was this group of kids from a Queens neighborhood on a field trip to the City. They looked cute and happy. The 'green' team were having lunch while the 'red' team waited for their turn.
Here are the two faces of Times Square this evening, the first looking up 7th Ave toward the north, the second toward the south. There are now so many billboards and glittering signs at Times Square that it is hard to tell which is south and which is north anymore, especially at night.
"The Drowsy Chaperone"
A winner of five Tony's, the show that only opened on May 1 was a near sellout. What set it apart from most Broadway musicals I have seen was the clever writing and great choreography performed by an outstanding cast. They got a standing ovation at the end. Well deserved.