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 sun when they were taking pictures, so you always had eyes that seemed to be squeezed together.

            How about staying up the night before and coloring Easter eggs? How much fun was that to take the vinegar and mix in the coloring and use those

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

Last week the mermaid and I had the honor of marching in the New York City St. Patricks’ Day Parade. This is the oldest parade in the city and one that I remember watching on television with the genial white-haired Jack McCarthy for years. It never occurred to me that I could actually march in the parade in those days; that was for others, but not for mere mortals. So when the opportunity came our way via St. John’s University, we jumped on it.

It turns out the Irish have been marching for

Many people ask me what should they invest in. Although I worked at the NYSE many years, I never traded a share of stock, nor did I act in an investment advisory capacity, or as a broker. I am often amused by Jim Cramer of CNBC, lecturing on the morning show before the 9:30 opening about what stocks are hot. He pontificates for a half hour about which stocks to buy or sell, and then at the end of his segment, there is a disclaimer that CNBC runs, that states that the preceding half hour was

In1672, Peter Stuyvesant, the puritanical one-legged Governor of New Amsterdam, built a chapel on what is now the corner of 2nd Avenue and 11th Street in the East Village. Almost 350 years later it is now known as St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. The word bowery is Dutch meaning “farm.”  Back in those days, the area was covered with farms and orchards, and it was mostly owned by Peter Stuyvesant. Hard to believe today that is what the Lower East Side was like, but it’s true.

The church is the

While sailing from Greece, Ulysses lashed himself to the mast of his ship and stuffed his ears, so that he wouldn’t hear the call of the bewitching sirens that caused so many ships to crash into the rocks of the Mediterranean Sea. Our mermaids here in Rockaway are nothing like those mythical creatures from ancient times. Here in Rockaway we unstuff our ears in search of the music, especially when it’s snowing in March! With months to go before we can enjoy all the outdoor venues that fill the

The song “I Know You Rider” has a long history and can be traced back into the early 20th century as a traditional blues and folk song. It's been recorded by a lot of artists, but is probably best known as the second half of a two-song duo by the Grateful Dead. Most non-Grateful Dead fans usually write the band off as a bunch of druggies with some spaced out music from the psychedelic sixties. While some of that is true, the band mined the annals of traditional, folk, blues and country music

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