Category: New York City

Stasis in Sculpture

Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

David Stands, but Unique Forms of Continuity in Space Rocks As much as I love Michelangelo’s David (that stone! that body!), it’s a work of art that’s made to be adored. And indeed it is. David just stands there, commanding…

Madison Square Convenience

Venue Tourism: Selecting New York City's Stewart Hotel for its convenience to Madison Square Garden. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Manhattan Hotel near the Garden Staying overnight in the city so the Brawny Sherpa and one of the youthful adventurers can attend a hockey game, we book a stay at the Stewart Hotel sheerly for its location. Sited less…

Matisse: Practice/Perfection

A portion of Henri Matisse's Dance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The work was a study for the final version, which is at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The Dance in New York and Russia Henri Matisse’s Dance works appear in practice form in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and in their final version in its Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The work was…

Manhattan Blue Man

You never know when you'll come across the blue man. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Sculpture on the City Streets Some days, I think I see Batman everywhere. Some days, I just see the man in blue. It’s not always Batman. This blue man, at Sixth Avenue and West 53rd Street in Manhattan, is called…

Strolling Fifth Avenue in New York City

A must-see on any visit to New York City: Rockefeller Center. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Sites to See on a Day Trip or a Longer Visit The Big Apple, a city of dreams for visitors of all ages, is also a city so vast that there will never be sufficient time to see everything no…

Extraneous Learning at Duarte Square

What is a statue of the founder of the Dominican Republic doing on New York City's Sixth Avenue? Photo credit: L. Tripoli

History from the Dominican Republic to New York City On a walk from Soho to Little Italy, apropos of nothing, I come across a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte, the founder of the Dominican Republic. Why here? I wonder. I…

Make Time for the Tenement Museum

A storytelling museum on the Lower East Side reveals what immigrant life was really like in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Life as an Immigrant Comes Alive at a Storytelling Museum in Manhattan   For anyone who has ever wondered why on Earth their grandparents ditched the city for, say, the suburbs of New Jersey, a visit to the Tenement Museum…

Infrastructure Tourism: The Holland Tunnel

Did you know that New York City's Holland Tunnel is a National Historic Landmark? Photo credit: L. Tripoli

A Landmark of Modernity in SoHo As unlikely as anyone visiting the island of Manhattan is going there purely to experience the Holland Tunnel (which leads from Jersey City, N.J. to New York) and all the concomitant traffic-ridden pleasure such…

Flatiron ABC

ABC Cocina restaurant in the ABC Carpet & Home building in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Casual Cocina at Union Square Once dismissive of restaurants situated in strip malls (so suburban!) and those located in department stores (crustless cucumber sandwich, anyone?), I keep expectations for ABC Cocina, located in the same building as the…