They say that people who live in Manhattan are not friendly, don’t know their neighbors, and are very transient. Not in my building.
Many neighbors have been living at 301 East 62nd St.for decades. Many of us have grown older together. We gathered tonight to celebrate the retirement of Esau Mohammad. Our beloved porter has been with us 32 years. We are going to miss him like no other. He was simply the best.
My most vivid memory of Esau was when the Twin Towers came down. I remember him standing at the front door in the lobby waiting for each of us to return home. He had tears in his eyes as he hugged everyone. What a special moment. I will remember that forever no matter where I am living.
Tonight was one of many lobby parties. We had such a good time. Not a dry eye in the house. Why can’t the world just get along?
Esau and his wife
Esau’s grandaughter and boyfriend
Speeches are about to begin
President and VP express their thanks
The crowd wants more accolades for Esau
Eliot talks about the early days of Esau on the job
Marilyn and Ali
More neighbors show up
Loren wishing all good things for Easu.
The woman in red was one of the first residents in the building.
Long time residents
Coop Treasurer expresses all of our love to Esau
Long time resident
I have written about Maurice deHond before. He is now the Founder of The Steve Jobs School which is becoming the most desired education program for elementary students all over the world. We met 30 plus years ago, when he was one of the first businessmen to market personal computers in the United States. He was born and raised in Amsterdam and still lives there now.
Seth Meyers spent time in Amsterdam at a club called Boom Chicago where he perfected his comedic talents. Maurice frequented the club and performed there too. They stayed in touch and that resulted in Maurice taking us to Seth’s show.
Great meeting Seth Meyers
Maurice and Seth
Maurice had to travel from Amsterdam to take me to Seth Meyers
Eliot, on set, SNL.
The NBC carpet
It wasn’t that long ago that we all had printed pictures that we placed in photo albums. I used to spend hours each week looking at my photos. I had a difficult time keeping the photos intact on the page as well as preventing them from fading, I was thrilled when everything went digital.
No more printed photos. I now keep all of my photos in my camera roll. The trouble is that I am now storing a few thousand photos and never scroll back to look at any of them.
That’s why I became intrigued with a new app called Recently. It’s like going back to the future. Recently issues a monthly magazine featuring 100 of my best recent photos. Of course, I have to give Recently permission to review my camera roll.
Recently charges $9 a month. If I want, I can manually select and remove pictures before they get published. The paper magazine will be sent to me every month.
Some folks really love thunder and lightning outside their window. They appreciate the booming sounds while reading a good book or watching TV. Stormy weather just makes you so grateful you are inside cozy and dry. It’s creates the most perfect atmosphere for loving your home more than ever.
That’s why designer Richard Clarkson invented an interactive light and speaker that makes you feel like you have a mini thunderstorm in your living room.
Watch the video to see just how real the storm cloud light makes you feel.
The lamp plays sounds and flashes a Philips LED light to simulate a real thunderstorm. The unit features a Bluetooth speaker so you can sync the thunder flashes to the beat of the music. Scary but fun.
Get ready to part with some bucks if you are interested in buying the lamp. Retails at $3,360.
Happy Passover to my family, friends, and acquaintances.
Smart this, smart that.
Everything we use today has to be “smart.” Now the smart technology has reached the pillow. I recently saw a demonstration of a smart pillow at eMerge, the Miami tech show.
The Chrona sleep system turns any pillow into a smart pillow. The Chrona technology is placed in a pillowcase so it can measure the movements of your head and torso. The companion app measures how well you slept and can also gently wake you up.
The company’s website explains the process.
“Chrona uses an accelerometer to measure your movements while you sleep. Its Bluetooth Low Energy module safely transmits data between your Smartpillow and smartphone. Chrona is energy-efficient, so you’ll be able to power Chrona for over a week with a single charge.”
Watch the video for a precise explanation.
Co-Founders Zimin Hang and Ben Bronsther teamed up with engineering students from Washington University in St. Louis to develop Chrona. Their company name is Ultradia.
Expect to see more and more companies in this field. Many Americans are obsessed with how and when they sleep. They will do anything for a good night’s sleep. That sounds like big business to me.