Monday, September 29, 2008

Stupid Greenwich, too

From a New York Times Op-ed piece: So where does this leave the Masters of the Universe? In Greenwich, Conn., mainly. The hottest, brightest, most ambitious young men began abandoning investment banking in favor of hedge funds six years ago. [...] Greenwich is the center of the Masters’ hedge-fund world, replacing Wall Street. For five years, the heart of Wall Street, the fabled Floor of the New York Stock Exchange, has been gradually emptying out.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Stupid Wall Street meltdown

Now it's official: the mess on Wall Street will have repercussions fifty miles to the northeast. An article in BusinessWeek lists the towns that could be hit the hardest by the financial crisis, and guess who's at the top of this unfortunate list? Nope, not Greenwich, but close. It's Stamford's other ridiculously rich neighbor. No, not New Canaan either. One more guess. That's right: Darien!

I've heard that things might get so bad that the Darien police will have to buy a nightstick. Seriously, things are so bad in Darien that Coromandel laid off its low-wage Indian workers and hired former Bear Sterns employees for less. It's so tough that some kids have had to settle for the base model Escalade. A few families are taking drastic steps to cut back on expenses, like going to Aspen for three weeks instead of five. Oh, the tragedy!

Thank you! I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fairfield Weekly does Stamford (sort of)

The latest issue of the venerable Fairfield County Weekly has something called the Annual Manual, a listing of cool things to do, see, buy and eat in each town and city in the FC.

Overlooking the spelling and typographical errors, their entry on Stamford is decent. I especially like how they express a thought along the lines of my Blandford post: "Stamford can seem like some cyber-punk dystopia where corporations provide everything and have stamped their logo onto every street." (Yet they say there's a Jamba Juice in every strip mall. Do we have even one of them? Do they mean Robek's?) They then talk about some of the unique things around town like the Avon and Curtain Call.

Their main praise comes for Stamford's dining scene, though it's slightly outdated: they recommend the sandwiches at Ocean 211. They also neglected to mention Napa & Co.! How do you include Brastitas [sic] yet ignore the amazing food at Napa?? And if you ask me, Layla's owns Myrna's eight days a week.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Yo Adrian!!

Extry! Extry! Pugilists converge on Stam-ford for a sporting competition! THRILL as practicioners of the sweet science tussle in the City that Works!

Perhaps Joe "I Hate Dan Malloy" Tarzia will challenge his arch-rival Dan "Mayor Malloy" Malloy to a bout and give him what-for!

On September the 27th at 6:30 in the evening, after supping on Van Camp's Pork and Beans, get in your auto-mobile and traverse the scant distance to Revolution Fitness on Canal Street to see Fall Fisticuffs.

And just because I love it, the fight from Rocky IV:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fort UConn-deroga

Nothing huge, but in the latest development in the UConn Stamford-Trump Parc standoff, UConn has erected protective scaffolding over the sidewalks along Broad Street and Washington Boulevard.

In barely related news, I thought this was funny:

Well, besides Antares' shady dealings, what else is new in town? Cuz I got nothin'.