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Advice for Alec Baldwin


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Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.

Right off the bat, I’m going to admit I like Alec Baldwin — the actor. The man himself and his public image, not so much.

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Jinkx Monsoon: A star is born


Jinkx Monsoon (Jerick Hofer and Major Scales (Richard Andriessen) following a performance of The Vaudevillians at the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York. —Patricia Gay photo

Jinkx Monsoon (Jerick Hoffer) and Major Scales (Richard Andriessen) following a performance of The Vaudevillians at the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York. —Patricia Gay photo

Every now and then you have an “Ah Ha” moment.

One came to me the other night in New York City while I was at the midnight show of The Vaudevillians, a musical-comedy cabaret act starring Jinkx Monsoon (Jerick Hoffer), winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season five. Read more…

Best free thing in NYC: Walking the Brooklyn Bridge


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There’s nothing like a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. Just don’t take up any offers to buy it.

I may have a fear of driving across the Brooklyn Bridge, but when it comes to walking across it, count me in. It’s fun, good exercise, offers great views, and for this cheap Yankee, most importantly, it’s FREE.

In fact, walking the Brooklyn Bridge and riding the Staten Island Ferry are the best free attractions in the Big Apple. When I was a New York Destination Expert on TripAdvisor.com, they were the two sightseeing things I recommended most to visitors. (Skip the tour bus and spend your money on Broadway tickets and great food.) Read more…

Ci vediamo James Gandolfini


Mourners gather outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine today in New York to pay their respects to the late James Gandolfini. —Getty photo

Mourners gather outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine today in New York to pay their respects to the late James Gandolfini. —Getty photo

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NYC: You say you want an Evolution?


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Window shopping in New York City is always interesting. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you might find. En route to Balthazar, one of my favorite restaurants in SoHo, I passed a storefront filled with skeletons, stuffed birds, and African tribal art. OK, you had me at skeletons. I had to go in.

Welcome to Evolution. A wild two-floor shop crammed with science and natural history collectibles and artifacts. Read more…

Quelle surprise! The sidewalks of New York


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Ugohenge at Rockefeller Plaza

Stonehenge-like rock towers, a piece of the Berlin Wall, pop-macabre porcelain, and a line of teens anxiously waiting to get inside a clothing store to buy shorts and bathing suits.

Those were a few of the things I encountered in New York yesterday when I started my Broadway Vacay Staycay, shorthand for “I’m taking a week of vacation to commute into the city and see Broadway shows.”

While making my way in and out of the theater district I saw some interesting things (I don’t mean the scads of “Hop On Hop Off” bus tour shills or the scuzzy-looking mock Elmo characters, although there were plenty of those “interesting” individuals around).

I saw some cool things, starting with Rockefeller Plaza. Near the skating rink, there were nine tall rock figures that looked like they were swiped from Stonehenge. I had no idea what they were so I googled them and discovered they’re an art installation by Ugo Rondinone who made them from bluestone. He calls them “Human Nature.”  Read more…

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