New York City

Shari Hartford Location, location, location. Certainly not to be taken lightly, it makes the difference between meh and wow when it comes to hotels. During a recent visit to the High Line Hotel, I had the ultimate New York City hotel experience…trendy location, quirky and unusual structure, fantastic room and

By Shari Hartford Sometimes a hotel feels like, well, a hotel and sometimes it feels like home. Home it is for the Affinia 50, a jewel of a boutique property, centrally located in midtown Manhattan, just steps away from Grand Central Station. The Affinia 50 is appealing to both the

  By Shari Hartford Back in the day, ladies wore hats…everyday, everywhere and the center for the millinery trade in New York City was 38th Street. Number 63, built in 1912, housed a factory where these hats, and their respective feathers, ribbons and bows (otherwise known as “trim) were manufactured.

  By Bobbie Leigh Prepare to be dazzled. Birds in the Art of Japan, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will leave you spellbound. “Inspiration for the exhibition comes from traditional Japanese court poetry, haiku, and a Wallace Stevens  1923 poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” says John Carpenter, 

By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue Let’s just come out and say it: Pretty yoga studios matter. Sure, it’s really all about inner reflection, but when a space feels sacred, so does your practice. Design details, after all—like the amount of light in a room or a deep, warm wall

  By Bobbie Leigh When Joshua David and Robert Hammond met for the first time  at a community board meeting in  1999,  they were dumbfounded.  Not one other person was there to  protest the destruction of  a decrepit,  elevated rail structure that snaked around the far West Side of Manhattan. 

  By Nan Lyons Cook, inventor, author, entrepreneur, decorator, and culinary dramatist in chief. Those are just some of the qualities that David Burke keeps securely under his Chef’s toque. When he focuses on any one of them the results  can be astonishing. Through the years I’ve gotten to know

Bobbie Leigh Go hungry. In fact, go very hungry if you really want to have more than a taste of  Eataly, the sprawling Italian food mecca at Fifth Avenue and 23rd street in New York City.   Just don’t call it a food mall. Owners Joe Bastianich, his mother Lidia Bastianich,

By Mary Alice Kellogg SpaWatcher looked forward to The Spa at Trump SoHo opening, particularly since the buzz promised a heady Moroccan ambiance. Could this newest entry in the Manhattan relaxation sweepstakes revive memories of  SpaWatcher's  weekend taking the waters with Rick and Isla in Casablanca?

I spent last Saturday biking around Manhattan with my son and friends, led by my old college roommate, Alex Cigale. Now living in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, near the northern tip of the island, Cigale is an avid biker who commutes to work in Midtown on two wheels