New York City

By Beverly Stephen “Mostly Mozart” is my all-time favorite thing about summer in New York City. Let others flock to the beach. There are reasons tourists from all over the world gravitate to the Big Apple and culture is one of the main draws. “Mostly Mozart,” which takes place annually

By Shari Hartford After 35 years as a print magazine editor, I easily wax poetic about typefaces, the smell of ink and the noise of great printing presses churning out pages and pages of glossy fashion and important words. In 1930 there was a printing house nestled in the Hell’s

By Gary Walther Online, it’s Keens Steakhouse, but on the awning it’s Keens Chophouse. (No apostrophe, please.) This is just one of the quirks that make this venerable Manhattan meat-eater’s sanctuary on West 36th Street so endearing. It was opened independently in 1885, when the area was part of the

By Shari Hartford Hotel design is a very subjective topic. Some travelers like traditional dark wood furnishings and deep-pile carpet, some want a hotel room that looks like home, clutter and all, and some just want a comfy bed, good lighting and quiet…they’re oblivious to color scheme or décor. Me?

By Shari Hartford Do you spend an inordinate amount of time searching for a place to put your sleepy head when in New York? Need to stay in midtown? Look no further than The Time New York, conveniently located on 49th Street, right near Times Square. Get it? Enter on

By Shari Hartford New hotels, like other new ventures, occasionally need to work out the kinks. Call it opening night (or week) jitters. But once the dust settles and its business as usual, guests and staff alike can relax and reap the benefits of a job well done. Such is

by Shari Hartford And now for something completely different. There seems to be a plethora of new [and new/old] hotels in New York City these days. And, unfortunately, a great many of them are cookie cutter variations on each other. You know? Take a basic sugar cookie recipe and decorate

By Beverly Stephen Photos courtesy of Le District After a solemn and sobering visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan, a snack could be in order.  What could be more restorative than steak frites and a glass of hearty red? So why not go to France? Or at

By Bobbie Leigh The Whitney Museum of American Art opens May 1 with a flourish of buzzy celebrity gatherings, a block party and free admission May 2. The inaugural exhibition, “America is Hard to See,” is huge, some 600 works by 400 artists tracing the history of American art from

By Monique Burns Words like “grand” and “luxurious” rarely describe boutique hotels.  Most are too small for such outsized superlatives.  But they fit The Benjamin, one of New York City’s premier boutique hotels, to a tee. A muscular 25-story Renaissance Revival structure in buff-colored brick, The Benjamin rises majestically in