Bluestone Lane

Church of the Heavenly Rest Shaded by a big umbrella, I take a seat at the table close to the entrance of the Episcopal Church, which celebrates its annual summer Jazz Vespers. The Metropolitan Museum just closed. The Guggenheim Museum and Cooper Hewitt will close shortly. Tourists and locals stroll by, surprised to see all … More Bluestone Lane

Shakespeare & Co

Shakespeare & Co. “What’s in a Name?” asks Juliet in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. What’s in a name indeed: calling a bookstore Shakespeare & Co without a single Shakespeare book in sight? The answer is simple. Calling it Shakespeare implies that this is an excellent bookstore, worthy of the exalted name. Mindful of their … More Shakespeare & Co


Est. 1744 My introduction to Sotheby’s happened by chance. I was early to meet a friend for lunch at Sant Ambroeus and, following the receptionist’s suggestion, I take a look at the 4th floor exhibit. Getting off the elevator, I find myself in 19th century India in the company of Hindu pilgrims, an Indoor Elephant … More Sotheby’s

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Located between the Metropolitan Opera and the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is in a state of celebration. The stakes are high. Foremost there is the “Leonard Bernstein at 100” exhibit, which pays tribute to the charismatic American conductor, multi-talented composer, educator, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian, who always … More The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Scandinavia House

Smörgås Chef I fell in love with Scandinavia one country at a time; Denmark first, then Sweden, Norway, and Finland. I never made it to Iceland. Among the four countries I visited over the years, it was Norway that stole my heart. Oslo alone is worth the journey. It boasts of Grieg, Ibsen, Munch, and … More Scandinavia House

The Rubin Museum

  Himalayan Art and Culture in Chelsea Located on a side street in Chelsea, the building looks so nondescript, I nearly went right by it. The museum occupies the former Barney’s department store, famous for its 6-story steel-and-marble staircase.  The core collection of Himalayan art had been amassed in the early 1980s by Donald and … More The Rubin Museum