Viewing: New York

11 Weird, Wacky and Compelling Reasons to Visit These New York and New Jersey Towns Now

New York 1. The center of the movie-making universe wasn’t always in California. Astoria Studio, in the NYC borough of Queens, opened in 1920 as Paramount Picture’s East Coast facility. The Marx Brothers W.C. Fields and Valentino starred in movies that were filmed here before Paramount moved completely to Los Angeles in 1933. In the […] Read More

24 Hours in DUMBO Brooklyn; a Brooklyn NYC Itinerary

WHY GO: Ever heard the phrase, “I have a bridge to sell you?” It comes from the true life story of con man George C. Parker, who made a career of selling the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn’s waterfront history is fascinatingly complex–including the fact that New York City was built on an abundance of oysters–but now […] Read More

James NoMad NY: Four Bodies Wellness

James NoMad, the flagship of the James Hotel brand, opened in the Flatiron District of NYC (29th and Madison) in August 2017. Originally built in 1904 as the Seville Hotel and then, in 1987, rebranded as the Carlton, the space was gut renovated in 2017, keeping its elegant Beaux Arts exterior, and re-imagined inside as […] Read More

Ritz Carlton Westchester NY: Low On Glitz, For Sophisticates

Only ten years old, the Ritz Carlton Westchester NY has the hushed and polished ambiance of a much older, established hotel. In downtown White Plains, the most business-oriented city in affluent Westchester County, this Ritz offers surprisingly friendly, exceptional service and rooms of understated elegance. Half way (30 minutes) between Greenwich CT and Manhattan, the […] Read More

Port Chester/Rye NY: Epicenter of Rock and Roll and Great Ethnic Food

WHY GO: Port Chester has always been the poorer industrial cousin to neighboring Rye, Harrison, and Greenwich, CT, so why do the Mavens recommend it?  Well, one of them spent her formative years working in her father’s downtown office and has watched Port Chester’s revival and growing culinary scene with appreciative interest. Back in the […] Read More

Times Square NY For Non-Touristy Tourists

WHY GO: Any authentic New Yorker knows that Times Square is “for tourists,” and doesn’t represent “real” New York. With Ruby Tuesday’s, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bubba Gump’s, Hard Rock, the Gap (coming), Old Navy (coming), Walgreens, Sephora (two of them!); Times Square in the center of Manhattan could be a mall in anywheresville. But […] Read More

Chelsea NYC: FIT, Flowers, Floating Gardens, Figures, and the Cool Cambria Hotel

WHY GO: The Chelsea section of Manhattan was hipster Brooklyn before Brooklyn became Brooklyn. Home to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT: which is to clothing design what the Culinary Institute of America is to cooking), the country’s first successful elevated linear urban park, cool shops, a museum dedicated to math!, and even a jungle […] Read More

Getaway Mavens Best Lesser Known Art Institutions in the Northeast USA

Think “World Class Art Museums in the Northeast USA” and big city “majors” come to mind: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to start. Of course, all of these institutions are worthy of note, and are covered extensively by the press. But there […] Read More

Beacon NY; A Former Mill Town Built for Romance

** Post updated 11-22- 2017 WHY GO: Beacon NY grew up a mill town. Hunched at the foot of mountains and wedged between waterfalls and the navigable Hudson River, factories harnessing raging water eroded beauty from the landscape. Industrial waste turned the Hudson into “a sewer,” according to Beacon’s most famous resident, the late Pete […] Read More

Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga Springs NY: Historic-Chic

Good things come to those who wait. The much-anticipated Adelphi Hotel, meticulously reborn after nearly 5 years, is a brighter, lighter, more splendiferous version of it’s former Victorian self; from lobby to classy, luxurious guestrooms. First built in 1877 as a 100-room hotel, the Adelphi was a town landmark in the early days of thoroughbred […] Read More

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