From USS Wrangell to Turnstile Tours, “The Saga of Salty Sam” Continues

Last month, we at Turnstile Tours had the pleasure of adding a new member to our team – Salty. She is an Australian Cattle Dog mix (we think), and we adopted her from our nearby shelter, Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.

Little is known about her past life (she is about two years old), and she did not respond to the name given to her in the shelter, so we decided to giver her a new name to go with her new home. As is our want, we decided to find a name that would both fit her personality but also have some local historical significance.>> Continue reading

Groundhog Day in NYC: All Politics is Local

For the fourth year in a row, we dragged ourselves out of bed at 5:30 in the morning and made the trek over the Verrazano Bridge to see New York City’s only weather predicting rodent, Staten Island Chuck.

Usually it is Mayor Michael Bloomberg who listens to Chuck and decodes his Groundhogese, and for the previous three years, the translation has been an early end to winter.  In 2009, Chuck gained national notoriety for truculently biting Bloomberg on the finger, and the incident has been a seemingly bottomless well of jokes for politicians ever since – and today was no exception.  In 2010, Bloomberg was gifted a pair of boxing gloves at the ceremony; this year, someone made mention of Chuck’s diet of “mayoral fingers.”>> Continue reading