Guess I missed the grandest Rockaway St. Patrick's Day Parade throughout the years: our bravest and finest heroes who marching proudly along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg; horse drawn carriages for the Marshals and Deputy Marshals, (one to make Breezy Point proud, Ronnie McCarthy. Congratulations, Ronnie, they couldn't have made a better choice). And antique cars. How fondly we remember the big beautiful Cadillac we all loved so well. Due to the production of my "Travels in Style" show in Santo Domingo, I wasn't able to be there. However, I can surely picture the grandeur of it all. I thank my cousin, Gladys Crowley for filling me in on some of the particulars and I am glad so many of you enjoyed this special St. Patrick's Day parade.
Sorry I didn't get my column out last week, but I will try to bring you up to the events missed last week
Many patrons of The Salon on 116th St were disappointed it closed. Have no fear their three chief operators are now at Studio "J" or better known as "Janet's". Specialists in highlighting and styling, Gerri, Diane and Natasha veterans in the beauty business over, at least seven years, are now servicing their old customers and some new ones at Janet's Seaside Beauty Salon where, if you get a manicure, pedicure, hair cut or coif by them or any member of Janet's qualified staff or by Gary who personally colors and cuts my hair regularly, you will receive a complimentary gift certificate for one FREE week at Cyber Zone gym next door. And, in turn, if you sign up for use of CyberZone exercise machines you will receive a complimentary certificate toward any of the services Studio "J" offers for hair or nails, makeover or whatever. I, in particular love the designs Janet paints on my nails. People often stop me to comment on them. And, the manicure lasts so long I can go almost three weeks before a new one though Janet does not recommend that. There is no discrimination in this beauty salon, either. They love to service the men as well as the women.
Before I left the city I attended the 53rd Annual Christopher Awards ("Better to light one candle than curse the darkness" is their known philosophy.) at the Time and Life Building. Awards were given to: A Beautiful Mind; Iris; Shrek and The Widow of St. Pierre movies. ABC 20/20 Mother Dolores; American Experience Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided; Band of Brothers (HBO) and JAZZ (PBS); The Lost Battalion (A&E); Taking Back Our Town (Lifetime TV); Uprising Miniseries (NBC-YV)) and WIT (HBO).
Looking glamorous in sparkling red was Ruby Dee who consented to pose with me. A special Christopher award was presented to former mayor Rudolf Giuliani in absentia. A lovely evening.
Since the downfall of furs, leather has taken center stage. Years ago one of my favorite guests on The Dorothy Dunne Show, seen twice weekly for 12 years on Manhattan Cable, was the President of The American Fur Industry, Sandy Blye. Sandy is now with Creative Marketing Plus Public Relations and one of their accounts is Indian Leather, actually The Council for Leather Exports and Kuehne and Nagel, Inc. I was just delighted to see Sandy again and especially to become aware of the exquisite leather products that are being imported to the USA. To tell you the truth, I did not expect to see anything startling. How surprised I was and so impressed with the quality of goods. Not only that, but the wholesale prices were unbelievable. I want to get the word out about this to put our local shops on alert. Don't pass up this opportunity to please the Rockaway customer with affordable leather jackets, shoes, bags, wallets etc. while you make a nice profit for your self. Give Sandy Blye a call at Creative Marketing Plus and I am sure, if you mention my name, she will take special care of you. You can see Sandy wearing one of the leather jackets in the photo with me.
Since you can park freely and easily on city streets on Sundays you might wish to venture into Manhattan, but not too far uptown. I can highly recommend a cozy little Italian restaurant off Houston Street at 264 Elizabeth Street, where they offer all the pasta you can eat, a large salad for only $11.95. I was there on a press invite called Soprano Sunday. Not only was the pasta delicious (I ordered mine with clam sauce and found nice fresh clams in their shell that were excellent), but that particular night the waiters sang and entertained us and Soprano look-a-likes were present. I managed to get "Tuna" to pose with me. While dining we listened to Dean Martin Records singing tunes such as "Amore'" and others. A nice evening in a very homey, friendly atmosphere with well prepared Italian pasta.
I spent the past week in Santo Domingo to produce my Travels in Style TV Show for Travelspan, one of the best tour operators to Santo Domingo with the best and lowest packages . Air & Hotel as low as $550. Air only, round trip, $249 on North American Airlines, the airline I traveled from New York to Santo Domingo. They have brand new planes with comfortable roomy seats and good tasty meals. We stayed first at the Melia Juan Dolio Hotel/Resort where they gave me a glorious corner room on the fifth floor overlooking the pool and the ocean. I turned off the air conditioner, open the sliding door to the terrace and was lulled to sleep by the soft tropical breezes and the sound of the ocean. Though only 250 rooms they have four restaurants: International, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; outside Grill by the ocean; lunch and dinner; Italian and Mexican where you make your own tacos, as many as you wish.
Santo Domingo was celebrating their Independence Day with their annual Carnival. And what a Carnival it was. The Dominicans love to dress up and parade through the streets that day and they all do their own thing. In fact, you don't know which way to look. They parade both ways. And, music, music, music blasting through all the parade blocks. In fact you could not even hear the individual bands as they passed by the viewers. It was a fun time! We were then taken to the museums, Christopher Columbus' burial home, where his ashes lay, and a laser light beams above. We visited the most important building in America, the palace of Christopher Columbus; his son, Diego built it in 1510 but he left in 1577. Relatives donated artifacts to the palace museum. Though he had seven children: Fillipe, Maria, Juana, Isabelle, Louise, Christopher and Diego no more generations are left.
The weather in Santo Domingo is perfect, usually 72 degrees with tropical breezes to cool you when he temperature rises. Never uncomfortable.
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