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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The King , The City , and a Merry Christmas to all !!!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays to all !!!! Thank you all for your heartwarming comments on the prior post and I hope all of you have a safe and happy holiday season that brings you and your family good tidings and great joy.

The city finally gave the King some respect for the holidays and put up a billboard to let people know he is out there representing. Holla !! my yellow cab brother drives by !!

I have performed every one of these dances at one time or another in my life , especially my favorite move which is the walking in place Frankenstein shuffle by the kid in the green shirt in the back.....they all work well though at any festive party.

No Christmas tree is complete without a King Of New York Hacks ornament.

Blurry tree shot , but I kinda dig the way it came out.

Flushing, Chinatown in Queens.

Flushing Cabstand, Main St and Roosevelt Queens. Usually where I start my night.

The infamous 86 st in Brooklyn, only thing missing is John Travolta walking down the street carrying paint cans and eating a double stacked slice of pizza Saturday Night Fever style. Fuhgeddaboudit !!!!

Astoria, Queens. Where I spent my early childhood and some of my family still remains. Great place.

THE Snowflake 57 st and 5th Ave.

And there is certainly something great about the 27-foot Big Snowflake. To learn who sponsors it, when it is hung and lit, visit the Unicef Snowflake site.

We've learned that it has been there for the past 17 seasons and was designed by Douglas Leigh ("the man who brought animated billboards to Times Square and immortalized Time Square with its famous Camel billboard with its smoking ring" --

The further away you get , the better it looks. Brilliant.

This video captures Christmas scenery in New York in 2008 including world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, UNICEF Snowflake, holiday windows and etc. Christmas in NY is the best in the universe even in tough economy time! Compliments of my man CubeNewYork. Well done !!

Tree on 58th street which is huge and a startling blue. I don't know if its a hotel or luxury condos, but it is breathtaking.

No, even at Christmas we will never forget.

This is all I can afford from the Yankees now.

God Bless America, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our brothers and sisters overseas, we hope to see you soon !!

Hell yeah, even Darth Vader gets into the spirit now !!!!

I just signed this NY Yankee snowman to be on my tree for 8 years $180 million dollars..I hope he's not on steroids.

Don't forget St. Patricks day is just around the corner !!! A good reminder at Christmas !!!!

The best Christmas explanation I ever heard was the one Linus gave to Charlie Brown...

I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people,and on earth peace, good will toward men, and women of course.

NYC prepping the streets for the holidays !!

Even Mickey Mouse couldn't stay away from the sights and sounds of NYC !!!

This is a nice Christmas deer, However......

My niece's Christmas deer which she taped to the wall is far more superior !!!

The GE Building is an Art Deco skyscraper that forms the centerpiece of the Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Known as the RCA Building until 1988, it is famous for housing the headquarters of the television network NBC. At 850 feet (259 m) tall, the 70-story building is the 9th tallest building in New York City and the 32nd tallest in the United States. The building is sometimes referred to as 30 Rock, a reference to its address at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

One squeegee guy and a Zamboni Machine to clean the ice ?? The economy is bad !!

Working hard !!

One day , I'm going to drive that Zamboni vehicle !!

They have a pit which they dump all the excess ice into, never saw that in all my years til this day.

The Gold dude in the fountain?? This is who he is !!!
In Greek mythology, Prometheus (Ancient Greek: Προμηθεύς, "forethought")[1] is a Titan known for his wily intelligence, who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals for their use.[2] Zeus then punished him for his crime by having him bound to a rock while an eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. His myth has been treated by a number of ancient sources, in which Prometheus is credited with (or blamed for) playing a pivotal role in the early history of humankind. There is an inscription on the wall behind him which reads "Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends." Rock on Prometheus, thanks for the fire !!

and as Prometheus watches , a lady in the Red Vest does The Rockefeller "Cha Cha" !!!
Rock on Red Vest lady !!!

The Rockefeller Tree Star.

Smaller replica of the Swarovski star atop the tree.

Yes , it is a BIG star !!!!

The Rockefeller Tree Lighting !!!

'The Tree is LIT !!

Some random trees throughout the city.

Trump building Wall ST

30 Wall St

The Olympic Station Building across from St Patricks Cathedral.

Staten Island Ferry Tree ...and no those people aren't dead, just a frequent sight on my way home after driving Friday nights and everyone coming home from partying around 4:30 AM. They just crash out on the floor waiting for the ferry to arrive. Classic. I have more shots like these for a later post.

The Herald Square Trees, love the special lights that simulates snow coming down !!

SAKS 5th Avenue Windows

I believe they are all based on a book called "Snowflake City"....

I like the sign "curb your penguin". Don't think I've ever seen penguin shit.

They were O.K. looking , but for SAKS , I thought it was ...."meh".

Santa yelling Yippee !! The Chrysler Building replica, my favorite building in the city.

The Chrysler Building during my night shift.

Front of SAKS , The Dancing Snowflakes !!!

The Dancing Snowflakes show !!! Enjoy !!

It wouldn't be Christmas without seeing Charlie Brown take care of his own tree with some help from all his friends.

