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Summer in the City: Waiting in Line for Shakespeare

Written by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

This is my 34th season waiting on line to see Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Over the past three-plus decades, my husband, Neil, has hung out with me a handful of times; he really doesn’t mind, he reads his book. My 16-year-old daughter, Meg, loves it. Even though she is not [&hellip
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The Cronuts in Our Midst

Written by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Our Town

Sweet-tooth alternatives that don’t require a subway ride I’ve never had a Cronut and probably never will, unless someone ventures down to Soho’s Dominique Ansel Bakery for me, stands on line for two hours, then brings it back — along with a coffee: milk, no sugar — to East 86th Street. Volunteers? I understand that [&hellip
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Last Stop on the Kid Party Circuit

Written by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown

Confessions of an obsessive party planner The party’s over. So Birthday Express, Shindigz, and Oriental Trading, please direct your catalogues elsewhere, as in the Merkl home, there will be no more goodie bags or piñatas to fill. My daughter Meg’s recent Sweet Sixteen has ended my almost two decade run as my children’s birthday party [&hellip
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