How Long Does it Take to Adjust to Retirement Or Should You Just Give Up and Go Back to Work?

Well, that depends. For some people, retiring is like not having someone hit you on the head every day–those people are going to adjust within five or six hours. (Source: biznology.com) For others, adjusting takes a bit longer–for me, for instance, it has taken about two years. Why, when everyone I speak to congratulates me…

Cheap Good French Food Midtown–A Contradiction in Terms?

Yes, there is a little bistro where you can get browned-on-the-top-the-way-I-like-it French onion soup, (Source: devourblog.blogspot.com) salad, bread, a glass of wine and dessert for $22. No, I am not dreaming and neither are the many patrons who have found their way here since 1973. It is called La Bonne Soupe, which means, “the good…

Bach at Noon–Grace Church’s Heavenly Organ Meditations

The 200-year old Grace Church moved from Rector Street in 1846 to its current location at Broadway and 11th Street and finished its stained-glass windows in the 1870s. Now a National Historic Landmark near Union Square, it houses a devoted congregation that embarked on a 25-year restoration of the stone and marble structure and its…

Spring Natural Kitchen–A Haven for the Political Eater

Political eaters are those who will or won’t eat foods because of various considerations which may or may not seem crazy to other people. I can live with this, especially as there seem to be more and more restaurants that cater to us. (Source: coffeeandchampagne.com) Spring Natural Kitchen, a long-delayed offshoot of Soho favorite Spring…

Mahler’s Third Symphony Takes the Roof off the New York Philharmonic

Under the baton of the venerable Bernard Haitink (Source: nytimes.com)¬†and in front of a full house containing–wonder of wonders–lots of younger folk, the New York Philharmonic made the hall shake. I have come to think of Avery Fisher Hall as a rather pretty place, with–after however many attempts to improve them– inadequate acoustics. Sitting in…

Grabbing a Bite on the Run, the Walk, and the Sit

When my elder brother came to New York from Los Angeles, he said he felt hungry all the time here and asked me if New Yorkers ever stopped eating and of course I had to admit that we didn’t. .But I have noticed recently that our tendency to eat in between restaurants has increased, even…

Fritz Weaver Presides Over the Beginning of the End —in Shaw’s Heartbreak House at the Symphony Space

Written just before the outbreak of World War I, pacifist George Bernard Shaw foretells the coming cataclysm through the lens of upended individual relationships. The great Fritz Weaver as Captain Shotover, (Source: playbill.com) the leader of a very shaky expedition to nowhere, headed a brilliant cast at Monday night’s reading of Heartbreak House in which…