Columnist Ralph Gardner met the wresting legend during Little Italys San Gennaro festival. (Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal) The blistered shishito peppers at Milkflower, a new pizzeria in Astoria, Queens, owned and operated by brothers Peter and Danny Aggelatos. (Adrian Fussell for The Wall Street Journal) From left, Atlas Social Club owners Asi Mazar, Josh Wood, Pablo Raimondi and Benjamin Maisani pose for a photo. The quartet is targeting sophisticated, older-than-35 gay men hitting the town. (Cassandra Giraldo for The Wall Street Journal) New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio hugs Bill Thompson after Mr. Thompson conceded the Democratic nomination for mayor to de Blasio in front of City Hall on Monday. (Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal) Proceeds from the sale of this Robert A.M. Stern designed townhouse on 81st Street, listed for slightly under $16 million, will benefit a charitable trust for animals. (Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal) Dance teacher Luigi leads a class at Luigis Jazz Centre at Studio Maestro in Manhattan. Eugene Louis Faccuito, 88 years old and slowed by a couple of strokes, is still teaching regularly. (Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal) An activist wore a mask during a march in Manhattan on the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. (Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal) A daughter kisses her father on the cheek on a sunny, cool day Tuesday at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) The annual holiday for Apple fans is here. The new iPhones went on sale in the U.S., China and seven other countries Friday, and throngs of people lined up around the world to be among the first to snag one. Outside Apple’s flagship New York retail outlet on Fifth Avenue early Friday morning, the line wrapped around the store and then stretched for more than three city blocks. Apple employees high-fived customers once doors opened at 8 a.m. The crowds for new iPhones is draw a mix of Apple diehards and more casual fans, plus people hoping to resell the devices for a profit. A few marketers are also on hand, hawking their wares to the masses waiting on line. In New York, one man wearing basketball shorts was handing out cards and asking people to check out his son’s app. Staffers from trade-in service Gazelle walked around handing out free pretzels. Another man, who was not on line, just kept screaming, “Is anyone excited for the iPhone? Is anyone excited for the iPhone?” The crowd seemed mostly annoyed. Some people even paid line-sitters by the hour to grab an early spot.
Victor Cruz had a good game, catching eight passes for 118 yards. With that being said, let’s take a look at five critical issues New York has to fix following their loss to Denver. **All statistics are provided from ESPN.com ** Where is New York’s pass rush? The New York Giants defensive line deserves its fair share of blame for the loss, as it could not really get past Denver’s offensive line to get any pressure against Peyton Manning, as you can see in Manning’s touchdown pass. One week after tallying only two sacks against Dallas, New York failed to record one on Sunday. That falls on the shoulders of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre Paul and company. The Giants rely on their pass rush to cover up the holes in their secondary (we’ll get to that later). Without a consistent pass rush, Peyton was able to move the ball with ease. Manning had time in the pocket and completed 30 for 43 for two scores, and he had a passer rating of 105.5 If the Giants plan on winning some games this season, their pass rush needs to get to the quarterback to alleviate the pressure put on the secondary. David Wilson needs to step up his game Eli Manning threw the ball 49 times on Sunday; David Wilson had only seven carries. That ratio is no winning formula, as evidenced in the Giants defeat. With Andre Brown hurt, Wilson is the only running back with any explosiveness. When Wilson is on his game, he is capable of making big plays, evidenced by his long touchdown run against the Jets in the preseason. David Wilson rushes toward the end zone in the preseason against the Jets. Wilson also has had fumbling issues that has constantly put him in Tom Coughlin’s dog house. Taking care of the football is a must, and Wilson needs prove he can secure the ball in order to earn more carries. Wilson and New York’s running game needs him to step up so that Manning does not have to throw so often. Eli Continues to Throw Picks When Eli Manning takes care of the football, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
To put that number (6) in perspective, NFL teams typically carry eight to nine defensive backs on its entire roster, and Carolina has more than half that number on its injury report. Three of the four defensive secondary starters will miss Sunday’s game against New York. In addition to Godfrey, who is out for the year, starting safety Quintin Mikell is out with an ankle injury, and starting cornerback Josh Thomas will miss the game with a concussion. Reserve cornerback DJ Moore sprained a knee and was ruled out against the G-men earlier this week, while backup cornerback James Dockery will be a game-time decision. Dockery has not played this year after sustaining a thumb injury in the preseason. New Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman brought back veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, who was cut by the Panthers in preseason, and things are so bad in Charlotte, that he will start on Sunday. Fresh off the practice squad, Carolina signed Robert Lester and inserted him in the starting lineup as well at the strong safety spot. Reserve Mike Mitchell will start as the free safety in the Panthers’ scheme. Captain Munnerlyn is the lone starter healthy enough to suit up for the contest against the Giants, but Munnerlyn is short (5’8″), so expect New York to try to expose a height differential with Rueben Randle, especially in the red zone. The Giants’ Eli Manning is second in the league with 812 passing yards after two games; he is one yard behind Aaron Rodgers for the top spot. Meanwhile, Victor Cruz has 236 receiving yards, good for third in the entire NFL, and Hakeem Nicks has 197 receiving yards after two games. Tight end Brandon Myers has 140 yards receiving this season, and he caught a touchdown pass in week one against Dallas.