Articles in Journeys

Lobby Bar – August 31: The Miracle of Flight, Purple Wi-Fi, and ‘I’ll Take Obi-Wan Kenobi for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – Things Here Aren’t Always What They Appear to Be
Politics as usual. The almost unending heat wave has been a boon to the air conditioning industry as units flew off the shelves. To perhaps no one’s surprise, the Trump Administration claimed credit for the heat wave, explaining it had planned it as part of its promise to save jobs at Carrier’s Indianapolis factory, and called rumors of its …

It Isn’t Too Late to Take a Short Summer Vacation: Here Are 4 Tips on How to Go About It

Unlike workers in Europe, who receive over 30 paid days off a year including four weeks of paid vacation – and use them, Americans aren’t entitled by law to even a single paid day off from work. Indeed, while Americans get roughly two weeks of paid vacation, close to half don’t even take advantage of this potential free time.
The good news is that there is still time left in the …

Review: Demarchelier Restaurant, New York City

A remarkable gem of a French bistro is tucked away in on East 86 Street in New York’s Upper East Side. Demarchelier is a picture postcard of the genre with wonderfully authentic fare.
A bistro, in the purest sense, is a small restaurant offering relatively informal fare. They originally sprung up in the basements of Parisian apartments, where tenants would receive room and board. Eventually, these kitchens opened up to the …

Review: ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ at Nederlander Theatre

The adaptation of films to the stage, especially for blockbusters such as the 1990 film “Pretty Woman,” is a challenge.  Stepping into the shoes, or at least into the red dress that Julia Roberts wore in the movie that propelled her into stardom, in “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” which opened Thursday night on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre, shows how difficult such adaptations can be.
If you haven’t seen the …

Lobby Bar – August 24: Wizards on Tour, Paradise Lost, and ‘I’ll Take Best Songs to Sing in the Shower for $100, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – Just Something We Whipped Up, Frothy and Refreshing
Life in Paradise. Residents of Hawaii haven’t had it easy recently. It started with an alert about an incoming missile sounded in error in January, followed by the national 24-hour record for rainfall set in April in Kauai and the eruption of the Kilauea volcano that started in May and continued until a week or so ago. Now the 50th state …

Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ with Donna Murphy at Shubert Theatre

The rather sumptuous revival of “Hello, Dolly!,” which opened last April with Bette Midler in the lead role to rave reviews (including mine), is closing shortly. But the Divine Miss M wasn’t the only Dolly Gallagher Levi.
In one of the more brilliant instances of alternate casting, Donna Murphy assumed the role last summer when Midler went on vacation, and then continued in the role every Tuesday until Midler was replaced …

Harry Potter at the Met: We Take a Tour Fit for a Wizard

Not too long ago there was literally nothing to do to fill your Harry Potter desires in New York City. In the last year or so that has changed dramatically, first with “Puffs,” the wonderful story of the Hufflepuffs during Harry’s reign at Hogwarts, and the long-awaited debut of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway.  You’ll be able to make a whole vacation of it with these two …