A Slice of Tokyo in New York City

When home cooks are looking for a night away from the stove, criteria may differ for what kind of restaurant fits the bill. Perhaps somewhere with a stocked bar is a priority or one that serves a style of food not often cooked at home. For this home cook, I want a few things in…

Country Pleasures: A Weekend Retreat at Blantyre

Sometimes the best part of living in the city is breaking outside of it. I didn’t even turn on the radio during my 2 1/2 hour drive north from New York City, through parts of the Hudson Valley, towards the lovely Berkshires in western Massachusetts. Here, outside the quaint town of Lee, is a country…

A Snapshot of Soho

When the boxes were finally unpacked, I skipped down the front steps to explore my new neighborhood, Soho. Before I even made it to the sidewalk, I bumped into a neighbor of mine, who had called this leafy block in Manhattan home for the last 30 years. During our conversation I learned that this area…

‘Is This a City on Earth?’

During the 1920s, an immigrant who first set his eyes on New York City said: ‘Is this a city on Earth?’ thinking he had arrived in heaven. Recently I spent a day visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on assignment for iStopOver magazine. You can check out my article here, but as expected,…

Washington DC In Photographs

An assignment for Luxury Travel Magazine recently brought me to Washington DC. While I found the traffic almost unbearable, I softened up towards our capital a little bit when I started seeing the city’s top sites. I hadn’t been to the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, or the Air and Space Museum since I was a…

A Walk Along the Hudson

Do you ever think there’s nothing left to explore near your hometown? Most likely, you’re wrong. Countless times I’ve crossed the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan, or taken the Lincoln or Holland tunnels. And yet, not until last week did it occur to me that the Hudson River is actually quite beautiful, and it might…