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13:19, 12 February 2018

New York Today: New York Today: Dog Concierge Tells All

New York These days: New York Today: Dog Concierge Tells All

New York Today: New York Today: Dog Concierge Tells All


Great morning on this clearing Monday.

Deacon, an English mastiff, with his handler waiting on an elevator at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan.CreditYana Paskova for The New York Instances

Thousands of dogs have been checked into New York hotels over the weekend ahead of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which begins nowadays.

Around 600 of them — which includes four-pound Chihuahuas and 300-pound bull mastiffs — are staying across from Madison Square Garden, exactly where the pageantry requires place, at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

This time of year, the hotel is like Vegas for dogs.

There are dog fashion shows. Dog parties. Dog toy fairs. A dog salon and spa. And a “doggie concierge” who handles requests particularly from dog owners, coaches and handlers.

“We have it down to a science,” the canine concierge, Jerry Grymek, mentioned of the hotel, which has been hosting Westminster competitors given that the 1990s. “People have rituals to make their dogs really feel comfy.”

Mr. Grymek has rolled out a red carpet for one particular dog, he mentioned. And furnished an opera singer to serenade an Italian Spinoni that was fond of the music.

He has picked up food: a slice of pizza, a chicken sandwich, “six McDonald’s cheeseburgers hold the onions.”

And hired dog acupuncturists and psychics. (The psychics informed owners that their dogs were nervous, and did not wish to consume beans.)

He has also fetched cots — for the coaches, not the dogs: The dogs get the beds. “The owner wants the dog having optimal sleep,” Mr. Grymek said. “They’re in the show, right after all.”

Here’s what else is taking place:


A small cooler nowadays but the rain is gone, and the clouds will break up by afternoon, with a high about 43.

Then cold tonight and fair tomorrow. Not a negative begin.

In the News

The Legal Help Society is threatening to sue if Nycha does not return upward of $ten million in rent payments right after residents were left without heat this winter. [New York Instances]

Mary McKelvey, left, and her neighbor, Ruth Britt, at Patterson Houses, a public housing complicated in the Bronx.CreditValerie Chiang for The New York Times

Yoselyn Ortega, who worked as a nanny for a Manhattan family, is accused of murdering two of the young children she cared for. [New York Instances]

Joseph Percoco, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s former deputy secretary typically utilized the governor’s name to further his own interests, according to testimony in his federal corruption trial. [New York Occasions]

A correction officer suffered a fractured neck when he was attacked by inmates in a Rikers Island jail. [New York Times]

The Olmsted-Beil Residence in Staten Island, the one-time home of Frederick Law Olmsted, who made Central Park, was bought by the city but has fallen into disrepair. [New York Times]

The Olmsted-Beil House in Staten Island, the a single-time home of Frederick Law Olmsted, who developed Central Park with Calvert Vaux. The city purchased the house about 12 years ago but it is now in disrepair.CreditJames Estrin/The New York Occasions

New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company and demanded that any victims of Harvey Weinstein be justly compensated. [New York Times]

Sleep apnea testing need to be federally mandated to stop much more train derailments, Senator Chuck Schumer says. [Am New York]

A lot more than 100 individuals packed into Bar Sepia in Prospect Heights to show support for the owner as she mounts a last-ditch work to hold onto her 14-year-old enterprise. [New York Post]

A fourth New York City child has died from flu-connected complications, police sources said. [New York Post]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Gorgeous

For a international look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up These days

Day 1 of Off-Broadway Week, with two-for-a single tickets at dozens of shows around the city. (Right here are a couple of New York Times Critic’s Picks.) Occasions and rates differ.

The theater director Arin Arbus joins Randy Cohen’s “Individual Spot Issue” show to talk about “The Winter’s Tale,” at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 7:30 p.m. [$15]

Monday Evening Magic at the Players Theater in Greenwich Village. eight p.m. [$42.50]

A Mardi Gras Monday celebration (followed by a Fat Tuesday celebration) at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. 8 p.m. [$15]

Hunting ahead: On Wednesday, the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society performs “Enjoy in the Parlors,” a Valentine’s Day concert of Schubert, Brahms and other individuals, at the Merchant’s Home Museum in NoHo.

Knicks at 76ers, 7 p.m. (MSG). Nets host Clippers, 7:30 p.m. (YES).

Alternate-side parking is suspended.

For far more events, see The New York Times’s Arts &amp Entertainment guide.

And Finally…

Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula.CreditUniversal Images, by means of Associated Press

On this day in 1931, the public was introduced to “the strangest passion the world has ever identified.”

That, according to an ad in The Times, was the passion of Dracula for blood.

The horror film, based on the novel by Bram Stoker, premiered Feb. 12 at the Roxy Theater on 50th Street, a venue nicknamed the “Cathedral of Motion Picture” and considered at the time the finest cinema in New York City.

The ad, along with the Occasions assessment of the film, underscores that it is a “talking film” — then a novel concept. Silent films transitioned to “talkies” with speaking, singing and dancing in the late 1920s.

The film and its sharp-toothed protagonist, now thought to be “more comical than scary,” had been described as “bloodcurdling,” “evil” and “eerie.”

Fog, a very technical specific effect at the time, made it all the far more spooky.

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Published at Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:00:06 +0000

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