NEW YORK – Grand Central Terminal (GCT) on East 42nd St. and Vanderbilt Ave. is
a gateway not only to Manhattan but to the ‘silk-stocking neighborhood’ of the
Upper East Side.
To pick up the pulse of NYC, park yourself between 6
a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in this monumental railway station where about a half-million
persons every day pass through this late-Beaux-arts facility. Dubbed the
‘crossroads of a million private lives on a gigantic stage on which are placed a
thousand dramas daily,’ you can watch the tide reverse to the suburbs latter
A great place to rendezvous with friends before you go out on
the town is the clock atop the information desk in the middle of the main
Need a snack? Take escalator down to glatt kosher Mendy’s in
the expansive food court below. Regarding food on the East Side, the dairy
kosher restaurant, Va Bene, Second Avenue, between East 82nd and 83rd Sts is
An express subway stop from GCT brings one to
shopper-haven ‘Bloomies,’ otherwise known as Bloomingdales, at 59th
Also on Lexington, stands historic Central Synagogue, the oldest
synagogue building in continuous use in New York City, a historic landmark,
featuring the round Moorish finials on top of its two columns –- each surmounted
by a Star of David.
Another landmark on this avenue is the 92nd St. Y
The Upper East Side is also crowded with fitness
facilities. Many travelers and vacationers believe in taking advantage of new
multipronged approaches to life-long wellness.
In this day of physical
fitness, travelers are finding that the city has geared up to welcome those who
want to stay fit whether on vacation or business.
Looking for an unusual
fitness facility, I met Boaz Saar, co founder and trainer of The Fitness Cell.
Boaz is an Israeli who served as a lieutenant in IDF special forces and as a
krav maga instructor. The facility is located at 128 East 72nd and he’s opening
a new location at 321 East 61st St.
Boaz told me he believes in striking
a balance within the trinity of body, mind and spirit through kinesiology (the
science of movement). He is a fierce proponent of the Gestalt approach to
overall fitness, the sum is greater than the parts.
Joining Boaz in a new
program in his facility at 321 East 61st for a fusion of martial arts and
resistance training will be Lorna Kleidman, three-time world champion in
kettlebell sport which is very popular among women. Lorna is a teacher of
kettlebell’s dynamic movement, highlighted by its technique of resistance
lifting. The kettlebell which, according to Boaz and Lorna, is popular in
Israel, uses all of your body at one time. It’s different than barbells,
dumbbells or medicine balls because the kettlebell is centered in the
Moreover, because of its handle, the kettlebell’s center of mass is
extended beyond the hand – and moving the bell in a circular motion increases
metabolism, fat loss, coordination and functional strength.
method makes it look more graceful and not so strenuous,” said one
A recommended hotel for convenience and charming elegance on
the Upper East Side is the San Carlos Hotel, 150 East 50th St. , between
Lexington and Third avenues and walking distance to many of the sites mentioned
here. An outstanding feature at the San Carlos, one of Manhattan’s premier
four-star hotels, is the wide variety in its complimentary continental breakfast
offered to guests. The 147 spacious and luxurious accommodations , including 83
deluxe rooms, 20 executive suites, 42 one bedroom suites and two penthouse
suites with terraces are comfortable and clean.