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Monumental Dalmatian Statue at NYU Langone Health

Dalmatian with Cab Statue
All Photos By Gail

In New York City, you can discover something new and surprising every day! I was on my way to a party on East 34th Street near the FDR Drive when I found myself face to face with  a 38-foot-tall statue of a Dalmatian balancing a bright Yellow NYC Cab on her nose. Yes, I just typed that.

Spot From a Distance

The site-specific sculpture of a female Dalmatian puppy called Spot is the work of artist Donald Lipski.
Rising to the height of a three-story building, Spot serves as a lighthearted greeting for patients of the new Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, which opened on June 24th, 2018.

Spot
Balancing Act

Spot was constructed with fiberglass and steel beams in a large factory in Wisconsin before she was trucked to the city, and brought in by crane to the 34th Street construction site. The taxi cab is a real Prius (sans motor) which was donated by Toyota. When it rains, its windshield wipers will activate.

Aerial View of Spot

Spot is the perfect playful figure to introduce adults and children to Hassenfeld,” NYU Langone said in a statement. “Spot contributes to the hospital’s uplifting atmosphere, part of our commitment to helping families feel welcome, supported and at ease from the moment they walk through the doors.

Spot Can Be ‘Spotted’ on the Strip of Lawn Just Out Front of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital Entrance at NYU Langone Health,  Located at 424 East 34th Street (East of First Avenue), NYC.

Spot the Dalmatian

Merry Christmas from New York City!

Christmas Holiday Window Display
All Photos By Gail

Store Windows Photographed on Seventh Avenue between 55th and 56th Streets. Merry Christmas, to All of My Readers!

NYC Xmas Halloween Window Display

A Benefit For Injured NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin, January 12, 2012!

Jonathan Toubin Benefit Poster

On Thursday, January 12th, Music Hall of Williamsburg will host a benefit for Jonathan Toubin, DJ and conductor of New York Night Train, who is still hospitalized in Portland, Oregon after becoming the victim of a freak accident on December 8th, in which a taxi crashed into his hotel room and landed on top of him while he slept.  Toubin remains in critical condition in the hospital’s ICU, but is currently stable and has made significant strides in his recovery in the last several days.

Offering an update on Jonathan’s current condition, a post at I Heart JT Dot Com is very encouraging, as follows:

[Jonathan’s] bone fractures are beginning to heal, and his other injuries are improving. The wounds from the broken glass are also starting to heal. He shows no signs of any infection other than in his lungs, and that is better.  He is sedated against the pain and has periods of consciousness during which he is able to move his head and limbs and can communicate with gestures and his eyes–even made a joke!  He is getting foot massages to help with circulation and swelling, and has begun some hand therapy. Today he had the endotracheal tube removed and replaced with a tracheotomy for the ventilator to assist with his breathing. All this is good and reassuring news that Jonathan is slowly on the road to recovery. He will remain in the ICU for a while yet before being moved to a room in another unit in the same hospital. Jonathan continues to need your love and positive energy for his recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts.

The Janaury 12th benefit will feature musical performances by Chain and the Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins, Dorit Chrysler and Theremin, Shilpa Ray, An American Dream, and Two Tears as well DJs JG Thirlwell (Foetus/Manorexia), Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Grinderman/Silver Alert), and Mick Collins (Dirtbombs).

Raffle tickets will also be on sale at the event for a chance to win cool  prizes from Peter Luger, Ma Peche, Momofuku, Mikeys Hookup, Bar Centrale and Fox and Fawn.

Doors at 6.30 PM, Show starts at 7.30 PM sharp. Tickets are just $20 in advance or $25 at the door, or they can be purchased on line now at Musichallofwilliamsburg.com or Ticketmaster.com.

This will be a really fun evening and it is for such a good cause. You should come out, even if its freezing. If you can’t attend the show you can still help Jonathan by making a donation to his recovery fund at Paypal. Please direct your donaton to ihearttoubin [at] gmail [dot] com.

RIP Jeff Conaway

Actor Jeff Conaway, best known for his role as Bobby in the long-running TV show Taxi and for his role as Kenickie in the musical film Grease, passed away on Friday May 27, 2011, at the age of 60 from complications due to drug and alcohol abuse. A sad and senseless end for a very talented person. RIP, Jeff. May you find peace in the afterlife that you could not find while on Earth.

Awesome Image of the Day: Shark Week Pedicabs!

 

You gotta love this image. In July of 2008, The Discovery Channel used bicycle taxis as a medium to advertise their popular Shark Week programming. The “pedicabs” could be seen in New York City where drivers were outfitted as Life Guards and gave free rides to passengers for eight hours a day over the six day run of Shark Week – so cool!

Back In the New York Groove, or Something Like That

One Dead Fish
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I got home from California just before midnight after waiting in line for a Taxi at Laguardia airport for – I wish I was making this up – an hour and 20 minutes, only to find / smell not one but two dead fish in the tank, due to overfeeding by their caretaker. It’s nice to know I was missed.