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This subway wizard rides the subway and makes passengers’ wishes ‘come true’



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Devin Person is a self-proclaimed “wizard” who, for the past six months, has been granting wishes to New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority riders on six different subway lines.

The 32-year-old Greenpoint, Brooklyn resident dons a robe and matching hat for his trips, and people have asked him for new jobs, love and money.

Mr Person said he’s up to about a dozen wishes a week.

Carmen Caceres, a dancer from Kensington, admits she was sceptical when she met him on the G train in April.

“I remember seeing him and wondering if there was a Comic-Con [in town],” Ms Cacares, 31, said.
When she inquired about Mr Person’s get-up, they struck up a casual conversation and he offered to grant her a wish — on one condition.

“Here comes the part where he asks me for money,” Ms Cacares thought.

Instead, Mr Person told the dancer, who wished for a specific audition, to simply do a dance for herself before submitting her tryout application.

That night, Ms Caceres sent in her paperwork, then realised she’d forgotten to spellcheck it. Feeling stressed, she put on music, danced her heart out in her bedroom — then felt compelled to rewrite her application and put more emotion into it.

The next day, she landed the audition.

Although she didn’t get the part, she believes Mr Person helped her “look at the positive and think positive.”

The son of a nuclear-physicist father and a social-worker mother, Mr Person grew up in Westford, Massachusetts.

At 18, he read a profile of comic-book writer Grant Morrison, who, according to Mr Person, used the idea of magic as a form of “self-help psychology.”

After a decade of dabbling in mysticism and a move to New York, he decided to become a wizard — a process that involved a ritual including self-hypnosis.

Soon after that, Mr Person participated in a clinical trial for pigmented villonodular synovitis, a condition he suffers from that causes debilitating joint swelling.

The medication helped but, as a side effect, turned his hair white.
“That was a signal from the universe that I was on the right path,” he said.

When he rides the rails, Mr Person brings along a sign — that says “Talk to the Wizard” — which he posts next to him on the train.

A sort of life coach, he also offers meditations, hypnosis and wizarding sessions that “combine psychology-based mysticism with practical goal-setting.”

The sessions are held at his home office and run about $US150 per hour ($200).

He admits that some subway wishes are impossible. “There’s a difference between a wish and a miracle.”

This article first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.




These are 4 best restaurants in NY




These are 4 best restaurants in NY

1 Eleven Madison Park

Manhattan, New York

elevenmadisonparkEleven Madison Park is a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of New York City. The restaurant overlooks one of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan, Madison Square Park, and sits at the base of a historic Art Deco building on the corner of 24th Street and Madison Avenue. Located here since 1998, it just underwent a full-scale renovation and redesign – during which the entire restaurant was moved to East Hampton for a summer-long pop-up, EMP Summer House.

The restaurant has been owned by Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara since 2011 and during that time it has evolved considerably, both in food and in experience. Today, the restaurant offers an eight to ten course menu in the main dining room, but guests can also visit the bar for a more abbreviated tasting menu, some light snacks, or simply for a cocktail or glass of wine.


2 Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Pocantico Hills, New York

bluehillfarmThe original Blue Hill restaurant, opened in 2000, is located in Greenwich Village, New York City. Hidden three steps below street level, the restaurant occupies a landmark “speakeasy” just off of Washington Square Park.

Blue Hill’s menu showcases local food and a wine list with producers who respect artisanal techniques. Ingredients come from nearby farms, including Blue Hill Farm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a forty-five minute drive from New York City. Guests can choose from the four-course “Tasting Menu” or opt for the “Farmer’s Feast,” a six-course tasting inspired by the week’s harvest.

3 Cosme

Manhattan, New York

cosmenycCosme is a restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District serving contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. World-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera and his team create dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region. Cosme’s beverage program focuses on artisanal spirits and mirrors its cuisine, letting the high quality ingredients shine.


