Snapshot: Hollywood Theatre

After the Final Curtain

Post 3 in the SnapshotSeries  – Occasionally in my travels I come across a theater that I can’t find a lot of information on, or that I only have a chance to photograph for an hour or two. They’re still beautiful and fascinating, so they definitely have a place on After the Final Curtain.

View of the auditorium from the divided balcony. View of the auditorium from the divided balcony.

Originally billed as the “Pride of the East Side,” the Hollywood Theatre, located in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, opened on March, 11 1926. It was operated by the Mayer and Schneider (M&S) Circuit, and designed by architect Harrison G. Wiseman, who is also known for the nearby Village East Cinemas. According to an account in the Motion Picture News, the crowd on opening night was so large that the police had to cordon the entrance prevent them from storming the theater. The opening was…

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An Obliging Innkeeper

Windows into History

The Theatre Royal and Royal Hotel Plymouth, by Llewellyn Frederick William Jewitt The Theatre Royal and Royal Hotel Plymouth, by Llewellyn Frederick William Jewitt

Snippets 72.  Mordecai Manuel Noah (1785-1851) had a varied and successful life, in the fields of politics (as Consul to Tunis), journalism (founding The National Advocate, New York Enquirer, Evening Star and Sunday Times) and writing. He is considered to be the first nationally famous Jewish American, and the first major Jewish American writer. In 1813 he travelled the England and wrote about his experiences in Travels in England, France, Spain, and the Barbary States, in the Years 1813-14 and 15, published in 1819. The following is his opinion of Plymouth, and a comparison of hospitality in England and America.

Plymouth has nothing to boast of, in point of situation or appearance; the streets are crooked and the houses ancient, some improvements however, which are making at the entrance of the town, consisting…

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Corporate Taxes

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

What is a fair corporate tax? It’s a hot political topic, but one loaded with a tremendous amount of mis-information. On the left, it’s common to cite “loopholes” which allow corporations to “offshore” profits and dodge taxes as a result of corporate lobbying. On the right, the extremely high corporate tax rate of 38%, nearly double the worldwide average, is cited as a major problem.

Both statements are greatly limited at best. US corporate tax law does not contain “loopholes” but a series of structural deficiencies derived primarily from being hopelessly antiquated. Any discussion of the tax rate misses the main issues entirely, as the definition of “profit” – more accurately, definition of “income” and “expense” – is the core issue.

Any reasonable discussion of corporate taxes has to start with the fundamentals. What is a corporation? What is profit? Who benefits? What needs to be done?

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If Alzheimer’s Erases Your Name

The Lonely Author

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If Alzheimer’s Erases Your Name

Memories with no recollection
like a warm beach without sand
how could I gaze into your eyes
and not feel what I breath today

If nostalgia becomes a stranger
who will reminisce over photos I
will miss? Will you remind me of
remembrances that I won’t find

After all that we conquered, our
love deserves a better fate.  Will
you remember for the two of us
if Alzheimer’s erases your name

Please note: THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ME.  Well, nothing that a chocolate layer cake, a glass of wine, & a warm kiss won’t cure (not in that order).  I  recently had a brief conversation with a blogging friend who mentioned her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.  I have little fear of death, but I do worry about Alzheimer’s.  I can’t imagine not remembering my daughter or Allie.

For more information on Alzheimer’s please…

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Metro-North, LIRR mobile ticketing app to launch in August

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s eTix mobile ticketing app will be available to all MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and MTA Metro-North Railroad riders by the end of the summer, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
MTA’s new “eTix” app
Source: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s website

The app’s launch date has been moved up from the original launch that had been scheduled for year’s end, according to a press release issued by Cuomo’s office.

LIRR and Metro-North riders can use the app to check schedules, see service status and purchase tickets without having to wait in line. The app also offers account management tools, which give riders the ability to secure refunds for unused mobile tickets, request duplicate receipts and manage profile information such as password and linked credit card numbers.

Beginning July 5, MTA eTix was made available for riders on the LIRR’s Port Washington Branch and Metro-North’s Hudson Line. During the week of Aug. 22, the app will be available systemwide for both commuter railroads.

“This new app puts riders first by eliminating the ticket line and helping New Yorkers and visitors get where they need to go with more freedom and convenience than ever before,” Cuomo said. “We will continue to create a 21st century transit system that embraces innovation to ensure that we are building a stronger, more competitive New York.”

Next year, MTA expects to allow LIRR and Metro-North riders to transfer to New York City Transit (NYCT) subway and buses with a single app and a single transit account, according to Cuomo’s release.

The app is powered by Masabi’s JustRide ticketing platform, which has been used by other U.S. transit agencies, including Southern California’s Metrolink.

In April, NYCT issued a request for proposals for a firm to develop a new mobile fare payment system. The agency is expected to launch that app in 2021.