Country-Wide Insurance Now Offers Mobile App Accident Help

Roy Sadler | October 6, 2016 in Business | Comments (0)

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Country-Wide now offers a mobile app to its customers to help smooth the claims process.

Country-Wide now offers a mobile app to its customers to help smooth the claims process.

Anyone who has ever been in a car accident, even the most minor, knows that it is a scary experience. It is normal for our first response to be “Am I and my loved ones OK, physically?” Once you have established that health-wise everything is fine, now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of getting the help you need. But if you are like most people, it is probably hard to think about all the details of what you need to do once you have established that you are physically OK.

Insurance companies know this, and several have come up with an answer that streamlines the process that a car accident sets in motion: a mobile app designed to make the moments immediately following a car accident as stress-free as possible.

Large insurance companies such as Geico, AllState and State Farm offer their customers mobile apps, but did you know that smaller underwriters are also developing and making available mobile apps for their customers as well?

One example is Country-Wide Insurance. This family owned and operated insurance company was incorporated in New York State in December, 1963. It is licensed to write all types of property and casualty insurance, but has a special focus on lower limit private passenger and commercial automobile insurance. They also limit their reach to downstate New York, and offers competitive rates to loyal customers through their neighborhood representatives.

Now Country-Wide is joining insurance companies, big and small, to offer their customers an app for their smartphones which will help smooth the process of getting through a car accident. The app guides users through the necessary steps which must be taken after a car accident, such as collecting all the information required to file a claim; getting whatever emergency responders are needed on the scene as soon as possible; finding the closest towing service; and/or calling for roadside assistance.

The mobile app also helps with tips to remain calm; knows automatically the date, time and location of the accident; produces a detailed accident report, including photos and contact information; easily sends your report to any email address; and has within it answers to the most frequently asked claim-related questions.

It goes without saying that car accidents are extremely unpleasant affairs at their best, and should be avoided to the extent humanly possible. But it’s nice to know that if such an inconvenient and troublesome event were to take place, there is a small precaution you can take which can make a big difference. There is no question that it is a good idea to be prepared with such an app already downloaded on your phone in the hope that you will never have to use it- but if you do need it, you’ll be glad it was there for you.

The Cats of Roosevelt Island

Roy Sadler | September 8, 2016 in Culture and History | Comments (0)

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New York City, Roosevelt Island, Smallpox Hospital. Photo by Earnest B

New York City, Roosevelt Island, Smallpox Hospital. Photo by Earnest B

People who are passionate about cats will no doubt be love a visit to the Cat Sanctuary which was established on Roosevelt Island. The island had been a traditional dumping ground for unwanted cats long before the establishment of this refuge for refugee cats, but it is now an offical safe haven for the numerous cats whose owners will not or cannot take care of them anymore.

For as long as people in these parts can remember the presence of cats on the island was tolerated, and sometimes even encouraged, as good Samaritans left food and water for the numerous strays and homeless cats that called Roosevelt Island their home. When a cat named Yin Lang died in 2004, his demise inspired a group to form, called Island Cats. Eleven years ago, in 2005, the group decided it was time to do something to help the cats there, protect them and even find homes for them.

Island Cats began by to trapping and neutering the strays, and they created an adoption program for them. On the southern tip of the island the group operates a small shelter.

The cats have the distinction of being the only creatures allowed into the ruins of the Renwick Smallpox Hospital. One day however the hospital may be re-opened, but not until its structure is reinforced.

A good place to observe the cats of Roosevelt Island is near the ruined Renwick Hospital.

The Best of Broadway this Summer

Roy Sadler | August 25, 2016 in Entertainment,Theater | Comments (0)

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Sholom Aleichem circa 1907

Sholom Aleichem circa 1907

Oh no! Summer is almost over and you haven’t yet done something really spectacular? No need to fret, just go to a Broadway show!

Broadway is one of the unique New York attractions that bring people from all over the world to the Big Apple. Why not indulge yourself and another special someone, or even the entire family?

Here is what is on offer on the Great White Way:


This genre of theater is really what Broadway a household word all over the world. And for very good reasons; the music is phenomenal, costumes and scenery will blow your mind, and the voices will most assuredly send chills up and down your spine. Pick the right show and you will also be treated to some incredible dancing. The choices are varied and many. Here are some of our favorites:

The Lion King: Based on the beloved Disney movie whose story bears a strong resemblance to Hamlet, the staged version of the animated film takes the music, and everything else to a completely new, and incomparable level.

The Book of Mormon: This controversial original play won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical of 2011, and was nominated for 14.

Fiddler on the Roof: This revival of the iconic 1964 show based on the “Tevye” stories written by Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem tells the story of love between couples old and young; between parents and children; social and political upheavals at the turn of the 20th century; and done with humor, empathy and lots and lots of heart. In short, its themes are universal and guaranteed to please whatever your ethnic origin.


The Price: This is a revival of a 1968 play written by Arthur Miller, of “Death of a Salesman” fame. The original was nominated for two Tony Awards, and is the story of family dynamics, the price of furniture and also the price of one’s decisions.

