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Zeldin
December 16, 2017 | 03:35 AM

Lee Zeldin is probably worst Represenative we ever sent to Washington.

Cynthia Haagen
print email Source: Editorial: WATCHING AN OLD LADY DIE ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK
There But for the Grace of God ...
December 12, 2017 | 11:25 PM

Wow Jerry! This is one of the most fabulous and heartfelt articles you've ever written ! homelessness in our beloved NYC and elsewhere being my #1 personal priority in terms of helping those most in need. I can't remember or count all the checks I've written to charitable organizations dedicated to helping the homeless, much less all the cash and cigarettes I've simply handed out on the streets without judgement. Not to mention giving my gloves, scarf, hat, or coat when needed to somebody who had nothing when it was 20 degrees, with the river winds whipping across 31st Street by Penn Station. But that's just me and I HAVE to do it. What really breaks my heart, though, are all the "normal" people I know who continue to call me a naïve fool, as if these downtrodden people sleeping on the street could afford better options by just getting a job. Unfuckinbelievable! Which is to say, thank you so much for your post and the $20 you tucked into the old lady's blanket. Hopefully she found it in the morning, if she survived the night. Love you so much for the way you are, Bill

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: THE DEATH OF FLIRTING AND OTHER SAD STORIES
Best Flirting Story in Younger Days
December 10, 2017 | 05:28 AM

I was walking down Walnut St in Philadelphia near Rittenhouse Square during the early 80's on a sunny afternoon in the fall with the wind blowing through the trees. Walking towards me was a beautiful young lady and being in my younger years and when flirting was at it's height I gave her a big smile.
We both looked at each other locking eyes and smiling as we passed each other. I looked back at her as all men did at that time and lo and behold she looked back at me still smiling. Again we took a couple turns and looked at each other as we were walking away in opposite directions smiling and laughing to ourselves as we both were experiencing a flirting moment. I should had stopped walked to her, introduced myself and maybe gotten her number. But, a combination of shyness and reservation or maybe, just maybe the moment was so pure and great, I just wanted to leave it at that, a romantic flirting interlude on a sunny afternoon between two young people at the time. A young woman and a young man, me, sharing a special moment. Never will I forget it and maybe the memory may still be with her too. Innocence lost now in our culture of today. I mourn it's passing.

Karl
print email Source: Editorial: THE DEATH OF FLIRTING AND OTHER SAD STORIES
You Never KNow
December 06, 2017 | 10:36 AM

My dear Jerry ! Such a great column about flirts like us. Yet so sorry to read that, after all your fantasizing and gentlemanly efforts at self-restraint, the young woman on the subway simply offered you her seat. What a bummer! Hasn't happened to me yet, but I can tell it's coming. But hey ! you never know. Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut. Bill

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: THE DEATH OF FLIRTING AND OTHER SAD STORIES
Flirting/chivalry
December 06, 2017 | 04:40 AM

Of course you like flirting Jerry, you're Italian.
And of course in Italy flirting is considered chivalrous.

dave trott
print email Source: Editorial: THE ITALIAN FOOTBALL WEDDING
Jerry.s INC. Nov 29
December 03, 2017 | 01:42 PM

I have cared for my husband who has Alzeimers for years, needless to say my life is dismal and bleak. Nothing to make me smile. When reading this I started smiling and lo and behold I started laughing out loud with tears in my eyes!! Please tell Jerry thank you an God bless for giving an old lady a moment of joy !!!

Kathleen ONeill
print email Source: Editorial: THE ITALIAN FOOTBALL WEDDING
We used to down as many Petit Fours as we could
December 02, 2017 | 07:49 AM

Those little cakes were only served at Weddings and Bar Mitvahs, so we as kids downed as many as we could, marveling as such little cakes could have so much flavor.

Brandt
print email Source: Editorial: THINGS IM THANKFUL FOR AND THINGS IM NOT THANKFUL FOR
Hey Robert Larsen
December 02, 2017 | 07:37 AM

Get a life, before Jerry thwaks you with his big bald head, a head butt by a famous ad executive would do you well.

