WhereTraveler New York

Editor’s Note

2019 NOVEMBER

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It’s that time of year again, whether we’re ready for it or not. Frankly, gift-giving season can be a pain. Thank goodness then for contributi­ng writer Joni Sweet, whose gift guide, beginning on p. 8, puts a refreshing New York-centric spin on the annual enterprise.

I’d like to tell you about my most recent gift. It came in the nick of time (pardon the Santa pun), and it may be the reason why you picked up and are reading this issue of Where-Traveler New York. I’m talking about the cover image: Juan Luis Quintana’s lovely patchwork poster of Manhattan.

Month after month, choosing the cover image is one of the biggest challenges facing a magazine editor and art director. Two days before going to press with this issue, AD Jennifer Vaz and I still had not found the image that clicked. Desperatio­n was upon us. Then, out of the blue, I received an unsolicite­d email from Juan Luis Quintana, a Spanish painter who spends half the year in Buffalo, New York, and the other half in Barcelona. “Would it be possible to publish the attached poster?” he wrote. Would it ever! “Cool,” Jennifer concurred.

So, let Juan Luis Quintana’s serendipit­ous gift to Jennifer and me be our gift to you. Hope you like it.

FRANCIS LEWIS Editor, WhereTrave­ler® New York @wherenewyo­rk

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