By chance, I figured out what this peculiar-looking project, spotted just north of the High Line last August, will be: The Shed.
Posted in Gotham
I’ve been trying to keep up with the extensive reporting by the Times on the shabby state of New York’s subway system, and how it got that way. Here’s a nugget from Brian M. Rosenthal et al.’s kickoff (it’s from November—did I say that I was trying to keep up?):
A bill passed by the Legislature in 1989 included a provision that lets state officials impose a fee on bonds issued by public authorities. The fee was largely intended to compensate the state for helping understaffed authorities navigate the borrowing process. It was to be a small charge, no more than 0.2 percent of the value of bond issuances….
The charge has quietly grown into a revenue stream for the state. And a lot of the money has been sapped from one authority in particular: the M.T.A.
The authority — a sophisticated operation that contracts with multiple bond experts — has had to pay $328 million in bond issuance fees over the past 15 years.
In some years, it has been charged fees totaling nearly 1 percent of its bond issuances, far more than foreseen under the original law….
But records show that other agencies have had tens of millions of dollars in bond issuance fees waived, including the Dormitory Authority, which is often used as a vehicle for pork projects pushed by the governor or lawmakers. The M.T.A. has not benefited as often from waivers.
The Dormitory Authority? What’s that? DASNY likes to style itself as New York State’s real estate developer. Its Wikipedia article needs some work.
Stephanie Mason and Cathy Stragar led a walk to two locations along the Prince George’s side of Jug Bay. Snow flurries as I arrived at the park; up in the woods, out of the wind, temperatures were tolerable. We focused on plants and animals that manage to make a living, a little photosynthesis, under cold winter conditions. We enjoyed lightly scratching the bark of thin-barked trees like American Beech and Carpinus caroliniana to see the green evidence of chlorophyll just underneath. We stopped for drifts of evergreen lycopodium nearly covering the forest floor, not shaded out now that the leaves are down. The fuzzy underside of the dead but moist leaf of a Mockernut Hickory is quite pleasantly velour-y.
We drive to Selby’s Landing, and then walked down to the bridge over Mattaponi Creek. A new birder in our group got a look at a small museum of Cedar Waxwings, feeding on Winterberry.
Posted in In the Field
Rinker Buck was a pleasant surprise (and a book exchange pickup). Stephen Batchelor appeared on the freebie shelves at work. And I finished two monster-good works: Caro’s The Power Broker and Haskell’s The Forest Unseen.
Enh, I need to get out more.
- The Glade, Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia
- Sugarloaf Trail loop, Shenandoah National Park, Rappahannock County, Va.
- Sky Meadows State Park, Fauquier County, Va.
- New York Botanical Garden, Bronx County, New York
- Turkey Run Ridge, Prince William Forest Park, Prince William County, Va.
- Fort Circle Trail, Washington, D.C.
- Ice Mountain Preserve, Hampshire County, W. Va., led by Kevin Dodge, Shirley Gay, and Steve Kite
- Ferns with Carl and Jerry Taylor
- Blockhouse Point Conservation Park, Montgomery County, Md., led by Carole Bergmann
And several trips to my home park, Huntley Meadows Park.
2016’s list. 2015’s list. 2014’s list. 2013’s list. 2012’s list. 2011’s list. 2010’s list. 2009’s list. 2008’s list.
A renewed acquaintance with Olney Theatre Center, following their expansion and rebuilds.
Bonus out-of-town venue:
Bonus out-of-town library:
- Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
2016’s list. 2015’s list. 2014’s list. 2013’s list. 2012’s list. 2011’s list.
If you’re looking for a last-minute contribution to make—maybe to round up your tax-deductible total for the year—I have… some suggestions.
These are the groups and projects to which I gave coin (generally tax-deductible), property, and/or effort in 2017.
The matrix of judging assignments for 2018 WATCH has been released. I’ll be visiting a member company that’s new to me. And doing a lot of driving.
- Johnston, House
- Sondheim, Assassins
- Morgan, The Audience
- Menken, Ashman, and Rice, Beauty and the Beast
- Mamet, American Buffalo
- Simon, California Suite
- Morey/Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
- Lerner and Loewe, Brigadoon
Plus two ever-popular TBDs.
Long-overlooked research explains the nature of Rudolph’s glow, and its fitness for his habitat.
The records for 25 December 1949 indicate a worldwide fog of unprecedented extent. Claus’ adoption of Rudolph and cultivation of a pure-breeding strain facilitated his navigational tasks during the smogs that beset developed countries in the 1950s and 1960s.
Jared M. Spool dismembers Net Promoter Score from the user experience perspective: easy to game, sensitive to noise, not correlated with past or future actual behavior,
NPS scores are the equivalent of a daily horoscope.