24 Jul 2016

Hamilton!

I wanna be in The room where it happens The room where it happens Aaron Burr wants to be in the room when Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison hash out The Dinner Table Bargain or the Compromise of 1790. It is a highlight number in the show; Lin-Manuel Miranda calls it

22 Jul 2016

Sixties @ MOMA

The soundtrack of The Sixties still gets enthusiastic play. Which songs remind you most of this decade? Top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1960s are: 1. The Twist – Chubby Checker 2. Hey Jude – The Beatles 3. The Theme From A Summer Place – Percy Faith and His Orchestra 4.

12 Jul 2016

Chicago Skyline

“Aren’t people terrified to park their cars?” “What if you hit Reverse by accident?” “I think I’ve seen a car come crashing out of that building.” As they wander amongst all of Chicago’s stunning buildings, visitors routinely stop cold to stare at the Marina Towers – the ‘Corncobs’ – and their most unusual

10 Jul 2016

Visiting American Gothic

Grant Wood was mad about sugar. This struggling, 1920’s American painter disguised his coffee with a half-cup of the sweet, sweet crystals. A bowl of lettuce, he found, was much more delicious when buried under hills of sugar. Not surprisingly, Wood spent a lot of time with his dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby. As he

17 May 2016

New York Shows II

It is our last round of shows in New York, before we head back to a city that sometimes sleeps. She Loves Me She Loves Me is known as a perfectly structured musical. The mysteries and intrigue of Act I resolve beautifully in Act II. With a book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry

17 May 2016

Chelsea Market

If you have seen Iron Chef or Chopped, then you have seen the top floors. Food Network headquarters sit atop the Chelsea Market, the original headquarters for Nabisco Biscuits in the early 1900’s. This Meatpacking area destination fills an entire block from front to back. If you know Iron Chef, then

17 May 2016

The Levain Cookie

In such a huge city with so many dining options, it is surprising that certain wee places manage to gain notoriety. Levain Bakery – on West 74th Street in the  Upper Westside – has built a citywide reputation that far outweighs its tiny location below sidewalk level. This bakery is so popular,

15 May 2016

ABC

Where Creativity Lives. So says the homepage of ABC Carpet & Home and I can’t disagree. If I have one favourite store in the world, this might be it. ABC sits at lucky 888 Broadway, just off East 19th Avenue in Manhattan. It is a six floor collection of home design goods, furniture, rugs,

13 May 2016

Eating Up Eataly

We are in New York this week and where to start on the food? All I can say is: thank goodness this is such a walking city. If you are an Italian food lover, then consider a visit to Eataly. It is a massive Italian food marketplace in the Flatiron

13 May 2016

Ripley Grier Studios

If you stand in the lobby of 520 8th Avenue, you will hear the doorman asking visitors where they are headed. “Ripley Grier,” many will say. “17th floor.” “16th floor.” “Ripley Grier.” These are not New York accountants heading in for another long day in the office. Some carry dance bags;