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Monday, May 29, 2021

New York City offers you just about anything you could want: Nightlife, shopping, culture.

And a beach?

Yes, there are 14 miles of public beaches spread throughout four of the five boroughs (including the famed Coney Island in Brooklyn). But not an inch of surf ‘n sand on Manhattan Isle.

That could change under a plan to transform part of Hudson River Park into a long stretch of beach on the far West Side, sometime after 2012.

There are a few hitches, though:

“Haven’t they found bodies out here?” asked Sephora Rosario, 32, staring out at the choppy water not too far from where she grew up. “Who would jump in there?”…

For now, the site is hardly a place to relax. It has long been a depot for garbage trucks, and people hurry past to avoid the smell. One day workers might cart in loads of sand, but currently the north side of the outcropping is covered with sharp rocks and jagged wooden stakes.

Something tells me I’m not going to be able to precisely recapture the Florida beach experience at the end of 59th Street…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/29/2006 09:42pm
Category: New Yorkin'
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Hoping to appease independence agitators, U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka is proposing controversial Congressional legislation that would grant self-government to native Hawaiians. The plan would set aside an undetermined amount of public land in the islands and place it under native control.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Casinos in Oahu, anyone?

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/29/2006 08:30pm
Category: History, Political, Society
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Certain English-language idioms grate on me. One in particular:

“Eat your heart out”.

I’ve never gotten a good feel for the meaning it’s supposed to convey. Especially because I’ve never seen it used in any form other than the indirect second-person — “You can eat your heart out” — and never in a descriptive form — “He’s still eating his heart out over missing his date”. To me, it’s an awkward turn of the phrase.

It’s probably because it’s something of an antiquated term. I don’t think I’ve heard it used conversationally since I was a little kid, and I rarely ever see it in contemporary writing. Maybe it’s fading toward linguistic oblivion; I won’t be sorry to see it go.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/29/2006 05:54pm
Category: Wordsmithing
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