It was on the spur of the moment that Peter Danzilo, as he was leaving mass, invited me to see his and his wife, Helene’s newly built Pink Palace on the corner of 219 street and Rockaway Point boulevard.
Need I tell you, I was awed by the magnificence of it, especially the kitchen. It is so spacious, sleek and commercial a television food show starring Peter (since Helen does not cook) and Kay Salica could be produced there.
As you enter this show home, a pretty floral display welcomes you as you step on unique large speckled black and gold glass floor tiles. Local Rockaway paintings by my favorite Rockaway artist, Bill Foge, adorn the walls. To the right is a sitting room with a round black sofa complimented by some very precious antique tables and lamps and an exquisite ivory Louis IV design baby grand piano. On one wall are shelves that hold Helene’s own crafted shells. Another blank wall above the sofa will hold a series of graduated Bill Foge paintings when finished. Peter showed me the sketches and they look very suitable for that wall, indeed.
An unbelievable thick multi-colored stained glass room divider hangs from the ceiling concealing a banquet dining room behind it with a long rectangular table that must seat at least 24 guests. (You find these in castles in Europe). Helene brought much of the furnishings from her former Brooklyn home that was sold.
Helene was so gracious to this unexpected guest. She gave me the grand tour even to her sparkling white walled basement that houses all her arts and crafts material, laundry room, huge walk in closet, liquor closet, etc.
She then took me to the carpeted, delightfully furnished second floor living room with doors unto a terrace exposing the impressive view of the bay and New York City. There are two bedrooms on this floor, one for a guest and a master bedroom with the bed facing the bay and New York view and terrace. Two beautifully appointed bathrooms, one with a jacuzzi tub. This palace is complete and replete with all the amenities one could desire. They insisted I join them for dinner at Kennedy’s. Though I declined at first I was very happy I changed my mind. Peter and I both ordered the soft shell crabs. Mine were sautéed and Peter’s fried. Either way they were delicious. Helene’s three pink lamb chops looked just perfect. With our appetites gone and our bellies full we parted for the night leaving me with a pleasant, memorable evening to store away. I wish them lots of luck and good wishes along with happy healthy days in their new home in Breezy. They also spend many of the winter months in a smaller home in Las Vegas.
Tubridy’s Pier 92 has been sold and they now have a new owner, Kelly, the name the restaurant bears now. You will see the same familiar staff members (waiters and bartenders) there to greet you. Tom Connors invited me for brunch on Sunday and, I must say, I enjoyed it thoroughly. They offer a nice buffet and made to order omelet stand. Howard Yeager, their maser chef prepared a very delicious omelet for me just the way I like it. Everything is made fresh and to order. You may want to stop by and try it out. I am sure you will find a nice way to spend Sunday morning and early afternoon. They serve till 3 p.m.
Welcome back to Mr. And Mrs. Gildea who have returned home from their trip to Ireland.
BPSC Bocce: Shirley Hanrahan is in the semi-finals for women’s singles. Will she be the Bocce Queen again this year? You will be able to see Shirley perform in the annual BPSC show on August 28. Mark your calendar. Paul Hanrahan and Claire Hughes are also in the semi-finals for Guys and Dolls. They are in the top four.
All you beautiful, talented women "49" and holding, be on the alert. The Golden Girl 2000 Pageant is looking for you. Auditions will be starting this fall so please contact me if you are interested in stardom and a unique, fun experience in these wonderful years of your life.
The Inter-Continental Hotel took over the old Ritz Carlton on Central Park South between Fifth and Sixth avenue and had a spectacular opening last week. Live piano music set the stage. Stations of lobster, oysters, big giant shrimp, filet mignon, peeking duck, pasta dishes and two open bars were offered. Lucious lamb chops, crabmeat cakes and other hors d’ouevres were passed around. If this was not enough two tickets for a carriage ride were given to each guest. The hotel is beautiful in its new renovation. Stop in and see it when in Manhattan and suggest it to your out of town friends. They will be delighted with it. Al rooms are beautifully appointed with the latest business facilities and many with a marvelous view of Central Park.
The gift show is in town this week at the Javits Center and the piers. It has enlarged to an unbelievable size. I started at the kids division and found some very useful gifts for my grandchildren. Woodkins, "Dress Up Kids," won the best toy award. A child can change the mood and face of the doll and dress it up or down with the change of scrap material laid over the doll with outline wood placed on top to achieve great easy changing results. It comes with a carrying case or back pack style. Perfect for traveling and for keeping your little ones occupied. Another item, not only interesting, but very helpful, is the American Girl Library. One book titled "Help" is a girl’s guide to divorce and step families. Some great advice and insight in this one. Many other topics are handled in their other books. Want to bring a little culture to your child? There are a series of CDs for children called Classical Child. One is called "At The Opera." Various others are by favorite classical composers.
Carnival cruise line claims assault reports of more than 62 rapes are not hampering bookings. In the meantime, the ICCL issued zero tolerance policy regarding shipboard crime.
San Diego…Westin Hotel offering kids 12 and under stay free and eat free through Labor Day. Rates $135 per night.
British Airways on sale…till August 31 for travel September 5 through October 30 round trip to London $448.
London and Paris…$492 August and September…land only through DER Travel Services.
Senior Bermuda special…Norwegian Crown, seven days, from New York to Bermuda, includes port charges…$699; ocean view $799.
Puerto Rico has special rates to save 80 percent in its endless summer program includes seventh night free…continental breakfast, $25 match play, show admissions, discount dining and shopping and kids eat free and receive a kids pack. Good till December 13.
San Juan…one way on Am. Trans $99 from New York City or Ft. Lauderdale.
Air Europe…round trip New York/Venice/Pisa $425 through September 30.
Golf International has reduced rates to Europe 14 days England/Scotland/Wales in September and October $1,795 per person with car rental.
Bermuda… four days $439 includes round trip air/hotel/taxes/transfers and more.
Trinidad…$399 and $499, 24 hours advance booking. Children’s discount, 75 percent off adult fare of $499 non refundable with BWIA.
Holland America Alaska cruisetours starting at $1861 special promotion.
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