Sing-A-Long in NYC

Sing-a-long in NYC

Dark and dim but not dismal, this historic piano bar draws gays and local musical theater talent belting out Broadway tunes with gusto. Doesn’t matter whether you can carry a tune. Sing-along or not.  Dress down and expect to stand unless you get lucky with one of the few bistro tables.

The most elaborate thing a midst the gaiety is the mirrored bar depicting the American Revolution or perhaps the French. This is an old-time West Village joint said to have been the location of a brothel in the 1800s. Named originally for Marie DuMont, the bar added Crisis as a nod to Thomas Paine who supposedly died in this location and authored “The Crisis Papers,” a series of essays in support of our Independence from  Britain. “THESE are the times that try men’s souls…” He could well have written it today. According to, “General Washington found the first essay so inspiring, he ordered that it be read to the troops at Valley Forge.”

These days, the piano bar singing inspires more revelry then revolution, nonetheless…

Open until the wee hours:

Mon.–Sat., 5:30 p.m.–4 a.m., Sun., 6 p.m.–3 a.m.

59 Grove St. (near 7th Ave.)

(212) 243-9323

Morgans Hotel NYC

Trees grow in NYC– I was surprised to see this little green city oasis from my room at
Morgans Hotel.

After being at a noisy writers conference over the
past weekend at the extremely loud Roosevelt Hotel on Madison Avenue, it was a
pleasure to come back to the calming atmosphere of Morgans Hotel (
just eight blocks away on Madison. I’m a bit leery about giving away my secret
because I love this hotel and never want it to get too popular. That said, it
deserves a little mention. If you don’t know where you’re going, you might miss
the nondescript entrance under the triple arches. I’m not sure there’s even a
sign outside. Designed by Andree Putman, Morgans is a boutique hotel with a
modern yet European-style flair. The small lobby is instantly welcoming as is the
pleasant staff. The room’s color scheme is contemporary black
and white. The rooms are small unless you happen to get upgraded to one with a
sitting room. There’s not much space in the bathrooms and the HVAC is on the loud
side, but each room has an inviting, comfy, cushioned window bench—perfect for
stretching out your legs. There’s a small health club, free Wi-Fi, and a breakfast
buffet in a library-like atmosphere. It’s conveniently located just a block away from The Morgan Library Museum (, which always has interesting exhibits and is itself a little oasis of art.

Wintry Shadows

Wintry shadows