Tuesday night 

was

date night 

for 

myself and my Pal

dinner and a movie

We/I chose Rauna

a new 

Peruvian restaurant

across the street 

from the 

Count Basie Theatre

The move of the night

was

American Sniper

disturbing

The wine I chose was from

Chile

made with the

Carmenere grape

it went out of favor in the

late 19th century

dry 

but with big fruit

our 

"amuse bouche"

a kind of a potato chip

with 

a dipping sauce

Our first share

La Huancaina

"room temperature sliced potatoes topped 

with 

aji amarillo, a creamy cheese sauce, 

sliced egg?, 

and 

peruvian botija olives.

The other day I was passing 

through the 

14th Street Subway Station NYC

on the edge of 

The Meatpacking District, 

and 

a series of advertisements for 

the new

Whitney Museum of American Art

opening May 1

stopped me in my tracks

The new building is located

at 

99 Gansevoort Street

and

is next to

The Highline,

NYC's elevated park,

a former elevated railroad

The building pictured here

is next to

The Highline

The Roy Lichtenstein

inserted 

in the window

is 

so tongue in c

The other night

we went to a movie

at

The Count Basie Theatre,

formerly

The Carlton Theater

in 

Red Bank, NJ

They are

now showing first run movies.

Yesterday

was a great day in NYC

warm, mostly clear

and 

I was meeting a

friend who is like a

brother to me for lunch

at

Colicchio and Sons

a favorite

http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/colicchio-and-sons/

lunch is served in the 

Tap Room

fourteen craft beers on tap

plus

four wines

plus, 

four $16.

For fifteen or more years 

I have been getting together 

with a group of friends 

almost once 

a month for lunch 

The group has changed over the years

we have had attrition

and 

gained new members

It is an interesting diverse group

This months lunch

was at

Comodo.

As a former 

Red Bank merchant

I remember when Trattoria opened

29 years ago

the street was abuzz

"Have you been?

Not your normal slice joint"

my words

designer pizza

a la 

Wolfgang Puck 

It quickly became my

and 

many others go to spot

It was and still

is

good, fresh and different

with

great service

plus 

Valerie and Michael 

are

gracious hosts

http://www.frontsttrattoria.com/

They offer a 

$8.95 lunch special

a salad, pizzette

or 

half a grilled focaccia sandwich

I

The other day my Pal and I

went for an early dinner

at

Asbury Festhalle Biergarten

Asbury Park, NJ

they have been open about three months

on the weekends there is an hour wait

to get in

we went on a Tuesday afternoon

http://www.asburybiergarten.com/

It is a large cavernous space

with wood picnic tables

and benches

Interesting graphics

A well stocked bar

with

the most uncomfortable

bar stools we have ever sat on

we moved to a table and orderd food

but

the bartender was knowled

This is the the family home 

my father remodeled in 1952

my sister grew up in this house

my parents lived there 

until 2005

when my parents sold  

and 

moved to an assisted living facility

The 2015 owners are

doing a long over due remodel

present rumor

$500,000

so far

The enclosed porch has 

been removed

and 

a tower has been added

above 

the master bed room

The kitchen

and 

second floor bathroom

have been extended

Note 

the new dormers

they and the new tower

are

part

The history of this church is a sad one.

In 1904, The Ladies' Aid Society 

(Frauenhilfsverein) 

chartered the General Slocum steamboat 

for their summer outing on the East River. 

The boat caught fire and 

over 1000 parishioners/women and children, 

perished in one of the worst disasters 

in the New Yorks city's history, until 9/11.  

It is also the worst inland waterway 

tragedy in the United States.  

The husbands, of course were at work, 

arrived home to the news.
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