Category: New York City

From Toy Trains to Le Tricorne

Holy human collectors' item! The Batmobile from the 1960s television series is on display at the New York Historical Society. Photo credit: Michael Ciavardini

Always Something Unexpected at the New York Historical Society I have officially lived long enough to become a museum piece. Artifacts from my childhood are now showing up on display. A recent visit to the New York Historical Society brings…

Peaceful Places to Visit: St. Patrick’s Cathedral

You Don’t Have to Be Catholic to Go In At a moment when the universe seems especially volatile, what with climate fluctuations, terrorist strikes, and police v. civilian discord, even adventuresome travelers can be tempted to stay indoors for a…

Grand Central Eagle

Grand Central eagle

Toodling around Manhattan’s 42nd Street before a meeting in midtown, I cross to the Pershing Square Café side of the street and head toward Bryant Park. I don’t know what makes me look toward the taxi stand at Grand Central…

A Flatiron Fling

flatiron building

A Quick Stay in the East 20s at Fifth Avenue, Manhattan The problem with living near New York City is the same as the problem with living in New York City: One tends to limit oneself to a particular neighborhood,…

Vegan Manhattan: Candle 79

Chocolate peanut butter mousse at Candle 79 in Manhattan

Eating Sustainably in New York City Informed that we had reservations at Candle 79 on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, the Brawny Sherpa, a very committed carnivore, could be heard muttering, “Here we go; it’s going to be $200…

Rainy Day Manhattan

Museums for when the Met is too crowded

Museums for when the Met Is Too Crowded As much delight as we take in our own youthful adventurers, especially when they traveled by stroller and drank juice from a box, we aren’t quite, quite as joyful when we get…

Austrian Anomalies

Vienna

Looking for Understanding in France and New York I don’t know much about Austria beyond the Sound of Music. Little makes sense to me about Austria despite my efforts to understand. How could the homeland of Marie-Antoinette, who herself struggled…

Rooftop Bonus, Manhattan

Enjoying a sunny afternoon from the rooftop of Homewood Suites in Midtown Manhattan Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Lofty Stay at Homewood Suites in Midtown Manhattan The Brawny Sherpa and a youthful adventurer have concert plans at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan that will necessitate an overnight stay nearby. We choose Homewood Suites on West 37th Street…

Whiskey and Sliders in Midtown West

Will a visit to American Whiskey in Midtown Manhattan please herbivores, carnivores, and flat-out picky eaters? The Bashful Adventurer finds out. Photo credit: V. Laino

Eating near Madison Square Garden All of the youthful adventurers are joining the Brawny Sherpa and me for a quick bite in Midtown Manhattan before some of them head to a concert at Madison Square Garden. With a sometime vegan,…

Carnegie Culture

Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. Photo credit: A. Ciavardini

The Brawny Sherpa and I bring along a couple of our youthful adventurers for some cultural acclimation. I don’t know what I think I will experience at Carnegie Hall, but traipsing up the flights of stairs to our upper balcony…