One ticket to Hamilton orchestra view of stage

Solo Broadway: Review of My One Ticket to Hamilton, an American Musical

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To be honest, I didn’t know much about Hamilton on Broadway other than “it’s the hottest (and hardest) ticket to get” and something about the revolving list of actors playing the King.  I didn’t listen to the soundtrack, didn’t have the t-shirt or lament on Facebook about never winning the line lottery.  All I did […]

STK Midtown NYC Bread

NYC Solo Dining: STK Midtown Review – Full of Flavor, Design and Service

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New York City has a dizzying array of food options and yet, I always find myself in Midtown Manhattan in search of food – solo.  While in the past, I’ve ventured to Chelsea for Eataly, the frigid weather kept me within a few blocks of the Refinery Hotel in the Garment District and the Broadway […]

Whitney Museum of American Art

NYC Sunday Afternoon at The Whitney Museum of American Art

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Over the years, I’ve seen many modern art pieces really test my limits on “what is art”…  There have been times where I said out loud what I was thinking in the gallery which wasn’t good when I was thinking “are you serious?  And got a few nasty looks.  But I guess that’s what art […]

Visiting the High Line NYC

Visiting The High Line in NYC: Discover Art, Nature and Architecture

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It seemed natural for a Sunday morning to go for a walk in New York City.  But rather than head to Central Park, I thought that visiting the High Line would be perfect for Mom.  It was one thing she hadn’t done on all the prior trips (one day bus tours).  So while I would […]

BA Lounge JFK

The British Airways Lounge JFK New York with Elemis Spa Review

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The first time I visited the British Airways lounge JFK at Terminal 7, I was with my niece and we had just fled the city that was gridlocked due to a Presidential visit in our own version of the Amazing Race.   I was stress out upon arrival while my niece was eyes full of […]

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Mom’s First Trip to Paris & London – The 10 Day Itinerary

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My “travel hacking” hobby as some call it, has definitely provided me with unbelievable memories from trips around the world.  One of the best parts of this “hobby” is sharing the travels with my family.  Two years ago, my then eleven year old niece, traveled on her first trip to Paris & London (business class) […]

Muse Hotel NYC lobby

The Muse Hotel Review – A New York City Kimpton Suite Weekend

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There are some hotels that make you happy and others that make you sad.  The latter category is usually reserved for an overnight stay when I don’t stay in the room that long and want to save money.  I had the choice for my weekend in New York to pick a hotel that made me  happy […]

The Eventi Hotel view of Empire State building

The Eventi Hotel NYC Review – A Boutique Hotel with an Iconic View

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Each year I visit New York City for the New York Times Travel Show and stay at a different hotel each time on my quest to try new properties in the city. After my stay at The Muse, a Kimpton hotel, where I was given a rooftop room with patio, I was so impressed, I […]

The Smith Restaurant Midtown NYC

Solo Dining NYC: The Smith Restaurant, a Dining Delight in Midtown

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Our college intern worked the summer in NYC at Goldman Sachs (she has a great future ahead of her) and told me that one restaurant that she went to many times was The Smith.  The Smith NYC has a few locations (Lincoln Center, Midtown and the East Village).  I would visit the Midtown location on […]

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The Westin New York Grand Central Review – Standard Comfort & Cupcakes

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For my trip to New York for the NY Times Travel Show, I had a reservation elsewhere but when the Starwood email landed in my inbox with the upcoming deals in New York City, I was tempted. The Westin New York Grand Central was $50 cheaper, offered more space and my stay would qualify for […]