Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Sunday, April 22, 2021

A little bit of Census-parsing and neighborhood-gerrymandering, and you have a bold demographic declaration for Lower Manhattan: A reverse-flip of the New York’s common (and commonly-perceived) male-female ratio:

Since 2000, men, mostly between ages 25 and 44, have accounted for more than three-fourths of the population increase in Lower Manhattan. As a result, according to a special census calculation, the sex ratio there increased to 126 men per 100 women in 2005, from 101 men per 100 women in 2000. In the rest of Manhattan, and in the city over all, there were only 90 men for every 100 women.

A veritable meat-market for the ladies! Too bad these same guys — mostly analysts and stockbrokers — spend 18 hours a day with their eyes glued to the exchange tickers. As a guy prowling the 90/100 sectors of the City, I’m not too worried about the competition.

Then again, I can’t compete with the real-estate developer response to this high-density man ‘hood. The William Beaver House, due to be ready for habitation next year, is being marketed as the ultimate male hangout/chick magnet in LoMan. But initial reactions to the concept indicates a distinctly pervy vibe oozing out of the building.

Ladies, you might want to think twice before venturing into Manhattan’s nether regions.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/22/2007 10:37:54 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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I suppose there’s no finer illustration of how geared my mind is toward the marketing discipline right now than this:

While perusing a pamphlet from the Greek Orthodox Church on the suggested Bible-reading schedule for 2007 (hey, I was bored), I noticed that the month of April was dominated by days of reading The Book of Acts. So, naturally, I idly ran with that and mentally conceived of an “April is Book of Acts Month — Act Now!” tagline, for promotional use by Bible-reading clubs across Orthodoxy.

I figure that’s a great lead-in to June, which is scheduled for daily Romans readings. “Romans Holiday”, anyone?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/22/2007 09:20:43 PM
Category: General
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Whenever I copy-and-paste an old post to create a new one, I get the feeling that I’m copping out.

But since today is Earth Day, I’ll frame this post as a prime example of what can be achieved by renewing your own resources — intellectual-property style. (It’s better than saying I’m swiping content from myself.)

So here it is, same as last year, albeit with a couple of minor diction edits: My college-era instance of sticking it to the man for good ol’ Mama Earth. Enjoy!

My favorite Earth Day memory is a prank I played 13 16 17 years ago. I was sitting in my dorm lounge with a dormmate. We were flipping through the channels (no cable TV in the dorms back then–the dark ages!!), and catching a couple of news reports telling us it was Earth Day. Then we land on Home Shopping Network, just as they start rolling out their fur collection for display and sale.

It hit me: Furs? They’re hawking freakin’ furs on Earth Day? Come on!

Now, I wasn’t then, nor am I now, a hard-core environmentalist or animal-rights advocate. I’m sympathetic with those philosophies, to a point, but I eat meat, wear leather, etc. Nevertheless, some part of my sensibilities was offended by seeing such a bizarre juxtaposition. I think I was offended by the stupidity, or more likely ignorance, on display by HSN.

So, I decided to do something. I got my phone, dialed up the HSN order line, and as soon as the customer service drone answered, I yelled, “EARTH DAY! FUR IS MURDER! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!!”. I did it a couple more times after that. Then I got my dormmate to call too, on his phone; he did a very low-key version of same spiel (sans yelling–that was my schtick).

We had our fun, and decided to keep watching the channel to see if our childish actions had any on-air effect. Lo and behold, about 10 minutes after the last of our calls, the show host mentioned, “By the way, folks, today is Earth Day”, and then abruptly switched from the fur display to something else. We laughed our asses off! It looked like we had stuck it to the man!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/22/2007 08:07:19 PM
Category: College Years, Comedy, Political
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