Sadly after well over a hundred years the Greatest Show on Earth will close. I remember first going to it in Brooklyn where I walked right up and touched one of the many elephants , greeting you at the front doors. We went to it several times, bringing home exciting hand held lights we lit there adding to the endless excitment ,creating now a memory like Coney Island in it's Hay Day, or Freedom Land where we helped put out the Chicago Fire that Mrs. O'Leary's Cow started, pumping water from the vintage Fire Department Pumper. Then Palisades Park where divers climbed a hundred feet and dove into the water below, and groups created songs like Palisades Park. These places like the World's Fair are all becoming just a memory, a memory of excitment, laughter and good ole One On One interaction with our parents, friends and family. It's why I believe so much in Groundhog Day, it should bring us all Back to The Future, and Reestablish the Desire to put down that Electronic Distraction and Communicate and Focus on our Friends and Family that too one day will be gone. Ringling Bros. Thank You.... Forever !
To all our friends who love the Holtsville Ecology Center and Wildlife Preserve. You can adopt anyone of our animals in the zoo and they would be so happy for it ! And there is a " Wishing Well " inside..... with the simple change in your pockets, you Can Make a difference by donating to the food and veterinarian care year round for all of our Rescued Animals you enjoy visiting. PLEASE
Don't forget your cameras......and a few quarters or change and make a wish ! On behalf of all
the animals..............THANK YOU FOR CARING ! See you Thrursday February 2, 2017 7:00 AM......arrive early to get a parking spot for Groundhog Lovers Only !
BLACK FRIDAY IN HOLTSVILLE
Black Friday took on a whole new meaning when thousands of Black Birds attacked neighborhoods in Holtsville eating everything in sight on every lawn and tree, in preparation to visiting their relatives down South for the winter ! Apparently they still rather fly then take the train. I wonder if any of them were relatives to the birds in the Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 movie, The Birds ?!
Now if you're traveling from the West on The Long Island Expressway you might want to stop for a second at the new "REST AREA" between exits 51 & 52 but remember.........Holtsville is exit 62 and to get a good parking spot in the crowd of Groundhog Lovers be warned..........We're up early so give yourself plenty of time to arrive park and enjoy the 7:00 AM show !
Now if your traveling at night and are tired at the wheel......you might want to pick up a Coffee
or Hot Chocolate.....Prior this " REST AREA ". Because it's not serving coffee over night, apparently the actual function of keeping drivers awake wasn't considered. Plus not like rest areas across America....this one doesn't now allow the tractor trailer drivers the courtesy of also
stopping and using the facility that used to be where " they " parked and slept over night to be
ready in the morning to deliver all the goods we all purchase in the stores.......Huh ????!
So you wonder why was HOLTSVILLE HAL seen outside a Brooklyn Restaurant and Pub on Friday September 16th ?! His shadow appears under the window just as this photo of it was taken ! Hal was waiting patiently on line to get in after we HANDED the Honored
Guest of the evening................HOLTSVILLE HAL'S GROUNDHOG DAY HAT...... ! The Honored guest walked into the cute Brooklyn Restaurant/Pub with the Hat in hand !.....He was there for the Grand Opening of his son's place . But why would Holtsville Hal be interested ?
Well......................Just Maybe the honored guest.... BILL MURRAY ....of the Movie Groundhog Day did it !!
As the Guest of honor and father to Homer seen here arriving, the partner owner of the Restaurant and Pub in Brooklyn arrived.....not in their car because on the highway in the Bronx, their car broke down, and a random passenger in a taxi picked them up and got them to the Resturant/pub called 21 Greenpoint....there Holtsville Hal's Groundhog Day hat was handed by me to BILL MURRAY , his words were " I can't take that from you, and my reply " Oh yes you can, by all means, Holtsville Hal will be Honored that you did " And as he organized his gifts, going in, Hal's Hat was right there, going in by his teeth ! To Homer, his partner, the staff there, and of Course the GUEST of HONOR Bill Murray......February 2, is GROUNDHOG DAY...........and HAL and all his friends would be truly honored to have you on stage with them to make the Offical Prognostication reading for next year....! Just in time for the Groundhog Day play with Bill Murray coming to the Big Apple kids ! And Bill you could even hand out drinks after, to all the kids and their friends and family,
and one you Don't know................Yet ! Hal's favorite.......named after him...HOT HALUCCINO !
