Category: NYC

Why I don’t link to The New York Times any more

I don’t link to The New York Times any more because chances are that by following the link my readers will see this screen, with its giant “Subscribe” button. And they won’t see the actual story. Because they don’t subscribe. Good thing the same story is available elsewhere for free. Cough.

Notice the /mobile/wall/smart/ in the URL path in the screenshot? How ironic. There is nothing smart about this. Talk about being penny wise and pound foolish (looking at you, NYT!). Or eating the seed corn. Or hoping to get bought by Steve Ballmer. Ugh!

New York Times paywall screen with giant Subscribe button
New York Times paywall screen with giant Subscribe button

Tennis news from the US Open August-September 2013

The 2013 is almost here, and there’s a lot of tennis in the news. In this article I will keep a running log of what I consider newsworthy tennis stories throughout the 2013 US Open tournament. Stories appear in reverse chronological order, with the latest story on top, and the oldest story (Thursday, August 15, 2013) at the bottom of the article.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

  •  In three sets, no less. 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    • Here’s Flavia and me at the 2010 US Open:

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

  • “To watch Federer this summer is to listen to an opera singer who can no longer hit the high notes.” –Greg Bishop, The New York Times (why no NYT link)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

  •  American teenager Victoria Duval stunned 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the tournament’s first round Tuesday. The 17-year-old qualifier, ranked 296th, won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, leaping into the air in celebration after converting her fourth match point with a forehand winner. Duval was playing in just her second Grand Slam match.

Monday, August 26, 2013

  • One year after Andy Roddick announced his retirement from tennis, compatriot and colleague James Blake has decided to do the same. Blake made the announcement at a news conference Monday, the opening day of the U.S. Open.

Friday, August 23, 2013

  •  At 32, winning another major will be “quite difficult,” McEnroe says.
  •  According to the tennis pro her beau has impeccable style too.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

  •  “Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the US Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament,” US Open Tournament Director David Brewer said in a statement.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

  • The best improvement to the 2013 US Open tournament so far: All Pepsi products have been replaced by Coca-Cola products. In years past Coke fans like me have had to smuggle in their own. This year we don’t have to (although you may still choose to, as a 20-ounce bottle of ice-cold Coca-Cola will cost you a steep $5.00. Still, you have a backup plan in case you run out).
  • Coca-Cola stand at the 2013 US Open tennis tournament
    Coca-Cola stand at the 2013 US Open tennis tournament

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • . The U.S. Open women’s seedings will be announced Tuesday; the draw is scheduled for Thursday. John Isner, at No. 13, is the highest-seeded American.

Monday, August 19, 2013

  • Greg Rusedski: . “The fact Rafa lost so early at Wimbledon meant he had so much time to prepare for the hard courts,” said Rusedski. “Usually he is in the latter stages but that hiccup has actually helped him and he has gotten better because of it.”

Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Going to the US Open? Read carefully the tournament’s . Here is what I’ve learned from personal experience in years past (keep in mind that rules may have changed this year, so no guarantees): You can bring a sandwich. You can bring soft drinks in unsealed plastic bottles. You cannot enter the grounds with cans, glass bottles, or opened plastic bottles. You can bring cameras, including DSLRs. You cannot bring backpacks, defined as bags with two shoulder straps. You CAN bring a bag with one shoulder strap.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

  • First off, I must tell you about the . It’s held free to the public from Tuesday, Aug. 20, to Friday, Aug. 23, and consists of 128 men and 128 women competing for the final 32 entries (16 men and 16 women) in the 2013 US Open singles draws.
  • . With her body aching after another loss, Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli decided to retire Wednesday night, saying she could no longer deal with the continuous pain on the court.
  • . “Today I have to take care of myself and make sure I can play at 100 percent,” the 28-year-old said on his official website. “The thinking is simple, the doctors told me it would be at least two months before my tendon is partially healed and five months to be completely healed. It would be stupid to go there knowing full well that I have no chance because I’m not prepared enough.”
  • . The US Open’s latest endeavor is its grandest yet: a sweeping transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that will create a new Louis Armstrong Stadium, a new Grandstand, wider walkways and improved traffic flow around the grounds and a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Where the ocean meets the bay

I took this picture two days ago, while sailing on the waters of Raritan Bay/Lower New York Harbor. Below the image is an embedded Bing map with the approximate location of my position at the time I took the photo. We were headed east, and I was sitting on the starboard rail, facing south. The land mass on the horizon is Sandy Hook.

In this photo we see the edge where the brown Raritan Bay water, flowing east, meets the blue Lower New York Harbor water, flowing south.

Raritan Bay meets Lower New York Harbor
Raritan Bay meets Lower New York Harbor


30 Deeds Cycle for Survival

A few months ago my friend Jon Verpent started the blog , where he has been documenting the thirty good deeds he wants to complete before his thirtieth birthday.

I am excited to be part of Deed #10 TBD – a event, raising money for cancer research. Team 30 Deeds will be riding on March 3, 2013, in the in Manhattan.

I invite you to support Team 30 Deeds by:

  • Riding on the team (inquire)
  • Spreading the word

Do what you can.

UPDATE February 15, 2013: If you want to donate by PayPal (which Cycle for Survival does not accept) you can send your PayPal donation to me using the button below. I will in turn enter it into the Cycle for Survival system in your name.

30 Deeds Cycle for Survival