Carbon Monoxide Leak in Tribeca

On Tuesday, a building in Manhattan’s Triangle Below Canal Street (Tribeca) District experienced a carbon monoxide leak which caused people to be hospitalized.  A link to a news story on the incident appears at the end of this post. Carbon monoxide detectors are easy to find in hardware and drug stores, and once you read the instructions they’re easy to install. Always follow the instructions. Carbon monoxide is odor-free (in spite of the impression you may have gotten from smelling car exhaust), and it can leak from building fixtures such as furnaces and boilers.  If a person is asleep when … Continue reading Carbon Monoxide Leak in Tribeca

Troubleshooting With Hotel Reservations

During my recent visit to New York City, I stayed in a Midtown hotel. The room was overdue for renovations, but it was in a nice hotel.  I was very comfortable. The only glitch was with the reservation, which I learned was incomplete when arriving with heavy bags I’d carried after the E train stalled at W. 50th Street and 8th Avenue. Initially, I wasn’t allowed to check in.  The problem was resolved within a few hours, but after sitting up all night on an airplane I was too exhausted to keep the situation in perspective.  The check-in representative and … Continue reading Troubleshooting With Hotel Reservations

Back From New York City

In case no one noticed — and I’m pretty sure no one noticed — I didn’t post to this blog for a few days. I was in New York City, running all over the place and exceeding the data limit on my iPhone.  Photos were posted on social media, but the phone didn’t have the capacity to post photos to the blog. I’m exhausted, but if anyone’s in the mood for something pretty here are a bunch of spring flowers near Grand Central Terminal. Continue reading Back From New York City

Preserving History In Manhattan

At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a link to a New York Times article about the wooden escalators at Macy’s in Manhattan.  They were preserved — and upgraded — during a recent renovation effort. I was thirty-four years old when I visited New York City for the first time, in October 1994.  The trip was planned meticulously, and for the most part it went just the way it was supposed to. I reserved a seat on a nonstop red eye flight to JFK, which landed while it was still dark outside.  By the time I got out of … Continue reading Preserving History In Manhattan