Posts in category "Manhattan"

9/11: To Do Today: Tell my loved ones that I love them

I grew up twenty minutes from NYC and visited the World Trade Center as a child in the 1980s.  This is the brochure from that visit. I think about a lot of things on 9/11 – where I was that morning; the fact that I used to work right there in lower Manhattan; of all... Read more »

Holiday Tipping Guide

Tis the season … to tip … and I’m reminded of this entry from the Archives. ~~~ It’s a universal truth. Cash is king. We all know that. But, this time of year, when you want to give a little something to show your appreciation to certain people in your life who aren’t family and who aren’t friends... Read more »

World Trade Center brochure from the 80's & a message

A few months ago, my mom found this old World Trade Center brochure from the 80′s. I can’t decide if it’s eery, creepy, prophetic, all of the above. If nothing else, it reminds me that an ordinary day can change in an instant.  Tell your loved ones you love them – everyday.     ©... Read more »

I've developed a strange habit since moving to Chicago

It happens like this. Someone else: Did you see that movie with Meryl Streep where - Me: She’s from New Jersey! Someone else: Last night, Chelsea Handler - Me: She’s from New Jersey! Someone else: One of the Jonas Brothers - Me: They’re from New Jersey! Someone else: You’re proud of that? Me: I can’t... Read more »

Today is National Martini Day

I just learned this! June 19th is now my new high holy day. In the spirit of Stop and Blog the Roses, today I am grateful for the many ways I can have it my way ~ and I’m not talking about burgers ~ - apple - pear - mango - lychee - pomegranate -... Read more »

You can't pick your family ...

If you’re ever out in NYC with your younger cousin visiting from NJ and you go from bar to bar to bar … to bar to bar and you end up at a karaoke place and decide you want chicken fingers and you order them but then you realize you need to go home because you’re, ahem,... Read more »

8 things for Rosie O'Donnell to know about Chicago, from one New Yorker to another

My dear R.O., Welcome to Chicago! You may be wondering how you got here.  Well, only you and the Big O know.  But, you may also be wondering/worrying how different it’s going to be from NY.  I know you’re originally from Long Island (Jersey girl here!) and lived in Manhattan (former East sider here, right... Read more »

I used to be in the World Trade Center all the time ...

Recently, I saw a documentary that included some of the only footage of *inside* the World Trade Center and I thought about how well I knew that lobby. I used to go there a lot. After college, I worked for the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche.  D&T was and still is located at ’2WFC’, which... Read more »

Survival of the well manicured on public transportation

Speaking of CTA horror stories, when I lived in NYC, I was on the subway one day with my nose in a book when I went to reach for the handrail and my fingers scraped something soft.  I looked up and realized I had just gently scraped some girl’s face. Her FACE! And she looked... Read more »

Hello, Magnolia!

Dear Sprinkles, I know I tried to break up with you late last summer and, aside from a few ‘meetings,’ I’ve kept my word.  It wasn’t you.  It was me.  I swore off cupcakes forever. But, well, you might have heard that my first true love ~ THE Magnolia Bakery ~ is coming to Chicago... Read more »