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Thursday, October 04, 2021

I’m not sure if the advent of global-positioning system information at City bus stops is enough to prompt me to take the bus.

“Sure, it’s good,” said Darlan Rogers, 63, an elevator repairman waiting for an M15 bus at First Ave. and 14th St. “It takes the guesswork out of it. Otherwise, you stand around stamping your feet waiting for who knows how long. The idea of not knowing drives you crazy.”

The arrival boards are along six routes: the M15, M72, M57, M66, M116 and M31.

But I’d still have to learn the bus routes — no GPS guidance is going to help me with that. It’s taken me long enough to figure out the subway lines; I think my cranial capacity for memorizing public transportation information is full. I’ll stick to the close-enough arrivals via train, and then going on foot.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/04/2021 11:23:07 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Tech
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With the Devils already gone, and the Nets short-timing it until they move to Brooklyn, the former Continental Airlines Arena is getting a new corporately-christened name. The Meadowlands facility will now be known as Izod Center.

Lest you think the arena’s now going to be festooned with pictures of crocodiles, clue yourself into the long-ago divorce of Izod and Lacoste, with the latter taking back its reptilian shirt-logo in the split.

What’s more interesting is the fashion rivals that Izod beat out:

Izod was chosen over Jay-Z’s Rocawear and Fort Lee-based Southpole in a three-way race among “clothes horses,” in part because of its parent company’s ability to tie in extensively with the $2 billion Xanadu retail and entertainment project that will surround the Izod Center…

All three bidders made pitches to a sports authority subcommittee Monday, with rap music mogul Jay-Z making part of Rocawear’s presentation himself. Each bid was thought to be $1.4 million to $2 million annually, but the board also considered each bidder’s financial viability, as well as other qualifications beyond cash.

It was basically two hip-hip/urban-wear fashion houses versus a rather fusty oldtime clothier.

I wonder if the New Jersey authority didn’t have qualms about having a state-run facility named after a brand (either Rocawear or Southpole) closely associated with African-Americans. Was there a concern that the very name would scare away white patrons, regardless of who was playing at the venue? And would that have a domino effect, in that the only viable acts that could be booked and guaranteed a good turnout would be rap concerts? I wouldn’t be surprised if that went into the thinking.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/04/2021 10:30:45 PM
Category: Fashion, Pop Culture, SportsBiz
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Here’s what I got when I cracked open my lunchtime fortune cookie today:

:) You are very pretty. :)

I appreciated the sentiment, but felt it was misplaced. However, I instantly sensed an opportunity.

I took the little slip of paper and headed toward the nearest pretty girl I could see (who happened to be only a few feet away). Then I said:

“Hey, it looks like they gave me your fortune cookie by mistake.”

The look of puzzlement I got from that quickly turned into a smile after I handed her the fortune. Worked like a charm, you could say.

How cheesy would it be to regularly pull this stunt as a pick-up line? You’d need multiple copies of the same fortune-cookie slip, the procurement of which alone would mark you as desperate. Yes, even moreso than using your business card to scam on the ladies.

Now I’m wondering if the Chinese restaurant is complicit in this whole concept. I’m sure I’m not the first guy to think of this repurposing, and then putting the restaurant on the list of “lucky” spots.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/04/2021 09:09:28 PM
Category: Creative, Food
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