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By Nan Lyons Most people read restaurant reviews as if they were searching for a combination of elements that will bring with them not only a confirmation that this is the newest, the hottest, the in-est place to exercise their credit cards but also the promise of one of the

Panoramic View Resort. By Shari Hartford First the geography. Long Island is shaped like a fish. The southern tail, or South Fork, is where you will find the Hamptons and Montauk Point. The northern tail, or North Fork, is home to Greenport and Orient Point. Generally speaking, the North Fork

Ralph's, Paris. by Alexander Lobrano Ralph’s, Paris: An American in Paris If I lunched there several times a few weeks ago, and generally found the food to be much better than expected (with the exception of the worst frites I've ever eaten in France), it took a trip to New

At the Lapin Agile. Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973,  is with us now more than ever.  Visit the Met,  MoMA, and the Jan Krugier Gallery and  you will have begun  the equivalent of Picasso 101. The next step is to read the three volume "A Life of Picasso"

In the May issue of Sierra Magazine, I wrote about paddling the West Branch of the Penobscot River in northern Maine. More paddlers are soon to follow, now that the West Branch of the Penobscot is part of a 740-mile water corridor called the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Launched in

The front window of Idlewild Books in New York City. Idlewild Books is probably the best travel bookshop I've ever had the luck to visit. I say "probably," because there are other contenders, like Stanford's in London. But then Stanford's is a bit on the dry side, while Idlewild has

This view for $99 a night via craigslist? Photo by Karen Glenn. Interested in renting a one-bedroom cottage with a pool in West Palm Beach for $85 per night? Or maybe a two-bedroom apartment in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco for $150 a night? Or perhaps a studio

Vajrayogini Mandala, Tibet; 18th century, Courtesy Rubin Museum of Art Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Just as painted Russian icons are not intended to be  solely artistic  representations of  saints, but objects of meditation and veneration, mandalas   — at least for the initiated —  are   magic windows, pathways to  the deepest

Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Imagine that everything you might ordinarily throw away was kept in your house for a year. Then think 50 years. Unimaginable, except in China during the Cultural  Revolution (1966/67) where some householders squirreled away everything from

  General Motors Oldsmobile Two-Door Sedan, 1955; with trailer. Yonezawa Gangu. Yoku Tanaka Collection. Reviewed by Deborah Hay If you fancy vintage cars, baby-boomer memorabilia or cool mid-century design, there’s big fun to be had this summer at the Japan Society in New York. Buriki: Japanese Tin Toys from the