Wednesday, June 29, 2005
DAILY 7: NYC HOMEOWNERS SQUEEZED, NORWEGIAN TOURISTS, TIME TRAVEL, CLAUDIA ROSETT, ROGER EBERT REVIEW, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, STARBUCKS ICE CREAM
Don't see "War of the Worlds", do see "March of the Penguins"
1) PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF NEW YORK: Thanks to rent stabilization laws, tenants of 47-49 East Third Street pay only $500 to $950/ month (extemely cheap by Manhattan standards). Two years ago the building owner informed tenants their leases won't be renewed. The tenants sued and have refused to leave. New York law may be on the tenants' side
2) THE OUT OF TOWNERS: Norwegian tourists Espen Skotterud and Are Kjaer, both 24 and from Oslo claimed a black man robbed their digital camera in Central Park. Turns out they lost the camera and lied to police in order to file a false insurance statement. Now they are in jail, you can't fool the NYPD!
3) BUST OUT YOUR DELOREAN: "When it comes to the nature of time travel, physicists are pretty much at a loss, but some theorists think that has to change."
4) CLAUDIA ROSETT: "Kofi Annan wants to "reform" the U.N. again. Watch out for your wallet."
5) ROGER EBERT GIVES "WAR OF THE WORLDS" 2 STARS: It is a big, clunky movie containing some sensational sights but lacking the zest and joyous energy we expect from Steven Spielberg.
6) DO SEE "MARCH OF THE PENGUINS": Lou Lumenick says, "a remarkable, eye-popping nature documentary directed by France's Luc Jacquet.
7) JAVA THIS: Starbucks is giving away free ice cream on Wednesday afternoon at 6,000 of its stores.
Other blogs commenting on these stories, Sweet!, Well, There It Is, Sobering Thoughts, Roger Simon, Just One Minute, Gothamist, Vacation, and Visual Resistance.