Autumn in New York is the greatest time to visit the state. Upstate’s fall foliage is beatific, Long Island’s surf is epic, the city’s weather is perfect, and Brooklyn’s festival season is in full swing. This fall, I attended three events that are the best fall festivals in Brooklyn. Read more
There’s no more appropriate place to channel Jerry Stiller and shout “Festivus” than at a beer festival. (You can get away with a lot at events where the focus is on booze.) Even more appropriate would be shouting it at a Seinfeld-themed beer festival. This summer that micro-dream came true when Brewery Ommegang hosted their Belgium Comes to Cooperstown Belgian beer festival. In the spirit of Seinfeld, they dubbed it “A beer festival about nothing,” even though it was about the quality of good Belgian beer. Read more
It’s a strange phenomenon what happens to me whenever I cross the US/Canadian border. I’ve crossed many land borders before: 3 in Central America, 3 in South America, 3 in Asia, 1 in the Middle East, and numerous borders in Europe. Besides getting strip searched at the Peru/Chile border–I had food poisoning and darted off to use the toilet when the bus stopped, causing the agents to suspect that I was a smuggler, I guess–I’ve never had any major problems crossing borders. Read more
On my visit to the Finger Lakes, the tourist board invited me to do all sorts of incredible things: taste wine at the vineyards surrounding Keuka Lake, stay at a charming bed and breakfast called the Black Sheep Inn, go for a morning sail on Seneca Lake, and take a scenic flight. (My wife and I chickened out from the flight.) But I was also invited to visit the Corning Museum of Glass. Read more
Watkins Glen is the main town at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. If there’s one thing you learn about the Finger Lakes, everyone is mighty proud of their body of water. Ask anyone in the area, which lake is biggest and you’ll never receive a straight answer.
“Well, if you mean by shoreline, since Keuka is shaped like a Y, then Keuka Lake is biggest,” said a Keuka Lake local.
“Well, if you mean by volume, then it’s Seneca Lake,” said, you guessed it, a Seneca Lake resident. Read more