If you've passed by the stretch of 9th street near Fifth Avenue to go to C Town, New York Sports Club, or secretly gorge on McDonald's while you trick your spouse into thinking you're sticking to your diet, you may have noticed that a new branch of Allstate has opened up.
To celebrate their grand opening and introduce themselves to the neighborhood, the Steven Schneider Agency (336 9th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 718-686-1200) is throwing two events this weekend. Both are free and both are useful.
In third grade I was introduced to my first Apple computer at Hewlett Elementary school. We could only use it during Library time of course, and ironically the only thing I ever did on the thing was play Oregon Trail. But I was really, really good at Oregon Trail, and so needless to say, that Apple IIc made a serious impression on me.
Since then, neither I, nor anyone else in my immediate family has ever owned anything but Apple computers...and I can't imagine that ever changing for the rest of my life. I'm typing this post from my macbook air, and have been reading the outpouring of love and admiration for Jobs on my iPhone. I'm sure the same is true for millions of others--this is not insignificant.
Although I know better intellectually, Apple doesn't feel like a brand or a company to me...it's really become a genuine part of my life. I have been inspired and awestruck by Steve Jobs' creative vision and unstoppable passion for innovation for many years now. I've sat at my desk at work watching his livestream presentations from Cupertino and have watched his Stanford commencement speech vid at least a dozen times. So perhaps this is why I burst into tears last night when I arrived home to hear the news of his passing.
I never could have guessed that I'd feel so devastated about the passing of a man that I had never even met, and yet I was...and I am.
I can't ice skate. At all. But for those who can, you'll have some hockey-sized skating rinks right in Prospect Park to gracefully glide over next winter! The Prospect Park Alliance posted new construction photos to their website of the Lakeside project, which'll include a few skating rinks, relandscaping of 26 acres and -- commenters, warm your typing fingers -- a "Chase Cafe." Chase Bank has donated $1.6 million toward the $74 millie dollar project, so after skating to your heart's content, you can head over for some Home Equity loan scones and a Roth latte. Lakeside is expected to open in December 2012 or January 2013.