Happy Monday, everyone. I hope you all had nice weekends.
I had a lovely one, myself. My boyfriend and I decided to check out the High Line, the beautiful new elevated urban park that has been developed along former railroad tracks in the West Village/Meatpacking District area.
But as Pat noted in this morning's ITP, many people checking out the High Line have been unwittingly checking out nature of another sort. The new Standard hotel overlooks the park, and as a New York Post story highlighted in ITP noted, the hotel has floor to ceiling windows. And as Pat put it, "some guests don't bother with modesty." The full Post story has all the randy details of exhibitionist hotel guests who have had sex or, uh, entertained themselves in plain view of everyone in the park. And apparently the hotel has been encouraging this behavior - kinda surprising considering it's fairly posh and expensive. Still, considering that the Meatpacking District was once the home of tranny hookers and sex clubs, I guess it's not all that unusual. But it's pretty amusing. (We didn't see anything, but then we weren't looking!)
Also noted in IPT was another story (either in the Post or the Daily News, I forget which) that declared yesterday National Topless Day. New York State is the only state where it is entirely legal for women to go topless. This day originally started as a feminist protest in the 70s, but I'm not sure the original spirit of the event still remains. At any rate, Pat noted that some people were upset by the displays, while others, shockingly, were quite pleased with it.
I also caught ITP over the weekend. I don't usually watch it on the weekend, because that's when Kristin does it, but I watched on Saturday because Pat was doing it. Boy, am I glad I did. Pat highlighted a NY Times story about how Governor Patterson blamed some of his problems on racial bias in the media. I did post awhile back about how I was not sure why Patterson's approval ratings are so low, but I gotta admit, this one did not cross my mind as a possibility. I figured it was probably because of the MTA budget issues, the Kirsten Gillibrand fiasco and the insanity in Albany. Of all those things, only the Gillibrand thing can be blamed squarely on him; the budget stuff is certainly something that governors all over the country are facing.
Anyway, in the NY Times article, Patterson slammed various media figures, including NY1's own hard-hitting political journo Dominic Carter, who hosts The Road to City Hall.
The Gov said Mr. Carter “likes to ingratiate himself with the folks trying to beat up on elected officials from our community.”
Carter responded, “I almost don’t know what to say. The governor of the state of New York was calling me a modern-day Uncle Tom.”
Oooooh, snap! The gloves are off! I really hope we get to see a Patterson/Carter smackdown on "The Road to City Hall" soon.
Also this weekend, the Plaxico Burress story got a lot of coverage; I guess he'll be doing a couple years in prison. Don't worry, Plaxico - if Michael Vick can get another job, you can too. Also, you owe it to fans not to leave the game forever, because you have the most awesome name in pro sports. Doesn't it sound like a prescription drug? "Plaxico may cause dry mouth, constipation and nausea. Do not take Plaxico while nursing."
Have a good week, everybody.