New York

By Shari Hartford Quirky. Fun. Innovative. Sexy.  An all-inclusive resort on a sunny Caribbean island? No, a new hotel in the heart of Times Square. If you find cookie cutter rooms, bland décor and predicable amenities suitable for your visit to New York City, then read no further and carry

By Bobbie Leigh The Frick’s must-see exhibition, Zurbaran’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle is not to be missed.  The monumental paintings are based on the Hebrew Bible, Genesis 49:1-27 where Jacob, son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham,  gives his 12 sons  deathbed   blessings and predictions. The

By Larry Olmsted I write on culinary topics for many prominent publications, and had a New York Times Bestsellingfood book come out last year, so eating out is always on my mind. As 2017 winds down, it is time for an annual reflection on my standout restaurant meals from the past

By Bobbie Leigh “It’s such a zany, New Yorky, bizarre, fun, unique thing to do,” says clinical psychologist William K. Braun.  So it’s no surprise on a rainy Saturday night in December, a group of people carrying huge bags and backpacks lined up in front of a dimly built building

  By Marian Betancourt When it opened in 1837 Delmonico’s in New York’s financial district was the nation’s first white tablecloth restaurant, the first to seat guests at their own separate tables and to provide printed menus. It is also the origin of classic American dishes such as Lobster Newburg,

A great “unofficial” Hamptons getaway

By Bobbie Leigh In his poem “Return of the Native” Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), after years of wandering declared himself “the painter from Maine.”  In the late 1930s, after decades of travels in the United States and Europe returning to Maine intermittently, Hartley goes home and stays there.   Back home,

By Ruth J.  Katz Quintessential New York:  Christmas. The ormolu-dotted Grand Tier of the Metropolitan Opera House, chandeliers gleaming.  The sky gently bruised a soft gray.  Twinkling snowflakes landing silently in the Lincoln Center Plaza.  In the distance across Broadway, a Christmas tree glimmering with seasonal cheer. In this cinematic

By Shari Hartford It’s Spring and hotels are popping up on every street in New York City. Some are like generic weeds, indistinguishable from the next and others are like delicate flowers, unique and aching for further inspection. The Redbury New York is such a delicate flower, located on a

By Marian Betancourt One of my favorite places to visit is the Battery at the tip of Manhattan, not only for the spectacular harbor view but for its rich history. For example, Castle Clinton, a circular fort of thick red sandstone walls, originally called West Battery, is where tourists buy