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Sunday, November 02, 2021

Despite being a political science major, I have to say that it’s never occurred to me to either host or attend a Presidential Election Night party.

But this is New York, and it’s the first time during my adulthood that I’ve been here in a White House election year. So only now am I seeing what a big to-do this Tuesday is hereabouts, second only to Washington’s social circles.

Especially this year:

“We held a little election party four years ago,” [bar owner Jim] Carden said, referring to an event held at Floyd, another Brooklyn bar he owns, “but we’ve seen double the number of people showing up for each debate.

“I think the big difference is that people are viewing the election in a much more social context because it’s such a historic event,” Mr. Carden added. “They know they’re living through history, they know it’s something they’re going to tell their kids about, and they want to be there with other people when it happens.”

Indeed, it’ll be an historical first regardless of who wins the election, so I guess that merits some merriment while counting up the Electoral College votes as the evening stretches out.

Myself, I think I’ll hit China 1, right up Avenue B, for their Democrat-leaning soiree:

Aniticipating a long night of election returns, China 1 is hosting an “Obama Pajama Party,” so party-goers can get comfy cozy in front of several large screens that will project the elections results starting at 6 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning. Partygoers can also jam out in their jammies to live music when not glued to the TV screens, or put down a few sake “o’bombas” at the bar.

No PJs for me, as I don’t own even one set. But I’ll be all over those o’bombas — either to celebrate, or else to drown the sorrows.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/02/2021 10:22:03 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Politics, Society
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‘Tis the season for holiday party invitations to start coming in. Here’s the checklist provided on the RSVP for one event, meant to indicate my choice of entree:

Please make your dinner selections:

Beef__ | Chicken__ | Fish__ | Child__

I wonder how they’ll be preparing the children: Roasted? Sauteed? Fried? Jonathan Swift would be pleased.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/02/2021 07:11:09 PM
Category: Comedy, Food
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Halloween arrived one day late for the New York City area’s three hockey teams, as each suffered different but serious letdowns last night:

- The Rangers, after keeping a lid on the Maple Leafs for 53 minutes, collapsed in spectacular fashion by coughing up five goals in five minutes to lose 5-2 in Toronto.

- Simultaneously, the Islanders took a 4-1 lead over Montreal before surrendering four goals in the third to lose 5-4 to the Canadiens.

- Finally, in New Jersey, a 6-1 win over the Thrashers was obscured by an injury to Martin Brodeur that took him out of the game.

I can’t remember another instance of concurrent disasters striking three teams in such close geographical proximity. Probably a first for the NHL.

Blowing a big lead is nothing new for the Isles, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Devils cope without Brodeur doing his usual every-night start. All I really care about is the Rangers, who I’m hoping can bounce back from their debacle without serving up a multi-game losing streak first.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/02/2021 01:25:40 PM
Category: Hockey, New Yorkin'
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