Maribelle Chocolate New York

Chocolate Made in NYC – Maribelle

I’ve been thinking about coming to Maribelle  for some time.  I’d been there once before.  It was months ago, one early evening in the darkening winter after work.  There was a harsh chill in the air, and I was on a quest for fine chocolate after going through a search on my iPhone.  Now, it’s…

Dragon Boat New York JY

Dragon Boat Festival in New York

The Dragon Boat Festival, which is known as Duan Wu Jie in Chinese, is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month in the lunar calendar. It commemorates a famous poet in China – Qu Yan – who drowned in a river in the Hunan province, China in 278 B.C. Villagers are believed to…

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Obon – Japanese Festival in NYC

Obon festival is a Buddhist observance of remembering the dead, which some also believe is the season their ancestor’s souls return to visit their families.  The families would prepare fruit on altars for their ancestors at home as a welcoming gesture.  This tradition has been celebrated for more than 500 years in Japan during the…

Grand Central Terminal New York

Grand Central Terminal – 100th Anniversary

A 100th anniversary is an important event. It’s even more special for a building in New York City.  I’ve passed through Grand Central Terminal many times, and like so many others here I never realized that it was almost 100 years old.  There were plans to tear down the terminal as far back as 1954.   Perhaps, I…

Hurricane Sandy New York, storm, fallen tree

Hurricane Sandy – New York

I just came back from Water Street in Lower Manhattan.  I went to see firsthand the progression of the recovery in that area after it was hit by hurricane Sandy almost 3 weeks ago. As I walked closer to the area, I began to see trailer trucks parked in the streets that said “Recovery Team”. …

Yayoi Kusama Yellow Tree, Whiteny Museum, New York

Yayoi Kusama – Whitney Museum New York

It was “pay-what-you-wish” Day, Sept. 21 at the Whitney Museum. There was a line two blocks long, of people waiting to get inside to see the extraordinary artist Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition. Trust me – it is worth every minute waiting. I remember the first time I saw a poster promoting the exhibition while I was…