New York City

Throughout this era of the pandemic I have been on a constant quest for the covid silver lining. There have been surprisingly quite a few. That said, I would give every single one of them up to get back lives that were lost or seriously altered in a negative fashion. But as I cannot make that happen, the quest continues.

So here I am delivering to you as a big shiny red apple in a form of a silver lining that NOW is the time to pop your mask on and take FULL advantage of the many, many institutions and dining establishments that are open and eager to accommodate your visit…Continue Reading

Early days in the pandemic I spent a good dose of time regretting the moniker of this operation. While exploring new terrain in the back hills of Montauk I would stomp around muttering something along the lines of…”stupid, stupid, stupid name.” Grab Your Group and GO (or GYGG) was pretty much the antithesis statement of what to do in a pandemic and an annoying reminder of what we were missing. I got over it, but here we are a year later still unable to grab too many people or go to too many places. Yet we now have threads of hope so I offer some ideas for you to Grab Your little mini Group and GO…Continue Reading

About a year and a half ago I started regular Walk and Talks with my theater group. The goal was to offer more opportunities for people to connect outside of the 5 to 10 minute quick snippet visits that would take place at our currently disbanded theater outings. I also wanted to prove to non-believers that yes there are quite a few waterfalls in Central Park….Continue Reading

We are back in the city and I am 100% relieved and happy to be back as we experience this challenging reckoning together. I love this city and everything about it, but one would be a little cold and callous to not have their heart broken numerous times a day as one discovers yet another cherished local business shuttered for good…Continue Reading

We LOVED this movie! If I had to summarize, it is a comprehensive 80’s era (the year 1985 to be exact) love letter with a School of Rock/Once/Stand by Me/Bend it Like Beckham/Almost Famous vibe (these happen to be some of my and probably your most favorite movies). Most of the car ride back to Montauk we talked through how we would go about turning it into a musical…Continue Reading

Usually when I gather a group, I am more often than not experiencing the selected show/activity for the first time along with the group. This gives me a semi-free pass on my decision-making skills if whatever I selected is a bust. I love the freedom of a free pass. But sometimes I visit a place and then make the determination to bring the group back, like recently when a group of 25 of us made our way to the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey…Continue Reading

My friend Phyllis clued me into Say Something Bunny! with an urgency that indicated this was not an optional suggestion (thank you Phyllis). So after some cursory research I assembled a small rogue gang (“the theater” accommodates a MAX of 25) and signed us all up for this off off off off off off Broadway performance….Continue Reading

As I navigate this path called life I am always looking for clues, patterns and ideas for life satisfaction (beside petting as many dogs as I can on one day). I have many thoughts on this matter, but will focus on one life lesson in this post. I had an epiphany during my exercise class this morning. Continue Reading

Chinatown is my family’s go-to spot when we are at a loss as to what to do on any given Sunday. We hop on the Q – hop off at Canal – and explore and eat and explore some more.  Which is why I can say with confidence that I have walked by the Eldridge Street Synagogue a bazillion times. But did my eyes cast a gaze or did I ever once consider the storied history of this landmark building that has been standing guard on Eldridge street for over 131 years!??? Continue Reading

I am the target market for experience billboards. Years ago we were driving to the Grand Canyon and the husband privately prayed my eyes would not spot the giant billboard promoting Bearizona! His prayers were not answered. Of course we went to the drive-through zoo on our way to the Grand Canyon (Guess what? He loved it too and has since given up on trying to avert my billboard inspired explorations). If I see something that looks intriguing, fun or experiential we go. Such was the case when I saw the stark black and white signs all over LaGuardia airport announcing SpyScape…Continue Reading

When a friend asked me to go see the Escher Exhibit in Brooklyn, I would like to say that my brain knew who that was. My brain, however, did not. My brain was MISSING OUT!  While I will never be able to say I am an official Escher expert, I can say that I am officially an Escher enthusiast and an uber fan of this particular experience exhibit…Continue Reading