2005-02-25 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne


News Events/Travel Editor/Host WNYX - TV Morning News

12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

New York City is Hot, Hot! Hot! And busy, busy, busy showing off the “Gates” to our own and global viewers, hosting athletes from all over the world in preparation for the bidding of the 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home for the 2005 Toy Fair at the Javits Center and Toy Building.

Yes, I caught my first view of the artistic “Gates” in Central Park from the Plaza Hotel press headquarters covering Olympic Games bid and then at the New York Athletic Club evening reception that gave an aerial view where the saffron colored curtains could be seen throughout various parts of Central Park. Some loved it, some were indifferent and some didn’t care for it at all. In fact, one observer said it looked like a colorful car wash. Regardless, it served it’s purpose by drawing people from all over the world to NYC turning a big monetary profit for the City. And, most important, it was completely paid for by the artists Christo. E-mail me what you think of it.

At a press luncheon at Christies, earlier that day, Mayor Bloomberg spoke about his deep desire for 2012 to be held in NYC and the improvements in infrastructure such a subways, waterways, lakes, new neighborhoods etc. will take place. There will be new programs in rowing, fencing and cycling; an Olympic pool in Queens, a new stadium on Randall’s Island and problem solving before the awards. A no strike pledge from the labor unions and extensive publicity with six thousand posters and signs at strategic spots. Mayor Bloomberg also revealed his daughter, an equestrian, will compete on Staten Island. New York City will not only be the most beautiful, but the cleanest, most pristine and most sports minded and sports facilitated, city in the world.

The Toy Show is bigger and better than ever. The first two days at the Toy Building where I was invited to Oregon Scientific reception that displayed their newest in computers for toddlers and older children. Cool School Tools, new electronics for tweens and teens; tech travel toys to keep kids occupied for over six hours; a Barbie B-Bright lap top for ages 3 to 6, the newest, an interactive Barbie interactive dictionary and a Barbie digital camera, and more and more. And at the Javit’s Toy Center, even myriads of toys for every child. However, with all this I was most impressed with the newly, renovated famous F.A.O. Schwarz toy store on Fifth Ave.

This is the ultimate in toy stores. It is not only a NYC Landmark, it is a cherished institution, one we are all happy is back. David D. Shaw, CEO of parent company D. E. Shaw purchased F.A.O. Schwarz this past year. You simply have to see the changes that have been made. It has been redesigned with a breathtaking Grand Hall with more than 20,000 computer controlled colored lights, a giant dance-on piano key board (photo service beyond compare dancing on it) lavish ice cream parlor serving incredible desserts. Since visitors come from around the world signs in various languages are posted, a collection of purebred dogs and life sized animals of all kinds, special collectible dolls and Lee Middleton newborns, games galore and a 3D motion simulator where you experience a trip to space, a stock car race and an adventure in a glacier. You get gift cards and wrapping which most stores forgot about long ago and service beyond compare.

An elegant dinner was given at Cipriani’s for the British Memorial Garden, a memorial for the 67 British who were lost in the 911 World Trade disaster. It will be placed in Hanover Square the creation of British N.Y. during the Dutch period. It was New York’s prominent center for commerce and culture during the British colonial era.

TRAVEL:

Barbados (bk asap) 5 days save 20% Time Out At The Gap, Air/Land; Sgls. Club Med 18 and older $1278-$1455 Bermuda Film Festival Mar. 18 -24; Holland America Line $599 to Caribbean; QE2 50% off RT N.Y So. Hampton; 3 nts Stockholm from $599 Air incl. Galapagos 7 days, $1599; 7 nts. Punta Cana, Square Deal $799, Melia Carib $1099; Cancun 3nts Holiday Inn $699, Air,Hotel Transf.

More travel specials on WNYX TV E-mail Dorothy Dunne@yahoo.com . Give me a call and AWAY WE GO!!!

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