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Upbeat Announcements & Community “Skyscrapers for Halloween”


struction. Te developers, trim- ming their costs, chose to use non -unionized laborers. Steinway Tower is the tallest project in NYC constructed with non-union la- bor.


Multiple lawsuits


flew around NYC due to Halloween worthy incidents: Te tallest freestand- ing crane ever used in NYC history, at 220 feet was fright- ening enough. How- ever, a scaffold broke free on the 55th floor and a huge shower of shattered glass from cracked windows covered the side- walks during a high wind day. Not too clear about whether or not some of the laborers lived through “on site in- cidents,” lawsuits established that


for a mere $35. Scatter them all about your garden ‘life’ for a magnificent explosion in spring. A wonderful gift for the friend who says they can’t ever grow anything, a re- minder every year of your friendship! Be sure to pick up bulb food to get all of your trea- sures off to an ex- cellent start. Look for bulb planters, augers and dibbers to make your tasks more efficient and of course add to your garden tool collection. Look for heirloom variet-


ies of Allium, meaning garlic in Latin. Plant Sicilian Honey Lilly bulbs with umbels of pendant greenish-white flo- rets flushed purple, 36 inches of wonderfulness. Specialty catalogs are full of amaz-


one worker fell from a scaffold with no railing, another fell in a partial building col- lapse, and one more had a leg crushed when a steel beam slipped. Considering all that, it is not sur- prising that the sales of projected condos went very slowly, compared to the now many unusually posh, tall new buildings nearby. Finally, the news in May, 2019, stated the remarkably glamorous penthouse at 111 West 57th is in contract for $58 million. (Photos can be seen on internet.) One would think that the 7,000 plus- square-foot, 3 BR duplex, with a stag- gering view of Cen-


tral Park, might be NYC’s most expensive. But, no, it is said that


Fall Begins!


‘And forget not that the Earth


bare feet and the winds long to play with your


hair.’ Khalil Gibran


delights to feel your


ing varieties. Check out one of my very favorites ww- wjohnscheepers.com. This fourth-generation family will entice you with page after page of fabulously splendid colorful il- lustrations. It’s time to plant my very favorite ‘WILD’ flowers! Find a bare patch of sunshine or several acres to plant. Scarify the soil, and gently rake in. Broadcast evenly, press seeds into the soil and let the rains do the rest. La Pluie est Magique! There


are so many mail order com- panies offering a dazzling ar- ray of wildflower mixes either for shade or sun, for drought or moist locations. Harmony Farms 707-823-9125 has bulk mixes and single species as well. You decide! Don’t forget to clean your


the hedge fund billionaire, Ken Griffin, purportedly the richest man in Illinois, broke all records by acquiring the penthouse at 220 Central Park South, for $238 mil- lion, making it the most expen- sive home sold in the U. S. Let’s hope these folks are not


prone to vertigo. Cynthia Liu, senior VP for WSP and project manager, was quoted as saying: “We don’t want to see cracks on plaster, or glass, or leaky windows because


the building is mov-


ing too much.” Hmmmm. How pleasant is a one-story home! Simon Koster was quoted: “We (consider) the overall stiffness of the building, movement, sway and slenderness…all part of res- idential buyer’s lexicon now in NYC.” Ah! Tis crazy Halloweenesque


competition does not end in NYC or the US. Many other countries with prominent cities are sprout- ing ever upward. Currently, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, is the tall- est building in the world. Skid-


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bird feeders this month, dry them thoroughly and visit Wild Birds Unlimited, 71 Brookwood Avenue, 707-576- 0861 to choose perfect seed to tempt your feathered friends and get all of your questions answered. It’s also a great time to bleach and scrub bird baths that you’ll want to be sure to rinse very well with vinegar, feathered friends like I said! Put out nesting boxes in quiet and safe places. Each intricate season is full


of new discoveries bringing us closer to our gardens and the plants we so lovingly culti- vate. Silver lined clouds drift slowly across the horizon with ribbons of soft pink starting to mingle with them high above the hills, as the shorter days begin to fade into dark, star dotted skies of evening.


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more, Owings and Merrill, LLP, the same American architectural/ engineering firm involved in NY skyscraper building designed it. Dubai has three more in the works now. China soon will tally 21 of the world’s tallest skyscrap- ers by 2020. NYC counts on sev- eral more evolving. A breathtaking race in any lan-


guage: Skyscraper in Spanish: “rascacielos;” in French: “le grat- te-ciel;” in Italian: “grattacielo;” in German: “Wolkenkratzer;” and in Russian: “He60ckpe6.” (Pardon the effort at Cyrillic alphabet.) To top out NY Halloweenesque


visions, you can get weekly emails to horrify you about what $8,000/ month rent gets you (and more) from “New York Homes of the Week” if you subscribe with your email address. If you’re lucky, a youngster will


share jellybeans with you! Happy Halloween! ~


Weird Facts & Trivia - 5


Cooking food with fire or heat is a uniquely human activity. While archeological evidence for cooking only goes as far back as 1 million years ago, cooking may have started 2 million years ago.


A chef traditionally wears white because the chef of the first prime minister of France (1815) believed that white was the most hygienic of all the colors.


Historically, the taller the chef's hat, the more impor- tant or knowledgable a chef was. Today, most chef hats are about 9–12 inches tall.


The fear of vegetables is called "lachanophobia."


Ellie


We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less. ~ Diogenes


UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • OCTOBER 2019 • Pg 27


Mizz Kimberly


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