New York City – December 2018

A Christmas trip to my 2nd favorite spot in North American, New York City, became necessary to fact check some writings. I had to make sure you could see the Empire State Building from 5th Avenue (you can), record details of decor in the Algonquin Hotel’s Blue Bar and determine an ideal spot to meet at Penn Station. In the midst of this “grueling” research I had wonderful meals with lots of good friends, checked out the holiday scene at Rockefeller Center, saw My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center (I was still humming the tunes a week later), saw a breathtaking Alvin Ailey show and was continually wowed by the “only-in-NYC” cityscapes. It’s amazing how much a walk through Central Park and two Nathan’s hot dogs can mitigate the cold.

 

New York City: October 29, 2017

In NYC for a Gotham Writers workshop and author David Downie’s book tour for his latest release ‘A Taste of Paris.’ Walked the Central Park Reservoir with David and his wife Alison. Channeled Cher In ‘Moonstruck‘ – bought a new dress and went to see ‘La Boheme’ at the Met. Had dinner In Chelsea with old Detroiters. Found bookshop in the Village (Three Lives) right out of ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ Had bacon at Marcus Samuelson’s ‘Red Rooster’ in Harlem. Feel like I’m living in a movie montage. Loving every minute of the fairy tale.