A View from the Bridge…

Friday, August 13th, 2010

…With apologies to Arthur Miller, Brooklyn Bridge Park is a work in progress.

By Nancy Mandell

Last week, Karen Altfest hosted a docent-led tour of the Neue Museum’s collection of Viennese and German art with 15 of her sister alums from McGill University. After a fascinating tour of works by German artist Otto Dix (on view through Aug. 30), we stopped for lunch in the museum’s Café Zabarsky. Read More…


All the World’s A Stage…

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

…Shakespeare wrote it; New York takes it literally.

By Nancy Mandell

For the past week or so, I’ve been thinking about the treasure that Lincoln Center has become for New Yorkers as well as tourists. I had visitors over the July 4 holiday, and we found ourselves meeting there more than once, the last time on what should have been a quiet Tuesday evening in summer. We had ordered discounted tickets online to “South Pacific” at the Beaumont Theater, but they are usually available as “day-of” discounts from the Zucker Box Office temporarily located in Alice Tully Hall. The production was great, but so was the “after party,” an impromptu gathering of people strolling around the illuminated fountain, sitting on the new “lawn,” or enjoying gelati from a cart set up outside Avery Fisher Hall with plenty of umbrella tables and chairs for enjoying it. Read More…


In Plain Sight…

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

…Some of New York’s greatest art and architecture call Lincoln Center their home.

By Nancy Mandell

Here it is, just the beginning of summer according to the calendar—if not the temperature—and you’ve already hit the highlights of the city’s art scene. You’ve seen Picasso prints (through Aug.30) and Pictures by Women (photography on view through next March) at the Museum of Modern Art; and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Picassos from the museum’s collection (through Aug. 10) as well as the beautifully presented costumes illustrating “The American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” (through Aug. 15). And there’s still plenty of time to check out the Big Bambu on the Met roof, a mind-boggling living sculpture by Doug and Mike Starn, before it closes on Oct. 31. You may also have covered the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum and perhaps made it all the way down to the Bowery for the impressive New Museum. Read More…


When in Rome…

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

…Enjoy the Eternal City, but don’t expect your senior discount!

By Nancy Mandell, guest blogger

Nancy MandellHaving just returned from a week in Rome, let me say that it is a great city to visit, but you might think twice before moving there to live!

First of all, there don’t appear to be any senior discounts! Museums reduce entry fees for children and students—but not for senior citizens! At the movie theatre where we saw Sherlock Holmes in English on New Year’s Day, the policy was discounted tickets for children, students and the military!

Furthermore, while the rigid dining hours I found on previous trips now seem relegated only to the most formal of ristorantes I don’t think there is anything like an early-bird special! And at $1.43 to the euro, even the prix fixe menus carried sticker shock. But at least you can sit down for a snack—anything from pizza to panini—at virtually any hour of the day. If you want just a slice, however, you’ll probably have to take it to go. By the way, it’s important never to forget that a cappuccino from the same machine at the same coffee bar may cost you as much as double if you take it sitting at a table rather than standing at the counter. They’re shorter—and to my taste, better—than the US version, anyway, and usually never too hot to handle.

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