District at risk

TRAVEL SMARTS

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, lower Manhattan has been added to a list of endangered cultural sites.

November 04, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Lower Manhattan, long considered among the world's most energetic areas, has been added to the World Monuments Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites as No. 101 after the Sept. 11 attacks.

"Beyond the extraordinary toll on human life, the assault left historic buildings in the vicinity of the World Trade Center vulnerable," representatives of the World Monuments Fund said in a statement. "Technical assistance is urgently needed to assess the architectural integrity of surviving structures."

Inclusion on the list makes lower Manhattan eligible to receive aid from the fund as a cultural symbol in danger (there are six historic districts and more than 65 landmarks in the 1.5-square-mile section). Other sites on the group's list include historic town centers damaged by bombs in Bosnia and Herzegovina; archaeological sites like Yaxchilan in Mexico; and structures such as the Gothic cathedral in Beauvais, France, and the Great Wall of China.

The World Monuments Fund is a private, nonprofit organization based in New York and is dedicated to preservation of monuments and sites worldwide through fieldwork, planning and monetary assistance. For information about donating, visit www.worldmonuments.org.

EVENTS AND TOURS CELEBRATE STEINBECK

The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Calif., has begun a year of events and celebrations leading up to the centennial anniversary of author John Steinbeck's birth.

Through October 2002, a monthly series at San Jose State University will examine the author's works, and the center will present various exhibits and programs highlighting Steinbeck's literary contributions.

Included in the program for February are four "Wayward Bus Tours" to locations that played a role in Steinbeck's life or work, including the Red Pony Ranch in Salinas and Cannery Row in Monterey.

Other events are planned for New York's Lincoln Center (in March), and California's Monterey Art Museum and Monterey Aquarium.

Fans of the writer can find a list of the goings-on online at www.steinbeck100.org.

-- T.B.

For a delicious weekend

The Sagamore Resort on New York's Lake George is offering a sweet deal next Friday: a culinary getaway where guests learn the art of making chocolate petit fours, harvest soups and even ice sculptures from Sagamore chefs (the resort has seven restaurants).

The package, which runs through Nov. 11, starts at $394 and includes two nights of accommodation, six interactive cooking workshops, a cocktail reception and dinner Friday, all three meals Saturday and breakfast Sunday. For information, call 800-358-3585 or go to www.thesagamore.com. -- T.B.

A new road-travel buddy

Rand McNally is giving the American Automobile Association a run for your money. The mapmakers have developed "Road Explorers," a roadside assistance program that includes travel discounts at participating hotels and rental-car companies.

Sound familiar? It should -- that's been AAA's market niche for almost 100 years. Road Explorer, which also offers trip planning, allows you instant access to state and city maps (complete with legends) in printer-friendly form on the Internet.

Two levels of memberships are available: Premier ($34.95) provides discounts and mapping services, while Premier Plus ($79.95) adds roadside assistance for any family member. For information, go online to www.randmcnally.com. -- T.B.

B&Bs on the WWW

Heading south for the winter? Bed & Breakfast Inns online might be able to help. The site (www.bbonline.com) has put together a mapping service for snowbirds that lists B&Bs on your travel path. Just choose the interstate and then pick from a list of scenic towns along the way, and the site sends back photos, rates and contact information for inns on your route. -- T.B.

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