Monthly Archives: April 2016

LaGuardia Rarely Fails to Disappoint 1

long line at LaGuardia security

Long line, no TSA Precheck

You’d think that flying out of LaGuardia very early on a Tuesday morning would be a low-hassle affair, at least by LaGuardia standards.  Reconsider. Reconsider.

The ease of getting a pre-dawn cab on the Upper East Side —  and the light traffic to the airport –had lulled us into a sense of complacency.   (We will ignore the rib-rattling ride along the devastated pavement of Queens.)

We arrived to find a line through security a mile long and an hour long.  TSA Precheck was closed.  (Not enough personnel, a harried TSA employee told us.) And although there were lots of screening lanes, only two were open.

Security lanes closed at LaGuardia

Big crowds. Lanes closed.

LaGuardia is rated the second worst airport in America.  Better alternatives from New York are limited, however.  Newark was the worst.


P.S. — There was no free Wifi in the airport.  Now using JetBlue’s Fly-Fi.





Post primary, proud to be an Upper East Sider


Upper East Side, Land of Sensible Politics


Well, good for us.  The Silk Stocking district has shown its customary class.

Special kudos go to the Republicans, who gave the accomplished and moderate John Kasich his biggest boost in New York City.  They may be responsible for his second-place showing in the New York Republican primary — and for keeping the Kasich campaign alive. (It seems Donald Trump’s “very successful garage on E. 61st” failed to adequately impress.)

Democrats came out heavily for Hillary Clinton, the candidate with the most experience and political chops to be president. This is apparently the second most pro-Hillary neighborhood in the country.

Manhattan as a whole did itself proud in giving Clinton 66.3 percent of the Democratic vote . It gave Kasich 45.2 percent of the Republican, edging out Trump’s 41.8 percent. (Ted Cruz got 13 percent.)





To the ancients, Amazons were just healthy women

Dying Amazon from The Met's Pergamon exhibit

Dying Amazon from The Met’s Pergamon exhibit


Do not try to rush the pleasures of  the Met’s new extravaganza,  Pergamon.  The capital of the Attalid dynasty, Pergamon was one of several ancient Hellenistic kingdoms. The remnants can be found in today’s Turkey.

The Met’s representation of that art-filled world astounds both for the quantity and beauty of the objects and the placing of them in the historic context of the lost kingdom.

The show runs through July 17.