Thursday, February 21, 2008

Stern Unconcerned

At the NBA’s 2008 All-Star Game, basketball Commissioner David Stern made some comments about our beloved Knicks. He said, “I’m optimistic, at least for next season.” And to think that we fans in New York were looking ahead to another catastrophic, hopeless year at Madison Square Garden. Silly us!

Albanian Flags Fly In New York For Kosovo

Ten years ago, the war-ravaged country of Kosovo suffered 10,000 casualties under brutal ethnic cleansing conducted by Serbian Slobodan Milosevic. For those who remember it, the tragedy was staggering. When word reached New York that Kosovo had declared itself to be a free country, ethnic locals who supported the move erupted in joyous celebration. Albanian flags could be seen flying in cars parading up and down city streets and in many shop windows too. Congratulations to the world’s newest democracy! As free people, high taxes aside, I’m confident most New Yorkers salute your new country and peoples. I also wish you peace and prosperity in the years to come.

Mama Mia, It’s $4.00 Pizza!

Di Fara’s Pizza, known in Midwood Brooklyn since 1964 for one of the best tasting slices around, is now known for having the most expensive regular slice in New York! Though it just jumped from $3.00 to $4.00 per slice, the regulars keep lining up for more. Pizza elsewhere in Brooklyn typically sells for $2.00-$2.50 per slice. The owner, Mr. DeMarco says the price increase is necessary because of the higher-priced, quality products he imports direct from Italy. So far it appears that Di Fara’s loyal customers are more than willing to swallow the high/higher/highest prices so long as their favorite pizza keeps on tasting as good as ever.

NOTE: Just a quick thought. Every Italian I ever spoke with claims New York pizza tastes much better than any made in Italy. Maybe it’s our water and not their products that make for really great pizza flavor!