The King is always watching , just like Santa Claus.
So in closing I hope I brought you good tidings of great joy, to all people who read this post,and on earth peace, good will toward men, and women...and penguins. I may not be Linus , but I am THE KING OF NEW YORK HACKS ! Be safe everyone and have a great holiday. Peace out peepers.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Grand Central, Beer Goggle Santa and Bloomingdales. Enjoy !!

Grand Central Station.....A Masterpiece

Click on the pics to enlarge and appreciate.

If I had learned education, I would not have had time to learn anything else.

Born on Staten Island, Vanderbilt began working on ferries in and around New York as a young boy, quitting school at age 11. By age 16 he was operating his own business—after having borrowed money from his mother—ferrying freight and passengers between Staten Island and Manhattan. During the War of 1812, he received a government contract to supply the forts around New York City. He operated sailing schooners, which is where he gained his nickname of "Commodore."

On December 19, 1813, Cornelius Vanderbilt married his cousin and neighbor, Sophia Johnson (1795-1868), daughter of his aunt Elizabeth Hand Johnson. He and his wife had 13 children, 1 died in childhood.

You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I will ruin you.

—-Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1853 (in a letter to former business associates Morgan & Garrison

Net worth $167.4 billion, according to Wealthy historical figures 2008, based on information from Forbes - February 2008. Thanks Wikipedia.

In October 1871, Vanderbilt struck up a partnership with the New York and New Haven Railroad to join with the railroads he owned to consolidate operations at one terminal at East 42nd Street called Grand Central Depot, which was the original Grand Central Terminal, where his statue reigns today. The glass roof of the depot collapsed during a blizzard on the same day Vanderbilt died in 1877. The station was not replaced until 1903-1913.

Never knew that.

...and here he is Cornelius himself under a very large wreath. I once had his granddaughter Wendy in my taxi and as we took the same route I commented to her how I grew up in Staten Island and visited her ancestors mausoleum which is a work of art at Moravian Cemetery in Staten Island. She commented to me that she and her family were always proud that the city preserved what he built. She was a charming woman and I hope I get her in my taxi again.

Now , lets do a 360 and REALLY appreciate MY FIRST DRUNK SANTA ever in my taxi.

Thank you , thank you, please please, everyone stop clapping and get back to the blog.

I got in line as 2 cabs pulled up to this Santa and as they pulled off leaving Santa Claus without a ride I felt the NEED to get Santa to his destination regardless of his state of mind.

ITS SANTA DAMMIT !!! I was the lucky one to pick Santa up. Beer Goggles and all.

A Christmas classic indeed.

Before I let Santa in I locked the doors and asked if he was going to puke as he hiccuped where his destination was which was believe it or not Macy's at 34th St...His answer was "I did that already , don't worry about it" A Miracle to 34th St indeed was occurring in my cab tonight ...a drunk guy ....NOT going to throw up...and Kris Kringle heading towards the grandpooba of Santa gatherings round the world !!! He got in , asked me kindly to put some rock n roll on and BLAST it ...He gave me a station number , I cranked it up , he said "F*** yeah , thats what Santa needs" and then passed out. Tears flowed down my cheeks at the fact that Santa was sleeping in my Taxi....and here he is sleeping with his beer goggles up against the partition. It truly is Christmas.

....and he sinks lower and lower as I hold my breath that he doesn't puke...SANTA don't puke !!!
He awoke exactly at where I was gong to leave him at a red light across the street from Macy's , thanked me for stopping and cranking the music , wished me a Merry Christmas , tipped me $5 and exited the cab to a gaggle of people trying to get an empty taxi and coherently put his beer goggles on and walked into the new customers asked " Was Santa drunk?". I replied , "no he was Shitcanned"....BUT he was Santa so let it go !! ...and they did.

The front of Bloomingdales.

The back of Bloomingdales.

Bloomindales has speakers set up which play Tony Bennett tracks off of his new CD, "A Swingin' Christmas featuring the Count Basie Big Band" as you walk by all the decorated windows. Tony was from where my father and mother grew up and I grew up a little in Astoria,Queens NYC. I saw him perform in Vegas at The Desert Inn for the Millennium with his daughter as the opening act and Mr.Warmth Don Rickles at a table right next to me. He actually sang a song without a microphone to show how the Desert Inn acoustics were so well built that he didn't need a microphone. He sounded great.

This is his first holiday album in 40 years.

You can hear other tracks at this site:

...or just click on the video and listen as you scroll through Bloomie's with The King.....Soooooo what are ya gonna buy me?

Click on the photos to enlage and enjoy.

Jingle Bells.

Jingle Bells photo # 2.

Silver Bells.

I'll be home for Christmas.

The Christmas Waltz.

Christmastime is here.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

Santa Claus is coming to town ..why?? BECAUSE THE KING PICKED HIS DRUNK ASS UP !!!

Oh Christmas tree.

Well, thanks for visiting Bloomingdale's with me , I had a grand time and appreciate all the gift cards you'll be sending my way ....I may not work at Bloomie's but I am the King Of New York Hacks. Hope all your shopping is done and as my fellow brother Mad D.C. Cabbie always says, please don't forget the homeless. Peace out.

I really mean it ...the King was homeless once ...and it ain't no fucking picnic. Reach out my brothers and sisters, its the holidays and it is COLD here .

Nuff said....Thanks for stopping by everyone , next stop maybe Rockefeller Center...or who knows ?? Its a fun ride no matter !!!!