Photo Essay: New York Botanical Garden ‘Spotlight on Orchids’

by Paul Riegler

The pandemic has meant many changes for New York’s cultural institutions, among them the New York Botanical Garden.
Each year, the garden presents a highly regarded orchid exhibition but, amidst the pandemic-induced restrictions currently in effect in the New York area and the terrible toll that the coronavirus has taken, it is presenting a more limited exhibition – ‘Spotlight on Orchids’ – in the Enid Haupt Conservatory, an Italian Renaissance building …

Pandemic Restaurant Review: Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City

by Jonathan Spira

This isn’t Katz’s Delicatessen’s first pandemic. The New York landmark, which opened in 1888 across the street from present location, moved just in time for the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which it managed to survive.
Despite the repeated openings and closings of indoor dining in New York City, Katz’s has remained open, sometimes just for take out and delivery, and now, once again, open for indoor dining, albeit with a 25% …

Dear Agony Aunt: Your Advice and Etiquette Questions Answered

by Aunt Agatha

For over a century, British and American magazines and newspapers have run advice and etiquette columns ranging from Miss Manners to Dear Abby to Savage Love. ,The questions in these columns range from “How can I get my annoying seatmate on this flight to shut up and let me watch my movie?” to “Where should I seat my ex-husband’s illegitimate gay son’s ex-lover at my daughter’s fourth wedding?”
Sherlock Holmes, as alert …

Hotel Review: The Lloyd, Stamford, Connecticut

by Jonathan Spira

Writing a hotel review during a global pandemic is fraught with peril.  While I felt completely confident in my selection, I wouldn’t wish to cause someone to abandon all coronavirus safeguards and dive back into travel unnecessarily or with reckless abandon.  Then again, I also believe that the overwhelming majority of the magazine’s readers would not do this, so here goes.
The brand new Lloyd, Stamford is a new luxury boutique …

Monday is Washington’s Birthday and Presidents Day: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Anna Breuer
Monday is Washington’s Birthday and Presidents Day: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow, Monday, February 15, is Washington’s Birthday, a national holiday in the United States in honor of the country’s first president, George Washington.
In Hawaii, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and seven other states, it’s stylized as Presidents’ Day, while in Alaska, Idaho, Nebraska, and five other states, it’s President’s Day.  Three states – Nevada, New Jersey, and Oregon – leave out the apostrophe entirely, calling the holiday Presidents Day, and that’s not …

How to Mask Like Dr. Fauci

by Jesse Sokolow

Fauci watchers may have noticed that the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, who serves as President Biden’s chief medical adviser, has appeared at news conferences and on television interviews wearing two masks.
The simple face mask serves a crucial function in the effort to contain and eliminate the coronavirus: it serves as a barrier that helps prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others, and it also, to a lesser extent, prevents …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

by Jonathan Spira

The Toyota Highlander was released in 2001 shortly after it made its debut at the 2000 New York International Auto Show. After 20 years, it was time for the fourth generation Highlander to come to these shores, “redesigned from the ground up,” as Toyota put it.
The Toyota Highlander was one of the first car-based SUV crossovers and the hybrid variant was the first seven-seat hybrid vehicle on the market.
Now in …