New York

Manhattan’s High Line Opens Final Section
Chronological / Destinations / New York / United States

Manhattan’s High Line Opens Final Section

By the 1930s, Manhattan’s congested West Side had far too many accidents caused by freight trains sharing the street with street traffic. That problem was solved when the 22-block “High Line” train tracks were built 30 feet above ground. They ran from W. 34th Street south to St. John’s Park Terminal […]

Courtesy Sofitel
Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / New York / United States

Sofitel New York: Parisian Chic in the City

With so many hotel options in New York City it’s difficult to be distinctive. But the Sofitel New York hotel effectively sets itself apart from the pack by bringing the French style of luxury living to discerning guests taking a bite of the Big Apple. While boutique in its service […]

Exploring New York’s Erie Canal
Chronological / Destinations / New York / United States

Exploring New York’s Erie Canal

The Erie Canal is a New York State treasure. In the early 1800s when New York governor DeWitt Clinton proposed building a canal that would connect the navigable Hudson River to Lake Erie by a 300-mile canal through the wilderness, Thomas Jefferson said, “It is a splendid project and may […]

A warm New York City Welcome
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / New York / United States

Love in New York (Part 2)

Although the week’s trip didn’t allow for an overnight at the Hotel Casablanca on W. 43rd Street, this member of the Library Collection was close enough to Shubert Alley for a quick peek, It’s a charmer ~ exotic with reminiscences of the Humphrey Bogart film ‘Casablanca’.

A warm New York City Welcome
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / New York / United States

Love in New York (Part 1)

“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going,” Tennessee Williams As the airport taxi turned from Park Avenue onto East 54th Street in Manhattan, I caught myself smiling because I was finally going to stay at one […]

Finger Lakes
Chronological / Destinations / New York / United States / Wines & Spirits

Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes – Slim Fingers Beckon The beckoning fingers are those of ten slender lakes in the middle of New York State. The Iroquois attributed these long, narrow lakes to the Great Spirit, but it’s more likely that glacial activity carved them out eons ago. My story will focus on […]

Full house -- as usual
Chronological / Destinations / New York / United States

A Bolognese Osteria in Soho: Michael White’s Morini

“Before we came here, this was just a bar; we transported everything in six containers – most of it from my sister- in law’s great-grandfather’s farmhouse in Emilia Romagna.” So said Michael White, resplendent in his chef’s whites, in bustling, booming Osteria da Morini in the heart of bustling, booming […]

Coming In from the Rain – to Marea
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Coming In from the Rain – to Marea

The rain, intermittent all day, had turned into a cold, relentless downpour by nightfall, accompanied by a wind strong enough to turn umbrellas into missiles. No way could we follow our plan of walking uptown to 59th  and then west along Central Park South, crossing over (if traffic allowed) when […]

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 […]