It has been more than a year since we've checked on the East River Plaza. The huge downscale mall, currently lists Target, Best Buy, Marshalls and Costco as future tenants. The mall is expected to open by year's end. One of the developers, Blumenfeld Development Group, lost a lot of money to Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme. The other developer, Forest City Ratner, has been tossing money away on their Atlantic Yards monstrosity. That may be good for East Harlem as the East River Plaza looks plainer and not nearly as hideous as the earlyrenderings.
Some sad news and good news to report this evening. The sad news is above. The cartoon characters adorning a deli at 110th and 2nd were covered over sometime this winter. King Kong and Spiderman, who is visible at left on the bottom picture, were also defaced.
Now the good news. Frequent commenter Cheryl, proprietress of Flyover People, also writes a weekly column for The Emporia Gazette. Last weekthe Kansas Press Association honored Cheryl with a first place award for column writing. Very cool. Congratulations!
Despite the chill I went for a long walk yesterday afternoon. If Google is to be believed it was a little over six miles. My feet began to hurt around mile five, which is also when my face apparently melted.
Riding the subway on the way back from the farmer's market I noticed that the train smelled really bad. I didn't see any smelly looking people in the car. Switched lines at Times Square and noticed that the 1 train was also stinky. Again there weren't any smelly looking people on board. It was then that I realized that I was the stinky person. More precisely it was the cheese I bought at the market that was the source of the smell. The cheese, spread on a chunk of rosemary bread, made for a tasty lunch.