Category: New York City

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…

Melting-Pot Museum

A little history, a little socializing at the Museum of the City of New York. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Little of This, A Little of That at the Museum of the City of New York What do the Titanic, 19th-century fashion, the anti-nuclear movement, and the world’s best dollhouse have in common? Nothing—except remnants of all of them…

Grand Central Secrets

The letter box in New York City's Grand Central Station is hidden in plain sight. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

What to Look for in the Manhattan Train Station To visit New York City’s Grand Central Station with the eyes of a tourist, rather than the blinders of a daily commuter, look for what is memorable. Of course, we’ve all…

Finding Ulysses in the Big Apple

President Ulysses S. Grant lying in state in City Hall, New York City, 1885. Photo credit: National Park Service Manhattan Historic Sites Archive

Presidents—Past, Present, Future—Seem to Love New York Of all the entries on the list of first politicians lured to or born in New York is one that, for me, does not typically conjure associations with the Empire State. Think U.S.…

Overthinking the Algonquin

Looking for literary ghosts at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Dorothy Parker Is Long Gone I sit down at the Round Table restaurant in the Algonquin Hotel in New York City with no one but long-dead writer and wit Dorothy Parker spinning through my head. Who wouldn’t admire what might…

A Visit to Manhattan’s Churchill Tavern

Churchill Tavern on East 28 Street in Manhattan. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

History for Hungry Adventurers in the Flatiron District When, shortly after we place our food orders, one of the Youthful Adventurers returns from the restroom at Manhattan’s Churchill Tavern quoting Winston Churchill (whose recordings are apparently running on a continuous…

Le Penseur Two Ways

Street art in New York City's Little Italy: A version of Auguste Rodin's Le Penseur with a contemporary twist Photo credit: M. Ciaardini

In New York or Paris, Rodin’s Sculpture Charms What sculpture might be as well-known as the Statue of Liberty? Could it be Auguste Rodin’s Le Penseur (The Thinker), accessible at the Musée Rodin in Paris and, with a contemporary twist…