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New York, New York

No matter how far away I may roam, every couple of years I experience an uncontrollable desire to return to my hometown. My psyche needs to get an injection of whatever it is that makes New York, New York.

By the way, when someone says they are a New Yorker it means they were born in one of the five boroughs that comprise New York City: Staten Island, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Each of these, by the way, has its own unmistakable personality, ambiance, and sense of pride. And all residents can claim to be “New Yorkers”.

Because there’s an overwhelming number of things to see and do, we made a decision to confine our time in the city to art, museums, catch-up time with old friends and sampling of what new culinary concoctions chefs may have come up with to tantalize our taste buds over these last two surreal years.

Of the eighty-five museums, only a handful are what you would consider newish. The rest have long histories, with many generations of avid attendees.

One of the newest, Fotografiska, a sleek, modern temple to photography is housed in a stunning renaissance revival edifice on Park Avenue and turned out to be a highlight of our time in New York. On the other hand, The Sex Museum sounds more fascinating than it is and not worth the price of admission.

The day we arrived, friends who are members took us to one of the oldest, most revered sanctuaries for art and artists of all persuasions, The National Arts Club, occupying a fabulous nineteenth-century mansion in Gramercy Park. If its hallowed halls, convivial bar, dining room and performance salons could talk, what tales they would tell.

We were lucky to be there when world-class cabaret-entertainers, Steve Ross and Shana Farr, delighted us with their captivating performance of Jerome Kern’s music and song. What a wonderful way to begin our time in the Big Apple.

Text Sandi Butchkiss / Photos Cliff Shaffran