Some Pig

Some Pig

By Ralph Gardner for WAMC Northeast Public Radio  (1.7.17) (Click here for audio)   Come the New Year we can’t help but look ahead to the next twelve months and wonder about the ways our lives will be different or the same a year from now. Personally, professionally, politically. But it’s the unexpected twists and turns, the defining events you can’t predict, that make the exercise so challenging. For example, this time last year, Cheryl Jones – she’s a financial…

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Robert Morgenthau: On Retirement and Hard Cider

Robert Morgenthau: On Retirement and Hard Cider

By Ralph Gardner for WAMC Northeast Public Radio  (12.31.16)   (Click here for audio) Robert Morgenthau in June at Fishkill Farms (photo credit: Ralph Gardner) Among the perks of being an empty nester is that you’re not enslaved by your children’s school calendar. When our daughters were younger we left the city as soon as school was dismissed Friday afternoon and returned Sunday night. These days we get to linger in the country longer: we’re often on the road upstate…

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The Holidays

The Holidays

  By RALPH GARDNER for WAMC Northeast Public Radio (Click here for audio)  If you attend a party this time of year somebody will probably ask you, “Do you have plans for the holidays? Are you going anywhere?” They don’t mean to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree. Or whether you’re making roast beef or turkey for Christmas dinner. Or going out or staying home on New Year’s Eve. They mean visiting somewhere that probably involves airfare. Someplace that boasts…

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A Well-Crafted Fruitcake for the Holidays

A Well-Crafted Fruitcake for the Holidays

By RALPH GARDNER for WAMC Northeast Public Radio (click here for audio) I’ve got a confession to make. I like fruitcake. I don’t understand why fruitcake is a punch line. You know, like the joke that there’s only one fruitcake in the world and it’s constantly being regifted. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not my favorite baked good. It doesn’t fill me with the thrill come autumn of a golden yellow box of Mallomars. Or an excellent croissant. A bakery recently…

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The Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley

You’re receiving this email because you’ve expressed interest in my work in the past. Or you’ve been moved to correct my spelling or grammar, sometimes both. Since my final “Urban Gardner” column in the Wall Street Journal , I’ve received many emails from readers, asking whether I’m retiring.  I’m not.   The Greater New York section was eliminated and with it my column. Readers have asked what’s up next? I hope to write a book or two and also find a new home for the Urban…

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Moving On

Moving On

For his last Urban Gardner piece, columnist reflects on his adventures and the pleasures of his craft Illustration:  ROB SHEPPERSON By RALPH GARDNER JR. Nov. 10, 2016 5:33 a.m. ET After more than 1,000 Urban Gardner columns, this is my final one. I was planning to write about Mary Arnold Toys, an Upper East Side toy store that dates back to 1931. Then I realized a toy store is an apt metaphor for the pleasures of composing this column four days…

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Home Is Where the Bird Feeders Are

Home Is Where the Bird Feeders Are

Jim Schatz designs works of art that help keep our feathered friends nourished A sumac red egg-shaped bird feeder is a creation of Jim Schatz. PHOTO: J SCHATZ By RALPH GARDNER JR. Updated Oct. 30, 2016 11:11 p.m. ET Ask me about my best recent investment, and I will tell you without hesitation that it’s bird feed. No other purchase under $20 provides a fraction of the pleasure that a 40-pound bag of black oil sunflower seed does. It turns…

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It’s the Height of Envy for a Collection of Building Models

It’s the Height of Envy for a Collection of Building Models

Ralph Gardner Jr. admires (and covets) Paul Goldberger’s impressive collection of souvenir building models By RALPH GARDNER JR. Oct. 23, 2016 5:47 p.m. ET A spirited discussion about Manhattan building heights isn’t for everybody. But it can be fun when you run into a fellow nerd, such asPaul Goldberger, the architecture critic and Joseph Urban professor of design at Parsons School of Design. We met last week at Mr. Goldberger’s apartment at the Beresford on Central Park West for an…

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A Cartoonist Goes to Town

A Cartoonist Goes to Town

Roz Chast didn’t realize how splendid life could be until she moved to Manhattan Roz Chast in her home studio                                                PHOTO: BILL HAYES By RALPH GARDNER JR. Updated Oct. 20, 2016 10:33 p.m. ET With no disrespect to Brooklyn, where she grew up, the cartoonist Roz Chast didn’t realize how splendid life could be until she moved…

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West Village Speakeasy-Turned-Pub Starts a New Chapter

West Village Speakeasy-Turned-Pub Starts a New Chapter

Chumley’s, a bar beloved by the city’s literati, will reopen after nine years Archivist James DiPaola stands among author portraits and book jackets at Chumley’s, which reopens Tuesday after nine years. The bar’s patrons have included such literary greats as Willa Cather, Upton Sinclair and John Steinbeck. PHOTO: STEVE REMICH FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By RALPH GARDNER JR. Oct. 12, 2016 8:55 p.m. ET A man walked up to the famously unmarked door at 86 Bedford St., which happened…

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