WHAT’S BETTER THAN 1ST PLACE?

WHAT’S BETTER THAN 1ST PLACE?

Welcome to Junior’s!

Hail a taxicab anywhere in New York City and tell the driver, “Take me to the best cheesecake in New York.” Odds are you will end up at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues in Brooklyn, at Juniors. Junior’s landmark restaurant is known as the home of New York’s best cheesecake. For decades, Brooklynites (and other New Yorkers) have come to eat, laugh, and kibbitz (argue) over cheesecake. In the 1950’s, an entire generation came of age at Junior’s, that’s me. Their cheesecake was as important as the Brooklyn Dodgers…the Fox Theater…Coney Island…Brighton Beach. Today loyal customers still come –from all over and all walks of life. Famous mayors. Presidents. Hall of Fame athletes. Authors, singers, like Frankie (the crooner) and Eddie Cantor (Mammy), movie stars. In fact, it’s as true today as it was 60 years ago when they started, “You haven’t really lived until you’ve had cheesecake at Junior’s.”
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Inside Junior’s at Foxwoods

 

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

All dressed up for the holidays, The Original New York cheesecake swirled with real strawberry puree, topped with red and green chips and wrapped with yellow chiffon cake on the sides with a beautiful Christmas tree pattern. Junior’s and cheesecake are synonymous. You say cheesecake, and you knew you would be dining at Junior’s. You say Junior’s and you knew your would be eating cheesecake.

Here come the cheesecake

Here come the cheesecake

Junior’s is a restaurant chain with the original location at 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension at the corner of DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City. Other locations include Times Square area and the lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel in the Foxwoods Resort in Ledyard, Connecticut. The restaurant was founded by Harry Rosen in 1950. According to the restaurant, it was named Junior’s after Rosen’s two sons, Walter and Marvin.

Coney Island mural

Coney Island mural inside Junior’s

According to GO Brooklyn, “At that corner of Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in Downtown Brooklyn, there has been a diner run by the Rosen family since 1929. In 1950, the name was changed to Junior’s, and it has been serving its famous cheesecake and other goodies ever since.”

Bakery

Bakery

Rosen worked with master baker Eigel Peterson to create the cheesecake known today as “The World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake”, based on a recipe that was in the Rosen family for three generations. In addition to cheesecake, Junior’s features deli sandwiches (particularly corned beef and pastrami), ten ounce steakburgers, cheese blintzes, and unique onion rings. Fans of the restaurant are not limited to Brooklynites. A Kuwaiti prince was known to have taken several of Junior’s cheesecakes back with him.

So what’s better than 1st place? Cheesecake at Junior’s, that’s what’s better than my dance competition placement. Well, almost. I had no idea there was a Junior’s restaurant at Foxwoods. Tom, my hubby said, “We’re going to have breakfast at Junior’s. I had no idea that was the famous Junior’s, and neither did my mid-western husband. We rounded the bend from the smoky casino, and low and behold, right in front of me was my most favorite New York restaurant that I ate at for years and years and years.

The waiter gave us menus. I looked it over and with sad eyes, I looked up and asked the waiter, “Where’s the potato pancakes?” He said, “On our lunch menu.” I named lots of other dishes that I remembered. He said, “You know Junior’s. Impressive!!!” I kid you not, I remember it well, just like the song sung by Maurice Chevalier. They have Junior’s in Florida and of course I ate there too. So I asked him if I could have a potato pancake with my breakfast, with sour cream. A big breakfast later, I asked, “Will you wrap up cheesecake to take away, and how about one of your New York bagels with cream cheese and tomato?”

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Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to have cheesecake.

 

 

 

 

 

Now that the holidays are here, maybe you will have time to enjoy a good book. Here’s a little bit about my novel:

If you like romance, and you like rip-roaring adventure, Indigo Sky is for you! Shopping at Tiffany’s, getting caught up in the New York Draft Riot, the Civil War, and the wilds of the Great Plains. Enjoy the holiday with Gail Ingis’s Indigo Sky. Sign up for my weekly blog by December 17th, and three of you will win a copy of my ebook.

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FIREWORKS

FIREWORKS

fwFireworks fwFireworks-History-Gear-Patrol-Lead- fwfourth-of-july-fireworks-statue-of-liberty fw1Fireworks fw4th_fireworks sofliberty fw0701_fire_crop fw1024px-Artilleryshells1 fw1024px-Hogmanay_Party fw1024px-Miamifireworks fw1280px-1_epcot_illuminations_2010 Inspired by the fireworks, and my painting project of Coney Island, I’m writing a few memories. Those fireworks bring back more than my youth at the beach. They bring up the history of our freedom and the celebration of it all.

