Retraction. Memories of a Tragic Event. Good Food, Good People.
In last week’s blog I ranted a bit about Lady Gaga and why the NFL selected her for the Super Bowl halftime show. I mentioned lack of talent, etc., and I was wrong. Lady Gaga’s performance, supported by tremendous production and execution, was actually a perfect fit for the Super Bowl. I really enjoyed the first thirty minutes of football and the halftime show. The last thirty minutes of football…not so much.
I had the opportunity to visit the World Trade Center site yesterday. The last time I was there was shortly after 9/11 and at that time the only visible elements were the vast area of rubble, building materials and equipment. Sixteen years later, the new One World Trade Center stands at a building height of 1,362 feet, the height of the original WTC South Tower. An amazing building, it is one of five structures that will be built on the site. As a dedication to the people who were lost to that tragic event, two reflection pools were constructed in the same footprint of the original South and North towers. It is a bit surreal to stand and look into the reflection pools knowing that many of the people who perished in the two towers and surrounding area were never found. One World Trade Center was designed with an observatory on the top floor providing guests with a 360 view of the New York metropolitan area. A great experience, it makes you reflect on that tragic event and the many days following that left Americans and most of world feeling empty and violated. I hope all of you have the chance to visit the site soon.
New York City can be overwhelming from both a density and humanity standpoint. Incredible traffic, way too many people, and sirens from police or emergency vehicles never-ending. With that said, NYC is definitely in a category by itself. The activity, the pace, and the people representing most of the countries of the world are blended with the many restaurants, bars, service businesses and buildings. Walking NYC is an event in itself and sometimes leads to great experiences. My daughter, Jaime, and her fiancé, Daniel, were nice enough to take us to a local, family-owned Italian restaurant Friday night. We went early as we had a plans later in the evening which allowed us to have a nice quiet dinner with great food and service. Jaime and Daniel frequent Il Posto Accanto often so we had the opportunity to speak with the owner, a former NYPD captain. Sincere, engaging, and genuinely interested in our dining experience, he represents what NYC is really all about. Family-owned businesses who have tremendous competition from every end of the City. Some restaurants in NYC open and get popular due to it being the trendy place to be. Il Posto Accanto opened many years ago and will stay open for a long time due to the ownership’s attention to detail and personal interaction with their customers. On the lower east side, Il Posto Accanto is definitely a restaurant you should try.
Updates: Atlanta Falcons: you got to the big show but forgot the dance always lasts at least sixty minutes. Ford’s $1B investment in a startup engaged with the autonomous car project sends a clear message that the Jetson’s era is coming soon. Great start Atlanta United….looking forward to March 5th!! One month to daylight savings time!
Adios and have a great week!!