New York

Photo Essay: Jones Beach Bids an Indian Summer Adieu

They had met in kindergarten, lost touch, and reconnected years later.  But there they were, sitting on the sand at Jones Beach, at one with the Atlantic, enjoying the warm (for October) weather, a takeaway lunch of New England fried clams from Bigelow’s, and a bottle of white wine.
It was one of the last if not perhaps the last day that one could get away with a t-shirt and shorts …

Storied Roosevelt Hotel, Once Musical Home to Guy Lombardo, to Close Amidst Pandemic

The Roosevelt Hotel, named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt and located on Madison Avenue and 45th Street in Manhattan, announced plans to close amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
The 1,025-key hotel welcomed its first guests on September 22, 1924.  Its last day open will be 96 years and 39 days later, on October 31, 2020 and it has served as a witness to history since opening day.
The Roosevelt …

Marriott East Side, Once One of the City’s Tallest Hotels, Won’t Be Reopening

The storied Marriott East Side hotel, which first opened its doors to guests in as the Shelton Towers in 1924, won’t be reopening and the location, at 525 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, may not necessarily remain a hotel in the future.
The property closed temporarily in March along with hundreds of others amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Romanesque Revival structure was designed by Arthur Loomis Harmon and the hotel’s …

Is It Now Safe to Come Out of Our Bunkers?

As someone who grew up with family members who were immunosuppressed as a result of having had kidney transplants, avoiding infection was somewhat second nature to me. As soon as I saw the coronavirus take hold in the New York area (it was the highly publicized case of the Broadway usher’s infection that made things crystal clear, given that I, in pre-corona days, would go to between one and four Broadway and …

Why Indoor Dining is So Risky in the Age of Coronavirus

Over the past several days, we’ve seen state officials focus on one aspect of the reopening more so than any other that is causing the number of new coronavirus cases to spike: Indoor dining.
Restaurants face great challenges when they try to reopen their dining rooms. Ventilation systems can create complex patterns of airflow and keep viruses aloft.  As a result, simply spacing tables six feet apart, in line with current …

Photo Essay: Inside LaGuardia Airport’s Posh New Central Terminal

LaGuardia Airport, until recently New York’s much maligned aerodrome that was famously maligned by former Vice President Joe Biden as being “third world,” as he targeted the airport’s aging infrastructure, is no more.  All hail the new LaGuardia Airport, or at least its central arrivals and departures terminal, designated as Terminal B.
Built as part of an $8 billion overhaul, the soaring, light- and art-filled building, which may be the most …

Restaurant Review: Cagen – New York’s Best Sushi as Takeout Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

Four and a half years ago, I ventured to the East Village to try what I understood to be the one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city, Cagen.  In it, I found chef and owner Toshio Tomita, who spent 16 years working for Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu restaurant fame.
Perhaps I had been misinformed as I left believing Chef Tomita had built an establishment that vied with the best …