2009-09-25 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

We all hate to see the summer go, but with it we see falling prices on those flip-flops, swimsuits, surfboards, all summer accessories that we can use on our vacations. And we will see them at Donald Ritter's Breezy Surf Shop right in your own backyard. A stop at the Gate for those outsiders to have access. Also on sale are furry slippers and flip-flops for the holidays and long-sleeved T- shirts and flannel shirts. Stop by and save.

Jean O'Day approached me outside of Kennedy's and she made my day. She told me that she caught a TV interview with me on one of the New Yorker Show channels where I was expounding on the virtues of Kennedy's on the Bay (one of my favorite spots). As a matter of fact, last week football fans filled Kennedy's on the last week of summer. The place was jumping with folks: Tony Welsh, Cody Walsh, Nick Banks, Keith Malone, Robert Meehan, Danny Sullivan, Adam Lynch, DJ Sullivan, Sarah McCarthy, Casey Lynch. Spotted Tom Cody, my favorite bartender, now on the other side of the bar since his retirement. Lenny Wunder's daughter stopped to say, "Hello," and tell me her Dad is doing fine. I remember the family from the BPSC cabana parties, of which I was so much a part in past years. I have some fond memories. In fact, I hitched a ride to Kennedy's from Matilda DiLeo, who was closing down the DiLeo BPCS cabana. Her father is Frank DiLeo, of the famous DiLeo's of Brooklyn. Kennedy's was jumping as I was leaving and bartender Steven was doing a nice job by attending to everyone so graciously.

Bustling New York: It was Fashion week in the city and runways at Bryant Park and the Waldorf Astoria and various other places were crowded with models wearing the latest designer clothes. From elegant, elaborate, colorful to all covered up to barely bare parts far too exposed that never were exposed before. "Veddy" interesting while delightful and entertaining. Professional musical performances preceded most shows. Sparkling silks and satins in flowing gowns that almost toppled some of the models in their stilted platform shoes. From gowns to short dresses over shorts, huge printed bags. An abundance of variety for all to choose in the stores this spring.

Estonia House welcomed travel agents and press to inform them of the beauty of their country and their fantastic new fares and packages. It is a country close to Germany with quaint villages and high mountains in the heart of Europe. At the Grand Hyatt Hotel St. Lucia offered a fabulous feast to inform their guests of the beautiful Pitons, waters surrounding that are great for fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and swimming and sunbathing on their beaches. AA flies two daily nonstops from Miami to St. Lucia. Delta offers air and land packages plus breakfast. It is a great place for weddings. But do arrive three days prior.

Show Stoppers held their Expo at the Millennium Broadway Hotel where the exhibitors displayed their high, high, high technological products such as: 9-inch lap tops for $399; Blackberries and iPods that give you email; Zvox has the all in home theater; Vuzix has the lightest video eyewear with widescreen display and is ideally suited for use with the Vuix DVD player; The MoGo Talk for iPhone. The only Bluetooth headset to store and charge on the iPhone. It sells for $129.00.

The country of Columbia at the Marriott Broadway informed the travels agents and press that Columbia is safe for tourists and has great packages from the USA with air and all inclusive. From campsite hotels for $55 sgl., $60 dbl. @ night to Holiday Inn both in Medellin, 4 nts. Starting Dec. 5 with breakfast, museum tks. snacks, taxes and tours $420 and up.

The Renaissance Hotel on East 57 Street and Lexington is an old, old hotel. They refurbished it and threw a Gala opening party and I must say I was very impressed, not only with the party of impressive guests, trays of sushi and succulent big mini hamburgers, cheeses and veggies etc., live and DJ music, but they did wonders on making the old place new again. They did a super job on the suites, meeting and balconies.

The Chinese Culinary Chefs awards was held at Chelsea Piers where I tasted and savored dishes with sauces my taste buds never experienced before. They were all so good. Among the chefs to be awarded was a 14-year-old girl who, at 8-years-of-age, said she did not like her mother's cooking. Mom told her to cook the meal herself and she discovered her cooking skills to compete with the more experienced chefs.

Travel: Two daily non-stop flights on AA to St. Lucia from Miami 5:35 and 9:55. And … AWAY WE GO!!!

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