Cheek Kisses and Crepes

Her bright blue eyes beckoned to us as we entered.  A smile made its way across her gentle face.  It was clear she had something to share with us.  Hugs all around, and the now familiar greeting, a kiss on each cheek.  She says it is the French way. We met Louise one Sunday morning... Continue Reading →

Worth the effort

Getting there was anything but simple.  With the N train in Astoria closed for track repairs, reaching the Wellington Court Project was anything but easy. It started with a one mile walk to get to the N train which took us only another mile where we caught the Tram to Roosevelt island. On Roosevelt Island... Continue Reading →

Senatori at the Decimo

It was like spotting Santa Clause or Big Foot or catching a jackalope.  You hear all the stories, you see the evidence they have been here, but you never seem to have your camera out to prove they exist. Like a vampire, street artists come in the middle of the night, produce some of the... Continue Reading →

What It Was, Was Shakespeare

Disclaimer:  This is the blog that almost wasn’t.  It was written satirically, tongue in cheek.  This was my first Shakespeare play.  I was totally enthralled with the performances and the production.  When I sat down at my keyboard to write this, my mind drifted back to many years ago when I heard a comedy routine... Continue Reading →

Pocket Gardens

I love New York, but you have heard that from me before. A few of decades ago New Yorkers grew tired of being the concrete jungle and decided to make some changes.  They cleaned up their neighborhoods, cracked down on crime, and developed initiatives to make their city more hospitable.One of those initiatives suggested by... Continue Reading →

The Feel of Night

What is it about the night that makes the world look so different?  Walking at night is one of the things I love most about New York. As sunset fades deep in the City, new life is breathed into the streets as mammoth digital billboards light the streets with colored air and flicker sponsored ads... Continue Reading →

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul stormed into town at the Playstation Theater and spent the next two and a half hours blowing the roof off the 2100 seat venue. Steven Van Zandt is a guitar player from the Asbury Park era of Rock ‘n Roll history with a long and storied pedigree.  Usually... Continue Reading →

Chess Anyone?

Outside the door a knight stands protecting the King and inviting potential opponents to walk through the door. Stepping into the store I am filled with a feeling of nostalgia.  Imad Khachan, store owner, welcomes us as we enter and offers the tables in the back if we are interested in a friendly, or not... Continue Reading →

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