Cold Spring, Upstate New York

Situated at one of the narrowest and deepest parts of the Hudson, Cold Spring is the quintessential bucolic upstate New York town with an amazingly charming Main Street. From Cold Springs, you can easily walk to Garrison to visit Boscobel or to the West Point Foundry> You can also take the train to DIA: Beacon…

Title: Colorful Locks in BKLYN

Story: After Superstorm Sandy in 2012, while New York City was still recovering from the storm’s devastating effect on the city, I was walking across the Brooklyn Bridge with friends and thinking about the city and how it had changed.  As I was passing one of the vertical supports, I noticed this grouping of locks…

Travel Nugget: NYC Bridges at Night

As I made my way up the FDR in a fast car at night, I was mesmerized by the absolute beauty of the bridges on the Hudson.  In the daylight, these modern monolithic structures might seem drab and boring, but at night with their lights twinkling like the finest diamonds, they remind me of the…

New York City: A Bridge, A Memorial, A Meal

I am part of a rare breed of people living in New York; we are known as native New Yorkers. During my time in this great city, I’ve seen New York be an ethnically diverse city, a city in turmoil, a city in healing, a city awakening to become an economic powerhouse, a gentrified playground for the rich and…

Savory Nugget: Pure Thai Cookhouse

“Delicate” or being of “very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality,” is usually not the first word I think of when eating a perfectly cooked piece of meat.  However, delicate is the perfect term to use when thinking about the braised beef in the Pa-Yao Beef Noodle Soup from PURE Thai…

Ahhh-mazing!

The final stop on my Restaurant Week Summer 2014 tour was David Burke Kitchen located in the James Hotel in Soho.  Opened in 2010, the restaurant has two main dinning spaces: a 130-seat loft-like space and glass enclosed Garden and Treehouse Bar, which also seats up to 130 guest. For this meal, I was joined by…