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Draw a gentle arc from the eastern end of New York’s Long Island across the water to the knuckle on the fist of the flexed arm of Cape Cod in Massachsetts. It takes in some of the most blessed and glittery summer retreats on the Eastern Seaboard – the fabled Hamptons, home to movie notables [...]

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It is difficult to conjure a more agreeable way to pass a summer afternoon than in the presence of accomplished musicians on sun-washed rolling lawns shaded by ancient pines. At Tanglewood, an estate in Lenox in The Berkshires devoted to performance and education since 1937, attendees have polished the experience to highest sheen. They arrive [...]

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Normally, people don’t visit Montréal for the weather, but in spite of it. But by happy circumstance, we arrived there under porcelain blue skies and temps in the 70s, leaving sixteen days of continuous rain back in the Lower Hudson Valley. It stayed that way for six days. I’ve been writing about Québec since 1991, [...]

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New Haven boosters trumpet many notable inventions – the cotton gin, Colt revolvers, the first telephone switchboard, corsets, the lollipop…and Frisbee. Admittedly, it’s a list that draws yawns. For controversy, despair, rage, and triumph, nothing matches the conflict that has simmered and periodically erupted over another local creation: Pizza. Claims about who sold the first [...]

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That’s the name of my favorite TV travel series ever. It stars the unlikely pair of mega-chef Mario Batali and Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow along with NY Times food columnist Mark Bitten and the adorable Spanish actress Claudia Bassols. They drive around Spain for thirteen episodes, eating and talking. As each of them have careers to [...]

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Urban planning can work, contrary to theorist Jane Jacobs’ shrill screeds, and Battery Park City, on the Hudson River edge of lowest Manhattan, is a heartening example. Since the heart of the development is just four lanes across West Street from Ground Zero, it would surely enrage bin Laden to know that the 14,000-plus residents [...]

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This most Spanish of Spanish cities is cliché made manifest. Its Gothic-Renaissance cathedral ushered in the 15th Century on the site where an Arab mosque once stood. The remains of an earlier Almohad Moorish royal residence were incorporated into the nearby 14th Century fortified palace commissioned by Pedro the Cruel. They loom over the Barrio [...]

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Not so long ago, the Financial District, at the far southern tip of the island, saw little more life than crumpled papers scurrying on the wind through the dark canyons of corporate headquarter buildings. It emptied out every Friday when the brokers downed their last martinis and left for home uptown or in the ‘burbs. [...]

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After a brief look-in at the South Street Seaport, we walked north a few blocks in a blisteringly cold wind to Chinatown.  A little way down Mott Street is Ping (22 Mott St., 212-602-9988), a seafood emporium popular with several recent mayors.  Downstairs is a relatively formal dining room, while upstairs is a noisy but orderly [...]

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Whether you prefer New York to Los Angeles or Paris to London or, to the point here, Barcelona to Madrid, may well depend upon which city you experienced first.  I first saw Barcelona in 1955 and didn’t get around to Madrid until six years later.  Fiercely exotic Barcelona had me wowed and wide-eyed, after which [...]

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