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NYC Weekend Street & Bridge Closures > Friday, June 27, 2009 to Sunday, June 29, 2009

Flush from yesterday's obit extravaganza, let's get back to some pure info-goodness.

Manhattan
East 15th Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.

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An Appreciation of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is dead in Los Angeles at age 50. He was an odd, tortured man who was often accused of having inappropriate relationships with children. It is very likely that he was a criminal who got away with some of the worst crimes our culture has to offer.

I have not come to bury Michael Jackson, however. Michael Jackson was a complete hero to me. I was 15 years old when Thriller came out. Every song was magic. He moved in ways that seemed impossible and easy.

As the last child in a family of seven hard-rocking, double-album-pot-cleaning, Uriah Heap-feeling family, I had gone through the late 70s and early 80s with the sour, defensive, and ultimately indefensible position that disco sucked.

Michael Jackson and this record changed all of that. He gave me what I needed, with a beat and a speed that satisfied me, and lyrics that went somewhere. He made me dance, and that made all the difference in high school.

As I teach CCD to 7th grade kids, we often come across the Immaculate Conception and the concept of the virgin birth of Jesus. They're dubious, as you can imagine. I tell them that sometimes it's OK to let yourself believe something, to give yourself permission to completely believe that something is true, without reservation or strict proof.

The ability to do this, as far as we can tell, is uniquely human. So believing in the Immaculate Conception, or any other concept that requires faith, is a celebration of your humanity.

I tell them we might all be wrong. I give them an example. In early November 2004, I fully believed that Senator John Kerry was going to be elected President of the United States. Apparently I was wrong.

Then I give them another example. I fully believe, with my entire heart, that Jesus Christ Himself came down from heaven in 1982 and sat next to a man named Michael Jackson while he wrote a record called Thriller. I believe this. And no one can tell me it's not true.

On The Same Day: From the Anus to the Heart in Los Angeles

Fawcett-jackson-on-the-same Today, Farah Fawcett, a woman known for her beauty and smile, died of anal cancer. Her second paragraph says that she took on more serious roles, beyond the cheesecake.

Today, Michael Jackson, a genius singer and performer, died of a heart attack. His second paragraph says that he may have criminally had sex with boys for decades.

Often it's the second paragraph that gets you.

NYC Weekend Street & Bridge Closures > June 19 - 21, 2009

Manhattan
East 17th Street between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 6am to 5pm to facilitate crane operation.

West 19th Street between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 6am to 9pm to facilitate crane operation.

East 25th Street between Park Avenue South and Madison Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.

East 34th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington Avenue: One lane in each direction will be open to traffic Saturday from 5am to 2pm to facilitate crane operation.

West 37th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 12:01am to 7am to facilitate crane operation.

West 44th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 2am to 7am to facilitate crane removal operation.

West 44th Street between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 6am to 10pm to facilitate crane operation.

West 46th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway: This street will be closed 12:01am to 6am Saturday and/or Sunday to facilitate crane operation.

East 48th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 6am to 9pm to facilitate crane removal operation.

West 53rd Street between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.

East 64th Street between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.

65th Street Transverse Road between 5th Avenue and Central Park West: This roadway will be closed Saturday from 12:01am to 6am to facilitate NYCDOT bridge inspection.

West 67th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane assembly operation.

East 78th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 7am to 7pm to facilitate crane operation.

East 88th Street between York Avenue and East End Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.

East 92nd Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.

East 98th Street between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 6am to 9pm to facilitate crane removal operation.

East 118th Street between Pleasant Avenue and Dead End: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.

East 119th Street between 1st Avenue and Pleasant Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 9am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.

Crosby between Prince Street and Spring Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.

Greene Street between Canal Street and Grand Street: This street will be closed from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.

Mulberry Street between Canal and Broome Streets; Hester Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets: This street will be closed Friday through Sunday until September 1st, 2009 from 11am to 6pm for the Mulberry Street Pedestrian Mall as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Stone Street between Coenties Alley and Williams Street: This street will be closed Monday April 27th through November 30th from 11am to 6pm for the Stone Street Pedestrian Mall as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Broadway between West 57th Street and West 47th Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 11am to 6pm for the NY Young Republicans Club Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Millitary Island; Broadway between West 43rd Street and West 44th Street; Duffy Square/Broadway between West 46th Street and West 47th Street:
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 5am to 8pm for the Times Square Summer Solstice Event as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Formation: 79th Street and Riverside Drive
Route: 79th Street and Riverside Drive to West End Avenue; West End Avenue from 79th Street to 95th Street; 95th Street from West End Avenue to Broadway
End: 95th Street and Broadway
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 11am to 3pm for the Dr. Glory Children's Theatre Parade as permitted by NYPD.