In the 1980's Ghostbuster's Director Ivan Reitman was considered by Warner Bros. to develop a Big Screen vehicle for Batman ! Reitman's choice for the Lead Role.....................was Bill Murray as Batman and Eddie Murphy as Robin. But the comic book took a turn to a darker look and it never materialized.
In Groundhog Day....
That " POTHOLE " Bill stepped into......It was put there, for the movie....It was So Cold.....that Bill wrapped his foot plastic wrap then put a skin divers wet suit material neopreme on his foot then 3 pairs of socks. Styro Foam was put on the water to look like snow. The water in the hole began to freeze instantly. Remember: " Watch out for that First Step it's a Doozy ! "
As soon as they called " Cut " Bill started having a fit from the cold water....they immediately took him to a room to get blow dryers on his foot. He said if he gets Frost Bite he'd sue. He was furious , and had to do it....Over and Over, and Over
Holtsville Hal's 21 Gun Salute.....After all Hal deserves it, as do those who come to greet him. Miles of colored mylar streamers cover the crowds and
give them something to bring home for their rooms as a reminder that it's only 364 days till we set our alarm clocks once more and wake our families !
The First Sign of Fall I found in an area of Brooklyn called DUMBO, looking across with the Manhattan Bridge to the side and actually several trees that already lost all their leaves and it's only September. Dumbo is an acronym.....for
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. What a Dumb Name....right!....Ahhhh....Artists that came to this industrial factory area, where Brillo was made and the Cardboard Box was invented....didn't want developers to take notice or interest so they could keep living and working there cheaper ...SO..
the residents came up with the name....to DETER Developers
interests......and It Worked ! Not so DUMBO after all !
Maybe we should change Holtsville to Hooterville and lower the taxes too !
From the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn side looking towards New York this says Oy Vey, but from the New York side looking at Brooklyn it says ........YO !
It's called " SeaGlass " and it's located now Downtown in Battery Park, NYC by the Staten Island Ferry building. $5.00 will put
you on this Unique Carousel of fish in an Aquarium atmosphere. Definately.............COOL ! ......WWW.SeaglassCarouselNYC
On this 2015 cold February morning, in the Hamlet
of Holtsville, in the Town of Brookhaven, New York Holtsville Hal woke
from a deep winters sleep at the Holtsville Ecology Center and Wildlife
Preserve. Hal was in for a surprise something he never expected. Upon
exiting his Burrow he looked around. His head turned from Right to Left
and then he spun around. He then again Looked from Left to Right still
without looking down yet. His head shook wondering why with his presents
there was no sound, let alone anything loud.....? Then he realized.....Where's the Crowd ?!
After 19 years, have I gotten this day wrong? I hear no announcement
not even a song ! Then he turned and saw a man in a Top Hat, and knew
then it was the Mayor of the Day ! He was in fact Right on this Day and
proceeded to look down at the White Snow then looked up to Daniel P.
Losquadro and said there's something you should know. There's nobody
here it's more then quite clear......Dan told him ...for children's
safety the Park was closed, but everyone still awaits to hear your
Official 2015 Prognostication. So Hal proceeded to tell him in
Groundhogese that on the White Snow all about, he did see his Shadow and the thought of Spring must now go.
Sorry Folks.......Six More Weeks of Winter !