Heisenberg: A hit off-Broadway, Heisenberg tells the story of Clare, who notices a “much older than she is” Alex in a crowded London tube station. She spontaneously kisses him on his neck, which sets the stage for the two to engage in a life-changing game.

Photograph 51: See Oscar winner Nicole Kidman perform as Rosalind Franklin, the x-ray crystallographer whose photo allowed Watson and Crick to uncover the structure of DNA. The play focuses on the frantic hunt for the answer to how the shape of DNA transmits the information which carries the secret of life. Written by Anna Ziegler, Photograph 51 is a journey through what is sacrificed for science, love and a place in history.

Enjoy Jazz Concerts Throughout the Summer in New York

Roy Sadler | July 28, 2016 in Entertainment,Night Life | Comments (0)

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Picture courtesy of  OLGA LEDNICHENKO

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The place to be for jazz lovers this summer is New York City. With such stars as the Charles McPherson Quintet, Julian Lee, and the Jon Irabagon Quartet, there is something for everyone to love.

On August 2 treat yourself to a fantastic concert with the Jon Irabagon Quartet. Irabagon is the winner of the 2008 Thelonius Monk Saxophone Competition and the New York City Jazz Record’s 2012 Musician of the Year.

Joining him as part of the quartet is Billy Drummond on drums; bassist Yasushi; and pianist Luis Perdomo.

In New York Irabagon is an up and coming performer in the New York music world. He is a member of several ensembles, including “Mostly Other People Do the Killing” and the “Mary Halvorson Quintet.”

The concert is on Tuesday, August 2, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, will mostly explore the more swinging style of Irabagon, performing pieces from his well-received 2015 album “Behind the Sky.” The venue is Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Broadway and 60th Street, on the fifth floor.

Diverse Works Women Coming Together Again

Roy Sadler | June 22, 2016 in Art | Comments (0)

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Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University

In 2014 MJ Cunningham, resident of Acme Art in Wilmington, North Carolina, decided it was time to have a show which included some of her most talented women artist friends. As a result of that initiative, the group of women she assembled formed what is known as Diverse Works. They are diverse in style as well as location, coming from as far away as San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.

The first show took place in October of that same year, and was highly acclaimed. The women that formed the original group, who mostly did not know each before, became fast friends, enjoying each others company as well as art. Today, some of the founding artists are no longer connected to the group, but others have joined.

The group is planning an exhibit now, scheduled to open on June 24, with an opening reception, running through August 12, with a closing reception called for July 22.

Here is a brief description of some of the women contributing to the show:

  • MJ Cunningham is a mixed media artist. She has been a resident artist at Acme Art in Wilmington for the past 13 years.
  • Christine Farley is also a mixed media artist. She is working on her masters of fine arts at the Academy of Art University, and is a member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society and Acme Studios.
  • Anne Sinclair is an impressionist painter. She left New York for Wilmington 20 years ago to raise her family of four children. She has a BS in Art and a Maters of Fine Arts from UNCW.

The Best Things in New York Are Free

Roy Sadler | June 10, 2016 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

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Brooklyn Bridge Park w/ Jane's Carousel. Photo by dumbonyc

Brooklyn Bridge Park w/ Jane’s Carousel. Photo by dumbonyc

New York City is a truly amazing place. One of the most enjoyable activities in the entire city is completely free- Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The park frequently hosts free events to entice a wide range of tastes. There is a spectacular view of the iconic New York City to write home about. There are art installations scattered throughout the beautiful grounds. Kayaks are free to borrow on the weekends. And that is just the beginning.

So let’s just take a look at the week coming up: June 26-July 2:

•    Checkmate 101 is a chess instruction workshop, especially for beginners, designed to take your game to the next level. Sundays at 11am from June 19 to August 7.

•    Wildlife Theater presents the Butterfly Boogie. On Sunday, June 26 from 11am to 1pm the Butterfly Boogie will take participants on a 3,000-mile adventure proving that bugs are the coolest creatures ever. The musical, interactive performance shows children the interdependence of plants and animals and introduces them to the idea of metamorphosis.

•    Summer Reading Storytime features Brooklyn Heights librarians reading stories out loud from the Brooklyn Public Library’s summer reading list. Tuesdays from 10:30am to 11:30am from June 28 to August 9th.

And I almost forgot to mention the fabulous 100-year-old Jane’s Carousel. It is enclosed in glass to protect from the elements and also costs $2 to ride, so technically it isn’t free. But considering all the things you do get for free, including the amazing view, you will probably agree it is two well-spent dollars.

Are you convinced yet? If you are, then be warned that parking is difficult near the park. It is highly encouraged that visitors beyond walking distance take public transportation. Check out the park’s very own website for more information.

May the Fourth Be with You!

Roy Sadler | May 5, 2016 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

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star-wars-1088872_640Don’t be ashamed: We know you love Star Wars and everything the Force can influence, and even sometimes the Dark Side, too. New York has some great ways to celebrate this nerdiest of days.

