I must admit that I am intrigued by this floating biosphere scheduled to make the rounds of New York City's waterways this summer.
I will never quite understand the whole cupcake craze that swept the nation, but if there is one good thing that came out of it, it is Butter Lane, an absolutely charming shop in the East Village. For moist, fresh cupcakes with a tender crust topped with rich buttercream that actually will not send you into insulin shock, head over to East 7th Street, preferably after a leisurely dinner nearby.
Asparagus season is fleeting, and the tender green spears will be gone before we know it. Dorie Greenspan devotes a whole post to ways in which to enjoy it while we can.
And if you really want to feel lucky about your health, hygiene and living conditions, pick up The Places In Between, Rory Stewart's account of his walk across Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban. You will feel very, very clean and quite appreciative of your indoor plumbing (among many other things).