2000-09-23 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne…

Dorothy Dunne...

Dunne with former U.S. Senator Al D’Amato (left) and former Mayor Ed Koch. Photo by Joe Ballaris.
Dunne with former U.S. Senator Al D’Amato (left) and former Mayor Ed Koch. Photo by Joe Ballaris.

Manhattan gets closer everyday as we look forward to ferry service from the big city to Breezy Point. How great! And how wonderful for Rockaway as well. This is the break we have been waiting for to revitalize the community and to bring it to its fullest intention. The ferry does, however, need to be subsidized to make it affordable. If Mayor Giuliani can take the fare away from the Staten Island Ferry, why can’t he do the same for a ferry to Rockaway, Queens? If not free than make it almost free. Access to Gateway National Park from Manhattan for city dwellers is pertinent to the success of the park. It will also be a big boost to Rockaway and its residents as well. Three cheers for Congressman Anthony Weiner and the National Park Service for the work and accomplishments made so far. But don’t stop now. There is still more to be done to establish it completely. Just keep up the good work.

Many of you attended the end of the season celebrations that included the Jamaica Bay Viking Sail. This must have piqued your curiosity about Vikings. That problem is easily solved… The American Museum of Natural History at 79 street and Central Park West is exhibiting Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga from October 21, 2000 to January 21, 2001. That gives you plenty of time to get over there and acquire all the information about them that you need. In addition, a Viking village will be recreated on the plaza of the American Museum of Natural History. Participants will be dressed in Viking costumes and will demonstrate Norse saga telling, children’s games, jewelry making and much, much more. It should make an interesting day for the entire family.

Before I go on to other things, I must mention to you about Brown’s Hardware store on 116 street where you get the biggest bargains in town. You pay a third of the price than in Home Depot. Believe me, I was there a week or so ago to get Clobber to fix a drain. This stuff is powerful and works! Anyway, when I paid for it I was amazed it was such a low price… half of what Home Depot charged and I was thankful I did not buy it there. Another lady customer told me she bought it the week before and paid twice the amount across the street. Browns has the best buys in town. Check their prices and you will see.

Promised I’d give those bocce scores this week. Here they are: number one winner in men’s singles—Sean Halligen; second place—Kevin Walsh; third—Jim Brady; and fourth—John Hughes. Kathy Kosok took the bocce queen crown in women’s singles. Janice and Billy Ryan walked off with first honors in guy and dolls and right behind them Ann and Jim West for second.

Dunne with Michael Bloomberg and Paula Zahn. Photo by Joe Ballaris.
Dunne with Michael Bloomberg and Paula Zahn. Photo by Joe Ballaris.

Tennis scores… Shadows best were Tom Casal; Mary Hunt; Mysteries: Jack Olden and Kathy O’Neil. Congratulations to you all. If you are a winner and not in this list please contact me.

SoHo is fast becoming the trendy place to live as well as display art. Over the weekend I attended an informal dinner party at the home/gallery of Stacey Waddill who wanted all of her guests to know Roy Cross, multi-talented, painter, sculptor, drummer and gourmet chef originally from Trinidad. The rooms were large as they are in SoHo to display Roy Cross’ unusual sculptures and paintings adequately. He works with whatever materials he has on hand because he cannot be idle at any time and enjoys whatever he is immersed in at the time. You will see cloth standing sculptures as well as aluminum and tin. He plays the steel drums as only a Trinadadian can. And what a chef he is. A spicy bean based soup. The likes I have never had before was a starter course followed by a huge platter of vegetable bouillabaisse. Excellent. We met Char, one of the dinner guests who publishes a magazine for young boys 13 to 18, he is a paralegal and a stimulating dinner guest. It was most enjoyable.

It was nice to see my son’s friend, Jimmy Matuozzi at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). Sean Wynn from Breezy Point was there with his girlfriend, Susan Williams enjoying the Bonnie Cashin Practical Dreamer Exhibition, retrospective highlights of pioneer in American fashion. It will be on view until January 6, 2001 at the FIT Museum. It was sponsored by Coach, one of the finest names in leather and there were lots and lots of leather outfits. Which by the way is tops in fashion right now.

Gold is where you find it and I found it at Breakfast at Tiffany’s this Sunday which was really more like a brunch that started at 11 a.m. Wonderful fruit, poached salmon with glorious sauce, little buns and apple and blueberry crepes. It was all so delicious and nutritious. And, gobbling among the gold necklaces and bracelets made it even better. Gold from head to toe is what is in this year. Designers are going for gold in everything from leather to lipstick and ultra luxe looks in faceted beads and liquid lame. This oncoming gold rush sparks a desire for gold in all guises, but also the urge to revel in the real thing… gold jewelry, and where can you find the best gold jewelry? In Tiffany’s of course. It just set off the model’s outfits luxuriously.

Since we are having a gold rush why not take a trip to Alaska.


Reduced airfare from JFK $399 with Alaska and Klondike Cruise tours combinable with 25 percent early booking discount.

Caribbean: ms. Veendam from San Juan, Puerto Rico from $599. October through December.

Brand new New Amsterdam, November 29 and December 9 from $1149, 10 day Panama Canal.

Thanksgiving sale November 19… from $699 seven day Western run of ship special. Seven day Eastern, January 13 and February 3, $599 from Miami.

Celebrity five night special on Zenith, November 12 for as little as $299, San Juan to Fort Lauderdale.

Senior special on Royal Caribbean. Splendor of the Seas… San Juan/Miami October 30, $599.

Norweigen Majesty must be booked by Friday, September 22; 8 p.m. for October 1 sailing $529 Ins.; OV $549; ms. Norweigen Sky Ins. $499; OV $529 seven day Eastern Caribbean, October 15, departs Miami.

Senior special seven day Eastern Caribbean $649 Ins.; OV $749; suites $999.

SS Norway Air $199 RT NY/Miami/NY JFK; Ins. $799; OV $899. January through March, seven day Eastern Caribbean cruise… 10 day Panama from $1,149, pre and post packages in Costa Rica.

Celebrity Cruise Line, Zenith 10/11 night ultimate Caribbean, Fort Lauderdale, RT $1,049 (10 nights) and $1,199 (11 nights); November 17, December 8—10 nights, November 27 (11 nights).

Check my TV segments for more travel specials and/or e-mail me at www.dorothydunne.com.

Give me a call and away we go!

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