Columbus Avenue between West 96th Street and West 86th Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 11am to 6pm for the WS Crime Prevention/Mitchell-Lama Street Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Lexington Avenue between East 34th Street and East 42nd Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 11am to 6pm for the Kidney and Urology Foundation Lexington Avenue Street Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Perimeter around Marcus Garvey Park; Madison Avenue from 120th Street to 124th Street; 124th Street from Madison Avenue to Mt. Morris Park West; Mt. Morris Park from 124th Street to 120th Street; 120th Street to Madison Avenue:
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 12 Noon to 5pm for the Harlem Cycling Classic as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Lexington Avenue between 42nd - 57th Streets: This street will be closed Sunday from 11am to 6pm for the Turtle Bay Association Street Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Brooklyn
45th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and New Utrecht Avenue: These streets will be closed 9am to 3pm Friday and 5am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate NYCT crane operation.

45th Street between New Utrecht Avenue and 12th Avenue: This street will be closed 9am to 3pm Friday and 5am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate NYCT crane operation.

46th Street between 11th Avenue and New Utrecht Avenue: This street will be closed 9am to 3pm Friday and 5am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate NYCT crane operation.

47th Street between 11th Avenue and New Utrecht Avenue: This street will be closed 9am to 3pm Friday and 5am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate NYCT crane operation.

47th Street between New Utrecht Avenue and 12th Avenue: This street will be closed 9am to 3pm Friday and 5am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate NYCT crane operation.

Washington Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Park Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.

Pacific Street between Court Street and Boerum Place: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.

Surf Avenue between West 10th Street to West 21st Street; West 21st Street from Surf Avenue to Boardwalk:
The above streets will be closed Saturday from 11am to 6pm for the Mermaid Parade as permitted by NYPD.

Bedford Avenue between North 4th Street and North 9th Street: This street will be closed on Saturdays June 20th, and 27th, July 4th and 11th, 2009 from 11am to 10pm for the Williamsburg Walks as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Vanderbilt Avenue between Dean Street and Park Place: This street will be closed Sunday's June 21st and 28th from 11am to 6pm for the Sumer Streets on Vanderbilt as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

7th Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and 16th Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 11am to 6pm for the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Bronx
167th Street between Gerard Avenue and Cromwell Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday's June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2009 from 11am to 5pm for the Bronx Summer Walks as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Mosholu Parkway between Kazimeroff Boulevard and Van Cortlandt Avenue; Fox Street between Interval and Longwood Avenues; East 158th Street between Grand Concourse and Walton Avenue:
The above streets will be closed Friday and Saturday 10am to 7pm for the Bronx Week 2009 Events and Parade as permitted by NYPD.

New York/New Jersey
Holland Tunnel-New Jersey Bound/Westbound: Beginning Saturday April 4th, 2009 and continuing Saturday and Sunday until completion with the exception of Holiday weekends, New Jersey bound lanes of the Holland Tunnel will be completely closed to traffic from 1am to 8am Saturday and Sunday for repaving. The project is weather sensitive and closures may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Motorist traveling to New Jersey during this period should use alternate crossings.

George Washington Bridge: New Jersey Bound/Westbound: All lanes on the lower level, and the Henry Hudson Parkway ramp to the lower level New Jersey bound, will be closed Saturday from 12:01am to 8am to facilitate PANY/NJ construction activity.

Herrick Lake, June 10, 2009 > Adult male Brown-headed Cowbird

Me take birdy picture. More info here.

Real and Stone Flowers, Graceland Cemetary, June 14, 2009

See complete set here.

Graceland Cemetary, June 14, 2009

All Hail Ron Koziol

Ron Koziol, 1934-2009: Longtime Tribune reporter fiercely worked police beat -- chicagotribune.com.

In 1975 he helped found Investigative Reporters and Editors, an international organization devoted to supporting, assisting and training investigative journalists. When another founding member, Don Bolles of the Arizona Republic, was murdered in 1976 while trying to expose fraudulent land deals in Phoenix, Mr. Koziol was a leader among 38 reporters from around the nation who voluntarily went to Phoenix to complete Mr. Bolles' work.

