Feb 23 2023


When travel, airports and it’s lounges are small part of comfort or discomfort.

JFK is big and has not been my favorite. But in 1986 when I first landed there, I felt for it and New York. So it’s a hard to disparaging it. And most of my comparisons are made with JFK.

One late night or early morning, I went to the bathroom after getting off the plane in JFK. The floor was layered with bathroom tissues… I couldn’t forget this scene.


My lounge review so far, are based on Amex; may differ from other cards.

  • TPA Tampa – clean bathrooms

Sep 21 2022

JFK to KEF on IcelandAir

Terminal 7 @ JFK

IcelandAir uses Terminal 7 @ JFK. It’s bit pitiful, feels like a refugee camp, messy and probably old.

Our flight FI614 to Reykjav

Aug 31 2022

LGA: LaGuardia Airport

Terminal C Delta 
New York, NY

When Joe Biden was Vice President, he commented that New York City

Aug 29 2022

Air Train to JFK

93-02 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11435

Don’t say that New York doesn’t have an airport express train. We certainly do: $8 fare for a total of 8.1 miles. It feels more like the tram between terminals in an airport than a viable transportation to an airport with a schedule and guaranteed time.

Where it is?

  • Jamaica.

Where is Jamaica?

  • May well be in the Caribbeans.

What trains or subway lines go to Jamaica Station?

  • LIRR Port Washington and Long Beach lines; and subway E, J and Z lines.

How effective it is? 

We live without it. Most people don’t know it. We have been living well without it. A piece of nothing.

Today, I tried it, so I can blog here, legitimately. My journey to JFK cost $22.25:

  • $9.25 LIRR Great Neck to Woodside
  • $5 LIRR Woodside to Jamaica
  • $8 AirTrain (pay at entry)

Journey back home cost $10.75

  • $8 AirTrain (pay at exit)
  • $2.75 subway E to Jackson Height to Flushing
  • $0 N20G bus from Flushing to Great Neck

Any one would like to try the route to JFK? NOT ME. Neither Penn Station nor Grand Central have direct trains go to Jamaica Station in Queens. So, it is a piece of nothing.


Aug 2 2022

WeWork in the City

530 7th Ave
New York, NY

One of many companies or individuals use a work place. A receptionist sits by the entrance and direct the traffic: “I’ll let them know that you’re here.” I know long before the internet, many Chinese companies were sharing an office in a prestigious building, such as WTC the World Trade Center.

Aug 2 2022

Joshua Bell & Jonathon Heyward

Alice Tully Hall
1941 Broadway @ 65th St.
New York, NY 10023

What A night! Joshua Bell played two pieces, with the dynamic new conductor Jonathon Heyward (like a 🕺 dance … not sure if he does yoga ). Beethoven capped the night. The audience is very appreciative and gave resounding applauses – no encore thou.

Both Bell and Heyward gave short speeches. It’s Bell’s mother’s 87th birthday, sweet – his mom and sister Rachel were in the audience too.

Heyward is an American conductor since 2016. Growing up in South Carolina and trained as a cellist and chamber musician. His parents are not in the musical field. He’s very pleasant to watch. Would like to see more of him. He def hit off with us, the tough New York crowd.

The program – four pieces:

  1. SIMON Fate Now Conquers
  2. VIEUXTEMPS Violin Concerto No. 5
  3. PRICE Adoration
  4. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2

Avery Fisher Hall was renamed to David Geffen Hall in September 2015. The renovation took place this year, reportedly will be reopen this autumn.

今天是贝尔妈妈87岁生日 🎂 温馨


Jul 10 2022

Liberty Island 自由(女神)岛

Island hopping in New York

… more pix on Google Maps, TA

… 2024.4.24: part of the text is missing

This small island of 14 acres in New York harbor, at the southern tip of Manhattan. It’s world famous for its celebrated resident, the Lady Liberty. The statue can be seen from many places in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

I’ve been to the island in 1994 successfully and in 2017 unsuccessfully due to purchasing the wrong tickets at the site. This time, I used online agent from City Experience, which seems the official operator that takes you onto the island. The ferry is next to Castle Clinton at the tip of Manhattan.

Going there: from the ferry next to Castle Clinton


The Liberty Island ferry terminal (on the island)

The Island – more pix on Google Maps

It was known as Bedloe’s Island in the past. The famous resident Lady Liberty – the Statue of Liberty (a gift from French) was designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), and the metal frame was done by Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) … yes, the Eiffel Tower in Paris was his work too.

The island is pleasant to walk. During our visit, the statue is closed for renovation. There are cafes and a museum – Statue of Liberty Museum was opened in 2019, is free to visit.

Statue of Liberty Museum – more pix on Google Maps

A nice little museum that is free, if you can get yourself onto the island.



Jul 10 2022

Castle or Fort Clinton

New York

… more pix on Google Maps, TA

This circular sandstone fort is in Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan, also known as Castle Clinton or Castle Garden.

Built in 1808, this landmark had held the immigrants before Ellis Island in the 19th century; and went on to serve as beer garden, exhibit hall, theater and reportedly, as an aquarium.

I often stop by when I’m in the area. It’s centrally located in lower Manhattan. Today I’m here to catch the ferry to Liberty Island on my island hopping trip.

Jul 10 2022

Taco Vista on Governors Island

140 Carder Rd
New York, NY 10004

Taco Vista is on Governors Island, very convenient locates to the ferry. We only have drinks, and leave after seeing the ferry emptied itself.

The city view is great but once sitting down, is blocked by the black wire fence.


Jul 10 2022

Liberty to South St Seaport

After island hopping in Manhattan, I turned right and went to the Seaport.

Pier 6

Pier 17