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Corey Bearak
Apr07
Look at the Sun
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Who does not know and perhaps also look forwarded to viewing and experiencing tomorrow's Solar Eclipse? The New York Times posted "A solar eclipse soundtrack" for subscribers only on Friday.  It motivated the commentator to search songs which included the word "sun" in whole or part of their titles.  I found more than a few; multiple versions in ma

Corey Bearak
Mar31
Gotham Rocks Lives (again)
Posted By : Corey Bearak

After going virtual last time out, Gotham's Annual Battle of the Band® presented by Jason Greenberg of Phoenix Public Adjusters Group, Inc. goes live once more, Sunday May 19, 3:00 to 6: 00 p.m. at Groove, 125 Macdougal Street, (Greenwich Village) New York, NY 10012. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges selected by the Gotham Battle of th

Corey Bearak
Mar24
Home
Posted By : Corey Bearak

A few weeks back I updated one of my playlists with a Traffic song -- Many A Mile to Freedom -- that played on "my" AppleMusic radio station while Shelly and I took a drive to the "mall."  When I opened the "Playlists" folder on my MacBook I found an unfinished one (from the summer of 2022); a list of songs but no links to YouTube; I also found i n

Corey Bearak
Mar17
Access restored
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Two weeks ago yesterday on my way back from bringing in dinner, I notice fallen tree branches on my sidewalk.  Blocking it.  I moved them against the tree pit and which extends about 12 feet.  The larger of the two fallen branch still block access from the curb/street as it extends about 20 feet.  Shelly took this picture and I submitted it as p

Corey Bearak
Mar10
Just fifty more and then...
Posted By : Corey Bearak

I concluded last week's commentary noting a need for $4,000 to activate a matching donation to support the special People4Peace research project.  As I write this only $50 needs to come in to make the match happen. Friday's blogger worked very hard to induce support; I view last week's efforts commendable and thank the generosity of the donors to N

Corey Bearak
Mar03
Addressing Hate
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Something unexpected intruded on “my” Friday. I expected to focus on getting the last few items submitted to access a federal grant toward the new building renovation project for SNAP senior center, monitoring that day’s hearing on what I call the congestion pricing tax, visiting TD Bank to deposit donations to Northeast Queens Jewish Community Cou

Corey Bearak
Feb25
A change is gonna come
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Probably not fair to borrow the title of the iconic song by Sam Cooke for the change I currently face. It really only affects me. The solution also evidenced how relationships matter and how pro bono involvements can offer unintended and unexpected benefits. I returned a call Friday from Jim who runs the servers that hosts four websites that rea

Corey Bearak
Feb18
Optimism time
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Annually, in the middle of winter, something happens that brings a bout of optimism.  It especially matters when my green gridiron team, unfortunately more often than not, falls short of expectations, or worse offers no expectations.  My hoops team based at MSG, some of the time, but this year especially, helps temper the upset.  So as the game pla

Corey Bearak
Feb11
A playlist for this Wednesday
Posted By : Corey Bearak

In advance of Wednesday, instead of or beside that box of chocolates or nice piece of jewelry, why not offer a set of songs that reflect the sentiments of the day (and more).  At this time, I present Songs of Love, a set of 78 videos on YouTube or some 70 tunes on Apple Music. In the summer of 2016 a good friend and his wife celebrated their 50th

Corey Bearak
Feb04
Working...to make friends
Posted By : Corey Bearak

While I promote my work around the concept of making a difference - mostly in the realm of public policy, and often speak about the joy it often (always) brings this commentator, I gave some thought how it allows me to meet new and interesting people and forge relationships.  Most recently it involves two groups meeting weekly with a flurry of call

Corey Bearak
Jan28
Find and Replace
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Recall last week’s blog. I had planned to post some items on the web using my iPad after the presser. It seems the app no longer existed. I dealt with things when I returned to my office. That eve I searched the App Store for the replacement editor but nothing seemed the right tool. It still bothered me so I reached out to my son. He advised that “

Corey Bearak
Jan21
A classy action
Posted By : Corey Bearak

For several months, I’ve been meeting via Zoom with like-minded folks who oppose the imposition of a toll-tax (aka congestion pricing) to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street. Late last year, as other concerned folks and groups joined our weekly Zooms, those gathered decided to hire a lawyer and explore bringing a lawsuit. The group chose a name an

Corey Bearak
Jan14
Super fun
Posted By : Corey Bearak

The Football playoffs started yesterday. I barely paid attention with my team out of it. I did notice that my brother’s team did not prevail. I am in a pool with my friend Eric that started with the season and was made hard when our fave team lost its starting QB a few plays in on day one. It often put us in the hate position of picking our team’s

Corey Bearak
Jan07
A Drive, Coffee, Rain and Song
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Shelly and I decided, with no plans ahead of yesterday, to visit the place I mail order my coffee in the West Village. Porto Rico on Bleecker Street off Sixth Avenue closes at 5:00 p.m. sharp. I needed to replenish my coffee and in addition to a Hazelnut blend, the shop sometimes offers a Franjelica blend (named for my fave Franjelico liqueur that

Corey Bearak
Dec31
A Best of 2023 as the year concludes
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Going into New Year’s Eve, I prepare my annual year-end commentary recounting my top ten shows for the past 12 months. I post the list with comments on website on my Commentary page. Some of the concert reviews include Sunday commentary posted to Gotham.   Enjoy the list   1) Jackson Browne (August 28,Beacon Theatre)   2) Jim Messina (Novembe