From Left to Right in the above photo that I took on February 2, 1996 is Harold H. Malkmes the 17 Term Superintendent of Highways. It was Harold who studied Horticulture at Farmingdale State University, and brought that knowledge and his vision to take the town dump in Holtsville and create what is now known as the Harold H. Malkmes Ecology and Wildlife Center. Harold with his wife Joyce created the foundation in creating a park now loved by everyone who visits it. It has a complete zoo of animals, Olympic size swimming pool, classrooms, walking and running track with exercise equiptment, and a childrens playground. But Harold had one furry animal he decided to name after him, he didn't see him except on February 2nd, but it was this unique gesture that today lives on. It was this little event of less then a dozen people coming to that even Harold had no idea of where it was headed to. The next man, you could say we've all looked UP to. Because high in the sky all over this world Felix J. Grucci Jr. of Fireworks by Grucci a former US Representitive, and Brookhaven Town Supervisor at the time, and to become elected to the 107th US Congress, has had us all looking up saying ooooh, and awwwh to spectacular explosive artwork in the sky. The next man Greg Drossel, Holtsville Hal's handler a Dean at the Ross School in East Hampton was offered to be the handler of Punxsutawney Phil in the movie Groundhog Day but instead stayed with Hal to this very day. Greg has taken students across the globe on real safari's teaching them about the animals in the wild where they roam free. Next, is then the Brookhaven Superintendent of Highways Patricia Strebel . Hal's guardian angel, Ralph Garcia who believed in my vision by a challenge by my daughter to take Groundhog Day to it's highest potential, immediately built a larger home and area for larger crowds not yet seen. Ralph saw the passion, and went with it, and to him and everyone I say......I've only just begun,
to make Groundhog Day with Holtsville Hal the finest Winter event, for children and families to look forward to from Now until
People from all walks of life come each year to Groundhog Day all over the United States where it's held. They put down the electronic devices and spend precious one on one interaction with their children, family, and friends. They create a life long lasting memory in the
death of winter and are glad they did.
Holtsville Hal's Web Site is educational, inspirational, and fun. Sooooo Who is Stephen Tobolowsky ?! He is NED RYERSON in the movie. That annoying insurance agent, " AM I RIGHT, AM I RIGHT ". It was Ned entering the movie scene that subliminally reminds you this is going to be a funny movie ! Ned has said.....The Movie Groundhog Day shoot took 2 Months. The Very interesting obstical was the day had to exactly Repeat itself. That means it's either, Sun, no sun, rain, snow, foggy...etc. No one ever knew what they were faced with until the idea to make the day repeat itself and the shoot to make it started. This very idea to make it right stopped ALL Actors and crew from having a single Day Off.....they all were on Standby till it was Finished and Complete. Every single scene outside was shot in in Sun, Rain, Snow, Gloomy, etc. to make it consistant throughout. Hence........The entire staff REALLY DID have to live the Day.....OVER, and OVER,
and OVER, and OVER again, with not time off ! A good note in the end was.....Stephen's career went from being the bald guy to being the Bald Guy in Groundhog Day !
Speaking of Water Falls......On June 26, 2008 to October 13th in New York City along the East River a 40 year old artist by the name of Olafur Eliasson who lives in Copenhagen and Berlin created one of the most expensive art displays at $15.5 Million Dollars, for New York to experience. There were 4 one hundred and twenty foot high waterfalls. The one seen here I took under the Brooklyn Bridge. The falls flowed daily from 7:00AM to 10:00PM
.................Rebuilding One Step At A Time !
The stair case you see above may seem like nothing, but hear what I've heard from people of all ages who once walked them every time they were in the park . People of all ages have been using these stairs quietly and unnoticed. But for children, and parents who are working to rebuild an ailment, from stroke to leg problems of sprains, breaks etc. these are The Stairway to Heaven towards restoring strength and good future health. I'm sure Doctor Oz would quickly say stairs are GOOD EXERCISE. But because of poor maintenace and the ground shifting under them
they were taken down with no indication of restoring them! If the ground is shifting, simply hire a crew from San Francisco who know how to cope with the Earth shifting below them.....Problem solved. But the real answer is always......You Can If You Think You Can....so for the health and wellness and good of us all, lets rebuild ! Your stories of what these stairs mean to you that you shared with me will not fade into the wind!
..........Speaking of Health............and Creating Funds to feed the Animals
Two Years ago I presented the Groundhog 5K Run / Walk to the Ecology Center Manager. I believe this will become the largest Summertime Event,
the Center has ever had, to create funds for the Animals, veterinarian care, supplies and food + shelter. In these past 2 years I asked for a date to start my process and get the ball rolling. Every week I've been there asking
for a simple date with at least 6 months time to do it right. To this very date all I've gotten is excuses why " Not Now ". So since now it already is the End of Summer and Corporate Sponsors are already in the Holiday Events mode. I've said, we can't do this now.....and can only wish for a date now NEXT YEAR...............to have the time to create without a doubt
the Grandest Groundhog 5K Run / Walk ever witnessed !
