When I grow up, I would like to be a geriatric scarlet. Iris Apfel will act as my godhead in this pursuit. I waffled briefly—one time I drifted off for a second, dreamt I was Helen Mirren…
If it’s the third week of January, it’s time for media outlets to regurgitate Travel & Leisure’s annual reader survey of America’s rudest cities…
New York’s Seven Best Jazz Clubs?
Here’s a list of the 7 best jazz clubs in New York that everyone would quibble with. No one can agree on a great jazz club, anymore than they can agree on a great vocalist. This is a pretty good list, though I’d substitute the current Birdland on 44th Street for Iridium. The Village Vanguard is a mere shadow of what it was when founder Max Gordon staffed and ran it, but it still has that history and residual magic. Barbe’s in Park Slope is a new one on me, but, then, I only go to Brooklyn to visit friends who live there.
42nd Street at dusk, 1930.
My grammy and grampy’s town. Grammy went to middle school at 42nd and 3rd, south side of the street. Every time I walk past the old building, I call and let her know I’m walking by her alma mater. And she replies, “what I can’t hear you. Are you in the city?”