Open But Not Running: New York City Post-COVID

Reopening will take a beautiful blend of venue negotiations, finances, resources, talent, staff, and patrons all coming together at the same time. Is it possible? Are they all still here? Will they come back?

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Toasting Spring 2021

Should I Come to New York in 2021? YESSSS!!!! I finally get to update this announcement! If you live in the U.S.A., then go get your vaccine and come visit! As of April 1, quarantine and testing will no longer be mandated. Quarantining for a few days is still recommended, but we are reaching the end of the formal testing, paperwork, and quarantines for domestic travelers! Huzzah!

Toasting Tea in Soho and the Lower East Side

Upon arriving in New York, it didn’t take me long to discover that I could find all of my old faithful French tea brands like Kusmi, Mariage Frères, and Ladurée. But, it did take me a little longer to discover the almost hidden enclaves of top-tier tea. New York may have the highest tier tea selection in the world due to all of the different cultures bringing their best teas here. Ah, how I love a teapot of cultures!

Toasting the Halloween Blue Moon in New York City

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, there are creepy and spooky places all over New York City! From murders and suicides to overdoses and kidnappings – this city has seen it all. If only the walls could talk…or do they? From Washington Heights to the Lower East Side, we decided to spend this Halloween examining some of the top haunts the city has to offer – not the man-made haunted houses, but the REAL ghosts of New York.