Viewing: New York City

Lincoln Highway Begins In New York City

There is no Lincoln Highway marker in New York City. Even in 1913, Times Square was more of a ceremonial origination point rather than the beginning of an actual roadway. And yet it made sense then, as it does now, to begin in New York City. This is where so many of the people who […] Read more

Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island: a Family-Friendly Budget NYC Hotel

The best-kept secret to finding a budget NYC hotel is that there’s more to the Big Apple than Midtown Manhattan. New York City is composed of five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and the often-forgotten Staten Island.  Because it’s frequently overlooked, Staten Island lodging is significantly cheaper than other parts of the city. But […] Read more

Pearl River Mart – NYC Shopping At Its Quirkiest

We don’t always shop in SoHo, one of New York City’s most hip and swanky neighborhoods, but when we do, we make sure to stop by Pearl River Mart. Pearl River Mart is not what you’d call upscale, but for pure quirky imported goodness, it has no rival. Pearl River Mart has a wide variety […] Read more

A September 11 Memorial Story: The Survivor Tree

The National September 11 Memorial is not an easy place to visit. It is undoubtedly beautiful – well conceived with classic style; but even on a sunny summer’s day the waterfalls and reflecting pools mirror back more than the surrounding construction and newly planted trees. The Memorial has been designed so that two pools, an […] Read more

Hotel Review: Andaz Wall Street in New York City

The New York City Downtown area and Financial District has been developing into a residential and tourism area over the past several years. I recently stayed at the Andaz Wall Street, and highly recommend it for everyone – families, singles, couples, you name it. With the new 9/11 Memorial Museum, as well as the re-birth […] Read more

Travel Deal: New York CityPASS Saves Nearly Half Off a Visit to Popular Landmarks

CityPASS, the ticket booklet program to popular tourist attractions in major U.S. cities – including New York, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, or Hollywood – saves 46 percent off combined admission to six top New York City attractions. In January, Travel + Leisure magazine released its first-ever reader survey of the […] Read more

New York City with Kids: Fun and Educational Things To Do, Family-friendly Hotels and Restaurants, and More!

Even though I lived on the Upper West Side for ten years, it’s a whole new experience to return to the Big Apple with my children. New York City with kids is a world onto itself. Seen through the eyes of a child, Gotham is a magical place, full of wonder and joy. The Albany […] Read more

Dinner and a Dream at the Stardust Diner in New York City

I hadn’t planned on going to Ellen’s Stardust Diner in New York City. In fact, I had always avoided this diner in favor of ethnic restaurants, thinking that it would be another overpriced tourist trap.  But this night was different. My son and I went to Mars Restaurant, thinking this would be a good tie-in […] Read more

Taking the Train into the City

Back when we were thinking of moving to Albany, I had this romantic notion that we would be taking the train into New York City all the time. Reality set in when I discovered that Amtrak charges nearly $100 per person round trip between Albany and Penn Station. For a family of four, it’s cheaper […] Read more