Monday Dispatch: Zombie Village Voice, Well-Being Insurance For Seniors Legislation

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park Mist Garden
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Mist Garden
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Mist Garden
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Mist Garden

If, like us, you’re still a little traumatized from last week’s heat wave, perhaps you should consider a visit to Flushing Meadows Corona Park‘s newly-restored mist garden, an original feature from the 1964 World’s Fair. (6sqft)

The Village Voice is simultaneously both dead and alive at the moment—a real Schrodinger’s cat of a publication—but appears to be moving towards life with the recent announcement of Dan McKenna as its new Chief Revenue Officer. McKenna is perhaps best known as the previous publisher & CEO of the Hamptons publication Dan’s Papers. We have to admit it’s rather hard to be excited about a Voice comeback considering a) its new owner Brian Calle‘s awful history with LA Weekly, and b) that they’re announcing revenue before even attempting to hire interesting writers that know the city.

If you or anyone you know is currently suffering from food insecurity, New York City is providing free grab & go meals as well as take home & cook options this summer for any residents that need them, all over the city and with no registration, documentation, or identification required. They will be providing vegetarian options at all locations; kosher and halal options at some. Our local site is P.S. 130 Hernando De Soto (143 Baxter Street, entrance on Hester). Three meals a day are provided from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday; this location offers a halal option for those who require it. (If you or anyone you know has difficulty cooking or shopping, or is living or recovering from an illness, our wonderful neighbor God’s Love We Deliver is currently accepting applications for their free meal delivery service.)

Our area has a higher share of senior citizens than most in the city (let alone the rest of the country), so we’re very interested in Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens)’s latest bill called the Well-Being Insurance for Seniors to be at Home Act, or WISH. All four of Suozzi’s grandparents were cared for in his childhood home, with his mother their chief caretaker; Suozzi says the WISH Act is meant to “save the Medicaid program and millions of Americans from financial ruin, would allow people to age at home with dignity, and would create millions of good-paying, middle-class jobs in the home health care industry.” (Politics NY)

It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that 13-time champ Joey Chestnut was going to not only win but set a new record at yesterday’s annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, and he did: Chestnut ate 76 buns in ten minutes for his 14th title in fifteen years, breaking his own record from last year and beating the second place contest by 26 buns. Honestly, we were more excited about their inaugural Lemonade Chug Contest, which was both faster and disturbingly riveting even though it was obvious from the beginning that Eric “Badlands” Booker was going to win:

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