Things to do before the end of the year

So, friends, we’re down to the last 12 weeks of 2021. It’s been a year, hasn’t it? I’m not much for resolutions at the beginning of the year, but I do feel compelled to reflect on a year as it draws to an end. There have been some wonderful memories made this year, but I’m … Continue reading Things to do before the end of the year

New York speaks to me

Some words that recently caught my eye - NYC with an Albany bonus. Store windows, lower Broadway ”Denial is dangerous,” East 17th St. Hands up - Fishs Eddy This font! University Place, NYC Bleecker Street Little Italy Greenwich Village Is this even a question? Ground Zero Daniel Patrick Moynihan > Penn Station No explanation necessary

The Weekend – and other random thoughts on Super Bowl Sunday

Despite not having even gotten into my car today, I still feel like my weekend was pretty complete.My Friday night date was fun. Really, really fun.The Catskills, dusted with snow on a winter morning, are stunning.Bonfires at the neighbor’s house have been the saving grace of the pandemic.Making reservations for July, in Spain, gives me … Continue reading The Weekend – and other random thoughts on Super Bowl Sunday

Dinner out? Sure!

One of the most impressive things I witnessed during my recent NYC getaway was the creativity of restaurateurs trying to stay in business. With regulations changing more frequently than prepubescent boys change their undergarments, it’s a marvel to see the careful attention hospitality professionals are paying to mandates and directives. It seems impossible to keep … Continue reading Dinner out? Sure!

Never forget – World AIDS Day, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I certainly never imagined surviving two pandemics in fifty some odd years. As Covid-19 rages in a country often more committed to individual rights to not wear a mask than to preserving health, it almost feels quaint to reflect back on the first pandemic I witnessed - the AIDS … Continue reading Never forget – World AIDS Day, 2020

No sleep (or stop) til Brooklyn

My Sunday night plan was fancy cocktails at Dead Rabbit, an awesome gastropub* waaay downtown in Manhattan. Unfortunately, my knowledge of cool places to drink exceeds my ability to reliably navigate the subway and the train which I had hoped would take us south, actually took us east immediately after Canal Street. Luckily, my companion … Continue reading No sleep (or stop) til Brooklyn

Where to stay in NYC?

Over the years I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels in New York City. Most of them have been perfectly fine, especially since I’ve only required accommodations for a single night or maybe two. There have been a couple that I won’t book again - The Empire across from Lincoln Center comes immediately to mind. … Continue reading Where to stay in NYC?