Grace Lichtenstein

Grace Lichtenstein, a former New York Times reporter and Rocky Mountains Bureau chief, is the author of six books and numerous articles and book reviews. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.

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Hearing Concerts for Less at New York’s Carnegie Hall

Credit: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The answer to this old joke about the most famous concert hall in the United States used to be “practice, practice, practice.” Today the answer for tourists and New Yorkers alike would be "bus, subway, on foot or by … [Read more...]

Seeing New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Efficiently and Economically

American Wing Courtyard of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a both a wonder and a monster. I’ve lived in New York most of my life and its size intimidates me. Moreover, as New York’s most popular indoor attraction, with more than 6 million visitors annually, the museum poses … [Read more...]

Hearing Great Classical Music Free in Aspen, Colorado

Inside Aspen Music Festival's Benedict Tent. Photo: Alex Irvin

There’s nothing more glorious than sitting on the grass on beautiful evenings at summer classical music festivals, listening to Brahms or Stravinsky. But from Tanglewood to Hollywood, from Wolf Trap to Ravinia, only one top festival offers lawn … [Read more...]

Walking New York City’s High Line

High Line from above by Iwan Baan

The High Line, one of New York City’s most unlikely tourist attractions, has been an overnight sensation that was almost 30 years in the making. Its life began in the 1930s, when a railroad spur serving Manhattan’s West Side industrial district … [Read more...]

Seeing New York City from the Staten Island Ferry

Tourists aboard Staten Island Ferry

The greatest New York City sightseeing trip you could imagine is absolutely free: the Staten Island ferry. The views of the city’s skyline and East River bridges, the Statue of Liberty, and blazing sunsets are as enchanting as any on a paid cruise or … [Read more...]

Hiking Above Machu Picchu: Peru’s Huayna Picchu Climb

Machu Picchu seen from Huayna Picchu

Machu Picchu is almost a cliché on Bucket Lists. It’s the most famous destination in South America. Still, I wanted to spend my Christmas birthday there. Some friends said "don’t bother, it’s been overrun. You won’t be able to see the stones because … [Read more...]

Taking in the Tunes at Vail’s Summer Music Festival – Want Beer With That?

NY Philharmonic at Vail Music Festival Photo credit: Chris Lee

Once upon a time, my advice on Vail was “great for winter, Aspen for summer” because while Vail’s humongous and beautifully groomed ski slopes were wonderful, the summer season languished. There were not a whole lot of cultural offerings years ago. … [Read more...]

Sightseeing in New York City by Bicycle

central park

Out-of-towners often are aghast when I say I ride a bicycle for transportation and fun in Manhattan. They hear “bicycles” and think “EEEEK! Traffic! Potholes! Trucks!” I used to laugh and reply, “it’s a death-defying experience.” Now, I see it as a … [Read more...]