Carol Colitti Levine


Cross Town Thoughts

Carol’s pithy posts are a bricolage of her quirky take on current culture, politics, sports, life in New York City & random side musings.


Journey Back to NYC

From Western Massachusetts, Carol moved to the Upper West Side. She met future Dr. Husband and moved into his West Village loft. After getting hitched they headed West to Pacific Heights, San Francisco where Ben was born just before the Big Quake. Migrated back to Western Massachusetts, Northampton.  And now Central Park West.

Central Park Christmas

mAdBen. Worldwide Executive Partner @ Ogilvy; Carol; Dr.Husband. Retired Vice-Chair Baystate Children’s Hospital.



Long Career at a Global Dutch Bank


Vice President & Relationship Manager
San Francisco

Senior Vice President & Managing Director
Head of New England Office

Global Managing Director
Head of East Coast Client Group
New York




ABN AMRO private event for New England Clients at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum




Prior to ABN AMRO, Carol’s first job in international banking was in Far East Lending at Republic Bank of New York. Then in San Francisco at Crocker & Wells Fargo Banks in Latin America Lending & Credit Policy.



Book, Column, Blogs

After retiring from banking, Carol published a book, wrote a featured travel column, created several opinion and food blogs, and manages a website content & consulting side bizness.

Table’s Edge

Stories and favorite recipes of the people
who created a dining paradise in the
Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts



Hard cover. Illustrated.  Amazon.

Carol originated this half history, half cookbook format. She wrote, designed, published and marketed the book selling over 5,000 copies.


Valley Living    2006 – 2010
Featured quarterly column
New England Magazine

The Side Trek    2010 – 2016
Back Roads Thoughts
Western Massachusetts

Travel Treks    2010 – 2016
Hidden gems along the byways

Side Trek . NYC    2016 – present
Cross Town Thoughts

Book Treks   2010 – present
Carol’s Carrel

Recipe Detours   2012 – present
Non-traditional recipes

Quests de Cuisine   2012 – present
Restaurant Scenes

Side Bizness   2012 – present
Website content consulting



New York Times Picks

2018 – 2019

NY Times Op-Ed Columnists
10/19 Democrat Debate Winners & Losers

NY Times Front Page
El Paso and Dayton Mass Shootings

NY Times Op-Ed Columnists
7/19 Democrat Debate Winners & Losers

Jamelle Bouie
Is Biden Most Electable Democrat

Susan Chira
Women Don’t Think Alike

Kat Stoeffel
The Age of the MSNBC Mom

Maureen Dowd
Bill’s Belated #MeToo Moment

Michael Ian Black
The Boys Are Not All Right

Pete Wells
Anthony Bourdain

2014 – 2017

Gail Collins
Sexism – Deconstructing Donald

Maureen Dowd
Hillary Hawk v. Trump Dove

Ross Douthat
Goodbye Bushism= Rubio

Moms & Daughters Debate Gender Issue

Hillary Clinton’s Op-Ed
How I’d Rein In Wall Street

News Story
San Bernardino Terrorist Mass Shooting

Frank Bruni
How Isis Defeats Us

Roger Cohen
Call to War Against ISIS

Frank Bruni
Hillary’s Debate Magic

Frank Bruni
Scary Ted Cruz

David Brooks
Marco Rubio-Carly Fiorina Option

Michael Buckley
Damming Tibet’s Rivers

Maureen Dowd
Cheney’s Revisionist History

Timothy Egan
The Commencement Bigots



CNN’S Cafferty File

“Fans of CNN news commentator Jack Cafferty and his on air blog, the Cafferty File, have likely heard him share the comments of a local woman, introducing them by saying: ‘Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts, writes.’ The Carol he refers to is Carol Colitti Levine, who frequently weighs in…

Levine also has a blog of her own. Along the way, Levine shares her perspectives on business, books and cooking, serving up a range of posts from an exhibition of Edward Hopper’s work at the Whitney, Cyber Monday, Tiger Woods. Skippy Hallow is about how she hates Halloween, and Stuffington Posts describe her family’s Thanksgiving celebrations.”

~ Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2010

4 Replies to “Carol Colitti Levine”

  1. I’m looking forward to your entries. I really enjoyed your book and column and expect this new format to be equally stimulating and informative.


  2. It is amazing how you navigated different avenues from banking to being an author of a book on food. I joined the bank in Amsterdam after you retired but if you ever come and visit this part of the world again, give me a shout. 😉


  3. Hi there Carol, found you via your review of Quindlen’s latest novel (I gave it a single star too…). Please contact me if you are interested in reviewing a spicy/jazzy midlife adventure book I just wrote called GLISSANDO. Happy and healthy New Year to you!


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