July 6, 2018

I’ve lived in Manhattan now for a few years and have wanted to see the Macy’s 4th of July FIreworks since moving here. The Professor has never been all that eager to fight the crowds, however. Because of that, and our schedule, I haven’t tried all that hard and it has remained on my bucket list. This year, I decided we were going to do it and started to think about how to accomplish it without spending the $250-500 pp listed for all the viewing options (boats, parties etc).

Things to be concerned about:

1. The Professor had no interest and to lessen the chance of hearing complaints the whole night, my plans had to be smooth/easy.

2. We live on the West side of Manhattan and the fireworks are located on the East side. Getting from the West side to the East side is NEVER really smooth/...

October 6, 2017

Broadway is a very, very long street in Manhattan, and is home to much more than just shopping and theater crowds. In fact, Broadway is where one of my favorite art galleries is located: in the median that runs down the center of it. This ‘gallery' always features big, outstanding pieces of artwork on display–thanks to the tireless work of the Broadway Mall Association.

The current works which were installed in May 2017 are by Joy Brown and are on display only until next month (November 2017). They start at 168th and are located at these eight locations down Broadway: 168th, 157th, 148th, 117th, 103rd, 96th, 79th, and 72nd. You can ride the subway (1), take the bus (M104), or walk to as many of these as you desire.

The fun thing about these pieces of art is that they...

October 6, 2017

Arctic Exhibition Wear: Useful during NY winters.

This is the first in a series of free stuff to do in Manhattan. I will make a note if they are not appropriate for kids. Not that I have kids, but I think I can judge whether something is safe enough. I just won’t vouch as to whether your kid will like it or not.

 If you’re into fashion, look no further than the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), located at 7th Avenue at 27th St on the West Side of the city.

This museum’s tagline is it’s The Most Fashionable Museum in New York City. I say they should add the words “That’s Free”, but whatever.

The current exhibition is called Force of Nature and it examines how the beauty and complexity of the natural world have inspired fashion designers for centuries. There are old pieces fr...

August 4, 2017

Apparently, I have traveled where few Manhattan-based New Yorkers dare to tread: on the AirTrain to JFK from Manhattan.

Just what is this mystery “air train" and how does one use it and why don’t more Manhattan-based New Yorkers use it? I’d like to share what I discovered and why I discovered it.

I needed to get to the nearest location where I could finalize my purchase of the Global Entry card (the card that was created to make somebody a LOT of money, and supposedly will protect us from terrorists even though we already have a similar TSA-Pre-Check program in place to do that). Though you initialize the purchase of the Global Entry card online, you must go to a finalizing place to complete the process. As a Manhattan dweller, this location is only conveniently (I use the italics to den...

May 16, 2017

Perhaps everyone already knows St. Louis is fun, but really–I had no idea.

The last time I was in St. Louis was many, many years ago. Granted, I was there for a trade show and didn’t have the chance to do a lot. All I remembered from that trip were two things: taking a long, hot ride in the claustrophobic room inside the Arch, and that the nice steakhouse we ate at served their salad dressing in a tiny plastic tub that required the peeling back of its top. Needless to say, I was not impressed.

Again, my recent visit to St. Louis was due to my working another trade show. And because of my memories from the last trip, I had made no sightseeing plans and had no expectations for this city. 

I stayed at the Hampton Inn at Gateway Arch on Washington Ave at 4th Street, which turned out to be a g...

April 16, 2017

Every Easter Sunday New Yorkers (or at least somebody) like to don their craziest hats and stroll down 5th Avenue a la the Easter Day Parade of old. And others, such as myself, like to go down and appreciate their creativity.

There are kids.

And old people.

And whole families.

And all kinds of beautiful




And the Easter bunny maybe.

And his friends.

Don’t miss it. It occurs every Easter Sunday from around 10am-4pm and outside St Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue is the best place to hang out to see this meeting of the colorful minds.

March 15, 2017

Turns out just a few blocks from my house is a piece of Japanese history. This 15’ tall bronze statue is of the Buddhist teacher Shinran Shonin. This particular statue is famous because it survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 1945 (it was just 1.5 miles from the blast).

Years ago it was moved here by a Japanese businessman and placed in front of a very nondescript Buddhist temple on Riverside Dr (between 105 and 106th Streets).

The plaque reads that it serves as “… a symbol of lasting hope for world peace.”

I read about it on roadsideamerica.com and had to go see it for myself, despite the 28degree weather. I NEVER really noticed it and certainly never would have known its history otherwise, and I’ve walked this street many times. I need to learn to read those plaques when I walk by...