August 13, 2017

The Adventures of the Traveling Ballet Master

JULY 20, 2017

On our way to Barcelona

Excited, but a small problem occurred a couple of days before leaving. While on a NYC bus , I experienced a knee injury. The bus swerved to avoid an old person and I was tossed around and sprained my right knee, pulling ligaments in my calf and my right lower leg swelled up considerably. Not my favorite way to start a vacation to Spain. So with cane and brace I boarded our Delta Flight to Barcelona. While painful it did get us thru customs quicker.

Arriving in Barcelona

Notes from “THE HAT”

We arrived in Barcelona after an easy flight from JFK. However Chris’s knee injury flamed up and he is using cane and knee brace. Ultrasound did not show a blood clot before leaving NYC. This was good news.

I had trouble sleeping on the flight. But got thru customs quickly because of Chris’s injury. A short cab took us to our rented apartment.

We had coffee by Sagrada Familia while waiting for apt to be ready. Very nice big apt with view of Sagrada Familia and terrace. I took a nap and then we went to theatre to see Chris’s daughter, JoJo perform. Before the performance we met with her husband, Ismael and his mother. Nice show and we had tapas afterwards outside in a cafe attached to theatre.



August 13, 2017

The Adventures of the Traveling Ballet Master

Dec 7, 2016

Been away from my Blog way to long. I started the reboot this summer as I was invited to teach ballet in NYC at the wonderful school “Steps”. And it was great to revisit the city from a Hotel in Mid-town Manhattan.

With the joy of that summer experience still on my mind it was a natural choice to make the decision to move back to the city of my birth, childhood and dancing career.

So, for the last 7 weeks I have once again become a New Yorker. Returning a week before the National Presidential Election was to say the least a trip onto itself.

The Adventures of the Traveling Ballet Master

JULY 19, 2017

Again I’ve been away from my Blog for way to long. Like my idol Mark Twain, I have enjoyed watching the human experience as is unfolds around me. I truly believe if we all would pay a bit more attention we might enjoy this life a lot more.

If you spend more time looking at your phone than you do enjoying the world around you then I believe you are missing out. I’m always shocked to see young people looking at their phones instead of the beauty that our country and other countries have to offer. Tomorrow I’m off to Barcelona with my fiancé who will contribute to this Blog. She is a 7 time published author, but for the Blog she will be known as “The Hat”.   More to come…

OFF to Barcelona

August 13, 2017

Coming Soon…


Station Island Ferry Part II

August 11, 2016

The Staten Island Ferry Part II

Now normally when you disembark from the ferry there is a 20 minute wait for the ferry return. I think they want you to sample all the snack and souvenir shops.

Millie (My fiancé) and I actually decided to hop on the ferry parked next door that was about to leave.

But not to worry on the ride back we enjoyed a breakfast of New York hotdogs and cokes. It was a fun ride back to South Ferry.

Getting off the ship we decided to explore the area. I should mention that some years earlier Millie had worked down here on what is called, “Wall Street”.

Our first stop was the beautiful Trinity Church. Built in 1770 it has been seen in many movies recently (See National Treasure). it also has a famous cemetery beside it with many of our early patriots intern their.  Another amazing thing about the church is that it survived 9/11 untouched while all the buildings surrounding it were partially or totally destroyed.

Our next stop was the 9/11 Memorial. My gosh the two fountains are amazing. Millie and I just stared at the first one for 10 minutes. To fully understand the extent of these 2 fountains, please look them up on line.

More to come…

The Station Island Ferry part I

August 11, 2016

The Staten Island Ferry Part I

One of the great site seeing trips to take in NYC and it is free. That’s right you heard me correctly, FREE!

So grab a subway down to the bottom of Manhattan Island. You’ll want to get off at the South Ferry stop, the Ferry Terminal will be right in front of you. Okay a half bock away if you want to be picky.

Getting on the boat is a bit of a free for all, but hey it’s FREE.

So, my fiancé and I make our way up to the top third level balcony at the back of the ship. With a big surge the ship is now underway.

1st Leg- To Staten Island

To our great fortune we meet a man who has brought his son along for the ride. It turns out the man was a retired Long Shore Man who had worked at the docks at Red Hook in Brooklyn.

We had the perfect guide who was able to pint out all the various islands and landmarks as we traveled. As well as some interesting history from his years as a long shore man.

The highlight of course was passing so close to The Beautiful Statue of Liberty. Which I hadn’t seen from the Ferry since I was teenager.


More to come…





New Bikes and Busses

August 7, 2016

Bicycles and Buses


If you visit NYC and want to have a good time and exercise as well, rent a bicycle. There are many companies who specialize in this now. Bike Rent, NYC and CitiBike to name a few. Again go on line you will find dozens. The great thing is that NYC has become a bike friendly city. All of the major avenues have bike lanes and Central Park is set up with more bike lanes than car lanes. Having been away from the city for sometime this was a great eco-friendly thing to witness.


As to buses of course there is the New York City Bus system for getting around the city, the subway is also excellent and very safe. And of course there are tour buses that run all over the city, but to me the most interesting and innovative was “The Tour” powered by “The Ride”. This is a special bus that has a clear see thru plastic covering over the entire bus, where everyone sits bleacher style on one side of the bus with complete viewing access to the streets on the opposite side.

It is an amazing innovation developed by Dan Rogoske (It’s Director) who I spoke to over the phone about it’s conception and history.


The 75 minute bus ride stops all over the city. At each stop the passengers are treated to either live performances by Singers, Musicians, Comedians, Ballet Dancers, Actors or break dancers as well sites of famous movies or television shows.


The bus has been stopping everyday in front of my hotel, where a great sax player and wonderful singer have been entertaining the bus from the street.


For more info about this go to


The Wellington Hotel

August 3, 2016

The Wellington Hotel

The Adventures of the Traveling Ballet Master

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I would write about my hotel (the Wellington) later. Well, later is now and I hope I don’t sound like an infomercial, but it really is a great place to stay. Also, I was fortunate enough to get some face time with Lucille Yokell, the hotel’s wonderful Director of Marketing and Communications.

The hotel is actually comprised of three interconnecting buildings, built at different times The first and oldest of the three was constructed over one hundred years ago. It has 515 rooms 85 rooms with kitchenettes. It also has 2 restaurants including a coffee shop (popular with New Yorkers as well) and a cocktail lounge. The acclaimed Greek restaurant, Molyvos, is also adjacent and can be accessed through the lobby. Did I mention that the famous Carnegie Deli is across the street? But more about that later.

Location, location, location. Here is a list of some great places to visit or see in NYC and how close they are to the Wellington Hotel….

Just a Short Walk-

Central Park, Carnegie Hall, City Center, Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, Broadway Theatre District, Lincoln Center to name a few.

There are many others. I would suggest going on the hotel website.

More to come…