•    Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition at Discovery Square– Talk about cool! Head over to 226 West 44th Street and check out the more than 70 iconic costumes from all seven of the Star Wars films. From the Darth Vader’s super creepy black mask, to that incredibly uncomfortable looking golden junk pile Anthony Daniels as C-3PO was forced to wear, you will certainly be enthralled to see the real things up close and personal.

•    Transport yourself to The Lego Store at 620 Fifth Avenue in Times Square and get a good deal on many Star Wars items offered on sale. Get a free copy of the official LEGO version of the Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens theatrical movie poster, with any Star Wars purchase. Hurry though, the promotions end on May 4.

•    New York Jedi creates real life action with onstage, illuminated combat with lighsabers. Yup, you heard me right. You can even take a course in the skill, and you don’t even have to bring your own lightsaber. Lucky for most of us, they will provide them. Just think, after learning how to wield said saber the force can be with you all year long. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave.

Keeping Wellness on Your Toes

Roy Sadler | April 9, 2016 in Health | Comments (0)

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shoes-1031591_1280If wellness is to be taken seriously it has to be holistic. It has to encompass everything in the body from head to toe and then all parts of the spirit/mental wellbeing. Now, there are a lot of activities, classes, stores that cater to some aspect of wellness in the Queens area. There are also places that have a specific focus. For example, the Dry Harbor Nursing Home which caters to the elderly; the Body N Care Spa that focuses on beauty, massage and other such treatments and then there is 24 Hour Fitness which offers a wide variety of programs depending on the client’s particular needs.

But there is a lot that one can do on their own to enhance their wellness. One example is taking good care of the feet. This may be a much over-looked wellness issue, but there are various demographics (such as the elderly, those with diabetes or athletes), that understand just how important this is. And then of course there is the fashion aspect of shoes; wearing just the right pair of shoes at the right time can change one’s overall mood. As Fergie once pointed out:

“I have always loved fashion because it’s a great way to express your mood. And I’m definitely a shoe lover. The right pair of shoes can change the feel of an outfit, and even change how a woman feels about herself. A woman can wear confidence on her feet with a high stiletto, or slip into weekend comfort with a soft ballet flat.”

Located at 45-22 162 Street, Flushing, Queens, Shoe Village has been described as “more than just a shoe store; it’s a destination.” Measuring in 10,000 square feet, this store showcases shoes for all occasions. It is perfect for Queens, and is seen as “diverse as the borough it resides in,” rendering a “shoe for everyone.” Sports, dress shoes, flats, boots, shoes for the outdoors and everything else can be found here.

So don’t forget your feet when you focus on your wellness. Take care of your shoes and you’ll do well. As Marilyn Monroe once said: “give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”

Spring with Shakespeare at Lincoln Center

Roy Sadler | March 5, 2016 in Culture and History,Theater | Comments (0)

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From now until May 14 Lincoln Center is hosting a wonderful free event: Artists for LPA Share Shakespeare. Taking place at the New York

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009.

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009.

Public Library for the Performing Arts, come hear the answers actors, comic, musicians, designers and songwriters give to some intriguing Shakespearean questions, such as: “What is your favorite Shakespeare play or character? Your least favorite? Your favorite actor or production?” In other words, “How did Shakespeare inspire you?”

The event is completely free at 10:30am every day but Sunday. Not tickets needed. When you visit The Library you will see their answers paired with artifacts from the library’s collections.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Plaza Corridor Gallery is right next to Lincoln Center at 65th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.

New York City: Capital of Capitalism

Roy Sadler | February 3, 2016 in Business | Comments (0)

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Business in booming in NYC

Business is booming in NYC

Not yet convinced that New York is amazing? What if you were to learn that there are more fast-growing companies lurking in the Big Apple than in any other US city? New York City is home to 204 of 2014 Inc 5000’s best businesses.

You can check out all 204 on your own, but here we will just mention three. Prepare to be thrilled.

1.    Centric Digital was founded in 2009 and ranks 34 with an incredible 6,898 percentage three-year growth rate. CD has 140 employees, and this is what one co-founder, Jason Albanese says was his ‘lightbulb moment.’ “We saw a gap in business services: Traditional large companies that are not in the business of digital were not getting the services they need to become more digital.”

2.    Adore me ranks 49 with three-year revenue growth of an astounding 5,505 percent. Founded by Morgan Hermand-Waiche in 2010, her light bulb moment went like this: “The birthday of my girlfriend was coming up, and I wanted to buy her some lingerie, and I couldn’t find something as nice as I wanted in my budget.”

3.    Tough Mudder was founded in 2009 by Will Dean while he was attending Harvard Business School. This event company has had three-year revenue growth of a very solid 4,737 percent. The company offers: extreme runs through inventive–and curse-inducing—obstacles. Dean began with $8,000 when he graduated Harvard, marketing his first even on Facebook, which inspired 4,500 people to sign up. “We set goals way outside of what we logically can accomplish, and then break all our existing systems to get it done,” says Vice President of branding Alex Patterson.