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Editor Bios Lucy Komisar

Lucy Komisar
Lucy Komisar is a journalist who has traveled around the world in pursuit of stories that range from U.S. foreign policy and third world struggles for democracy to investigations of international corporate skullduggery. She is a past John Simon Guggenheim fellow and a past John and Catherine MacArthur Foundation grantee. She won a Gerald Loeb award, the most prestigious prize in financial journalism, for an investigative story about fraudster Allen Stanford. She is listed in Who's Who in America. Her reporting has taken her to more than 50 countries. While traveling she also likes to learn and write about antiquities and architectural treasures, local culture, art and dance, food and wine. She liked to play tennis and go snorkeling or diving. Loves castles and seaside cafes. She reviews New York theater and is a member of the Drama Desk, the organization of NY theater critics, writers and editors. Lucy’s website is thekomisarscoop.com.

By Lucy Komisar

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Sunset Key’s Latitudes is a magical place for lunch in Key West

The best food in Key West is at the Latitudes restaurant on Sunset Key. There is a magical feel to this exceptional place which is on a small island you reach via a 6-minute launch ride from a pier at… (more)
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Key West museums: Butterfly Conservancy, Customs House Art & History

Though most of your Key West time will be outside, here are two museums you should visit even when it’s typically delicious outside. And certainly if it’s cool or rainy, as alas, it has been known to be, your day… (more)
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Sel et Poivre is still a favorite unpretentious NY East Side French bistro

At this very popular New York East Side French bistro, game — often venison and quail — comes from Texas all through the year, but there’s an annual festival featuring game till mid-March. I went to a press dinner featuring… (more)
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Watch Key West sunset from historic schooner or catamaran

When and If Sunset cruises are special at Key West. Among all the fun things you do, you will remember them most. I generally like the catamarans, as you can walk about them steadily. No lurching from side to side.… (more)
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Louisiana cooking features what swims in and near the Gulf

Shell fish was the star of a dinner organized in New York by the Lake Charles tourism office. And being this is southwest Louisiana, and a home of cajun and creole cooking, there were spices to go along. The Gulf… (more)
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Visiting Gracie Mansion, the home of New York’s mayor

Have you been to New York’s Gracie Mansion? (You can go. See below.) Mayor Bill DeBlasio had a holiday party to show off his official home to New Yorkers. The mayor wasn’t there, but he sent some docents who did… (more)
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90th year of New York City Thanksgiving Day parade started by immigrants

When did Chengdu, China, started sending floats to the New York City Thanksgiving Day parade! This year’s was a stunning production, with people dressed in the costumes of the traditional Chinese opera and even a couple of pandas. In just… (more)
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Insider’s Tips to Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

The Greenwich Village Halloween parade started more than 4 decades ago in 1974 with some village puppeteers – the Bread and Puppet Theater — and local actors marching up Sixth Avenue. It has become an event in which thousands of… (more)
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“The Malt House FiDi,” where Wall Streeters go after final bell

If you thought that people disappear from Wall Street when the stock market closes, you would be wrong. Many of them repair to hangouts to relax and drink and churn over the day’s trades and scams. (Just kidding about the… (more)
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Discover port from Portugal’s Douro Valley

The oldest demarcated wine region in the world is not in France. It is in Portugal, in the Douro region near Porto, famous for port wine, and a necessary stop on any traveler’s tour of the country. Though the vineyards… (more)