Turn Your Phone into a Personal Tour Guide with GPS-Guided Travel Articles

Like most people, I make a list of places I want to visit when I travel and bookmark articles about interesting sites I’d like to see or restaurants I’d like to try. But the lists are just that and since my cell phone plan doesn’t include international travel, I can’t read the articles I’ve bookmarked without incurring fees to access them. All isn’t lost, however. GPSMyCity is a new service that created a city walk app that embeds GPS navigation into…
 

Read more »

Where Can You Try the Best Desserts in the World?

Raise your hand if you love desserts! Yes, a truly great meal is punctuated with desserts. Bonus, if your dessert is an exclamation point to a course of appetizing dishes. Aside from satisfying your taste buds, desserts also share historical and cultural tidbits about the country where it is from. Listed below some countries where you can taste must-try desserts. Let’s take a whirlwind tour of unique and sumptuous treats from across the globe. How many have you tasted? How…
 

Read more »

The Oculus, NYC’s 3rd Largest Transportation Hub

The Oculus, the gleaming white World Trade Center Transportation Hub that is the centerpiece of the revitalization of Lower Manhattan, is striking for its futuristic design as well the contrast it draws to the structures that surround it. Designed by the Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, at a cost of $4 million, the Oculus is approximately 800,000 square feet. From the outside, it resembles a bird with giant, outspread wings, ready to take off. The inside, looks to me, like the deck of…
 

Read more »

A Stroll on the High Bridge

The High Bridge is one of fourteen bridges that cross the Harlem River and connect Manhattan (at Highbridge Park and 173rd Street) to the Bronx (at West 170th Street, in the Highbridge section). The bridge, for pedestrians only, reopened last July after several decades of closure and undergoing approximately $62 million worth of renovations. [caption id="attachment_15470" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Towards The Bronx[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15469" align="aligncenter" width="517"] Towards Manhattan[/caption] Known originally as the Aqueduct Bridge, the High Bridge was part of the…
 

Read more »

Flux Art Fair, Harlem

I noticed them right away – two giant heads at one of the east side entrances to Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. I stopped jogging to take a closer look. Neither figure resemblance Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican-born black nationalist after whom the park was renamed in 1973. Maybe, I thought, the likeness was of Pelham Fritz. Fritz, the former assistant commissioner of recreation at the Parks Department was a regular at the park. Following his death in 1988, the park's recreation center was…
 

Read more »

The Red Telephone Booth

The red telephone booth was ubiquitous in the Jamaica I grew up in. You'd find them outside post offices in districts and towns across the island. There was one outside our post office too. It stood like a sentinel at the intersection of the two main roads that dissected our district, looking square at the Anglican Church on the opposite side. To its right were the parish council office, shops, a movie theater, gas station and the market that was active from Thursday to Saturday and…
 

Read more »

Van Gogh’s Ear at Rockefeller Center

Van Gogh’s Ear (and art) have fascinated the public for years. As the story goes, in 1888, Vincent van Gogh moved to Arles in the south of France to create a space for artists to live and work. He found said place and convinced his friend and fellow painter, Paul Gaugin, to join him. The two worked together successfully for months before the friendship soured and Gaugin decided to return to Paris. Van Gogh was so upset about the failure of…
 

Read more »

Portobello Road Market

If you like antique or flea markets, a trip to Portobello Road Market is a must if you're visiting London. Portobello Road Market is a series of shops and stalls that run for almost two miles on Portobello Road in London's fashionable Notting Hill area. At Portobello, you'll find not just antiques and collectables but also vintage and new clothing, furniture, household goods, bric-a-brac, fruits and vegetables, restaurants and pubs.  I went to Portobello Road Market in August on my last full day in London. Since Fridays…
 

Read more »

A Spectacular Approach to LaGuardia Airport

We were coming in to land at LaGuardia Airport on a particularly sunny afternoon a few months ago when I looked out the window - I always get the window seat for precisely this reason - and saw this: [caption id="attachment_15352" align="aligncenter" width="700"] New York City[/caption] It was such a spectacular view, I grabbed my cell phone and moved closer to avoid the sun's glare on the window. (Thank goodness, there was no dust and no watermarks.) The Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges cross…
 

Read more »

Seeing Jamaica on Television

Jamaica had a fantastic few weeks on American television when two reality shows, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Bachelor, filmed some of their episodes there. Although neither show appeals to me, I swallowed my distaste and allowed the storyline to take a backseat to the view unfolding on my television screen. I ended up catching more of The Bachelor than of the Housewives. Here are some of the places they featured (not in oder): YS Falls, St. Elizabeth The show centers around a young…
 

Read more »