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TTN’S Short List - Summer in the City

(Posted July 15, 2019)

By Susan Nieder Acunto & Karen Gens


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi marks the debut novel of a gifted young writer. Beginning with 18th century West Africa and ending with a soft stop at modern day America this epic tale sweeps the reader forward with a collection of linked stories that imprint the horrific legacy of slavery all the while shining light on the enduring power of family.

* Wednesday Night Book Group SIG

TTN TIP: On a lazy Monday night listen to the spoken word at Books Beneath the Bridge, the six-week literary program curated by independent bookstores based in Brooklyn.



Re-boot back to the sixties with a visit to the new TWA Hotel at the JFK airport. Pop into Connie, the retro bar that will have you trippin' down memory lane feeling giddy that no boarding pass is necessary as you sip and swirl in a re-purposed Lockheed passenger plane.

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TTN TIP:  By public transportation to JFK
Take the subway to the AirTrain and take that to Terminal 5. Remember the AirTrain costs $5 to go and $5 to come back; the fare is not included in MTA cards. Then, take the escalator upstairs to the parking garage and take the elevator down to Level 1 of the garage. Find the way out of the garage and cross the street; the TWA Hotel is the massive winged building.



French Nougatine:  Be the favorite guest at “dog day” outings by tucking a tin of these mini morsels of yum into your bag. Easy hack: Swap out homemade pistachio praline for Trader Joe’s pecan pralines. Note: No harm done by eliminating the booze in the sauce if that’s the way you roll!

*The Food Network SIG



Outdoor music festivals and concerts abound during New York summers. For nights that call for blasting air conditioners, mosey on over to the David Rubenstein atrium for free sounds guaranteed to lift you up. Thursdays at 7:30 pm. Arrive early for a seat.

*WOM (word of mouth)

TTN TIP: Enjoy a vino fueled catch-up at nearby, French influenced, Vanguard Wine Bar.


Affordable goodness comes in a bottle labeled Louis Max Macon-Village White Burgundy! With its' whiff of pear on the nose this warm weather fave offers a crisp finish that marries nicely with charcuterie/cheese platters, the perfect partners for summer sipping.

* Burgundy, Brie and Baguette SIG

TTN TIP: Grab a bottle as a hostess gift, then tuck in this wonderful $6 grater along with a wedge of semi-hard cheese, or a chunk of good chocolate!



Sketch night at Society of Illustrators. Bring your own materials and settle in for some fun and a bit of raciness (models only wear skimpy accessories) all the while listening to cool jazz (Thursday, July 23: The Half Tones) or low country blues (Thursday, July 30: French Cookin' Band.) General Admission is $20 and includes a small plate buffet, model and music.

*WOM (word of mouth)

TTN TIP: The Society of Illustrators outdoor terrace cafe is a true gem; quiet and delightful for an al fresco light lunch or cocktail. Check "open hours" to reserve in advance. 



Should summer feel too hot to handle take respite in a cool movie house. Keep an eye out for Where'd You Go, Bernadette, the film version of  Maria Semple's comedic 2012 novel about a mom who rediscovers ....everything. Cate Blanchett plays Bernadette, Richard Linklater dons the Director hat. 

 *WOM (word of mouth)        

 TTN Tip:  Coming to theaters everywhere in August



With the New York Historical Society on a docent led excursion of beautiful Riverside Drive eyeballing mansions lost, mansions now. Hear tales about famous residents of yesteryear who lived in architectural splendor on this desirable avenue bordering the Hudson River.

Docent Led Walking Tour: Mansions of Riverside Drive
Historical Walking Tour from New York Historical Society Events

*WOM (word of mouth)

Material from, 20:41:07 September 16, 2021.
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