A Visit to the China Institute in NYC


A little over a week ago I attended my first “meetup” through meetup.com.  Meetups are a great way to connect with other people who enjoy learning or doing something new.  My love of all things cultural leads me to a meetup at the China Institute on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Although the China […]

NYC Pizza Tour

The Original

Yesterday my teenage son and I ventured to NYC to grab a slice of pizza, well actually three slices. Checking off an item from My 2014 NYC Bucket List and sometimes scoring with my son on our once a month “forced family fun day,” we were led by self-declared “Pizza Enthusiast,” Miriam Weiskind from Scott’s Pizza […]

My 2014 NYC Bucket List

The NYC Pizza Walk focuses on pizza from a historical perspective. Being a history buff, I excited that we will start at  America’s oldest pizzeria, Lombardi's Pizza.

On New Year’s day, I watched an interview on the Today Show with motivational expert, Jon Gordon.  Since it was New Years’ Day, it was no surprise that the interview was about resolutions, but Gordon made it simple.  He said reaching a goal can sometimes be accomplished by breaking it down to one word.  A […]

The Whodunnit Family Scavenger Hunt at the MET

Look at a woman pointing a weapon.  She points toward the side of the room you shoud visit.

One of my favorite places in New York City is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I still remember the first time I visited the museum and was overwhelmed by both the size (it is the largest museum in the United States) and by the Temple of Dendur.  Visiting the museum with my son has been […]

New York City’s Most Haunted Neighborhood

Washington Square

One of the best ways to truly experience New York City is to the explore the many neighborhoods as if they were a living museum.   As you wander through these areas, you will discover that each is defined by their personality and layers of history lend themselves to tales of the past, some of […]

Calling All Fashionistas

Pierre Cardin, Dress, Fuchsia Dynel (Cardine), 1968, France, 70.62.1, Gift of Lauren Bacall.

There is always something to do in New York City.  I was reminded of this fact this past Tuesday when I was driving to my appointment on West 26th Street and found myself around the corner from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Luck would have it that traffic was kind of light (which hardly ever […]

A NYC Christmas


I love New York City through all seasons, but the Christmas holiday is my favorite time to be out and about in the city.  To borrow a line from the Rockettes, it is “spectacular.”  I know Thanksgiving is next week and most of you are probably thinking “can we at least enjoy the turkey and […]

Grateful After Sandy


My friend  Gail, from high school, posted the following quote on Facebook last week by Albert Clark.  “In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.”  Despite the unusual circumstances that many people have experienced in the Northeast, I am glad, […]

America’s First Amusement Park: Coney Island


When I told my thirteen-year-old son this summer that we were headed to Brooklyn to take in some history, I received his expected moan as he said “Mom, enough with the history trips already.”    I just laughed and told him to call a friend to join him because this history lesson revolved around roller […]

Yankee Stadium Tour


Major League Baseball never was a big part of my life growing up because New Orleans didn’t have a Major League Team.  Plus I grew up with all girls and a Dad that would rather be fishing than watching sports unless it was the New Orleans Saints.  I first became a Yankee fan early in […]