By Carol Tannenhauser
Monday, January 16, 2022
Fair. High 46 degrees.
It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday, schools, banks, and post offices are closed. “MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities,” according to AmeriCorps, a federally funded program. For local ways to observe click here.
Our calendar has lots of local events! Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner to look.
NYC Restaurant Week (which is actually a month) begins on Tuesday, January 17 and will run through February 12. This is an opportunity to sample discount prix-fixe menus from participating restaurants across the five boroughs. To explore the menus, find spots by neighborhood, and book a table, click here.
Five popular brands of dark chocolate — including Trader Joe’s — were shown to contain high levels of lead and cadmium — “two heavy metals linked to a host of health problems in children and adults,” according to a study conducted by Consumer Reports. CR also lists “safer” dark-chocolate options, including Mast, which has a market in the neighborhood on Columbus Avenue near W. 77th Street.
A new study from Pacer.ai shows that Manhattan has more residents now “than it did pre-pandemic, with a nearly 4% population hike from January 2018 to October 2022,” the New York Post reported. Far surpassing that was “the Upper West Side, which saw a 30% increase in residents between November 2019 and October 2022.” For a look at how other boroughs and neighborhoods fared, click here.
Metropolitan Opera ticket sales are way down, according to an article in Parterre. “A quick survey of the Met website shows wide swaths of available seats for the upcoming performances of La traviata and L’elisir d’amore. Only new works like The Hours and Fire Shut Up in My Bones have been achieving sold-out houses.” As a result, the Met will be making changes next season, including decreasing the number of performances, increasing the number of new works presented, and opening “each season with the Met premiere of a new opera.”
A pandemic version of Hamlet will be presented this summer at the 61st season of Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, Gothamist reported. “This year’s production will be directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon and feature Tony nominee Ato Blankson-Wood in the title role.” The production will have an extended nine-week run, June 8 through Aug. 6.
Finally, we received a response to last Monday’s Bulletin about the endangerment of telephone operators. Jane R. wrote:
“When I was in college, in the late 1950s, I went from New Jersey to Florida to spend the summer with my oldest brother and his family. Since I needed to make some money for school, I had to find a job. Not so easy, but with some fudging about my plans I got a job with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph. As it turned out, they trained me to work on overseas operating, which from Miami was the Caribbean. At that time, the only underwater cables, enabling multiple lines, were to Cuba which was a very big tourist destination for Americans who could afford it. For all the other islands, there were only radio connections, usually only one per island. Therefore, we had to negotiate with the island operators, who were mostly men, about whose turn it was to put a call through next. I guess because of traffic patterns, we had to work split shifts, which at my level of family responsibility was not a big problem. I don’t know what it was like for women with families, working 8 am – noon, then 4 pm – 8pm. I was able to wander Miami and enjoy myself. I don’t have any exciting stories. Once I was set to try to track down Errol Flynn in Cuba, but I had no success. Would have loved to speak with him!
Enjoy the week!