She goes by the name of Princess Pat. And her occupation is anything but typical. She's a snake charmer, walks on broken glass, hangs upside down with a straight jacket on.
“Ah, what else?, said Princess Pat. "Laying down on a bed of nails, fire, and so on."
Dr. Annecy Baez was born in the Dominican Republic, but grew up in a mostly Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx during the 1970s. She said she liked hearing the stories of the people she lived with and even took a Jewish literature class in high school, which she loved. But she said she couldn't find stories that she could connect to.
The United States' musical legacy owes a great deal to the Bronx. That's according to folklorist Elena Martinez with the Bronx Music Heritage Center.
If you're not afraid of things that go bump in the night, an adults-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History may be for you.
The New York City museum will have its first-ever sleepover adventure for adults 21 years old and up on Aug. 1.
It's a far cry from the kiddie version.
For one thing, the charge is $325 for museum members and $375 for non-members.
A champagne reception, music and a 3-course dinner are on tap.