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Everything You Need to Know About the MLB Post- Season Playoffs

In excruciating detail, this ESPN piece epitomizes TMI.

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The Sounds of New York City

I am a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, schooled at the major universities in this city, employed by at that time the most profitable company in the world, and a resident of The Imperial City for almost three decades. There are certain sounds that accompany that part of my life’s journey that have now been stilled. However, the New York Public Library has released an album of those city sounds – Missing Sounds of New York: An Auditory Love Letter to New Yorkers; the last track is entitled “The Not Quite Quiet Library”. Enjoy.

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More Free Children’s Books Online from Audible

Audible has made available for free numerous children’s books in multiple languages.  You can listen to White Fang, The House at Pooh Corner, and Bambi, among others. Access to classic works, fairy tales, and works for older children can also be freely accessed. This offer will last as long as schools are closed.

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For Harry Potter Fans!

The acclaimed audio rendition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, read by Stephen Fry in all of its nine+ hours glory, is available for free!

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Books on Baseball History

For those of us eagerly awaiting the postponed start of baseball, perusing some historical works (some over a century old) might pass some time and give insights into how the game was viewed “back in the day”. Some works to peruse include:Base ball: the history, statistics and romance of the American national game from its inception to the present time (1902) [Notice that the term is two words, not one like it is today. That was standard option “back in the day”]; to the 1914 Richter’s history and records of base ball : the American nation’s chief sport. Other works can be found here, here, and here.

I recommend the profusely illustrated Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives (2013).

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Old School Valentine’s Day

From the British Library and its renowned Digitised Manuscripts site comes Be My Valentine, a collection of love letters written c.1500 and bound together in a single volume along with illustrations. The actual manuscript – Petit Livre d’Amour – is found here; other images from various manuscripts can be found here.

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What Is This Year’s Most Popular Halloween Candy?

It is a shocker. Go here to find the answer.

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NFL Media Guides and Rule Books

As the NFL opens its 100th season, here are some relevant links:

NFL Media Guides (containing hundreds of pages) for each team; Official Record and Fact Book and Official Playing Rules.

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Play Ball!

With the opening of the 2019 baseball season safely behind us (Go, Mets!), now would be a good time to add to this site’s entries on baseball.

“This boy comes the nearest to perfection in pitching of anyone in either major league at the present time. He has more speed than Spahn and almost perfect control of a slow curve, – that really curves. He also has an exceptional fast ball and occasionally throws a change up off the fast ball.” This is the opinion of the legendary Branch Rickey in one of his numerous scouting reports – this one on the superb pitcher Sandy Koufax. (A point of transparency here. I am a native-born Brooklynite and actually saw Koufax pitch with the Brooklyn Dodgers.) All of Rickey’s insightful reports, including ones of Henry Aaron and Roberto Clemente, are now available online at the Library of Congress. A timeline of Rickey’s contributions to baseball accompanies this site as do other useful links.

How about viewing the first baseball cards? There are 2,100 of them printed between 1887 and 1914 representing 1,000 players from thirteen leagues and seventy-five cities. They feature the likenesses of some of the great names from that era including Christy Mathewson and Cy Young. And the collection even has the 1909-13 Brooklyn Dodgers! In addition, the backs of the cards are also displayed because they contain either biographies of the players or other sporting information. You can search by city or league.  A special feature is the chronological arrangement of the cards by the collections in which they appeared. A wonderful site for those who consider baseball as the only true sport in this country.

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Does Central New Jersey Exist?

Find out what some luminaries think about this topic; you might also want to check out this article from nj.com.

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What To Do in Central Park During the Winter

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Jersey City Moves July 4th Fireworks to Exchange Place

Since Liberty State Park is closed due to the government shutdown, Mayor Fulop has moved the fireworks display to Exchange Place.

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Where To See 2017 4th of July Fireworks in New Jersey

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May the Fourth Be With You

And now that that is out of the system (pun intended), here is a mashup featuring all the major characters from the Star Wars series.

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No Bazinga! Jim Parsons Highest Paid TV Actor

To see who else is on this Forbes list, click here.

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Jersey City Ranks 36th Out of 100 Park Systems in the Country

The Trust for Public Land has just released its 2016 ParkScore for 100 selected U.S. cities. Jersey City ranks as high as it does because of access to parks, percentage of park acreage, and per capita spending on parks. Newark comes in at 75.

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The “Rolling Stone” Ranks All 141 SNL Cast Members

That’s 141 critiques of their work on SNL and nowhere else. We don’t think anyone will be surprised by No.1.

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The Year in Review – According to Dave Barry

2014 was indeed a busy year. As we have trouble remembering what happened to us last Tuesday, it is a relief to have such a reliable guide to the previous year’s events available to us.

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Photos of New Golf Course Under Construction Along Route 1&9

For those who are curious as to what is being developed along 1&9 in Jersey City, it is the Lincoln Park West Public Golf Course to be opened next year.

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July 4th Celebrations in New Jersey

From concerts to fireworks, here is a good listing of what is upcoming. For those planning a trip to South Jersey, this is a very handy enumeration.

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