If you ever have a comment, suggestion, or idea....on the sponsor page there is a short application to fill out, it only comes to me, and I'd love to hear from you for your support ! Wayne
If you've ever been to San Fancisco......this hill on Everit Street from Old Fulton Street to Middagh Street at the top in Brooklyn reminds you of it. It's exhausting just walking up it.....Well how about running up it about 10 times.....I wonder what Dr. Oz would say ...talk about your Daily Dose ! This group had no problem and past me like the wind.....Over and Over again UP Down Up Down....all I could think of is hey kids.....start exercising because they just heard about the future Groundhog 5K Run and can't wait for a date ! I think the hills in the park will have no effect on their times to cross the finish line ! Oh and Rain has No Effect on them !
There is a nice view at the top though...." That's Amore " if you remember in the movie MOONSTRUCK with Cher and Nicolas Cage as she returns home around the corner from the right kicking a can. The 1952 song " That's Amore " by composer Harry Warren and lyicist Jack Brooks became a huge hit in 1953 when Dean Martin sang it.
LET THE RACE BEGIN !
What you see here is a horse with only 75 yards to go to the finish line for the Triple Crown win at Belmont. What many don't know is when California Chrome exited the starting gate his hoof was hit by another horse by accident. But with that sore hoof, and bleeding, Chrome focused on what Chrome does best.....Win the Race. In this photo that I took, the race could of stopped right here......California Chrome had Already Won, for Everyone already Believed in him, and Everybody across the planet including me was rooting for him......He HAD ALREADY won the hearts of all of us, and the line ahead could NEVER and will Never, take that away from him. When the race was over the hoof was spotted and immediately taken care of by the jockey and owners, and to this day you realize it's not if you cross the line first, but that people believe in you,.. to TRY ! In 2016 this $8,000 dollar horse became the largest income winner in North America and the owner and California Chrome proved............the Little Guy, CAN win !
But it was BIG RED, that will never be forgotten....Even though he came in 4th at Aqueduct, Big Red stunned the world. The name however didn't impress the Jockey Club
so 3 names were submitted....Scepter, Royal Line, Something Special.....all those names
were rejected.....so three more were suggested.....Games of Chance, Deo Volante (Latin for God Willing) and one last name........that finally changed Big Red to became etched in hearts across the globe and now stone forever as the chestnut colt with a large heart that won the Triple Crown like no other by 31 lengths......you and I know him as........and my favorite !.......
Secretariat born at The Meadow, in Doswell, VA. Broke all 3 Track Records........The Derby time was 1:59 2/5, The Preakness time was 1:53 and finally right here in New York at Beautiful Belmont for the final leg " Triple CrownWIN his time was 2:24
Disney did NOT Buy the World Fair Grounds in Queens..............it's a HOAX !!!
The New York Pavilion at the Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY has Finally been added to the register of National Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the 50th Anniversary in 2014. It has now become the 44th type building to enter the field like President Lincoln's cottage in Washington D.C. Designed
by renowned Architect Philip Johnson and structual engineer Lev Zetin. The eliptical floor was covered with a large Terrazzo Map that replicated the Texaco Road Map of New York State that we once picked up at the gas station Bob Hope spoke for.
If we don't RESTORE "Our " history and allow others to let it crumble to the ground, our children will never enjoy or see or learn about their families past or about their visions and how they wanted to make a richer life ahead for them. It is time that we stop wishing that the Pavilion
etc. came back to life.....and stand up and help make it happen. If we don't, our own history will look like Planet of The Apes !
LOOK UP ! The New York Pavilion after 50 Rusting Years........is NOW getting Restored ! Yes The New York Structual Steel Painting Contractors Association Local Union 806, District Council 9, IUPAT is also Donating their work to it in Full.......! The work started this week and should be finished in a week or so.................LOL........OK, just kidding. Kids this one's for you to enjoy....The Baby Boomers are coming through finally ! Thank You all for restoring " our history " from now until Forever !
