Viewing: New York

Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua NY: Feed Your Head

WHY GO: The Chautauqua Institution, a 20 minute drive from Jamestown, NY is not easy to get to. The closest major airport, in Buffalo, is 1 1/2 hours away. But stay for a few days, and you’re apt to bump into a well-known Hollywood, Musical, Artistic, or Political figure; there to speak or play or […] Read more

Jamestown NY and The Chautauqua Institution: For the Intellectually and Comedically Curious

WHY GO: As far west as you can get in New York State, Jamestown NY and the nearby Chautauqua Institution, are not easy places to get to. But, man, the journey is worth it. Hometown to Lucille Ball, Jamestown has cornered the market on comedy with the opening of the National Comedy Center in August 2018. […] Read more

Top 15 New York City TV and Movie Locations

Whether you’re into romance (You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally), comedy (Friends, Seinfeld), Superheroes (Batman, Superman), and more, New York city has it all over California for television and movie locations. Hollywood may claim star status, but in its infancy, the center of the “Moving Pictures” universe was New York City – Astoria, Queens […] Read more

Schenectady NY: It’s Electric!

WHY GO: Schenectady NY, nicknamed “The Electric City,” remains a General Electric Company Town. Founded by Thomas Edison in 1892, GE still dominates this upstate NY city. But Schenectady is also home to Union College, and is an Amtrak stop, with a historic live Theater in an appealing downtown. And therein lies its charm. So, […] Read more

Troy NY: Considerably Hip

WHY GO: Troy NY, formerly ratty, now considerably hip, has been undergoing a slow renaissance for a couple of decades. Troy is the “Official Home of Uncle Sam,” as the War of 1812 beef purveyor, Sam Wilson, lived here. But it’s also known as “The Collar City,” for the detachable collar invented in 1825 by […] Read more

Mountain Dale NY: Built Anew in Sullivan County

WHY GO: Back in the 1930’s and ‘40’s when my Mother spent her summers in Glen Wild NY, Mountain Dale, just 4 miles away, wasn’t even on her radar. Coming from the hot and sweaty Bronx to the Utopia of the Catskills as a toddler, she remembers running free in the woods, eating berries from […] Read more

Albany NY: Beavers, Hamilton, and Artful Architecture

WHY GO: Beavers. OK, now that I have your attention: Albany NY history begins with a slick little creature, whose pelts were coveted in the 1600’s by the fashion plates of Europe, and were found in abundance in this Hudson River region. So, traders came to the new Dutch settlement, followed by colonists who flourished […] Read more

Binghamton NY: New “BING” Getting Cooler By the Day

WHY GO: It’s a safe bet that parents who drop their kids off at Binghamton University in Binghamton NY don’t generally stay to see the city sights, but they’d be missing out. Once maligned as blighted and abandoned, Binghamton – newly branded with the zingy “BING” – is undergoing a resurgence, with new art galleries […] Read more

48 Hours in the Thousand Islands NY (With a Short Cruise into Canada)

WHY GO: There’s a reason that millionaires during the Gilded Age built castles and hid out on the 1,800 large and small islands that dot the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands NY. It is exquisite here – and closer than you might think. You can drive to Clayton NY, one of the larger […] Read more

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton NY: Overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway

Though you have other options, you’ll want to book a river-view room with a balcony at the only upscale hotel right on the waterfront in the Thousand Islands (and the only 4-Diamond hotel in the region), the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton NY. The show outside your window changes throughout the day, but sunrise […] Read more

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