Good morning on this clearing Monday.
This time of year, the hotel is like Vegas for dogs.
There are dog fashion shows. Dog parties. Dog toy fairs. A dog salon and spa. And a “doggie concierge” who handles requests specifically from dog owners, coaches and handlers.
“We have it down to a science,” the canine concierge, Jerry Grymek, said of the hotel, which has been hosting Westminster competitors since the 1990s. “People have rituals to make their dogs feel comfortable.”
Mr. Grymek has rolled out a red carpet for one dog, he said. And furnished an opera singer to serenade an Italian Spinoni that was fond of the music.
He has picked up food: a slice of pizza, a chicken sandwich, “six McDonald’s cheeseburgers; hold the onions.”
And hired dog acupuncturists and psychics. (The psychics informed owners that their dogs were nervous, and did not wish to eat beans.)
He has also fetched cots — for the coaches, not the dogs: The dogs get the beds. “The owner wants the dog having optimal sleep,” Mr. Grymek said. “They’re in the show, after all.”
Here’s what else is happening:
A little cooler today but the rain is gone, and the clouds will break up by afternoon, with a high around 43.
Then cold tonight and fair tomorrow. Not a bad start.
In the News
• The Legal Aid Society is threatening to sue if Nycha does not return upward of $10 million in rent payments after residents were left without heat this winter. [New York Times]
• Yoselyn Ortega, who worked as a nanny for a Manhattan family, is accused of murdering two of the children she cared for. [New York Times]
• Joseph Percoco, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s former deputy secretary often used the governor’s name to further his own interests, according to testimony in his federal corruption trial. [New York Times]
• A correction officer suffered a fractured neck when he was attacked by inmates in a Rikers Island jail. [New York Times]
• The Olmsted-Beil House in Staten Island, the one-time home of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park, was purchased by the city but has fallen into disrepair. [New York Times]
• New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company and demanded that any victims of Harvey Weinstein be justly compensated. [New York Times]
• Sleep apnea testing should be federally mandated to prevent more train derailments, Senator Chuck Schumer says. [Am New York]
• More than 100 people packed into Bar Sepia in Prospect Heights to show support for the owner as she mounts a last-ditch effort to hold onto her 14-year-old business. [New York Post]
• A fourth New York City child has died from flu-related complications, police sources said. [New York Post]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Gorgeous”
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• The theater director Arin Arbus joins Randy Cohen’s “Person Place Thing” show to discuss “The Winter’s Tale,” at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 7:30 p.m. [$15]
• Monday Night Magic at the Players Theater in Greenwich Village. 8 p.m. [$42.50]
• Looking ahead: On Wednesday, the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society performs “Love in the Parlors,” a Valentine’s Day concert of Schubert, Brahms and others, at the Merchant’s House Museum in NoHo.
• Knicks at 76ers, 7 p.m. (MSG). Nets host Clippers, 7:30 p.m. (YES).
• Alternate-side parking is suspended.
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
On this day in 1931, the public was introduced to “the strangest passion the world has ever known.”
That, according to an ad in The Times, was the passion of Dracula for blood.
The horror film, based on the novel by Bram Stoker, premiered Feb. 12 at the Roxy Theater on 50th Street, a venue nicknamed the “Cathedral of Motion Picture” and considered at the time the finest cinema in New York City.
The ad, along with the Times review of the film, underscores that it’s a “talking film” — then a novel concept. Silent films transitioned to “talkies” with speaking, singing and dancing in the late 1920s.
The movie and its sharp-toothed protagonist, now thought to be “more comical than scary,” were described as “bloodcurdling,” “evil” and “eerie.”
Fog, a highly technical special effect at the time, made it all the more spooky.
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