Nov 24 2019

Night Falls on Manhattan

The sunset is beautiful. And where is Andy Garcia?

 


Nov 24 2019

The Hungarian trio


First row’s trauma: the belly attack. I’m not a fan of front rows and this is a good reminder, ha ha ha.

The trio Bence Szepesi (clarinet), Kristóf Baráti (violin) and Éva Polgár on the piano, played @ Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall – Carnegie Hall:

  1. Aram Khachaturian, trio for clarinet, violin & piano
  2. Schuman’s Fantasy Pieces for clarinet & piano
  3. Brahms’ Intermezzo in A-major
  4. Béla Bartók, contrasts for clarinet, violin & piano

I enjoyed the second and third pieces but the fourth was bit too modern for me. It’s my first time to Zankel Hall, its interior decor reminds me of Shalin Liu Center in Rockport.

Their performance is arranged by AGP Agency, an international full service talent management and production company, based in New York, with remote outlets in Singapore, Budapest, Tokyo and Taiwan. I think the host mentioned that one of the musicians (Kristóf Baráti ?) is heading off to China after the performance.

As we entered the building for the performance, an Asian woman was handing out 神韵 Shen Yun booklet. Oh boy …

第一排的坏处是 … 7⃣️ OMG 欧嘛膏
小鲜肉 … 不好意思 (俺够讨厌[捂脸])
Éva Polgár 小姑凉的上衣漂亮喔

 


Nov 22 2019

Taci’s Beyti


1953 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11223

Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean.

Will return.

Inviting ambience, delicious food and good service.


7pm on a Friday evening, we were seated right away. A waiting staff was examining two wine glass against the light and when he was satisfied, he put on our table, which was next to their glass cabinet. Throughout the evening, more glasses were added to the cabinet and inspected before being placed on the tables. I thought about the dirty fork at Half Moon the other day … the devil is in the details.

Although all the food we ordered and shared were delicious, but the tender cubical calf liver is worth an extra shout: for I rarely eat inside stuff and they were yummy.

We finished two bottles of red: you can bring your own wine. Not sure they charge corkage. Before we left, they surprised us with a huge plate of fruits.

Thank you so much!!

Street parking, free after 7pm.

    


Nov 15 2019

The sunset at library

A lovely sunset by the library.

the sunset last November 2018, almost to the date.

 


Nov 15 2019

Autumn 2019

Deep into the autumn

 

some clouds …


Nov 10 2019

Library’s sun rise

The sunrise @ the library. The bay is eerily quiet before the sun rises.

 


Nov 9 2019

Half Moon


1 High St
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Won’t return.

Great view, large portion, lousy and very very slow service.

We arrived at 1:09 pm on a weekday. Only a few tables.
I asked the staff to change my unused but dirty fork. They never bothered to bring a clean one.
Delicious warn bread.
Our appetizers were finally serviced at 1:51.
The portion is simply big.
I got up and walked around, after failing to get them to serve us.

The French fries is pretty yummy and I ate a lot of it.
We finally left, two full hours later.

  


Nov 8 2019

President Grant’s Tomb

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Riverside Drive and West 122nd St
New York

It’s also known as General Grant National Memorial – Upon his death in 1885, his wife Julia revealed that he wished to be buried in New York. Hers is beside his. It also reminds me of Napoleon’s at Les Invalides in Paris. In spite of size and all, I feel they’re equally dignified and grand.


Nov 2 2019

Bye, Beijing

It seems that I haven’t been to Beijing airport for a while: you go through security check first: they’re right up front, in your face. Since I’ve a few pieces, a young man mentioned to me to just go ahead. When I hesitate, he became rather unpleasant. Oh well.

Once inside, I immediately saw the vantage point of Forbidden City, which I just went two night before.

What interesting, I ran into the same flight attendant on my Pei-Sea, who was on my JFK-Sea too. Oh well.


Oct 30 2019

Tianjin Bank 天津官银号


Dongmalu (East Road), Nankai
天津市南开区东马路
Tianjin

A woman dances to the music alone. More dancers nearby.

Tianjin Official Bank was created at the beginning of the twentieth century by Zhou Xuexi, to compete with the foreign financial institutions. It was located at northeast corner of the old town (zh wiki北马路东端南侧三义庙处), and opened for business in 1902, changed name to Zhili Bank 直隶省银行 in 1913; closed in 1928 and the building was ruined. After 1949, Bank of China used its site. In 2004, the current replica was built next to TJ Ancient Cultural Street (古文化街) on Huanghe Road, in Nankai district. There are many traffic police stations in the city.

  

It doesn’t seem to have an exact address but is in the corner of Dongmalu (East Road) and Beimalu (North Road). The original location of the Bank is the corner across street – the corner of Tianlong Building天隆大厦那个角. My next stop was the General Mint.


The following is from iFeng.com on 2011.1.02:

作为历史区片地名的“官银号”,指老城厢东北角附近,就是今北马路东端南侧一带。“官银号”是清政府官方设立的金融机构。1900年八国联军侵入天津,各国纷纷在天津设立银行,使天津物资损耗,金融紊乱,原有钱庄银号逐渐萎缩。为恢复国内金融元气,清政府于1902年成立了天津第一个金融机构———直隶官银号,地址就在东北角北马路东端今正兴德茶庄西侧。该银号初创资本为100万元,性质为省级官办财政银行,一面发行银元钞票,十足兑现;一面经营本省金库,融通行政经费。

时任直隶总督兼北洋大臣的袁世凯在天津推行新政,他任用周学熙创建实业,在金融方面主要采取两项举措:(一)、开办北洋银元局、造币厂,开铸银元;(二)、筹办直隶官银号,以整顿金融,促进天津工商业的复苏与发展。

周学熙(1866~1947),安徽建德人,其父周馥为清两江总督。周学熙是当时中国北方财政、实业界的著名代表人物。他认为,金融为实业的先导和后盾,也是实业救国各种举措中举足轻重的关键一环,应把直隶官银号建成一个为发展实业服务的健全的现代金融机构。

周学熙在天津先后创办了北洋银元局、官银号、中国实业银行等金融机构,还开办了启新洋灰公司、滦州煤矿(后被英商吞并,组成开滦煤矿)、华新纱厂等实业,形成了实力雄厚的北洋财团,为振兴天津的工商业做出了一定的历史贡献。

20世纪初年,作为区片老地名的“东北角”,已被“官银号”所掩盖。有轨电车在此设站,售票员报站时的大声吆喝———“官银号到了,抓紧下车,您啦!”———形成有力的广告传媒效应。因而,“官银号”声名大振,和“大营门”、“小树林”、“下瓦房”等区片地名一同沿传至今。

1913年,北洋政府照银行条例在原址组成了直隶省银行,成为筹集军费的机构。后直隶省银行关闭,国民政府在该址又建立了河北省银行。中华人民共和国建立后,官银号旧址改为中国银行东北角分理处。派生地名有官银号菜市街、官银号副食综合商场等。