I’m writing this post just an hour out from when the winds of Irene are supposed to kick up. With the mayor urging people to stay indoors Sat 9PM to Sun 9PM, I thought it’d be ok to walk around 6PM-ish to grab pictures of an eerily empty Soho (& more honesty to grab a solid meal before resorting to snacks).
Mayor Bloomberg said to hope for the best and prepare for the worst, and it seems many stores heeded his message. After all, we are experiencing many firsts with Irene. In an unprecedented fashion, the mayor issued a mandatory evacuation of all those living in Zone A (low-lying areas such as Lower Manhattan). And for the first time in its 100-year history, the city shut down the subway and bus services as of noon today.
H&M is one of the many stores with stacks of sandbags outlining its doors. Other businesses boarded up their windows. But in true New York-ness, you find people from all walks of life dealing with situations quite differently. In the thick of hurricane watch, there was a dance party at Felix restaurant. It’s always been known for that European pop-your-collar scene, but at a time when families are checking into shelters…a bit obnoxious.
Now, I’m not saying Irene should have you sulking at home, but an all out dance party? I worry about how all these drunk people will stumble home (catch the video here). I have a guilty confession of my own, though. While most are probably boiling ramen noodles at home, I was able to dine on fine sushi. Here’s another city first: no freakin’ line at Tomoe! I owned the place. I have pictures in the gallery to prove this epic, rare event. And Irene, if you happen to be reading this post, please know that while this is the toughest city on earth, we have gone through enough hardships. Please make this a breeze.
Andy Garcia stops by Good Day New York to talk about “Magic City Memoirs”, a movie that features his daughter, Dominik.
Andy Garcia is an amazing actor without question. I mean, what woman didn’t fall in love with his utter devotion (to “wife” Meg Ryan) in “When a Man Loves a Woman”? And what guy didn’t worship him after his gritty roles in “The Untouchables”, “The Godfather III”, and his sharp suits in “Ocean’s Eleven”? But what I admire about Andy is that as passionate as he is about his talent, he’s even more dedicated as a husband (married for 30 years!) and father (of three daughters and one son!). Andy stopped by Good Day New York to talk about the film, “Magic City Memoirs”. He executive produced the movie which features his eldest daughter, Dominik. Catch my interview with Andy here. My favorite is his response to Dominik’s big kissing scene:)
And I’m happy to report that Andy is a class act on AND off camera. He was wonderful to me…but the story I wanna share involves my friend, Chris Sullivan. Before Chris nabbed the part of Amos Hart (sings “Mr. Cellophane”) on Broadway’s “Chicago”, he was an aspiring acting student at Loyola Marymount University. He had a job of giving campus tours and ended up giving Andy and his daughter, a prospective student, a private tour. During their meeting, Andy told Chris to call him if he ever needs advice on the business. Chris, being the bold person that he is, called him months later. He reached Andy’s assistant and left a message, thinking that an A-lister such as Andy would be too busy to ever return his call. Chris was pleasantly wrong. Andy called him back and indeed shared some valuable advice with Chris on navigating through the tough business. Andy was true to his word….and Chris is a Broadway star. Bravo.