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Discover NYC Holiday Magic at Historic Houses
Discover NYC Holiday Magic at Historic Houses

Discover NYC Holiday Magic at Historic Houses

by William Beavers Gotham is magical at holiday time. Department stores have their window displays, Rockefeller Center its magnificent tree, and George Balanchine’s Nutcracker is being performed by the New York City Ballet. Too often, however, we forget about the city’s many historic houses at this time of year. These unique structures are open year…
NYC Societies That Welcome You with Open Arms
NYC Societies That Welcome You with Open Arms

NYC Societies That Welcome You with Open Arms

by William Beavers Even before Mrs. Astor ruled over “The 400” of New York’s society, the city’s elite belonged to closely guarded, private clubs. These days, however, such organizations for the select few are far outweighed in our grand metropolis by those whose missions are all about democratic openness and inclusiveness. The few we’ve chosen…
For a Frightfully Good Time, Check Out Gotham’s Ghost Tours
For a Frightfully Good Time, Check Out Gotham’s Ghost Tours

For a Frightfully Good Time, Check Out Gotham’s Ghost Tours

Rona Cherry Get in the spirit of Halloween by taking a trip to New York’s spooky side. There are loads of ghost-themed walking tours that explore mysterious, harrowing, haunted Gotham—and some are even free. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the tours (most are appropriate for teenage grandkids) are filled with the myth, arcana,…
Where to Volunteer: Is Bigger Better? Smaller More Fun?
Where to Volunteer: Is Bigger Better? Smaller More Fun?

Where to Volunteer: Is Bigger Better? Smaller More Fun?

By Phyllis Gates The universe of non-profits is so huge and the opportunities so diverse that finding the organization that’s right might just be the hardest part of volunteering. The secret is to let your passions — or at least interests — guide you. What you really, truly care about is key, but so is…
Birding for Boomers: Free Birdwatching Events in NYC Parks
Birding for Boomers: Free Birdwatching Events in NYC Parks

Birding for Boomers: Free Birdwatching Events in NYC Parks

By William Beavers Get out your binoculars! This fall catch a glimpse of migrating birds — some from as far away as the Arctic Circle — as they pass through the the city’s five boroughs on their way to Central and South America. New York is a major hub on the Atlantic Flyway, the path…
Looking for a Rental Apartment in NYC: 6 Things You Need to Know
Looking for a Rental Apartment in NYC: 6 Things You Need to Know

Looking for a Rental Apartment in NYC: 6 Things You Need to Know

Whether you’ve lived in New York City for years or are ready to relocate, you’ll find it’s a jungle out there when you start looking for a rental apartment. It’s stressful and expensive. There are a few things you learn very quickly. 1. You need to prove income of at least 40X your rent The first thing…
Picks from the Fall Arts Season
Picks from the Fall Arts Season

Picks from the Fall Arts Season

There are so many museum and gallery openings coming up that we needed some expert advice to pick a few for city boomers to check out. We spoke to our NYC art scene expert, Andrew Goldstein, who is the Chief Digital Content Officer for Artspace.com, an online art seller, and Phaidon, a prominent art publishing house,…
Limited Equity vs. Market Rate Co-ops
Limited Equity vs. Market Rate Co-ops

Limited Equity vs. Market Rate Co-ops

If you are planning to move into New York City and buy an apartment, the first thing you need to decide is do you want a condo or a co-op.  Since New York is one of the few  cities where co-ops dominate, it is likely that you’ll end up looking at co-ops, in which case…
New Season’s Theater Picks for City Boomers
New Season’s Theater Picks for City Boomers

New Season’s Theater Picks for City Boomers

The new Broadway season is about to start and us city boomers need to be ready to act when tickets to boomer-friendly shows start appearing on TDF and the other online discount sites. We spoke to Deborah Daniels, who gets an advance notice of all new Broadway and off-Broadway offerings as part of her job…
Exchange Your NYC Home and Travel Like a Native
Exchange Your NYC Home and Travel Like a Native

Exchange Your NYC Home and Travel Like a Native

By Anonymous* We had left Brittany late for our 2 ½ hour drive to Normandy. We had hoped to be on the road by 3 pm, but we were having so much fun with Monique, Joel and their guests that we couldn’t bear to leave. After spending 2 weeks in Monique and Joel’s house in…