NaBloPoMo November 1st

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I was born at Mt. Sinai Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on December 12th 1961. Mt. Sinai is the big black building in the photo.  It’s way more friendly than it looks.

After a few days of resting and being admired through the nursery window,  I crossed the park to The Upper West Side where I’ve lived ever since.

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The two towers that you see in the next picture are of The Ardsley & Eldorado; they’re two rather ritzy buildings on Central Park West.  The buildings are home to some big names including Barbra Streisand.

My dad’s grocery store was just a block from the park.  Over the years we had many celebrity sightings.  One afternoon in the ’70′s La Barbra strolled with another woman who needed some smokes.  One of our cashiers gasped; “It’s Barbra Streisand!” My father who nothing about musis said, “Who’s Barbra Streisand?” Needless to say he got a filthy look from the great lady as she turned on her heel and left.

Daddy always shot hard from the hip. William Hurt was a frequent and friendly customer for a while.  He was up for his second Oscar in two years, and when I saw him I wished him best of luck.  My dad peered at him over his glasses and said, “Lucky for you I didn’t do a movie this year.”

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16 responses to “NaBloPoMo November 1st

  1. Happy First Day of NaBloPoMo!! Gorgeous views of NYC….waving at you from Upstate…the Finger Lakes!!

  2. Happy First Day of NaBloPoMo!! Gorgeous views of NYC….waving at you from Upstate…the Finger Lakes!!

  3. Haha….I just love stories about your father, and hope to see more during the month!

    Those are some GORGEOUS photos!

  4. Haha….I just love stories about your father, and hope to see more during the month!

    Those are some GORGEOUS photos!

  5. Ha…I like your father!

    Great photos!

    I just love your stories.

  6. Ha…I like your father!

    Great photos!

    I just love your stories.

  7. Barbara had to be PISSED…LOL…you dad sounds funny!

  8. Barbara had to be PISSED…LOL…you dad sounds funny!

  9. That top photo is especially AWESOME. Love the colors.

    Judging from this inaugural post, I know I’m going to love the memoir series. Your dad sounds like he was such a special man.

    Happy Na-nning ;)

  10. That top photo is especially AWESOME. Love the colors.

    Judging from this inaugural post, I know I’m going to love the memoir series. Your dad sounds like he was such a special man.

    Happy Na-nning ;)

  11. A most excellent start. Gorgeous pictures.

    Can’t wait to see the month unfold….

  12. A most excellent start. Gorgeous pictures.

    Can’t wait to see the month unfold….

  13. your dad is too cool for words!! i would have frequented his store everyday!

  14. your dad is too cool for words!! i would have frequented his store everyday!

  15. GOrgeous photos!
    And Your dad sounds like a pistol! What a funny guy! I like him already!

  16. GOrgeous photos!
    And Your dad sounds like a pistol! What a funny guy! I like him already!