Enjoy this reblog. It was the mid-20th century, Tuesday night. The day and sunshine used up . . . riding, swimming, volleyball, handball. Time to cuddle on a beach blanket. Uh oh, wait a minute . . . did I say cuddle? No, it was time to watch the fireworks. Didn’t you say that’s what you were doing Tuesday night after a day at the beach? Who watched the fireworks? Did I? Did you? With my friends in many summers — I did watch the fireworks, a privilege of living close to Brooklyn’s Coney Island, a short train ride away from where I lived in Boro Park. Coney Island was the last stop! The sky was filled with color. The sounds filled the air with the fragrance of the fireworks powder wafting under our noses, magical. No one knew where to find anyone. Maybe on the sand, maybe on blankets, maybe in shadows under the boardwalk. That’s what Tuesday night was about. After a full day of fun, we all hung around to enjoy each other and the venue.

What started this thing called fireworks? The earliest records of fireworks dates back to 7th century China where they were first used to frighten away evil spirits with their loud sound and to pray for happiness and prosperity.

America’s earliest settlers brought their enthusiasm for fireworks to the United States. Fireworks and black ash were used to celebrate important events long before the American Revolutionary War. The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777, six years before Americans knew whether the new nation would survive the war; fireworks were a part of all festivities. In 1789, George Washington‘s inauguration was also accompanied by a fireworks display. This early fascination with their noise and color continues today.

In 2004, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, pioneered the commercial use of aerial fireworks launched with compressed air rather than gunpowder. The display shell explodes in the air using an electronic timer. The advantages of compressed air launch are a reduction in fumes, and much greater accuracy in height and timing.

The Walt Disney Company is the largest consumer of fireworks in the United States.

NOW: Friday Night Fireworks – Luna Park in Coney Island lunaparknyc.com/events/friday-night-fireworks-5/

Luna Park, Coney Island

Join Coney Island for Friday Night Fireworks. The show starts at 9:30pm every Friday night during the season. Friday Night Fireworks start the last weekend in June and conclude the Friday before Labor Day. Friday Night Fireworks are brought to you by the Alliance for Coney Island.

Who doesn’t love to see and hear fireworks? What do you think of fireworks?

Thanks to Wikipedia for all the links. Below, is the link to Independence Day, but all are Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_%28United_States%29

TELL AGAIN TUESDAY TODAY!

TELL AGAIN TUESDAY TODAY!

Today’s post is a reblog . . .

C.D. Hersh

C.D. Hersh

Tell Again Tuesday-by C.D. Hersh, Authors, published with Soul Mate Publishing, is a blog series, where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

Does anyone else include this while writing?
Tackle Big Events While Writing, Posted on June 22, 2016 by Beth Carter.

It’s easy to write about boy meets girl or girl meets boy. Insert a villain, some scenery, conflict, the use of senses, a bit of backstory and foreshadowing, and you’re done, right? Wrong. It’s much more interesting when you throw in big (or even small, intimate) events. Whether they are a fact of life (like a birth or death), a crazy family reunion or a tragic occurrence, your writing will be enriched and become much more realistic by adding these details.

Here are examples of . . .

For the rest of the blog go to:
https://smpauthors.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/tackle-big-events-while-writing-by-beth-carter/

I thought that Beth’s suggestions were awesome. In my book, a historic romance, can you find betrayal and tragedy, and other life-changing situations? Do Leila and Rork find happiness? Is there a HEA (Happy Ever After)?

Bookcover

Bookcover

Indigo Sky, in paperback, is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Come to my art bash and book signing on September 8, 5:30-7:30pm.

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Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1K4GVQA

Amazon Buy Link: http://amzn.to/29NYE5w
Artist Page:      https://artist.gailingis.com/blog/
Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/gail.ingis
Goodreads:       http://bit.ly/29Pem1S
Trailer:               http://bit.ly/29xUJ1H
Twitter:           http://twitter.com/gailingis
Website:           http://www.gailingis.com

REMEMBER MY ART BASH on SEPTEMBER 8, 5:30-7:30pmCyclone, Oh What a Ride 12x24 OilCyclone, Oh What a Ride 12×24 Oil

Coney Island: Visions From the Boardwalk
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is pleased to present 38 paintings from artist-writer Gail Ingis Claus. The artist will be signing copies of her new book entitled INDIGO SKY. During the reception, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will be offering the book at a special show price.

Unique Offer: Enter at the reception to Win A FREE Book and a Coney Island print! Attendees of the Artist Reception and Book Signing Party on Thursday, September 8, 2016, will be entered to win a complimentary copy of Gail’s book-inprint and a Coney Island print from her art collection. The drawing will take place shortly before closing at 7:15 pm. The winning ticket holder must be present to receive the free book, bookmark, and print of Coney Island.

There will be a ballroom dance demonstration from Gail’s memories of her times at Coney Island.

Art Show Sponsors:
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RSVP by Friday, Sept 2, 2016, 203-838-9799 ext. 4

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
203-838-9799

Founding Patron
The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown
2016 Distinguished Benefactors:
The Maurice Goodman Foundation

 

 

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