Brandt
print email Source: Editorial: ITS A WONDERFUL FIGHT
It’s A Wonderful Fight- Denis Hamill
November 24, 2017 | 07:04 PM

Denis:

Your lovely piece in the Independent, and especially the photo with Chuck Wepner, brought me way back.

In 1975 I was young attorney who wanted to get into the sports business and managed to land a commission-only job at MSG selling their then nearly moribund college basketball program. Doubleheaders all, pairing perhaps St. Peters v. Iona, and Manhattan v. Fordham. Maybe 900 warm bodies in the house. Can you imagine.

The Garden hosted these doubleheaders, almost always featuring teams from the metro area, to satisfy local political imperatives, such as perpetuating their outrageous property tax break, and hired a no-nothing like me, further demonstrating their complete lack of commitment to the program. The guy who had my seasonal job before me was the bartender in the press lounge ! and he quit. Our best attraction of the season was the first women's college basketball game at the Garden "" Immaculata v. Queens -- which drew nearly 12,000. You could look it up.

Because I was a boxing nut and an Ali devotee, and because my little office was hard by the Garden's boxing department, I became pals with the great Gil Clancy and the stalwart John Condon, both of whom I expect you knew well. You could also often find the inimitable Teddy Atlas hanging out in their space, too. It was as close to a clubhouse as has ever existed in The Garden.

The night after the women's basketball event, the Ali- Wepner fight was taking place in the old Richfield, Ohio arena, just outside of Cleveland. I happened to hear John telling someone he had been sent two ringside seats that he was not intending to use. I asked him for them.

"Kid, this one will be quick and dull. Wepner won't get out of the third round. But if you want to haul yourself out there, be my guest."

And so I did, and partied all the way with my best friend the writer William Elin, arriving in the old arena (an unimaginative edifice, now gone, with one row of steep concrete steps from top to bottom), in what might be said to have been imperfect condition. Once inside -- at wonderful ringside thanks to John -- I got dizzy and decided to take some air, but made it no further than the top step, whereupon I passed out and fell face first on the concrete floor, shattering my jaw. The impact, of course, woke me up and as a crowd gathered I managed to pull myself up and headed back down those treacherous, steep concrete steps finally arriving at my seat, and asked my friend to take a look at my jaw.

"Cat, you're bleeding like a son-of-a-bitch. You gotta see the house doctor, you're a mess. Aren't you in pain?"

"No, no. I'm cool. I'll just stop the bleeding by applying some pressure. I don't want to miss the Norton-Quarry fight," which was on the undercard !imagine that as a non-featured bout

But within minutes, the security people had arrived and seeing my MSG credential, insisted that I go to their doctor's office, from where they shortly took me to the local hospital, and wired up my jaw. A few hours later, they wheeled a roommate into my room, none other The Bayonne Bleeder, who needed about 50 stiches to close his wounds.

And yes, Stallone was in the house, too, and would, as you note, use the fight as the template for his Rocky franchise. Unfortunately, and unconscionably, it took Wepner years and several law suits, to get any recompense whatsoever from Stallone who, if left to his own greedy devices, would have stiffed him entirely.

Anyway, I hope that you've gotten a kick out of my little tale. Life has gone okay for me since. I enjoyed a long career in sports, with the Garden and then the NBA for a while, and later stumbled into tennis, where I came to own and promote the year-end Virginia Slims Championships for 20 years. Presently, I'm living full time out on the East End, and among other things, look forward to regularly reading your column in the Independent. Keep up the good work. You're the soul of the publication.

Kind regards,

Bill Goldstein

Bill Goldstein
print email Source: Editorial: THINGS IM THANKFUL FOR AND THINGS IM NOT THANKFUL FOR
Adios!
November 24, 2017 | 12:54 PM

Nice try in attempting to make up for not being a solid parent most of your life. You were, though, an effective salesman during your heyday. But to me, you are an embarrassment to the many more accomplished Italian-Americans and a highly artful fabricator of your true family history. Your articles reveal a limited education and a crude view of many significant events.

