The Soho Grand Creates Elegant Dog Park

Soho GrandIf you’re one of those people who just doesn’t want to travel without her dog – you’re in luck. The Soho Grand not only welcomes guests with their pooches, but they are now creating an outdoor area especially for dogs. As explained in Luxury Travel Magazine,

“This deluxe lifestyle will be reflected in the beautiful design of the space, which will have an old Soho charm to it, incorporating the wall of St. Alphonsus Liguori Church into the landscape, which stood long before the Soho Grand. Cherry trees, boxwoods and ornamental kale will provide foliage for a verdant and natural environment, while overhead string lights, bespoke benches and fire hydrants will be a witty reminder to visitors that they are in one of the chicest establishments of the world’s most cosmopolitan city.”

Watch for this addition in May and enjoy taking your dog to New York with you. Now, if only they would let them into the Broadway shows…

Autism Speaks Prepares for Light It Up Blue Day

Light It Up BlueEvery April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue. This is to commemorate the United Nations-Sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is an amazing global initiative that starts off Autism Awareness Month and helps to build awareness about autism around the world. And New York is certainly going to be part of this event! Autism Speaks, supported by so many including John Castle of Castle Harlan, works tirelessly to make this event a success.

If you’re in the New York area on April 2, you’ll see many ways to get involved. You can actually purchase Autism Speaks blue light bulbs from your local Home Depot and blue LED lanterns from Many shops around New York will have Light It Up Blue merchandise and people are encouraged to wear blue clothing to work that day.

Every person’s efforts allow Autism Speaks to get the word out about autism awareness. Certainly, the assistance of people like John Castle of Castle Harlan and of so many others allows this event to be the success that it is every year.

Enjoy the Beat in the South Village

If you love unusual music and off-the-beaten-path fun, then the concert this Saturday night at the radio station WQXR’s Jerome L. Greene Space in the South Village may be just the thing for you. The program is called “Vocal Electrofolk: Africa to New York” and includes Zimbabwean singer Netsayi and her group, Black Pressure.

After their opening act, Helga Davis will close the evening. She recently starred in a revival of the Robert Wilson and Philip Glass opera “Einstein on the Beach.” The concert was organized by the composer Paola Prestini and is being presented as part of the Original Music Workshop’s “virtual season.”

Admission is $15 and the show will take place at 7pm at 44 Charlton Street.

Read Across America and the Top 10 Kids Books

If you’ve got a child who you want to read, now is the time to pop into a library or book store to enjoy the many programs that the National Education Association is doing with Read Across America. They started this program in May of 1997 to create a day that celebrates reading. They decided to place it on or near Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which is March 2. This year the program kick-off was today, on March 1.

Certainly, many historic figures have made a big deal out of reading. Harry Truman, for instance, wrote a number of articles about the importance of reading. In one letter that the Shapell Manuscript Foundation has in its collection, Truman wrote, “I’ll be glad to accept the set of the “Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln” by John G. Nicolay and John Hay. They will be exceedingly useful here for what we are trying to do, which is a history of the Presidency… I have all the other Lincoln biographies but this one.”

Today, the Read Across America program is a great excuse to get the kids out and reading. Here is a list to get started of the top 10 children’s books that teachers in America most recommend.

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
  • The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Happy Reading Day!