Northeast

Monday, March 12th, 2012
The Little Owl at 90 Bedford Street in the West Village is a restaurant success story. A small place with excellent service and terrific food in a charming space-the owners make everything appear so simple that you may be tempted to launch your own little cafe. But wait, there's some magic going on here. Service has just the right balance of warmth and city cool and the menu has been honed to a small but wide selection of great dishes.
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
French food is tricky. Too often it's overdone: over-sauced, over-cute, over-small. But when it's done right, there's no more satisfying meal. Le Gigot, a tiny place in New York's Greenwich Village does French bistro food just right.
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Close your eyes and imagine a trip to New York City. If you're like most people you visualize the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center covered in dollar bills. Visiting New York can get very pricy. All those luscious dinners out and high-end hotels eat into your travel budget. However, with some clever planning you can spend your whole trip free-wheeling around New York. Get out your sturdy walking shoes and some sunblock--there's lots of ground to cover.
Monday, December 19th, 2011
New York City's Times Square. Can you think of a more romantic way to spend New Year's Eve? It's fun to do if you're prepared, patient, and warmly dressed. It's not the only thing to do in Manhattan on December 31 though. The city will be hopping.
Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Tucked under the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge, at 279 Water Street, is a small red brick building that has been sitting there since 1794. The oldest serving tavern in New York City, it's been a food and beer shop, a restaurant, a pirate bar and a brothel. It hasn't been a brothel for a while now. In 1979, a young couple purchased the building, remodeled the space and opened the Bridge Café.
Monday, August 8th, 2011
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast
...'Good fences make good neighbors'.
Grand Central
Monday, August 8th, 2011
I adore New York City's Grand Central Terminal. For me it was love at first sight in 1978 even though her glory was mostly faded back then. A layer of grime covered every bit of the stately old building.
dineroutside
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Diner is an old fashioned diner car made into a very hip Brooklyn place. No reservations. No menus, just a handwritten list of beautifully conceived and well-executed dishes. You know how hard it is if you don't eat beef to find a main course that sounds like something you really want? They always have a fish and a chicken dish that I have to seriously deliberate over.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Banksy, the internationally renowned graffiti artist and self-proclaimed vandal, had been using a rat (r-a-t) as his signature for years when someone said to him "that's a clever anagram of art. " I had to pretend I'd known that all along," said Banksy.

 

Graffiti wall in Williamsburg section of BrooklynGraffiti images and lettering--scratched, scrawled, or painted on public and private property--have existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.
fireworks in Baltimore
Friday, July 15th, 2011
After being "resident tourists" in Baltimore the past couple of years, my husband and I are saying goodbye.
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
This week as we celebrate the anniversary of our country's independence, it seems fitting that we should write about a setting where an important Revolutionary War battle took place. This small village is but one of many in America that demonstrates the mettle of our forefathers. Ridgefield, Connecticut, is situated in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.
liberty bell
Monday, July 4th, 2011
Happy Fourth of July from the Girlz!

Lots of our readers have sent photos from their summer vacation travels. Here are just a few.

Naval Academy Sign
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
When I realized that I had been traveling to Baltimore frequently over the past two years and had yet to venture much further than the Whole Foods down the street, my husband and I decided to drive down to Annapolis for a quick ro
Cinnamon Ice Cream
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
As you all know, I love my ice cream (see http://www.goodnewsgirlz.com/story/we-all-scream-ice-cream ). So when I found out that we were headed to Annapolis for a quick road trip, and that there was an ice cream store with lots of unusual flavors, I had to put it on the schedule.
Boatyard bar and grill
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
We may have missed the opportunity to dine with Michelle and Sasha Obama by going to the Boatyard Bar and Grill 2 days too late, but we didn't miss the chance for great seafood.
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