Things She Learned About
the past couple of years I have had several occasions
to visit New York both for work and for pleasure.
This city is so exciting that I always take an
extra day just to wander -- simply picking up
woman-friendly tips that I can pass on to readers
planning their own visits to the Big Apple. Here
are my latest bits and pieces of what I hope you'll
find to be useful advice.
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are great fun...
asked the concierge
at Hotel Inter-Continental (112 Central Park
South) for his list of favorite ethnic restaurants
within walking distance of the hotel. These
are his choices which I'd like to share with
Mexican -- Hell's
Kitchen (679 9th Ave. between 46th
& 47th Sts)
Indian -- Utsav
(1185 6th Ave. enter on 47th St. between 6th
& 7th Aves)
Ethiopian -- Meskerem
(468 West 47th St. between 9th & 10th Aves)
Moroccan -- Lotfi's
(358 West 46th St. between 8th & 9th Aves)
Turkish -- Dervish
(146 West 47th St. between 6th & 7th Aves)
Thai -- Topaz
(127 West 56th St. between 6th & 7th Aves)
JW tried Topaz, the Thai
choice and found it was a great neighbourhood
restaurant -- intimate, tasty food, pleasant
service and atmosphere, many single diners and
very reasonable prices. Hopefully, the rest
of this NY concierge's list is just as good.
Let us know if you try any of his suggestions.
is a little upscale bookshop in New York that
I return to time and time again when I need
a special gift for the kiddies that I love.
Books of Wonder contains
a fabulous collection of titles that are sometimes
difficult to locate in other places. The staff
here is so courteous and I never leave the store
empty handed. Gift wrapping in bright, shiny,
green or blue paper is complimentary and while
books are not discounted here, the last time
I visited I was given two $1.00 certificates
towards my next purchase. P.S.
Every Sunday at noon, Books of Wonder hosts
a good old-fashioned storytelling time (16 W.
old-time drug store at 109 Third Avenue is female-friendly
plus, and definitely worth a visit. It is the
original shop that Kiehl's
opened in New York in 1851 and where they manufactured
their first herbal face, body and hair products.
The pictures on the wall date back to the beginning
of their business as do the moldings, wooden
floors and fabulous chandeliers in the area
behind the front counter. Kiehl's has never
been a traditional cosmetic company. They don't
spend enormous amounts of money on advertising
or fancy packaging. Instead, they invite women
to actually test their products by generously
offering sample size bottles of the shampoo,
cleanser or grooming products in their catalogue.
Be it Tea Tree Oil Body Cleanser for you or
baby lip balm for your little ones, this shop
has it all. A fun, informative stop with pleasant
consultants ready to answer your questions.
get to NY? American JourneyWomen can call Kiehl's
at 1-800-Kiehls-1, ask for their catalogue plus
any two samples you'd like and they will send
them out at no cost to you. A great offer.
took my aunt to dinner...
last time I was in New York, I invited my 87 year
old, thoroughly modern, very elegant aunt to dinner.
This woman has lived in Manhattan all of her life
and has sampled food at some of the most successful
dining rooms in the city. She chose the multilevel,
"Russian Tea Room,"
a New York landmark that was originally opened
in 1926 by Russian immigrants as a meeting place
for ex-pat ballet corps members.
I thought it was going to be a dull,
touristy experience but it turned out to be a
most delightful entertaining evening. We were
escorted to our level by elevator and led into
an extravagantly decorated dining room with mirrored
walls, Tiffany glass leaded ceiling, hand blown
Tiffany lanterns and huge vases of magnificent
flower bouquets everywhere. Russian music, an
ice-like sculpture of a dancing bear, affable
servers sporting red uniforms, cushioned red banquettes
and pear vanilla vodka helped to get us into "a
My aunt is
a small woman with a bird-like appetite but that
evening she surprised me with her capacity to
keep sampling. We shared a Russian Caesar Salad
complete with pumpernickel croutons and extra
dill. Then came baked halibut with gorgeous mashed
potatoes and salmon in lobster broth. Between
courses the waiters came by to chat and my aunt
regaled them with tales of what New York was like
fifty years ago. They were enthralled with her.
We, on the other hand, were enthralled with their
dessert specialty -- cheese blinis with cherry
preserves and sour cream. The Russian
Tea Room is at 150 West 57th Street
(between 6th and 7th Avenue). Look out for celebrities.
The week we were there, Sydney Poitier came by,
Candice Bergen had her wedding party and Hilary
Clinton held a political fund raiser.
I need a doctor...
learned this from the marketing gurus at NYC
& Company who wrote: No one likes to get sick
on vacation but if it happens, a professional
service like N.Y. Urgent
Medical Services (212.737.1212) can
help. Day or night, dedicated, board-certified
physicians and dentists can assist visitors
in the privacy of their hotel room, with fees
and waiting times substantially lower than at
hospital emergency rooms. Ed.
note: If I used ANY medical service
that comes to my hotel, I'd arrange for a female
hotel staff member to be present for added security.
a train station...
you are in the area of 42nd Street and Fifth
Avenue, it's hard to miss the Grand
Central Train Terminal that was built
almost 100 years ago. Now, it is basically used
as the station that brings about 500,000 commuters
in and out of Manhattan every working day. I
popped in to get a sense of these crowds and
was rewarded with the building's inner architecture
including a view of the soaring barrel vaulted
ceiling. Quite a sight! P.S.
Visitors should definitely seek out the terminal's
extended food court with interesting possibilities
in take-away goodies located on the lower-level
concourse. It's almost impossible not to stop
at The Little Pie Company
offering such goodies as fresh lemon cake, Key
Lime Pie and their specialty, Sour Cream Apple
Walnut Pie. I loved the large brown wooden chairs
that look exactly like leather armchairs that
are scattered about the hall. If you are lucky
enough to find a free one, take a moment to
rest your feet, sip a cup of coffee and survey
the always interesting passing parade. P.P.S.
Every Wednesday at 12:30 pm the Municipal
Arts Society offers a "pay what
you can" tour of the terminal. The information
booth is their starting point. Have fun, ladies!