On this fine spring day I found myself walking up Seventh Avenue past the once stately Hotel Pennsylvania, which opened 102 years ago and closed in April of last year during the peak of the pandemic in New York. Vornado Realty Trust, the current owner, announced the other day that…


3 Sutton Place, New York, the official residence of the Secretary General of the United Nations

Yesterday marked UN World Health Day, and now that I’m out and about regularly, I thought I’d drop by the official residence of the Secretary General of the United Nations and show him my vaccination card. Just as every American knows that the official residence of the President of the…


On this first day after Passover I made a beeline for Kossar’s, the bialy Mecca on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A bialy is the low-rent cousin of the bagel, a baked disc of dense, chewy high-gluten dough with a crater in the middle often filled with onions and sometimes poppy…


Dear President Trump,

I read in The Daily Beast that you’ve raised the possibility of getting an airport named in your honor. If this means you’re actually planning on leaving office peacefully next month, I’m all for having something named for you. …


Going through some old photos the other day, I came across a shot I took of an imposing industrial structure in the Long Island City section of Queens. It’s known as the Ravenswood Generating Station and was built by electric utility Consolidated Edison in 1963. Several years later it was…


Like many New Yorkers who used to enjoy an occasional meal in a good restaurant, I’m glad the nearly century-old Beatrice Inn in the West Village has apparently been saved from closing. The owner, Angie Bar, who is also the chef and the niece of the late Seattle restaurateur and…


BELARUSIAN TV SHOW BECOMES UNLIKELY PLAYER

IN EAST-WEST TUG OF WAR

The longtime leader of Belarus continues to resist entreaties from Russia to draw the two former Soviet republics deeper into a “union state,” and now a modeling competition may be strengthening his hand.

The leader, Alexander Lukashenko, who has…


Valentina Belianka of Belarus, winner of the first Silk Road Asia-Europe International Supermodel Competition.

SILK ROAD FASHION FEST SERVING AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

In a stark example of history repeating itself, what the fabled Silk Road did in bridging commerce and culture between East and West appears to be happening again — this time in the world of fashion.

In the…

Charlie Kaye

Charlie Kaye is a retired network broadcast journalist with a newfound passion for print and photography.

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