Is it too soon?  Is it OK to let our minds stray and think of the future? 

What’s the one thing that you are looking to do when this is all over?

Is it to get the hell out of here and find that perfect beach?

Is it to be back at your favorite gym with unicorns, macho men, just the right spa treatment after an hour on the treadmill?

Maybe it’s a martini at your favorite speakeasy?  Or a soy caramel latte coupled with a smile and wink from the barista you’ve got a crush on?

If it’s not too heartbreaking to tell me, tell me!  It’s OK to have two – because I’ve got two. To sing from the bottom of my heart and with all of my lungs to “Hold On” at The Pocket Bar.  And to shout “Singo” at Scruffy Duffy’s on the blackout round.

Both of those require the presence of the humans that I love around me.  That’s really what I want… 

Ooohhh. I promised to be upbeat, where did that conversation go… 

Moving on…

If you are out for your daily “constitutional” as we call a walk in England – Ruth might have a Scottish word for it – stroll past Lansdowne Road on 10th Avenue.  The notices on the windows do not say “…due to COVID-19 we are….”.  Instead you will get the words of Bob Marley … and then you will hear his music.  Enjoy – use it when you need to find joy.  It’s “gonna be all right.”

Our friends at Times Square have produced an excellent list of which restaurants are offering delivery in their area.

We would like to do the same – and keep it updated.  We need your help.  The restaurants are overwhelmed just reconfiguring for pick up or delivery.  If you know the opening hours and what’s on offer – don’t assume we do. Email, send details, send pics.  We want our neighborhood businesses to survive. We are in this together.

There were all the businesses that I met on Saturday. Our friend, Robin Riley (amazing food photographer) told us yesterday about her fabulous experience with Bare Burger.  We are told that Empanada Mama is still open (but ring in your order and pick up curbside). 

If you are a business or a patron. Fill in this form – and we’re going to get this all in one spot.  One thing we just learnt.  If you search for any business in Google Maps, they are all still open as usual.  Wouldn’t that be nice!

The Post is reporting that people are stocking up on puzzles for coronavirus quarantine.  We have two jigsaw puzzles in the apartment. Unopened gifts from the distant past. We are in training for this Times Square 2000 piece beast with a gentle 500 piecer. The TSQ one is so large (38.5 x 26.5 inches) we’ve not got a table big enough.  The floor?  Any suggestions?  What’s the jigsaw you are working on?  Send pics.

If this newsletter has brought you some light relief, helped you feel more connected to your community, or informed you in some way in these dark days, please tell your friends, and ask them to subscribe. Isolation doesn’t have to feel lonely. We see you, New York.


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