4 Le Bernardin

Manhattan, New York

lebernardinnyThe restaurant holds several records in New York: it received its four-star review from The New York Times only three months after opening and is the only New York four star restaurant that has maintained its status of excellence for more than 20 years. Reviews have come in 1986, 1989, 1995, 2005, and most recently in 2012, with the same verdict: four stars.  Le Bernardin has received more James Beard Awards than any other restaurant in New York City. In 1998, Maguy Le Coze won the coveted James Beard Award for “Outstanding Restaurant” in America, and in May 2003, the James Beard Foundation named Eric Ripert “Outstanding Chef.” In 2009, Le Bernardin was honored with the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine Service.” The Michelin Guide, which made its New York debut in 2005, honored Chef Ripert and Le Bernardin with its highest rating of three stars in 2005 and each year thereafter, and the restaurant ranks 17 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The New York Zagat Guide has consistently recognized Le Bernardin as top rated in the category of “Best Food” and the 2011- 2016 editions awarded it a 29 food rating: the highest in New York City. In the 2012-2014, 2016 & 2017 Zagat Guides, Le Bernardin is named the Most Popular Restaurant in the city, and in the 2015–2017 guides, it’s also rated the city’s top restaurant for service. New York magazine also rated Le Bernardin #1 in its annual ranking of the 101 best restaurants in New York City in 2006. In his year-end dining feature, Frank Bruni of The New York Times selected Le Bernardin as the “Best Meal of 2008.” Most recently, for 2017 Le Bernardin was ranked #2 in the world and #1 in American on La Liste’s international list of 1,000 restaurants.


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Summer Solstice 2018: What You Need to Know About the Longest Day of the Year





The longest day of the year for people in the Northern Hemisphere — the summer solstice — is Thursday, June 21. It’s easy to forget that the first day of summer 2018 is actually a cosmic event. Here’s what you need to know:

When is the 2018 summer solstice?

The summer solstice’s exact moment is when the sun sits directly over the Tropic of Cancer (the 23.5° north latitude mark). This will take place at 6:07 a.m. ET/3:07 a.m. PT. (You can look up the time for your location here.)

What is the summer solstice?

The Earth’s axis — think of it as an invisible pole that the Earth spins on — is tilted rather than perfectly upright. This tilt always points the same direction. As the Earth orbits the sun, different parts of the planet receive more sunlight — thus our seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall.

Following the winter solstice, the Northern Hemisphere begins to get more sunlight; the daytime and nighttime hours are nearly equal at the spring equinox, which takes place in March.

During the summer solstice, “the sun shines directly on the Northern Hemisphere and indirectly on the Southern Hemisphere,” NASA explains. Thus, anywhere north of the equator gets a peak amount of daylight (or a full day of sunlight if you’re at the Arctic Circle). And contrary to what some may think, the Earth is actually furthest from the sun in its orbit during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer season.

What about the Southern Hemisphere?

June 21 marks the 2018 winter solstice for people south of the equator. Residents of places like Australia will experience the year’s shortest day (and the start of winter).

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Driver with head full of racist tattoos gets into car accident with deliveryman on bike





A man with a head full of racist tattoos — including one that reads “AM A PSYCHOTIC NEO NAZI SERIAL KILLER SKIN HEAD FOREVER FOREVER” — got into a car accident with an Asian deliveryman on a bicycle in Brooklyn on Monday night, authorities said.

The heavily inked motorist was behind the wheel of a U-Haul cargo van when he collided with the rider aboard an electric bike on Broadway near Gerry Street, in front of the Food Bazaar Supermarket in Williamsburg, at about 9:30 p.m., authorities said.

Despite the man’s tats — which also included one that reads in all caps “I hate s–cs n—ers Indians Lebians women” — police said the crash appeared to be an accident and no charges were filed.

“I saw them take the guy (bicyclist) away. I think he was bleeding — middle-aged,” a witness said. “I think he was really injured.”

The bicyclist was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan in critical condition. He’s expected to survive.

The driver remained at the scene of the accident and answered questions from police.

The man — who declined to comment — passed a field sobriety test and has a clean criminal and driving record, law enforcement sources said. Neither his identity nor that of the victim was released.

by William Lopez

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