Monday, November 28, 2016

REINCARNATION OF AN ICE BALL, A MANSION AND A SHOE POLISH

BY JANET STEINBERG

Part 5 of a Series 

Happy days are here again! 

Detroit, ‘The Comeback City’ is really coming back.  And with it, some old values, old history, and old sayings are also coming back.   Come along with me and see how an old-timer’s 20th Century world is influencing the world of the 21st Century. 

It's more than water…it's more than ice…it's creamy like ice cream, but not fatty…it's fruity like sherbet, but with no milk products…it is frozen like shaved ice, but there is no juice to run out.   It's got no fat…no dairy…and no cholesterol.  

What is it?  It's Water Ice, an ancient Italian tradition reminiscent of the 20th century’s paper-coned ice balls. 

Where is it?  It’s at THE DETROIT WATER ICE FACTORY, located at Campus Martius Park in Detroit Michigan. 

Why is it?  It’s because a renowned American author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, broadcaster, and musician simply wanted to give something back. 

DETROIT WATER ICE FACTORY AT CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

Monday, November 14, 2016

BELLE ISLE: A RIVER ISLAND BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES

 BY JANET STEINBERG


Part 4 of a Series 

When I was a very small child, I used to visit my grandparents who lived in Detroit, Michigan.  As an adult, I remembered absolutely nothing about Detroit, and very little about my grandparents.  The only thing I ever remembered about those trips was the name Belle Isle, a place to which they would take me during my visits. 

Now, umpteen years later, I made it a point to revisit that romantic-sounding island that I fantasized about from my childhood.  Well, I didn’t find palm trees swaying from ocean breezes and I didn’t find turquoise waters beckoning snorkelers. However, what I did find was an historic 982-acre island park plunked down in the middle of the Detroit River…a 2.5 mile-long river island between two countries, and the two cities of Detroit, USA and Windsor, Canada. 

BELLE ISLE IN DETROIT RIVER BETWEEN DETROIT, USA AND WINDSOR, CANADA

Monday, October 31, 2016

ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE

BY JANET STEINBERG



Part 3 of a Series

When I was in Heidelberg, Germany, I gazed at the huge ruin of the Heidelberg Castle, described by Mark Twain as follows: “...with empty window arches, ivy-mailed battlements, moldering towers--the Lear of inanimate nature--deserted, discrowned, beaten by the storms, but royal still, and beautiful."                                                             

When I was in Detroit, Michigan I gazed at Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Castle…the main attraction of the Heidelberg Project, an artsy environment in the heart of an urban community (3600 Heidelberg Street) on Detroit’s East Side.
WELCOME TO THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT

Monday, October 24, 2016

EYE CANDY: CULTURE…NOT CALORIES

BY JANET STEINBERG


Part 2 of a Series

Some of the most delicious treats I tasted in Detroit, Michigan were served up to me wherever I turned in Motor City. And, like all candies, they came in a variety of flavors and colors.  However, there were no calories in these candies.  I call those treats my eye candy. 

Hart Plaza, a 14-acre riverfront destination designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1978, is a virtual sculpture park.  This popular venue, that hosts up to 40,000 people for summer festivals, concerts and special events, was named for the late U.S. Senator Philip Hart.


HART PLAZA...THE HEART OF DETROIT’S RIVERFRONT

Please allow me to offer you a bite out of my favorite eye candies that abide at Hart Plaza and elsewhere in the Comeback City.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

“D” IS FOR …………….

BY JANET STEINBERG

Part 1 of a series


The letter “D” can stand for many things…direction, dining, diversity and discovery, to name a few.  In the case of Detroit, Michigan, the letter “D” stands for all of the above.  “The D” not only stands for one of several nicknames for Detroit, but it also stands for the city’s Direction.  Detroit is the only city in the continental U.S. where you can look south to see Canada.  
LOOKING AT WINDSOR, CANADA FROM DETROIT RIVERFRONT