Category Archives: History

New York’s Best Bets for Breakfast

A day visiting New York City’s shops, galleries, museums and more can take a lot out of a person — which is why it’s important to start your day of adventures by fueling up with a killer breakfast.

Thankfully, there is no shortage of eateries —many located right in the city’s best hotels — that can get you set for your big day in Manhattan, no matter what you’re craving.

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What to Do on a Beautiful Day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is booming and it’s nearly impossible to narrow down a “To Do” list to just five ideas. But it’s okay to leave a few things for your next visit to the city, right?

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New York’s Underground Art Museum

If you spend most of your time getting around New York by walking, Uber or house car, it’s entirely possible to miss out on seeing the MTA Underground Art Museum, an Ali Baba-on-steroids-sized treasure trove. 

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NYC Pairings: The Creative

City Pairings offer thematic itineraries, seasonally adjusted, that answer the six core questions of travel: Where should I stay? What should I do? What should I see? Where should I eat? What should I drink? and What should I buy?

NYC Pairings: The Creative is a New York City pairing for those who love all things arts and culture.

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Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

In the opening sequence of 2015’s Spectre, James Bond, dressed as a calaca – a skeleton – stalks his target through Dia de Los Muertos celebrations in Mexico City.  A bit of Hollywood cultural appropriation perhaps, but, like the films of Tim Burton, a popular introduction for those unfamiliar with Mexico’s “Day of the Dead,” an ancient holiday that celebrates the lives of friends and family members who have died, encouraging their spirits to return home and commune with the people who loved them. Continue reading Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

Well-Heeled: The Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Imelda Marcos? I don’t think so. Carrie Bradshaw? A lightweight. At 13,000 shoes and related artifacts spanning 4,500 years, the undisputed Queen of Footwear is Toronto’s Sonja Bata. Continue reading Well-Heeled: The Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Taking it off: The Best of Burlesque

So, I could tell you all about how the roots of burlesque derive from literary, dramatic or musical work that caricatures its serious counterparts. Or how the Minsky brothers brought burlesque to New York in 1908 then moved it to Las Vegas in the 50’s. I can spout figures on speakeasies, discuss laws governing public nudity and tell tales of past shenanigans. But we all know that a picture’s worth a thousand words, right? So how’s about a little less chatter and a few more videos instead? Continue reading Taking it off: The Best of Burlesque

Tying One On: Corsetry

The corset is probably the most controversial garment in the entire history of fashion, according to Valerie Steele, author of The Corset: A Cultural History.

It has been promoted by popular culture as a coercive instrument of women’s oppression that crushed ribs and internal organs, caused diseases, and reduced them to ridiculous slaves of fashion with their attempts at the fabled 18-inch waist. Continue reading Tying One On: Corsetry