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Why it is called “Black Friday”

Why it is called “Black Friday”

The Friday after Thanksgiving has become known in the last few decades as one of the busiest of the year for retailers, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. One of the names used for this day is Black Friday, which some say comes from the fact that it is the biggest shopping day…

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How would you like your dog?

How would you like your dog?

This is a city which has never had its own hot dog. Perhaps I should amend that, slightly. This is a city which has never had its own successful hot dog. This not because there’s a lack of interest in the things or a lack of trying. The two dominant styles which have won citizens…

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Friday Facts: Turkey, Lights, Abzug

Friday Facts: Turkey, Lights, Abzug

:: Thanksgiving dinners served by St. Lauren’s shelter in 2005: 351 :: Thanksgiving dinners served by the Oak Room at the Ritz-Carlton in 2005: 138 :: Where both establishments have purchased their turkeys for the last 85 years: DiNardi’s Meats :: Number of lights used in the Mabel Tripp Gardens annual Festival of Lights holiday…

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Friday Facts: Diebold, Orange Julius, Farley

Friday Facts: Diebold, Orange Julius, Farley

:: Number of formal complaints about electronic voting machines in Tuesday’s election: 435 :: Number of these complaints which came from districts actually using electronic voting machines in Tuesday’s election: 428 :: City’s Oldest Library: The Mechanics Association Private Membership Library, Halpern between 5th and 6th (est. 1842) :: Current Mechanics Library cardholders: 1,459 (down…

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The Day After

The Day After

Outgoing state representative Michael Prufrock’s concession speech late last night in the Twilight Ballroom of the Hilton Garden Plaza was but one in a long line of such speeches given in that spot over the decades. Since its opening in 1906, the hotel’s elegant decor and central location has made it a favorite spot for…

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Briefs: Election Day!

Briefs: Election Day!

:: Some of the odder places where people will be casting their votes around the city today- Hanson’s Barber Shop, Warnum Avenue…Barkay Bros. Funeral Home, East Folkim Street… The back room of Genardi’s Pizza, Halpern Street… The garage of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Thall, Locust Court in Wyndhurst… St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, East Main… ::…

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Friday Facts: Mayflies, Murder, Geese

Friday Facts: Mayflies, Murder, Geese

:: Number of outdoor cafes in the Downtown & Central Corridor in 2006: 115 :: Number of outdoor cafes in the same area before the mysterious seven year mayfly “problem” ended, in 1990: 2 :: Of the thirty-five tests conducted by the City Elections Commission on new electronic voting machines delivered this week, the number…

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Trick-Or-Treat

Trick-Or-Treat

When people move here, especially those with young children, a top question on their minds around this time of year is “When exactly is the mandated trick-or-treat time?” (Another popular query is “When the hell is the leaf collection time, as my bags of leaves have been sitting out for two goddamn weeks?” But that…

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The Main Avenue Tramway

The Main Avenue Tramway

Throughout the history of civic planning, there have been countless grand ideas and concepts which have never been carried out for various reasons- expense, impracticality, that sort of thing. If one were to go through the planning archives of this city alone, you’d see many plans which never came to fruition- the Northwest Expressway, the…

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Friday Facts: Real Human Skin, Itchfinger Yardling, Hats Blocked

Friday Facts: Real Human Skin, Itchfinger Yardling, Hats Blocked

:: Number of businesses that still offer hat blocking: 3 :: Television pilots shot here: 11 :: How many of these which were picked up for a series: 1, “Colt & Hammer,” a police drama that ran as a midseason replacement in 1978 on ABC. :: Mayors who have shot someone while in office: 2…

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