Robert William Larsen
print email Source: Editorial: Time For Cuomo To Recognize The Tribe
Your column
November 24, 2017 | 11:59 AM

Thank you for your columns. I enjoy reading them and passing the Indy on to my father in Brooklyn who is 91,father NYPD who met you years ago in city. Mike DeSerio is his name.
Best, Nanci East Hampton

Nanci LaGarenne
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Your columns
November 24, 2017 | 11:57 AM

See above comment

Nanci LaGarenne
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Your columns
November 24, 2017 | 11:55 AM

Dear Denis,
Thank you for your columns. My father, Mike DeSerio 91, of Brooklyn enjoy them. He apparently met you, years ago in city.
Best, Nanci

Nanci LaGarenne
print email Source: Editorial: ITS A WONDERFUL FIGHT
Purity still exists
November 23, 2017 | 09:32 AM

In a world where honesty has been tossed aside, Mr Atlas remains a beacon of honor, a man who will not give in to bullshit, but will give all of himself, to those in need. You read about so many charities where CEO's make millions. If I were to bet, I am sure Mr Atlas loses money, in an effort to insure the right thing is done. All those less fortunate, that Mr Atlas' foundation has helped and all the young men and women who found a safe haven at boxing gym/learning centers that the foundation has built, have been impacted in a positive way, by this amazing man. However, his purity, his drive to do right, impacts us all. He shows us that honor integrity can still matter. With corruption and deceit, ubiquitous, we need Mr Atlas to offer hope. For that, we should all say "Thank You"

Alan Dvorkis
print email Source: Editorial: ITS A WONDERFUL FIGHT
Teddy Atlas and Denis Hamill
November 23, 2017 | 06:43 AM

Just as I said about Teddy Atlas, Denis Hamill td salt of the earth! You can't teach real. Thank goodness for the internet. This way I can read Denis every week. Best writer in the metropolitan area!

Russ Salzberg
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Teddy does from the heart,
November 22, 2017 | 02:47 PM

I spent over a year being trained by Teddy when I fought for Cus Damato , the one think I learned from and about Teddy was that it was never about him. With Teddy it was a matter of right and wrong. If one person you wanna be in a fox hole with its Teddy Atlas. To this day I'm glad I can still call him my friend. This man will have your back!

Greg Walsh
print email Source: Editorial: THINGS IM THANKFUL FOR AND THINGS IM NOT THANKFUL FOR
Thank God for Little Things
November 22, 2017 | 01:47 AM

Jerry ! Happy Thanksgiving! For what I don't know, but at least we'll eat well. Thought you were going to write about traffic conditions heading out to "East Egg" this holiday weekend and you surprised me with politics and "such" instead. In any case, the really good news for you and me is that we're not in the headlines ! yet. And for that, may we be truly grateful. LOL, Bill

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: THIS EXCHANGE OF EMAILS SHOULD EXPLAIN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEN
My female hygienist was the best and here's why
November 15, 2017 | 02:11 PM

Her strong and supple thighs used to press against my legs while she cleaned my teeth It was like symbolic sex..beats both of your breast stories Jerry.LOL

Brandt
print email Source: Editorial: THIS EXCHANGE OF EMAILS SHOULD EXPLAIN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEN
Feedback
November 14, 2017 | 02:54 PM

Hahahahahahahahahaha

Sean
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Good for Nothing
November 08, 2017 | 02:37 AM

Jerry ! You know I've been in the same "politically correct" (or incorrect) situations that you have, but let me just say this in defense of us ! Men are not made of wood (forgiving the pun) and sometimes the "signals" we get from women just get crossed-up. Like "My place or yours", when all she meant was who's paying and gets out of the cab first? Or when her bosom cleavage is suddenly revealed, but only because she was sitting on the taxi seatbelt buckle and had to change position lest it go straight up her ass. Don't know about you, but I still can't tell the difference. So I don't share cabs anymore. LOL, Bill

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: WINTER LAMENT
A reverse commuter here!
November 03, 2017 | 03:04 PM

Hi jerry,

I, being a nyc guy, born and bread, actually love the beach in the winter. My summer spot of choice has always been the jersey shore, mainly because my family always preferred jersey but the li beaches are great too.

