Ever see those beautiful long, nautilus type shells along the shore here in Rockaway? We all love them, and sometimes pick them up and decorate our homes with them. In some cases, those shells are known as whelks, and were once ignored by fisherman as they searched for shrimp, squid and octopus. You see the squid could be turned into calamari, which served fried with red sauce, is an Italian staple. And polpo, served cold or hot, is the octopus that is found on many Mediterranean menus. Ever wonder then, what the heck scungilli is? Well, those are the sea creatures that live in the whelk shells, which can be found up and down the eastern seaboard. Essentially, they are sea snails! I hope I haven’t ruined that for you.

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Back in the day, being the boss meant you had the biggest office in the firm. Over time companies realized that walls were keeping people apart, not allowing them to be collaborative and creative together, so they took down the walls. And thus, the modern open office cubicle structure was invented. Mike Bloomberg was the poster boy for this movement when as Mayor, he had his desk in the middle of a space in City Hall with all his staff around him. But let’s be honest, those environments are

In 1835, after almost two centuries of European colonization from the Dutch and the English, a rip-roaring fire erupted in lower Manhattan that burned everything to the ground from Broad Street to the East River. It was a devastating fire that destroyed homes, businesses and the architecture of old New York that the Dutch had first established. The only thing that saved the west side of Broad Street was the fact that the street was so broad that the fire couldn’t leap across it. But with that

By Lou Pastina

            “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade!” How come the networks don’t run the movie Easter Parade with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire anymore? What a great movie! Do you remember the Easters of old? Mothers and fathers would dress their kids up, boys in blue communion suits, and girls in Easter dresses and hats. The old Polaroid pictures show the faded colors of yesteryear. And you had to squint into the

I think everyone has seen the movie, "A Few Good Men," the military court drama starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. There are so many great lines in that movie. One of my favorites is: “If Santiago was in no grave danger, then why did he have to be transferred off the base?” It’s what eventually trips up General Jack. But more on the movie later.

As you may have noted, I have been away for a while. I have to tell you that I truly appreciate it when someone comes up and mentions a certain

So you’ve decided to take the mid-morning ferry into Manhattan to tool around and enjoy a spring day in lower New York. But what to do? Where to go? Where to eat? Don’t worry I got you covered, here are some ideas!

The ferry leaves you off at the foot of Wall Street on Pier 11. If you simply walked up Wall Street to Broadway, you would have a successful day! You’ll notice that you are walking uphill and as you do, you probably won’t realize that you are walking on landfill until you get to

Have you tried buying a piece of clothing lately? I thought I had lost my mind or fallen into the far end of the size spectrum. When I was younger and on sports teams, no matter the sport, I was always one of the smallest guys on the team. Whether it was basketball, baseball, football or even track, team photos always had me in the front and never in the back, where the tall guys were.

I have been lucky enough to visit Europe a few times and understand that European sizes are different. The

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