Articles written by: Harvey Frommer

Harvey Frommer

The Frommers are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. They are the authors of five critically-acclaimed oral histories (It Happened in the Catskills; It Happened in Brooklyn; Growing Up Jewish in America; It Happened on Broadway; and It Happened in Manhattan) and professors at Dartmouth College where they teach oral history. Their many articles have appeared in such outlets as The New York Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, Golf Digest, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Washington Post, Haaretz, Caribbean Travel and Life and many Internet sites. Harvey Frommer is also a noted sports journalist and oral historian, the author of forty one books on sports including the autobiographies of legends Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett, and Red Holzman.

Bar at Setai Hotel's Ai Fiori Restaurant
Chronological / Destinations / Food / New York / United States

Dinner Among the Flowers at Ai Fiori

It was the night after Valentine’s Day, the mid-point of Fashion Week, and stars were falling all over Manhattan. We exited the elevator onto level two of the  Setai Hotel, where a bevy of long-legged beauties and their entourage were waiting to be seated. Soon after, we were escorted to […]

Hemant Mathur (Right) and Dhandu Ram with Tandoor-Baked Ram
Chronological / Destinations / Food / New York / United States

TULSI

The herb tulsi has been revered in India for over 5,000 years as a healer of the body, mind, and spirit. In more recent times, its many beneficial results, among them improved digestion and increased antioxidants, have received the stamp of scientific proof. And the name, translated into English as […]

Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel & Towers
Asia / Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Keeping the Miracle in Mind at Tel Aviv’s Sheraton Hotel & Towers

There is a Frenchman at the helm of the Sheraton Tel Aviv, and he fits it (to coin a cliché) like a glove. The elegant Jean-Louis Ripoche was born in Paris, his family comes from the Loire Valley, and he brings to the property an élan and savoir faire bred […]

The Call of Istanbul
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

The Call of Istanbul

It was a bright and beautiful Wednesday in August 2001, the afternoon of our first day in Istanbul We emerged from the Divan Hotel into a high-end neighborhood of late 20th century buildings and crossed a wide boulevard teeming with traffic. On the opposite side, in a municipal park the […]

A Washington Weekend in the Company of Thomas Jefferson at the Jefferson Hotel
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States / Washington / Washington DC

A Washington Weekend in the Company of Thomas Jefferson at the Jefferson Hotel

The economy in free fall. The international situation precarious. Faith in elected representatives seemingly at an all-time low. As we pulled up before the Jefferson Hotel , we mused on the eponymous figure for whom it is named. What would he and the other Founders make of the current political situation?

The Oldest Romans of Them All
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

The Oldest Romans of Them All

…one day, when Paolo, by then the Excelsior’s general manager, received a phone call from the Israeli ambassador, he was at a loss to understand. “The ambassador wondered whether I could arrange for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pass through Titus’s Arch in the Roman Forum. It was after hours; all the buildings and monuments were closed. It was such a strange request. Nevertheless, I quickly arranged for the visit.”

Chronological / Destinations / Europe

In Quest of Alsace’s Jewish Heritage

In 1994, when Catherine Lehmann and her fiancé were planning their wedding, everyone expected them to select the modern synagogue in Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace famed for its university and great cathedral. For untold generations her family lived in the Alsatian region which has alternately belonged to France and Germany

Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Building Bridges in Segovia, Spain

The limestone towers of Segovia rise from behind a medieval wall, a radiant skyline overlooking the dramatic vistas of the Castille y Leon Province of central Spain. Set on a rocky hill between two river valleys, the ancient city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Chronological / Destinations / Island Nation

A Story That Is About to End: The Jews of the Azores

“I am the last Jew in all of the Azores,” says Jorge Delmar. He is a stocky man in his early fifties who runs an import/export business in Ponta Delgada, the capital city of Sao Miguel, largest of the nine islands that comprise the Portuguese archipelago. “Thirty years ago, there were sixteen Jewish families on this island…

Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Discovering a Forgotten Past in Girona, Spain

It is a January morning in Girona, a Catalan city of modest size, about an hour’s drive north of Barcelona. From the window of the Hotel Ultonia, children in uniform can be seen crossing the street on their way to school. Around the corner, the chef at the Larcada restaurant builds a fire of cork and olive wood over whose embers mushrooms, leeks, and fresh fish will be grilled…