When winter comes, I keep the Jersey house open and go down often to surf and hang with my "local" pals, over 40 years! This winter, as I recuperate from a couple of surgeries, I'm spending it out east, lots of family out here, can't wait to hit the beaches when the cold wind starts blowing!!! The Hamptons in the winter is something I'm looking forward to. Nice, warm cozy pubs, etc.

I attended one of your famous biz Christmas parties in the late eighties, I think it was at Slate in the city, great time, we chatted a bit.

Anyway, enjoy the winter!!!!!!

Best,

Cliff Kilkenny



Cliif Kilkenny
print email Source: Editorial: Walk a Shelter Dog
Walk a Shelter dog
November 02, 2017 | 11:52 AM

Great story and brings awareness to so much of what we do at SASF Thank you

susan allen
print email Source: Editorial: WINTER LAMENT
SUMMER LAMENT
October 31, 2017 | 08:52 PM

Well Jer ! I am one of those who loves winter. First, because I can't take the heat and humidity of New York City summers. Even the South Shore of Long Island and Hamptons is too much for me. Walking on blazing hot beach sand and throwing a blanket down to bake in the Sun? Fuhgeddaboudit. Walking on our NYC streets in a suit and tie, sweating bullets, or as John Sebastian & The Lovin' Spoonful once famously sang, "Walkin' on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head." No thanks! I'll take winter any day of the week. Second, people walk faster in the winter, which means I get to where I'm going ! faster. Nothing like a 20 degree, windy day to keep the crowds moving. Third, fewer tourists snapping pics on their smartphones and holding things up. More cabs available and more room on the subway (especially with the kids off from school.) Easier shopping and dining. My list goes on. But the best part about "Winter in the City", which I might write a song about, is that summer is a long time away. Best, Bill

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: Signs Of The Times
community events
October 30, 2017 | 12:57 PM

Hopefully this can go in this week.

kathleen Colihan
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Readings at Ashwaugh
October 30, 2017 | 12:50 PM

Tuesday, Nov 7, area writers will be reading at Ashwaugh Hall at 5:30PM.
A Q & A session will follow. Future events will be once or twice a month and include workshops and readings. If you are working on a project, thinking of writing or want to hear finished work and works in progress, please attend. Contact Kathleen Colihan at kathleenlie@aol.com or call 631 324-0326.

kathleen Colihan
print email Source: Editorial: A MOVIE THAT IS EVEN WORSE THAN THE WORST MOVIE I EVER SAW
Jerry, You are losing your touch
October 29, 2017 | 01:10 PM

Jerry, your last two columns are boring and weird. I know enjoy praise, but your standards seem to be suffering. Just the fact you wrote about a homosexual movie which you obviously are not comfortable with shows you need to read the previews on all future movies, before you attend. I suggest you really give some thought to your next column or skip a couple, take a hiatus and start writing your Thanksgiving column in November. And I am usually a great fan and have read them all. Good luck, Get back to being a creative and humorous writer. Thanks, a tired but loyal fan.

Brandt
print email Source: Editorial: IF WE SHOULD MEET AND I IGNORE YOU
It was funny the first time Jerry, stop running old columns
October 29, 2017 | 01:02 PM

Nuff said

Brandt
print email Source: Editorial: Whats With All The Illinois License Plates?
out of state plates nys
October 27, 2017 | 09:51 AM

hi address 176 Elmendorf st Kingston ny illegal plates illonois 4 cars contact nys dmv for investigation lived in nys for over year.

john riley
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9/11 memorial speech
October 26, 2017 | 11:11 AM

CAN YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO USE SPEECH?

Nic ginnavin
print email Source: Editorial: Local Boy Makes Good
October 18, 2017 | 05:01 PM

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