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New Hotel Set to Open in Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork

A new hotel-Bego Azair Hotel-may open any time now, at least that’s the word on the street in Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork. “Maybe July 1,” said a worker putting what looked to be the finishing touches on the shingled Victorian building when asked about the expected opening date. The renovated structure, located on [...]

Chef Ed Brown Talks About Upper West Side Dining, His New Chowder House, and the Economic Downturn

With the opening today of Ed’s Chowder House in the Empire Hotel near Lincoln Center, Chef Ed Brown will be dishing up the seafood equivalent of comfort food. A year ago, Brown, who lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and two sons, opened Eighty One, a Michelin-starred eatery on 81st Street across [...]

Summer Cocktails in New York Are Spilling Over Everywhere

Cocktails are very of the moment. Everyone, it seems, is rediscovering Prohibition-era drinks. At the Museum of the City of New York, which is launching Speakeasy at 1220 Fifth, they’re offering up a free drink with your paid admission. Did you know that from 1926-1932, the city’s speakeasy count topped 32,000 establishments? Then, there are [...]

NY Outdoor Dining: New Bar/Lounge Opens in Palace Hotel

I stopped by the Palace Gate last week, the new 75-seat outdoor spot that’s been set up in the courtyard of New York’s Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue. The Palace Hotel has outfitted the space as a lounge/cafe offering up cocktails and small bites. I’m sure it’s a lovely spot for a drink and a [...]

Penn Station Area: New Yorker Hotel

For those interested in a dose of history, along with their lodgings, check out my story in yesterday’s New York Times on the New Yorker Hotel. There are some great photos of the New Yorker during its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s. The pictures, along with other memorabilia, were collected by the hotel’s chief [...]