So What Are You Doing for New Year’s Eve?

Having trouble staying up? if so, you are not alone. We used to hold a party and sing standards with friends while Rory played and each person performed a funny number. My favorites were David singing “A Modern Major General” in Yiddish and Burt making us read through Toch’s murderous “Geographic Fugue.” And few can…

Nosebleed Seats at Carnegie Hall and Mahler

No, you don’t have to sit in these seats to hear Mahler but for $21, we thought we’d go for it.And it proved to be the hottest ticket in town–many many people begged us for a ticket, but we just strode through the mass of hungry music-lovers into the crowded hall. The pluses of these…

Top Ten of Everything

As 2014 approaches, we encounter endless countdowns for 2013, both best and worst, so I thought I’d list my own. #10. The Affordable Care Act. I completely understand the frustration of everyone including me who has had to run the gauntlet of healthcare.gov, medical insurance and of course, Medicare. Nevertheless, bungled rollout or not, once…

Arthur Avenue–Still Italian

Street upon street of restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, and markets cluster around Arthur Avenue, 187th Street and the area sometimes called Belmont, Fordham or Little Italy in the Bronx. There is still a small Italian-American enclave living locally but even more important, many of the stores are still owned and operated by the original families…

Theater Tickets for $9–You’re Kidding, Right?

The wondrous TDF–to which all retirees 62 years and over have access–has done it again. In addition to half-price Broadway, concert, dance and jazz tickets, this site offers a long list of Off-Off-Broadway productions for $9 each. Here are some of their offers: For Tom Stoppard fans, you can see Dogg’s Hamlet; Cahoot’s Macbeth at…