Was President Obama in Chicago on Saturday? Dunno, Don't Think So

There was some fun made by Michael Miner (a complete hero of mine) about a thread of thought that I initiated at the Chicago Future of Media Conference on Saturday. Here's the basics:

  • I noted that two Facebook friends of mine had noted within minutes of each other that there were military helicopters flying over their houses on Saturday morning (the day of the conference)
  • Each of these friends posted separately and both surmised that perhaps the President of the United States was in town. They're both really smart, observant, trusted people
  • That was news to me-- the idea that military helicopters were flying overhead (I hadn't heard them, despite proximity) and that the President might be here
  • I also noted in the conference that "this might be bullcrap"-- that he might not be in town at all
  • The real deal was that I found something out-- military helicopters on the North Side of Chicago and the President might be here-- that I did not know before. I was changed

The guffaw-inducing idea that I get my news from Facebook entrails is funnier than the truth, which is more complex and more unsettling to traditional journalists working deadlines.

The truth is that raw, eye-witness accounts of reality have exploded, and will only continue to. And that wizened dismissiveness of quality facts is a really bad idea. And that we desperately need good journalists to help figure out the truth.

So these two Facebook status messages, and Rich Gordon's chime-in on a blockade, and mainstream news reports about the AMA speech, and my own fantasies of meeting the President all come together in a meaningful way for me. They help me form opinions and beliefs, and some of them are erroneous for now, until I get some more McLuhan messages, and this is all new to me, all news to me, and I'm OK with it. All this can be scary, especially if your daily bread is opposed to this stew. So I understand the snark, but it has a shelf life.

Picture 4 As far as I can tell (based on reviewing news accounts from real reporters, including an appreciated Lynn Sweet copy/paste) the President was not, in fact, in Chicago on Saturday. He was in the White House on Friday afternoon and he awoke in the White House on Monday morning before flying here.

So why were military helicopters buzzing houses on Saturday morning? Dunno. Probably just advance planning for the AMA trip. Or maybe they were practicing the forced takeover of Chicago city government after the next indictment. Now *that* would be news :-) ...

If You Taste Something, Say Something: CDPH Shuts Down Burger King Over Strange-Tasting Soda

The king is gonna be pissed.

(Update: Burger King cleaned up enough to pass muster on Thursday afternoon-- they're open.)

Burger-king NW Side Burger King Fails
Re-Inspection by City Health Dept.
Health Violations Unacceptable

A Northwest Side Burger King remains shut down this evening after failing a re-inspection it had requested from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Located at 6400 W. Irving Park Road, the fast-food restaurant was initially shut down yesterday when CDPH inspectors found no hot water on the premises, mold in an automatic ice maker, front and rear doors with gaps that could allow access to rodents and insects, and a poorly maintained outside garbage bin with trash overflowing.

This morning, Burger King management stated that they had addressed all health violations and requested a re-inspection.

The re-inspection this afternoon found that there was still mold in the ice machine and that the front door still had gaps.

“We take food safety seriously, and we will not tolerate a situation like this,” stated CDPH Commissioner Terry Mason, M.D.

Yesterday’s initial inspection was triggered by a customer who called 311 to report that the restaurant’s soft drinks had a strange taste.

Burger King will remain closed until it has corrected all violations and passed re-inspection.

Representatives of Burger King will have to explain themselves at an administrative hearing scheduled for July 23 and pay a fine expected to total $1,500.

Also remaining closed today is Seo Hae restaurant, 3534 W. Lawrence, which was ordered closed yesterday after CDPH inspectors found mouse feces throughout the facility, sewage backing up at two sinks, mold in the automatic ice machine, and no certified food manager on duty.

Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to report it by calling 311 or logging onto www.cityofchicago.org.

H Mart Restaurants Closed in Seattle for Lack of Water

Here's some news from our friends in Seattle: Five food establishments at the Hanahreum Mart ("H-Mart") including *The Oysy Express, Seoul Bakery, Korean & Japanese Restaurant@ H-Mart, Hanahreum Mart Meat Department* and the *Hanahreum Mart Seafood Department* all located at 31217 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003 were closed by a Public Health food inspector on June 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm due to the imminent health hazard of no available hot water. The establishments will be reopened once the inspector confirms that hot water has been restored. The Food Establishment Closures homepage is online at http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/foodsafety/inspections/closures.aspx

ABOUT ME

Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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