New York

New York City’s New Amusement Park for Adults: Hudson Yards Shops & Restaurants

Visitors to New York City have a new playground that is now part of the Manhattan skyline.
Rising above a dozen acres (five hectares) of rail yard in the West 30s Manhattan is Hudson Yards, a shiny new neighborhood and destination in New York City. Indeed, it’s been some 80 years since the city witnessed the birth of a development of this magnitude, when Rockefeller Center opened in the 1930s.
The $25 …

Review: Jimmy at the James, SoHo – A Bar That’s Worthy of the View

When you take the elevator up to Jimmy, the informally named rooftop bar at the James New York Soho hotel, and the doors open, you only get a glimpse of what you are in for. Once in the bar area, however, you start to realize that you’ve never seen New York this way in the wintertime. The city sparkles.
Walk out to the pool without wearing a winter coat – it …

Restaurant Review: La Pulperia, New York City

Yorkville, a neighborhood in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is something I associated largely with German and Austrian restaurants and shops and, to a lesser extent, Hungarian ones. Austrian and German cafes and establishments shut their doors as the neighborhood changed, replaced by high-rise residential complexes.
I was therefore not surprised to find a wonderful South American restaurant, La Pulperia, on Second Avenue there.
You won’t find something called Pulperia on the menu, …

Amtrak to Resume Normal Service at Penn Station Following Summer Repairs

Amtrak to Resume Normal Service at Penn Station Following Summer Repairs

Amtrak announced it will resume regular weekday schedules at New York’s Penn Station on September 4, following several months of critical infrastructure repairs.
On Friday, railroad officials reflected on the work that included an overhaul of the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, which had been damaged by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, as well as repairs of two of the tracks and platforms at Penn Station and the replacement of …

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 …

Lobby Bar: Horse Manure, Underage Workers, Rogue Engineers, and ‘I’ll Take German Sex Toys for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – Fantastically Phantasmagorical
Duff your hat. Drivers and passengers alike were puzzled by new legislation in the Big Apple requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to wear caps. “It’s a return to civility, just like we had in the horse-and-buggy era,” said the city’s oldest resident, Mabel Clarence, who at 128, has a clear recollection of the transition from horse-drawn Hansom cabs to early electric- and gasoline-powered taxicabs in New …

The Story Behind the 42nd Street Shuttle: New York’s Tiniest Subway Line

Few people, including native New Yorkers, know very much about New York City’s tiniest subway line, the 42nd Street Shuttle. With only two stations – Grand Central Terminal and Times Square – it only has the two stops and runs about 2,402 feet (732 meters) in 90 seconds.
The Shuttle is part of the city’s original subway system, specifically the IRT line, and the actual subway through which it runs dates …