Saturday, February 6, 2016


 No smoking signs are posted in the space/ drive way of the Crowne Plaza Hotel they appear in a range of languages and with the traditional icon for no smoking however it is rare not to see someone smoking within a few feet of one of the signs. The worst was the other day when a bloke was smoking a cigar there. 

In 2011 it was legislated and reports for that time said.... smokers in New York City looking to light up in most public places will not be able to without paying a price after an outdoor citywide smoking ban takes effect Monday.

The law, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed in February after it was passed by the New York City Council, will make smoking illegal in New York City's 1,700 parks and on the city's 14 miles of public beaches. Smoking will also be prohibited in pedestrian plazas like Times Square.

The ban is designed to help curb exposure to secondhand smoke as well as reduce litter.

I'd love to be able to get these smokers paying the price.

Continuing in the theme of dual... walking to collect my photos from Duane Reade in preparation for the crop later today I passed the Coffee Beane a coffee shop on the corner of Broadway and 49th. Tourists use the space to have a coffee and recharge phones and computers, connect to people in all manner of ways using the free wifi. In this case it would appear this couple were FaceTiming or skyping someone. I caught them as they were signing off :)

To my great shame I have never been into St Malachy's before this morning.

Located on West 49th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, St. Malachy's Roman Catholic Church was founded in 1902. And although the years have seen many changes in the neighborhood of the church, St. Malachy's remains today, an active, integral part of its most unusual, most dynamic community. St. Malachy's service to its community was comparable to that of most other Catholic churches in New York City up until about 1920. Then the Theatre District moved in and suddenly, actors, dancers, musicians, craftsmen, and tourists were filling the seats, replacing the types of parishioners St. Malachy's had seen in previous years.

Fairbanks married Joan Crawford at St. Malachy's. Herb Shriner's children were baptized here. Thousands jammed West 49th Street outside the church in final tribute to Rudolph Valentino. George M. Cohan, Spencer Tracy, Perry Como, Irene Dunne, Hildegarde, Florence Henderson, Elaine Stritch, Lawrence Luckinbill, Rosiland Russell, Danny Thomas, Bob and Dolores Hope and Ricardo Montalban, all worshipped at St. Malachy's. Fred Allen, Don Ameche, Cyril Ritchard, Pat O'Brien and Jimmy Durante served many a mass.
Here's another dual image- St Dina- never knew there was one :) and St Cecilia.

The church bells chime the tune of Irving Berlin's "There's No Business Like Show Business" on Wednesdays (1:45, 7:30pm) and Saturdays (7:30pm).

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