The Drifters’ White Christmas: An Appreciation

The Drifters’ White Christmas: An Appreciation

Thanksgiving is immediately followed by a brutal month of Christmas music overload. They’re inescapable; every radio station, department store, and building lobby pummels us with treacly tunes of the season.  So when a great song rises above the holiday hype, it deserves recognition. Such is the Drifters version of the yuletide classic White Christmas. Bing […]

Photos of Real “Honeymooners” TV Show Locations!

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANK MASTROPOLO Though it ran for only one season, 1955-56, The Honeymooners remains one of the pivotal sitcoms in television history.   Jackie Gleason played his most famous character — bus driver Ralph Kramden — who torments his long-suffering wife Alice (Audrey Meadows) with get-rich-quick schemes that never succeed.  The Kramdens […]

Hurricane Survival Tips the Government Won’t Tell You

Hurricane Survival Tips the Government Won’t Tell You

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, here are 10 tips to help you survive a natural disaster that you won’t hear from local officials. 1. At the first sign of trouble, get to the liquor store before it closes. Stock up. You’ll prefer sitting in the dark drunk. 2. Next, clean out the local bodega […]

Those Annoying Whole Foods Customers: A Field Guide

Those Annoying Whole Foods Customers: A Field Guide

New York City’s small neighborhood groceries of the 1950s, while run by friendly shopkeepers named “Pop,” were cramped affairs with wilted vegetables, bruised fruit and dusty, dented canned foods. Though he had a good run, Pop couldn’t compete with the arrival of supermarkets from the suburbs – their brightly lit, expansive aisles brimming with choices. […]

Top 11 Anti-Labor Day Anti-Work Songs

Since 1894, when Madonna was just a toddler, the U.S. has celebrated Labor Day – …a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. — U.S. Dept. of Labor Whatever.  For the rest of us whose work ethic was learned from Maynard G. Krebs, Homer […]

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