New York

MOMA Dearest | New York, NY

We are very lucky to live so close to New York City.  I think we have the best of both worlds.  We are near the city, but not “of” the city – meaning that we are far enough into exurbia, or the boondocks, that we are not so terribly influenced by what goes on in the Big Apple. Unless, of course, Read More…

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Saugerties Lighthouse | Saugerties, New York

It was a world apart, but only an hour away. Through the great good fortune of having an inventive, imaginative and adventurous friend, we slept at the Saugerties Lighthouse last month. On an ordinary level, it was just a birthday party – but this whole event will stay with us for a long time, like Read More…

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The Metaphor of Travel | Millbrook, NY

Travel seems to inspire writers, which is certainly true in my case. And most people keep travel diaries. Or as Charles Nicholl says, in Journeys,“there is nothing like a journey to get people reaching for their pens, if only to write the old lie, ‘wish you were here.’” There are so many books Read More…

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Stonecrop & Manitoga | Cold Spring – Garrison, New York

We have so many unusual places in this Hudson Valley of ours. I was fortunate to get to see a couple of them recently, when I went on a tour with the Millbrook Garden Club to the amazing gardens at Stonecrop and the even more amazing Manitoga. Both are in the Cold Spring / Garrison area, and just a short Read More…

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Tribute Gardens | Millbrook, NY

There’s an eighty-five year old story that should be told. Trouble is, the protagonists don’t really want any publicity. It is the history of the Millbrook Tribute Garden, a philanthropic foundation that has quietly beautified Eastern Dutchess County since its inception in 1919.That was the year Read More…

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Opening The Gates | New York, NY

I’m sure everyone has read about the happening in Central Park, considering the blanket news coverage.  Christo, famous for covering things up, I mean big things, like the Reichstag in Berlin, and the Pont Neuf in Paris, finally got permission to put up 7500 pleated saffron panels along 23 miles Read More…

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Piermont | Piermont, NY

Where in the world is Piermont? For some reason hardly anyone knows about this wonderful little town way down at river level on the other side of the Hudson. Yes, you do have to drive for about an hour to get there, because it’s almost at the NJ border, but honestly, it’s worth the pain. Piermont Read More…

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Queens is Part of New York City | New York

When MOMA moved to Queens for the several years it will take to rebuild the museum in Manhattan, the New York Subway System took on a new popularity. MOMA must have decided that to get people to come way out to Long Island City (part of Queens for the unknowing,) they would have to mount a blockbuster Read More…

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Two Views of NYC | New York

I’ve told you there are many faces of New York City. You probably know a few. I’ve recently seen three incredibly different versions. The Upper East Side and Forty-Second Street are poles apart, and Queens is a world away. Why would anyone go to 42nd Street, you may well ask. For the theater, Read More…

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Looking Back | Millbrook, New York

It doesn’t seem very long ago that I started writing this column for WEEKEND.  I actually started writing for Taconic when the Meserves were the publishers.  Helen, who was a well-known “jack-of-all-trades”, had written a few travelogues for the WEEKEND.  I asked her if I couldn’t try my hand Read More…

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