March 09, 2008

Sunday Music: "Those Were the Days" , Mary Hopkin

This past August, we played an Italian version of this song. Today, the original. Except, it is based on a Russian folk song, so even this is not entirely original.

I belong to the New York Sports Clubs gym chain. I mostly work out at the locations in lower Manhattan, but once in a while I use the Bay Ridge location at 7118 Third Avenue, which is damned handy. The only thing wrong with this location is that there are only two showers in the men's gym, and that they don't have towel service.

Well, two good things are about to happen. First, sometime this week, the original Bay Ridge location will have towel service.

Second, on April 1 ( no joke ) we are about to get a second Bay Ridge location, right in the middle of everything on 86th Street, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, in the old "Wiz" location. You can take a tour of the 86th Street location between 9am and 9pm until it opens. So, yesterday, I took the tour.

The new gym is on the second and third floors of the building. All the machines are brand new. There are six showers and a sauna in the sharp looking mens locker room , presumably another six with sauna, in the womens'. There will be towel service from day one. Don't know what the hours will be, but if they're smart, this very centrally located location will be open late. Bay Ridge 86th Street NYSC Location information here.

With the Harbor Gym on 92nd Street and two (count 'em) NYSC locations, Bay Ridge residents should soon be the most physically fit in the five boroughs!

1 comment:

temmaharbour said...

The song playing here called "those were the days" is indeed original.
The melody is Russian, but the song was not translated, an American called Gene Raskin wrote the lyrics for the song "Those were the days" this is not a translation from the Russian song "Dorogoy dlinnoyu" (Дорогой длинною) which means "By a long road" or "along a long road"
The song Дорогой длинною, was written by Boris Fomin in the early 1900's with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii.
Mary Hopkin had the biggest and best known hit with this song.