The solar eclipse through a colander: 3 amazing photos

Those of us in the U.S. expecting a partial solar eclipse on August 21st were duly warned:  looking directly at this phenomenon without special viewing glasses would result in certain damage to our eyes. Alternatively, we could use the “pinhole” method and track the sun and moon pas de deux through a small opening harmlessly casting the shadow play on to a flat surface.

Enter the lowly kitchen colander – repurposed to serve as a  “pinhole” device creating a repeated pattern of celestial beauty. Who knew?  Continue reading “The solar eclipse through a colander: 3 amazing photos”

Outdoor ice skating in Manhattan – 3 top spots

Surprisingly, the heart of New York City – midtown Manhattan – holds a treasure trove of outdoor ice skating each winter. Three top spots offer the simple pleasure of skating in the fresh air amid stunning surroundings. Forgot your skates? Each venue includes rental of all you need to tap into your inner Sonja Heine. So take a turn around the rink, or a lesson to get you started….. Continue reading “Outdoor ice skating in Manhattan – 3 top spots”

5 Reasons to Shop NYC’s Grand Central Holiday Fair

If you’re one of the million (literally) people who pass through New York City’s Grand Central Station each day, holiday shopping is a whole lot easier with a  swing by the Holiday Fair just off the station’s iconic main hall.

In a carefully curated and inventive collection of vendors and artisans, this is a pop-up market with a soul. A clear emphasis on locally sourced and socially conscious businesses rests easy with the range of unique, whimsical and high-quality goods on offer – no tacky “covered clothes pin” ornaments here. No jellies, no cutesy pet gifts either. Just great stuff.

Here are (at least) 5 reasons why you should check it out and a map to guide you.  Continue reading “5 Reasons to Shop NYC’s Grand Central Holiday Fair”

A New York City Must: City Wine Tours

What better way to spend a weekend afternoon than sipping – and learning about – wine? City Wine Tours makes it happen with small groups, a friendly, knowledgeable guide and select venues in hip neighborhoods, in both  New York and Boston. A must for visitors and locals alike.

An “experience” rather than a “thing,” it’s a great holiday gift, perfect for anyone with even the slight interest in wine, from millennials to boomers. Believe me, they’ll  toast you with the first pour. Nothing wrong with gifting yourself, either (and this post offers a discount coupon). 

I wouldn’t recommend anything I hadn’t tried, so here’s how my tour went:
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Add The Flatiron District to Your NYC Bucket List

It stands to reason that New York’s Flatiron District – the locus of creativity in Manhattan and the epicenter of New York’s thriving tech scene – is going to have some pretty great places to eat, drink, and shop.  It’s the triple play of cool. Here’s the lowdown on why it deserves a slot on your New York City bucket list.  Continue reading “Add The Flatiron District to Your NYC Bucket List”

5 Shops for Baby Love on the Upper East Side

Ralph Lauren Children, NYC

Few neighborhoods in America host a collection of shops catering to exquisite/expensive layette and baby/toddler clothing and gifts. New York’s Upper East Side is one of them. Paris or Milan hold no advantage for selecting the “right” (and expensive) newborn gift. The UES has a mile stretch of children’s boutiques for doting grown-ups to swathe the young’uns in Euro – or Euro-inspired – splendor. Continue reading “5 Shops for Baby Love on the Upper East Side”