Beyond Brooklyn

Wilmington Where?

Wilmington? Vermont? It was a one stop-light town in the way on my way to Mount Snow. I always drove into town, turned right at that light and never once stopped. That changed this weekend in my efforts to travel on the New England Masters Ski Racing circuit in an old-style way, keeping costs down and when traveling alone, basically looking for those 70s and 80s type cheap motels that a single is willing to stay i

Return To Morrow

Two years ago, I was convinced I was witnessing the end of Blue Mesa and Morrow Point Reservoirs and the west as we knew it. What a difference above-average snowfall can make.

It's Time to go to Amsterdam: Story, photos and video by Mark D Phillips

Three Days in Amsterdam

Traveling to Amsterdam for fun seemed impossible not that long ago. A three day visit from New York brought back the old joy of visiting one of Europe’s greatest cities of art, water and fun. It’s a Beyond Brooklyn experience for everyone.

Salt and Green water mark the edges of the shoreline along the Dead Sea near Ein Gedi, Israel, in 2022. ©Mark D Phillips

The Dead Sea in Despair

Andrea Peyser and I had frolicked in the buoyant water at Ein Gedi on the sea’s northern basin in 1992. Now in 2022, the resort is abandoned, a decaying ghost town in the middle of sinkholes — a nightmare scene out of a science fiction novel, fenced off and marked with DANGER signs. When the Ein Gedi Spa resort closed in March 2020, the water had receded 2½ miles away (4 kilometers).

Liza Phillips with Gold Medal

USA Field Hockey takes Gold in double overtime, shootout

Liza Phillips with Gold Medal Liza Phillips and Gianna Duddy The USA Field Hockey team defeated Argentina to bring home GOLD in a nail-biting, TWO overtime, 6-5 shootout victory at the 21st Maccabiah games in Israel. After a scoreless first half, the Americans scored two unanswered goals in the third […]