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Gerald Eskenazi
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Gerald Eskenazi has generated 8,000 bylines for The New York
Times and written 16 books, ranging in topics from sports, to travel, to language for such publications as Forbes Magazine, Money, the Cigar Aficionado, the International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. He has reported from the Alps and the Winter Olympics, to more than 20 Super Bowls. He has taught journalism at St. John's and Adelphi universities.

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Sheryl Spanier Grabs Us All With Her Intimate Performance

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 12:31 PM

She doesn't shout at you. She's not big and brassy, not like some of our other acclaimed cabaret performers. And yet, Sheryl Spanier, in her simple red-sequined jacket, in her almost-offhand stage presence, commands the room as if she were whispering to each of us and we all stopped talking...

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A Tanzanian Safari--and Our New Masai Friends

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 8:17 AM

Anyone who has traveled widely remembers a moment that seems to define a trip:

*In Rio, it was a trio of young musicians singing "The Girl From Ipanema" while my wife and I were on that very beach.

*In Jordan, it was riding on the back of a sure-footed (we...

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Cuba -- Doing It Hassle-Free!

(37) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 11:50 AM

So you're thinking of heading off to Cuba ever since President Obama and Raul Castro jointly announced an easing of more than five decades of travel restrictions.

Well, it's an interesting place--I just returned from there. But not so fast. I had to do it the old-fashioned way, and...

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Visiting Champagne to Celebrate 50 Years

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 4:31 PM

It's easy enough to figure out what to buy for a 50th anniversary -- something with gold (and able to afford it). But where do you go for a 50th?

That's what intrigued me, as I contemplated where to take the family. And so, we went to Paris, the default...

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The Enduring Super Bowl Myths

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Few major American events have captured us as the Super Bowl, a game so large that Sunday's staging is not merely the 48th ever played -- it's XLVIII. And the fact that it's in New York (well, almost), and that one-third of America will be watching only adds to its...

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New Orleans, Pitbulls, Parolees... and a Grand-Daughter

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 11:07 PM

I am getting wistful because "Pit Bulls and Parolees" is starting its new television season.
No, it's not because I miss my dog from childhood, a little fox terrier named Duke. Rather, it's because I miss my grand-daughter Jane, ensconced in England. You see, every summer Jane comes to...

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Who Knew Russia Was So Cool?

(8) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I grew up in the Cold War and Russia was the Red Menace.

So I was surprised that, on my first day in St. Petersburg, a young man and his girlfriend, perfect strangers, searched their iPhone for an address I wanted, and then walked us there.

What did I know...

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The Grandchildren Are Here. Now What?

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 7:15 AM

The trick in grandparenting these days is to be cool, as well as warm.

It used to be so easy -- you visit your gramma or grampy, spend the day getting hugs and kisses and a good hot meal and then you go home.

But now, they're not around the...

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Artsy Urban Graffiti: The Streets Of Valparaiso, Chile (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 8:47 PM

This city rises steeply from the ocean to the foothills. It undulates. Indeed, some streets are so steep, pedestrians need stairways to walk downhill. Thus, Valparaiso's streets are strewn with stairways.

"Look at that one!" said our guide. Instead of steps, though, I saw a trompe l'oeil of a piano...

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