Bye bye, 2016

I wrote a lot of articles in 2016. Some of them I liked, and some even helped restore my sanity and and faith in humanity during a hell of a year. Here are a few of my favorites:

Why Jackie Kennedy's Wedding Dress Designer Was Society's "Best-Kept Secret" Ann Lowe, who was the first black high-fashion designer in the U.S., with her own boutique on Madison Avenue and a clientele that included Rockefellers, DuPonts and, yes, the Bouviers — she made Jackie's debutante and wedding dresses. Yet, she ended up dying broke and forgotten at the age of 82. The Smithsonian's new African-American Museum, as well as FIT and some amazing costume historians, are working to change that.

Grandmas From Around the World Cook at this Local Eatery I traveled to Staten Island to interview some of the nonnas who cook at beloved neighborhood establishment Enoteca Maria. And boy, were these ladies not only a total delight but also totally inspiring. One had come from war-torn Syria three years ago, knowing no English; her daughter-in-law translated for her, and by the end of our chat all three of us were crying and hugging one another. It reminded me of why I so love New York City.

America's First Methodist Church More Than a Historical Landmark Back in January (of 2016), I went to a service at John Street Methodist Church, after hearing the pastor was working on a Bowie sermon. He told me that this year the church, the first Methodist one in the country, was celebrating its 250th anniversary, and I thought "Hmm... that might be a good story for the Post!" It only took 10 months to do it! This was a fun story to write (this place has had its share of entertaining factoids), but on a personal note, I found it helpful after the election to take a look at a place that has been a beacon of light and hope for the Manhattan community for such a long time. It's important to remember that these social community centers can be agents of change and places for healing and processing. And it's inspiring to see those that have managed to survive tumultuous times.

How Butter Became a Villain — and Why It's Actually Good for You Just in time for the holidays, I wrote about America's love-hate relationship with butter, the butter vs. margarine wars, and why fat actually isn't bad for you. Most surprising fact I learned: margarine was actually invented IN FRANCE. Sacre bleu!

'Miracle on the Hudson' Pilot Landed Us Our Children My first (and probably only) New York Post cover! And a rare uplifting, heart-warming one too, about a couple who re-found love after going through the crash on the Hudson River.

The Man Who Changed the Red Carpet Forever Just because I love the Oscars and Hollywood and fashion and history, and this has all of those things.