A few of my favorite things (and people)
The Film Forum (filmforum.org): For 40 years the Film Forum's been showing the best variety of classic films and current independent, documentary, and foreign films Popcorn"s really good, too.
The Museum of Modern Art's yearly membership: A true bargain at only $75 as MOMA's full price daily admission is $20. Amazing benefit: as a MOMA member, you can bring up to 5 guests anytime you want for only $5 each. Lesser known fact: MOMA shows an excellent variety of movies, too
Celebrity Autobiography (celebrityautobiography.com): one of the funniest things going. Actors and comedians read word for word from "celebrity" autobiographies. Absolutely hysterical especially when they read from Tiger Woods autobiography A MUST see
Peace Food Cafés (460 Amsterdam Ave at 82nd st, peacefoodcafe.com) chickpea fries, and PFC Un-chicken yum.
Rescue Chocolate (rescuechocolate.com): Delicious high-quality vegan chocolate- my favorites are the Mission Feral Fig (almonds, dried figs and cranberries) and the Peanut Butter Pitbull yum. Founder Sarah Gross donates monthly proceeds to a different rescue group every month.
Blossom, Blossom Du Jour, Café Blossom, and V-Note's soy bacon cheeseburger and southern seitan sandwich... yum... Brunch-time pancakes are great, too...
Jennifer Marmorato: Jennifer designed the amazing graphics for the I adopted my Pet T shirts, along with the adorable, I Adopted My Pet.com logo: She takes fabulous photographs, makes bracelets (cuffs) and earrings out of recycled vinyl records, fashions notebooks from old album covers, and more- you MUST check out her website and blog: jennymdesigns.com, bakedvinyl.blogspot.com.
The Vick Dog blog: vickdogsblog.blogspot.com... Get ready to smile.
The songs of Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, John Lennon, the Beatles, the Kinks, Todd Snider, John Prine, the Jayhawks, Jill Sobule, Dan Bern, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and Neil Young.
Gene Baur, the founder of Farm Sanctuary, and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food. I finished reading this book on May 11, 2008, and have eaten a vegetarian, and then vegan diet ever since. The book is educational and inspirational. Please consider picking up a copy.
The Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages: http://www.banhdc.org/ . Please help stop this cruel and antiquated practice.
The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble (phoenixtheatreensemble.org): Founded by my former boss Craig Smith, his wife Elise Stone and others, the Phoenix shows fabulous, interesting, often-classic plays and staged readings.
The Smith-Stone family: Craig and Elise and their 3 adopted children, and adopted cats, were already just about the best family I knew, when over Christmas 2009, they forever cemented their greatness in my eyes by adopting Timmy, a then-10+ year old pitbull, from Animal Care and Control, with the help of Susan Cava and Rescuzilla. Sadly, Timmy recently passed away.
Susan Cava, who started Rescuzilla (Rescuzilla.com) almost 2 years ago; she pulls the hardest to place dogs from Animal Care & Control and finds them safe and happy, forever homes.
Emelinda Narvaez is a true angel, who founded Earth Angels Canine Rescue (earthangelsnyc.org), and has spent the past 45 years saving all dogs that come her way. I found my Tilly almost 7 years ago on the Earth Angels website and am forever grateful
To all the Susan and Emelindas of the world- way too many to name: Thank you for your amazing life-saving efforts.
People who adopt their pets.