No. 2010: Best frites, a carbon milestone and Aaron Foss has a million hangups

TG it’s T: A happy Tuesday, everybody and welcome new readers Rich, Kellie, Brian, Ian, T and asgardempire89. Happy to have you aboard.

Today is April 25, on which in 1850 German entrepreneur Paul Julius von Reuter launched his financial news empire using carrier pigeons, which were significantly faster than the local trains.

Among other firsts, the service broke the Lincoln assassination story on the Continent. It’s now part of information behemoth Thomson Reuters.

Happy birthday: Paul Fleishman and Hilary Topper.

You can’t afford to miss: Pivotal, the coming EisnerAmper techapalooza.

Nomorobo at 1 million: The telemarketer-killing phone service reaches a seven-figure milestone this week.

The tally is in: Stony Brook University’s annual gala, at which Joe Biden guest of honored, raised a shade under $7 million.

The billionaire philosopher: LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman has a new podcast. And a few words on getting comfortable with chaos.

Check mate: State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said his office has stopped $21.3 million in questionable or fraudulent personal income tax refunds from being paid so far in 2017. (They have paid out $4.4 billion.)

And … action: In what it says was a typical week, NYC’s Office of Media and Entertainment issued 149 location permits for 72 TV and big screen projects to film in the five boroughs.

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Uncovered: The 300 books you’re supposed to have read by now. (I’m at 101, not counting the ones I’ve forgotten I read.)

That’s why they’re called fossil fuels: We just topped 410 ppm of carbon in the atmosphere, a level not seen on our planet since the Pliocene Epoch 2.5 million years ago, when sea levels were 25 meters higher, the Arctic was a forest and packs of killer dogs, weasels and hyenas roamed the land. Just sayin’.

Wow: The number of people who marched for science over the weekend may have exceeded the tally at President Trump’s inaugural.


Imagine if there was an Oscar for doing good. There is. The Imagine Awards, May 2, Crest Hollow.

ACIT’s annual Monsignor Hartman Humanitarian Luncheon and Trade Show is Friday, April 28, 11:30 onwards. Carol Silva is MC for an all-woman cast including keynoting Mayor Patricia McDonald and awardees Janine Dion, Merrill Zorn, Nicole DeMichael-Cadena, Christine Riordan and Brittany Schiavone. Pricing options here.

Dave Pennetta helms the Real Estate Institute’s spring symposium, also Friday, April 28, Stony Brook Garden Inn, info and tickets here.

The SBU Incubator Company Showcase, both real and virtual, is June 8.

And don’t forget EisnerAmper’s Pivotal conference, which combines deep thought, tech talk, Grade A networking, performance and apres-beveraging in one giant happening, May 9, 3 to 8 p.m., The Space in Westbury, register here.

The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

In honor of the first round of the French presidential election: NYC’s best frites may be had at The Spotted Pig on West 11th, The Breslin on West 29th, The Standard on the High Line, Pommes Frites on Macdougal, and Balthazar down on Spring Street. In that order.

Speaking of which: Though she is not expected to come close in France’s final vote, populist right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has a strong following in the rural and industrial corners of her country.

In the tiny northeastern farm village where I own a ruin, Le Pen won 16 of the 30 votes cast in Sunday’s first vote, a margin that would have given her the presidency outright if it had held nationally. She faces political neophyte Emmanuel Macron in a runoff on May 7.

No predictions, but let’s not forget that Donald Trump was never supposed to win Wisconsin. They make cheese there, too.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.