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Longing for some uninterrupted time with our only child, my husband and I agreed that we needed a family vacation. Bribing is not necessarily the best parenting practice. However, the opportunities to travel with our insanely busy college-age son, Weston, are dwindling. So we made him an offer he couldn’t refuse–an all expense-paid trip to New York City. read more »
City Island is a fun day trip for adventurous visitors willing to leave Manhattan and travel off the beaten path. Located up in the Bronx (one of New York City’s 5 boroughs), this tiny community is surrounded by the Long Island Sound on one side and Eastchester Bay on the other, and is one of New York City’s hidden treasures. It has a rich maritime history. City Island was an English settlement in the 1600s, home to oystermen and Hellgate pilots (who guided ships through treacherous waters) in the 1700s and 1800s, and a boatbuilding center from the 1800s through the mid-20th century. During World Wars I and II, many of the military’s tugboats, minesweepers and PT boats were produced here. Later on, several America’s Cup-winning sloops were constructed at island shipyards too. Today, City Island is mainly a residential community, with knockout water views and a small-town feel that’s unusual for New York City. Its charm lies in the fact that it’s totally un-touristy.
Kids have the attention span of, well, kids. When taking the little ones to a museum it is possible to avoid the dreaded “I’m bored” and “Can we go yet?” Here are five museum exhibits in New York to visit that will keep your kids entertained and have them instead asking you, “When can we go back?” read more »
Standing atop Philadelphia’s City Hall, William Penn casts a benevolent eye to streets below, one hand lovingly outstretched. He can afford to look beyond his central Philadelphia square (one of the originals in his city plan) because he knows the building beneath him is in good hands: Greta Greenberger’s. read more »
Chicago is generally considered to be the birthplace of the skyscraper. The city experienced a period of exceptional growth after a devastating fire in 1871 razed an area of more than three square miles to the ground, and before too long the city limits were straining against a tide of new developments. The only solution was to build upwards. read more »
While the San Francisco Bay Area is amply dotted in brightly colored, provocative art, famed muralist Ray Patlan recommends that visitors start in San Francisco’s Mission District if they want to experience a close collection of established and exciting mural artwork. The Mission District’s Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley offer visitors the tightest concentration of murals in the city. read more »