New York City: music, museums, monuments, and medicine

“For generations, we cooperated to live in this small space. Now cooperation has helped us keep living.”

Statue of Liberty

One of my favorite vacations ever was to New York City. I was curious about it but not sure I wanted to go there. But when my son’s work took him there for a year, I decided it was time to visit him and the city. And I am so glad I went. It was magical.

lady, 2 men posing together in a restaurant
good food, great company, grand city

Safest big city: After its horrors, New York City is (for now) a coronavirus success story

Deaths are rare now. Some days there are none, as the hospital ICUs scale down. And a network of scaled-up clinics and hospitals administer tens of thousands of daily tests,… Credit the collective discipline of staying apart and wearing masks, and leadership decisions holding off on opening bars and indoor dining. For generations, we cooperated to live in this small space. Now cooperation has helped us keep living. 

New York Daily News

A Natural Woman

I reviewed Carole King’s memoir, A Natural Woman. Carole was born in Manhattan, attended school in New York City, and started her musical career there. A musical about her life, Beautiful, plays on Broadway. (I saw Beautiful in Tulsa.)

couple in front of THE LION KING sign
We saw THE LION KING in New York

Working Stiff -a book review to remember 9/11

Another memoir, Working Stiff, happened in New York City. Dr. Judy Melinek and her husband T.J. Mitchell chronicled her work as a medical examiner with the NYC Medical Examiner’s office following the Trade Center attacks on 9/11.

New York City at night
New York City by night from the Empire State Building


Sometimes Amazing Things Happen:Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward by Elizabeth Ford, M.D. 

I read this book in which  Dr. Elizabeth Ford reviewed her career as a psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital, where she cared for  mentally ill patients in the criminal justice system of New York City.

When the hospital flooded and lost power during Hurricane Sandy she and the dedicated staff fought to get permission to  evacuate the prisoner patients who languished for days in a ward without running water or hot food.

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear– a book review

Dr. Danielle Ofri has a special interest in and writes about the patient- physician relationship . She is an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital,  Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, and writes for The New York Times.

She has written several books; I reviewed this one.

Pandemic– a book review

Medical writer Sonia Shah reviews the history of the cholera epidemic of NYC among others in her book Pandemic.

Our Tuneful Heritage

jewelry and ceramic figurines in a store window
window shopping

I hope you enjoyed this post.

exploring the HEART of health in New York City

Dr. Aletha     

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

29 thoughts on “New York City: music, museums, monuments, and medicine”

    1. You’re welcome Lee, I understand. I never wanted to go there, and probably would not if my son had not been living there. I went mainly to see him, but was so glad I did. It is a splendid city, so much history, art, architecture, a perfect place to explore. I hope you enjoy it someday.


  1. I love vacation stories and yours is one of my features on next weeks OVER THE MOON LINK PARTY which goes live on Sunday evening at 5pm central. Please stop by to see your feature and be sure to link up again!
    I did go to NY once when I was about 5 but I really don’t remember anything. It is sure on my bucket list.
    🙂 gwingal


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