Summer in NYC: Weekend Escapes to the Beach

Summer in NYC: Weekend Escapes to the Beach

It’s piping hot in New York City right now, and I’m wishing I’d planned a weekend at the beach. In more than a decade here, I’ve traveled to many of the area’s beaches and lakes. It’s the only way to avoid a meltdown- literally and metaphorically. Here are some of my favorite places to stay when I need an escape.     The iconic MONTAUK YACHT CLUB, which opened more than 80 years ago on the East End of Long Island, was recently renovated to keep up with Montauk’s rising…

My favorite dog-friendly hotel in NYC

My favorite dog-friendly hotel in NYC

  When people ask me where they should stay in New York while traveling with a pet, I immediately recommend the High Line Hotel.¬† I haven’t stayed there (mostly because I live in NY), but I go quite often. My immensely cute puppy loves hanging out in the lobby, where she can meet other dogs and get treats from friendly staffers. As for me, it’s one of the few places in the city where I can sit down, indoors, with a cup of coffee, a pastry, and my dog. (And…

Most Stylish Hotels in Midtown

Most Stylish Hotels in Midtown

New Yorkers tend to avoid Midtown. For starters, thousands of them have their offices there, and thus prefer to steer clear of the area when off duty. But mostly it’s because midtown is crowded during weekdays, kind of empty on the weekends, and doesn’t have a neighborhood vibe. And yet for visitors it’s New York’s most convenient location, close to theaters, major shops, sights like the Empire State, and an easy ride away from both Downtown and Uptown. If you’re like me and believe that hotels are part of the…

The New Face of 8th Street

The New Face of 8th Street

These things happen in New York; one day you walk down a street¬† you haven’t visited in a while, and it looks completely different. The stretch of 8th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village used to be known, somewhat disparagingly, as “shoe alley.” It was filled with kitschy bazaars and discount shoe stores, and it wasn’t a particularly attractive lane. Quite suddenly, it became home to a handful of high-end restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and a brand new hotel by none other than Sean McPherson, the man…