As this Golden Circle comes back to life, I can't help but think how people for 50 years simply let it rust and almost vanish. I sincerely hope now today's technologies make it some what easier to restore the 130' by 166' foot Texaco Terrazzo New York road map showing all of the 54,000 square miles within it. The original map that took then 1 Million to create was by a group of Art Students at Yale University who traced the entire road work by hand. In 2008 a group of graduate students involved in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania with their Professor Frank Matero restored several panels. The templates went to Manhattan Tile and Terrazzo Company to cut duplicates by hand, in metal strips with colored plastic inserts. It was then that Port Morris Tile and Marble Shop poured the Portland Cement of Terrazzo mixture. If you lived in NY
you surely stood on that map where you lived.....I know I did !
I don't know about you but I've had just about enough fun in the snow for this year !!!
Ok kids note below that I've spelled the name of the bridge and the man it's named after two different ways.........The first is how it's spelled everywhere, and the second is the correct spelling of the Explorer it
is named after that has not 1 but 2 Z's in the last name ! Yes kids....where are the Good Proof Readers ??!
It would now cost toooo much to correct all the places it is spelled wrong they say so they aren't going to do it....They Say.........Anyone want to bet it does get done.....!!!
There are now 3 pieces of history that represent " 1776 " ...........two stand right here in New York .........What are they ?!
The Freedom Tower Represents the Year in United States History of July 4, 1776. The tower is Exactly 17 hundred and 76 feet tall !
The Statue of liberty female form that French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi created that was a gift from the French to the United States is based on Libertas the Roman goddess of Liberty. On the tablet that she holds is the date of American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
A broken chain lies at her feet and is hard to see from the ground. Standing 151 feet tall and 305 feet from the ground to the torch. The head of the statue was displayed in Paris in 1878 at the worlds fair there. She stands on Liberty Island, 14.714 acres and once called Bledloe's Island. In 1956 it was renamed by an act of Congress.
The Empire State Building was designed by Architect William Lamb and started contruction in 1920 and finished ahead of time in April 1931. It was officially open on May 1, 1931. Apparently at that time they must of decided to place an extension cord from the building all the way to Washington DC so that President Herbert Hoover could push a button there and turn on the lights for the first time........sigh. There are 6,500 windows, which makes the Windex company happy, and 1,860 stairs of which every year is a race up them to the top.......It stands 1,250 feet tall and add 205 feet for the antenna. On a clear day you can see 80 miles. It has it's very own Zip Code...how cool is that ?! The Empire State Building was the place to go......but lost it's glory when the World Trade Center was built. When they fell, it regained it's popularity.....but now that the Freedom Towers finished.....It seems apparent, The Empire State Building has added a consistant colorful light show, to promote various events and excite people. The light show from event to event has been really something to see. You can always tell when it's team scores.....the tower goes ballistic, with spinning lights etc. The lights are a great addition, that says.....I lost the crowds attention to the competition South of me before, and I'm not about to do it again after I got them back ! !
The 262 foot tall Parachute Jump was first seen at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens. It originally had 450 lights on it. In 1941 it was moved to the shore of Coney Island. In 1968 it stopped operating. On the last year in office the Brooklyn Borough president, Marty Markowitz decided that you could hardly see it , the lighting was so bad. Sooooooo he gave it new life. Did he ever !
It now has a few more lights......8,000 to be exact and they are LED, and can be
programmed on a computer to dance to the music. But in this past year the lights, really have come to life. On the first day of summer 2013 Marty threw the switch and the Parachute Jump was given a new life, that can be seen from outer space ! To actually restore the Jump Marty was told 20 Million. From the Belt Parkway or Outer Space you realize the Coney Island Parachute Jump has taken your complete attention in a New Exciting Life of it's own.
With Coney Island and Astro Land, officially now open and the Cyclone completely having a make over and CitiField open for another exciting season !
Spring is really here...............Have a Great Summer !!
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