Trees, lights and Menorahs are lit and on display, signaling the shopping season is upon us. It doesn’t mean you have to travel to the city and elsewhere and buck the crowds in big department stores. No need for that at all. The local stores have a marvelous variety of clothes and toys and gadgets to choose from right on 116 street and throughout. Some private little flea markets are going strong, too.
In fact, I dropped into enterprising Patty Crowley’s home on Ocean avenue in Breezy this past Sunday and found a beautiful array of candles, toiletries, scarves and gloves that would make fantastic gifts for this holiday season. And the price is below wholesale. The items were going fast, but Patty intends to replenish the line for a final sale at her home on Friday, December 17 at 6 p.m. Check it out. You may be glad you did.
While there, you may run into some interesting neighbors as I did. Maryellen Mack from Gotham Walk was there. Though she is a partial partner with Patty on these sale items, in actuality, she retired at 40 from a colorful show business world and for the past two years has been dabbling in her own special delights. Her daughter, Leah Shank, is the manager of the Time and Life Hotel’s Palladium Restaurant in New York City. One of the customers was Dawn O’Leary who brought her one-and-a-half-year-old son, Christopher. Al Levoi’s sister, Helen, was glowing more than the candles. Six weeks ago Dr. John Winston Siebert of 799 Park avenue, a certified plastic surgeon, performed a face lift on Helen and she is thrilled with the results. She claims she had no pain and is recovering better than expected. Though I never met Helen before and can’t evaluate the difference, except to say she looked fine, all her friends claim she looks remarkably better and younger. Helen interviewed more than seven plastic surgeons before choosing Dr. Siebert and now knows she made the right choice. Good for her.
After an expansion, Kennedy’s by the Bay Restaurant is opening up this weekend and expects to accommodate more and more of its patrons at one time. Even though Kennedy’s will have a larger seating capacity it is advisable to make your reservations as early as possible for their New Year’s celebration. No open house this year. It will be a closed party. I have celebrated New Year’s at Kennedy’s and it is really super there. This year it should be spectacular. If you can’t get in there you may wish to choose the Catholic Club or the Silver Gull. However, for the best millennium buy in town you can watch the ball drop at Harbor Light for only 60 dollars per person. Open bar and buffet.
Welcome back to Jane McKenna of Rockaway Beach who just returned from a sensational 13-day cruise on Holland America’s Caribbean, sailing on the MS Maasdam. She was filled with joy and glee that she received an upgrade to a beautiful, roomy suite on the ship. Though they were visited by Hurricane Lenny, "No fault of mine," she said. Their sea legs never folded. It was a great time for her and her traveling companion, not only on the cruise but during the weeks following when Jane disembarked to visit her son who lives in Ft. Lauderdale to spend a Happy Thanksgiving with him, his wife and their children. Glad it was a fun time, Jane. Also happy that you chose a ship that had no mishaps and would weather the storm.
Do you like Mexican food? Even if you don’t like it I found the most fabulous restaurant you could ever find. Though they have restaurants in various parts of the country, Chevys is brand-new to New York. I attended the opening and discovered Chef Peter Serantoni makes menu magic. What a meal! The Margaritas are served in gigantic glasses that will take you the whole meal to finish. You can order smaller glasses if you prefer. The appetizer "The Sampler" is the best for 11 dollars. It’s large enough for two. In fact you really don’t need the entrée after that. Everything on the platter is super tasteful and beautifully presented. The entrées of a platter of baby back ribs, veggies etc., seared salmon, shrimp and steak range from $10.95 to $15.95. If you can possibly get more in your tummy, which I seriously doubt, order the monstrous sundae or ice cream dishes—far too much for one and even two. A delicious meal with service and presentation par excellence. The place is large, colorful, cheery and roomy. Make this a must on your list the next time you visit New York City. Remember now, Times Square is safe and Disney proof. Chevys is right on the corner of 42 street and Eighth avenue at 259 West 42 street. You can’t miss it. Go and enjoy!
Gellerie Ashaer and Wildhal’s, specializing in 19 Century’s most prominent impressionists, German Expressionists and leading names in pre-war modern art, opened the first of the month. Visit the United States Gallery on the 20 floor of the elegant Peninsula Hotel in New York City to see Chagall’s vibrant, colorful oil paintings that defy the law of gravity. Donkeys and people float above space—high above rooftops and villages. The Chagall exhibit is most impressive and well worth your while to peruse. His paintings have a price range of $250,000 and up. If you have to ask the price, don’t bother. However, you may just enjoy a look.
Paris . . . $469 round-trip air and hotel, leaving from Newark. Five nights. Transfers. Paris story, film.
Christmas shot . . . $569 five nights hotel, round-trip air, leaving from NYC. Metro pass, Paris illumination tour with dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Galleries, Lafayette off airport transfers.
B.A. Airways discounted packages to London from $559 from NY/JFK and Newark. Travel December 16 to 27.
$599 seven-night Mexican Riviera special. January 2 to January 30 on Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas.
$399 Mexican cruises including air $399. Four nights $499 per person. Seven nights $5,9909 through January.
Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines that call at St. Maarten.
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