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The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles

I feel a bit like Hermione Granger scurrying along the shifting staircases of Hogwarts as I duck in and out of the labyrinth. I’m in a bookstore, looking for books I may never find. Accustomed to linear shelves where each tome logically follows the next, I lurch along rows that loop and snake intricately along the [...]


Visiting Oakland: Does It Get a Second Chance?

Street mural in Oakland

Sitting across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, Oakland is a bit of an unruly kid brother, smaller, rebellious and trying hard to be noticed. When questioned, friends arch their eyebrows in wonder: Why Oakland? Well, take a look at the Fox Theater and tell me. Wouldn't you make the trip just for this magnificent building? [...]


The Surprising Sights of San Francisco

Casa de las Mujeres San Francisco

If I were looking for naked men, Latino street art and hippies within minutes of one another, I'd head to San Francisco. I don't surprise easily so, San Francisco, well done! From the slightly perplexing to the jaw-dropping jolt, here are a few of the surprising sights of San Francisco that caught my eye during two visits in July and [...]


Really Seeing Brooklyn’s Red Hook

Cat invades Red Hook manger

When photographer Sheila Archer offered to take me around Red Hook for half a day, I had to ask where it was. I'd never heard of this quirky industrial neighborhood in Brooklyn (in truth, I'd never been to Brooklyn other than by accident, heading the wrong way on the subway the day before). On a [...]

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13 Things I Had (Almost) Forgotten About New York City in December

New York City Christmas

Only one city on Earth makes me feel like a country cousin. I've been traveling all my life but each year, when I visit New York City in December, I'm still awed by the bright lights of the city. Literally. I'm overwhelmed by first impressions, as though I had never been here before. I must be [...]


Street Art and Graffiti: Bright and Early in Brooklyn [Photos]

Red Hook, Brooklyn

How would you spend a cold December morning in New York City, when the biting wind sears your face and a blinding sunshine tears up your eyes, the numbness in your fingers softened only by hand warmers shoved deep in your pockets? I spent it capturing street art in Brooklyn, walking along the windswept coastal [...]


Learning History by Eating: the Lower East Side Food Tour

Lower East Side food tour

New York City makes me fat. I visit about once a year and I rarely go home without gaining more weight than I can afford: bagels, pastrami, hot dogs, tacos, cupcakes... anything and everything I can't get in the French countryside. Yes, I know we eat sublimely here but it's not about eating well. It's [...]


Cheap New York – When You’re Close to Broke

Street art in NYC seem from the highline

'Tis the season to be jolly and surely New York City is among the jolliest. I love this time of year and its Christmas spirit and crisp air and bright lights. Through a series of mishaps I ended up here with a small stash of cash (emphasis on small) and a credit card that wouldn't deliver. [...]