2001-02-17 / Columnists

On The Beach...

On The Beach...

I just love the notion that Bill Clinton will take his office space on
125 street in Harlem! I think it's a win/win all the way! I'm sure his
constituents and supporters in the Harlem community are ecstatic. Even some Republican neighbors in the area might be happy about having him there. I just love the way this latest of Clinton bashing has played out. Yes, $800,000 a year for office space at the exclusive Carnegie Towers is perhaps a bit excessive at the taxpayers expense; so what does he do? Instead of insisting on the glitzy Carnegie Hall Towers where his blue chip neighbors would have been people like Barry Diller, Steve Case, and Producer Robert Benton, and where he would've been able to dine on Caviar at the Russian Tea Room, he goes to Harlem! To a building with a FUBU billboard on its side--and where he can dine on Caribbean cuisine or soul food at Sylvia's!

Regardless of what one may think of his personal behavior, you have to say that this guy is cool! How can the Republicans attack this decision to lease space in Harlem!

Now the Marc Rich pardon, if it can be proven that the pardon was for
money and it can be traced to either the Clinton library or the Democratic
National Committee, or to Hillary's campaign, then I do believe that Clinton will, and should be, in trouble. The notion reeks of impropriety, but we'll have to see how it plays out.

I think that Morgan Stanley was wrong to send out an e-mail to all its clients apologizing for their decision to host and pay for Clinton's recent speech at a synagogue in Aventura, Florida. They invited him, they paid him, he was well-received and the speech commanded ovations. Clinton stayed on for an extra hour afterward for a Q & A. It was a successful evening by all accounts. I believe Morgan Stanley was wrong to apologize for their decision.

Perhaps Clinton didn't leave office under the most desirable circumstances, and surely his pardon of Marc Rich seems questionable, however, the man is a former President; and regardless of what he may have done to degrade the office, I don't think it serves us well or holds us in great stead on the world wide stage to continue to keep bashing him. I say, unless something serious can be proven, then let's leave him
alone.

If you enjoy photography, there's a wonderful exhibit on Edward Steichen at the Whitney Museum. Steichen, whose Family of Man Exhibit at MOMA is a tribute to humanity, at the Whitney features many of his famous photographs of movie stars from the golden age of Hollywood such as Garbo, Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, and W.C. Fields. Also his famous photographs of the New York
City skyline, the Brooklyn and Verrazano Bridge, and the Flatiron building to name a few. Steichen is considered to be the "Father of Modern Photography" and the exhibit is a must see for anyone who appreciates the art and his work.

Looking for a great place to dine out--if you're out of Rockaway? You must try Connolly's Station Pub and Grill. Located in Malvern, Long Island, proprietor Gerry Hughs is well-known through out the Rockaways. His menu features traditional Irish and American fare. There you will dine on salmon with dill sauce, shepherd's pie, chicken pot pie, and of course, Irish grill! He offers an 18oz. Porterhouse steak that is to die for! At $18.95, you can't go wrong. So, step out and pay Gerry a visit at his lovely place. You'll be treated very well.

There will be a fundraiser to benefit our parade on Sunday, February 25 at 3 p.m. at the Palm Garden Pub. Donation is $25 per person, and there will be an open bar, delicious food, and, of course, great music. Come out and support your parade and our honorees!

Happy Birthday to Wave Editor and Deputy Grand Marshal John C. McLoughlin!

See you...On the beach!


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