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So cool… Airports are learning usability

LaGuardia airport (or at least the Delta terminal) provides iPads for passengers to use while they’re waiting … In addition to charging stations near seats so people can recharge their iPhones, iPads, Kindles, what have you. Very nice!



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Lunch and later

I subwayed back from the Park to the renowned Quikmeal cart on 45th and 6th. This food cart has been written up in the old Gourmet magazine. The lamb pita contained real chunks of lamb …. Not that fake gyro meat. It was delicious. After lunch I took a taxi (my first!) to the Guggenheim.




One last picture on Thursday evening

I bought a Metro card good for seven days worth of subway rides when I got into town Sunday, and I’m determined to get my money’s worth. I decided to explore a little more after dinner. A quick ride from 42nd and Times Square to 59th brought me to Columbus Circle.

globe at Trump Tower
This is the globe outside the Trump Tower.
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Dinner at the “wurst” restaurant in town

Ever since I read about this place in the New York issue of Gourmet Magazine (in 2004!) I’ve wanted to go to Hallo Berlin. The restaurant is located on 10th Avenue, between 44th and 45th, so it’s just far enough from the Times Square area to feel like you’re in a residential part of the city.

NYC brownstones
45th street between 9th and 10th Avenues. I kept expecting the Cosby family to spill out of one of the brownstones.

The restaurant’s exterior awning proudly proclaims “Germany.”

Hallo Berlin front awning
It’s always time for sausage and beer at Hallo Berlin.

I had the two wurst plate, which came with sauerkraut, red cabbage and spaetzle. Plus cabbage and potato soup to start. I choose bratwurst and knockwurst.

Wurst at Hallo Berlin
You can only see one of the two mustards which accompany the gorgeous sausages and sides at Hallo Berlin.

It was delicious!

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A delicious New York lunch

I had to, just had to hit the Grand Central Station Oyster Bar while I’m in NYC.  The place was only a short subway ride away from my hotel – in fact, all I had to do was hop on the shuttle from Times Square and 42nd to Grand Central Station.

I quickly found a place at the bar and ordered, then sat back to watch the cooks at work.

Oyster Bar chefs
The crew at the Oyster Bar got the lunch orders out quickly.

Since it was only 39 degrees outside I decided to have the oyster stew. It came dusted with paprika.

bowl of oyster stew
Lovely bowl of oyster stew

I could have had lots of different oysters:

Oyster menu
Who knew there were so many different types of oysters?
last oyster in the bowl
Just one left
Stew's all gone
All gone – it was delicious!
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Matilda writes back

Look at how well the Algonquin Hotel handles publicity… they have an email address for their cat! This is excellent PR. These are my email exchanges with Matilda… Start at the bottom and work your way up.

From: MAlgonquin Cat <>
Date: March 21, 2013, 10:16:42 AM EDT
To: J

Subject: RE: My blog post about YOU

FURbulous! Thank you.

From: J
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:22 AM
To: MAlgonquin Cat
Subject: Re: My blog post about YOU

Thank you for the info… I’ve just updated my blog.
On Mar 20, 2013, at 10:12 AM, MAlgonquin Cat <> wrote:

Very CATabulous – thank you but please note I am the 10th cat and the third Matilda – the first seven cats were all males named Hamlet.

Please come by anytime. I like making new FURiends

Have a PURRfect day




From: j
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 8:57 AM
To: MAlgonquin Cat
Subject: My blog post about YOU

Hi Matilda,

I’m visiting NYC for a few days and dropped by to catch a glimpse of you. The concierge was so kind; he let me come in and get a picture. Thought you might like a link to my blog post:

I had to stay somewhere else due to my conference in the city; hope to stay at your place next time I come to town.


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More things I will miss when I leave New York City….

… Aside from the wonderful Broadway shows, the tempo, the colorful streets – I’m going to miss my daily Starbucks treat, courtesy of the Nielsen Norman Group, and the New York Post.

NY Post
The Post does provocative headlines so well – you just have to buy it!