Rarely a day goes by that I don’t feel blessed to live in New York City — whether it is the easy convenience of the grocery store down the block that is open 24/7, or the ability to hail a cab with a wave of a hand, reasons to be in love with this city unfurl at every corner.
A Revolutionary Tour of Central Virginia: The Homes of Jefferson and Monroe and the Home Battle Field
July 4th invites educational travel for adults as well as families. While my idea of educational travel started with graduate school, a road trip (or easy Amtrak journey) provides for both. This Central Virginia Presidential Home and “Home Battle Field” plan of battle suits either way.
Situated in Trump SoHo New York, this luxury spa has everything you need for a quiet getaway. Complete with bi-level spa features and treatment rooms that are sure to amaze, The Spa at Trump allows you to fully escape the busy streets of New York City and reenergize. The spa also has relaxation lounges inside and outside to give you the comfort you seek.
The understated chic of the historic Village Latch Inn in Southampton made it a favorite of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, who championed both the preservation and restoration of the White House and the turn of the century “cottages” on the East End where she summered as child.
By Jerry Kremer
There are all kinds of events that take place over an anticipated period of time. Locusts are usually on the way every seven years. The Cicada bug makes an appearance every 17 years. Halley’s Comet is said to flash through the skies every 86 years. And just about once every ten years a group of true believers will call for the creation of Peconic County.
By Barry Bassis
What’s with all the plays with Russian titles this past season? There was “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Nikolai and the Others,” and “Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet of 1812.” The last one is a musical based on part of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” and is being performed in Kazino, a supper club erected just for this show. Both the venue and the musical are worth taking in.
By Barry Bassis
We all know that great music lasts forever, but some musicians seem to live, and even perform, into their old age.
When a new CD, “Magic 101,” arrived from Frank Wess, I immediately checked for the date of the recording, assuming it must have been made decades ago. Yet, the session took place in June 2011. Born in 1922, he performed at Birdland earlier this year to celebrate his 91st birthday. Wess was a mainstay of the Count Basie band during his ten years there. That group became know as the “Two Franks” band because of the two saxophonist-composer-arrangers Frank Wess and Frank Foster. In 2007 he received the American Jazz Masters Fellowship award from The National Endowment for the Arts. And what does Wess sound like on the CD? Smooth as silk. Wess plays tenor saxophone and, never a flamboyant musician, he is mellower than ever, on evergreens like “The Very Thought of You” and “Easy Living.” He also sustains a gentle swing, with the help of a first-rate group: Kenny Barron on piano, Kenny Davis on bass and Winard Harper on drums. This is an album you can put on to relax after a stressful day. Incidentally, the tile of the new album is a reference to the fact that Magic is the nickname his band mates gave to Wess. My only complaint about the CD is that Wess doesn’t play flute, an instrument on which he was one of the jazz pioneers.
Every month, more than 700 billion minutes are spent on Facebook. Every week, one billion tweets are posted on Twitter. Every minute, 925 iPhones and 103 Blackberry devices are sold. Wow! Social media, internet/mobile marketing and instant communication have taken over, and are here to stay in a big way.
By Dr. Jo Webber
Children are still often times the most tech savvy in the house. Mobile Internet, for example, is a swiftly evolving technology and its fastest adopters are children. In fact, in a recent survey by Piper Jaffrey we learn that the no one uses the mobile Internet more than the under 18 year old. Almost 80% of both male and female teenagers are shopping online and 50% say that social media directly influences their purchases with Facebook currently being the most important, followed closely by Twitter and Instagram.
By Nalini Leilan
How do you feel when you don’t get a good night’s sleep? Lack of sleep can take a toll on your health and overall wellbeing—our pets are no different!