The Hudson Women’s March and Encounters with Donald Trump

The Hudson Women’s March and Encounters with Donald Trump

Commentary:   WAMC Northeast Public Radio  (aired 1.28.17)                    (Click here for audio) Women’s march in Hudson, NY – 1/21/17 Unless you were vacationing on another planet or living under a large, intractable rock you’re aware there were massive women’s marches around the country and the world last Saturday, including the one I attended in Hudson, NY. Hudson is excellently laid out for a march. The participants – I’d put the crowd at…

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The Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum

Commentary:   WAMC Northeast Public Radio   (Click here for audio)  You may be familiar with the Danish word, spelled h-y-g-g-e, and pronounced “hoo-guh.” It was among the finalists for the Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 Word of the Year. My wife, who spent her junior year abroad in Denmark, has been using it for years. The subject of recent articles in both the New York Times and The New Yorker, there’s no exact translation. But it refers to an experience of superior…

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The New Second Avenue Subway

The New Second Avenue Subway

By Ralph Gardner for WAMC Northeast Public Radio  (1.14.17) (Click here for audio)  Art in the new Second Ave 72nd St station These commentaries were conceived as celebrating the pleasures of country living, with occasional digressions. This is one of those occasions and one of those digressions. A cultural moment back in the city – I’m referring to New York City – so charmed that you’re almost required to pay a visit. I’m not speaking about seeing “Hamilton” on Broadway….

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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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