Invite for April 2006 MAGIC Party
PASSWORD IS: IF THEY'RE GOOD ANYTIME, WHY DO THEY CALL THEM BREAKFAST
those who don't remember this commercial, you may
substitute the password with "Stella D'Oro")
Spring is a comin'. What a glorious day - perfect for noshing on some
Stella D'Oro baked goods. This was a favorite commercial of mine, with
the unhappy couple sitting in the kitchen, the wife snacking in the
middle of the night on her breakfast treats. Stella D'Oro began as a
bakery on Bailey Avenue in the Bronx in 1930, owned by Italian immigrants
Joseph Kresevich and his wife Angela. They sold authentic breadsticks,
egg biscuits and anisette toast cookies, and became immensely popular
in NYC's Italian neighborhoods. In 1947, the headquarters and a new
factory opened on 237th Street in Kingsbridge. In the 1950s Stella D'Oro
became one of the country's most prominent bakers. In the 1990s its
breadsticks were the most popular in the U.S., and in 2005 its annual
revenues reached $30 million. In 2003, Stella D'Oro, which is a very
popular brand among observant Jews, considered adding milk to its recipes
but decided against it when they discovered that baked goods labeled
"dairy" were not selling in Orthodox neighborhoods. Oy. Who
Da beautiful Bronx. Childhood home of my pops. Home of the Yankees (I
won't discuss the new stadium - at least not today). Borough of the
fabulous movie we will be screening on Monday - "The Taking of
Pelham 123." This is a flick not to be missed. For reals, yo. Note,
"The Taking of Pelham 123" is not about the 1/2/3 subway line,
but rather 1:23(pm) was the scheduled departure time for this 6 train
from the Pelham Station in the Bronx.
Back by popular demand is another quiz (and hopefully not as difficult
as the March quiz). I truly am sorry that so many of you failed last
month's inaugural test - so in case you were feeling dumb, and unworthy
of native status, you're not alone. The highest score reported was an
8 of 12 (congratulations to Leigh W. from LaGuardia, and fellow Bronx
lover - we rode the Tour
de Bronx together). Before taking the quiz, heads up for this year's Great Saunter,
the awesome 32 mile walk along the perimeter of Manhattan, which will
be Saturday, May 6. Great luck! (answers are posted at: http://www.nycmagicgarden.com/Passwords.html - at the bottom of the page):
Which now defunct discount department store opened in 1928 at 3rd
Avenue and 152nd Street, then opened a branch on Fordham Road in
1938 that made more money per square foot than other department
store in the nation, then moved its main store to 59th and Lexington
Prior to being officially named "The Yankees" in 1913,
what was the team's official name? a) New York Highlanders b) Bronx
Ballbusters c) Eastern Eagles d) New York Pinstripes
The Yankees bought Babe Ruth's contract from the Red Sox for $125,000
in what year? a) 1913 b) 1920 c) 1947 d) 1966
Edgar Allen Poe spent the last years of his life in the Bronx (1846-1849).
Which of the following was not written by Edgar Allen Poe? a) The
Fall of the House of Usher b) The Raven c) The Tao of Poe d) The
Which is the only NYC borough without a "Botanic Garden"?
Which is not a neighborhood in the Bronx? a) Tremont b) College
Point c) Mott Haven 4) Spuyten Duyvil
Which Bronx park is home to the nation's first public golf course?
a) Van Cortlandt Park b) Fort Tryon c) Wave Hill d) Crotona Park
In the 1981 movie "Fort Apache, The Bronx," Fort Apache
is the name of a) an Indian trail b) a donut shop c) a gang's turf
d) a police precint
Fill in the blank - The songs "Teenager in Love" and "I
Wonder Why" were recorded by this Bronx band, named after an
avenue in the Bronx:
___________ and the Belmonts.
At a size of 2764 acres, Pelham Bay Park is how many times the size
of Central Park? a) 3 b) 6 c) 9 d) 12
Extra Credit: Who is the current Bronx Borough President?
Extra Extra Credit: What is my favorite Stella D'Oro product?
Extra Extra Extra Credit: After a wild NYC Park Rangers party in
1990, in what Bronx beach did I (and others) go evening skinny dipping?