Carol Colitti Levine

Cross Town Thoughts

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


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

– 2016






Carol’s first international banking job in NYC as assistant to a top executive at Edmond Safra’s Republic National Bank.

In San Francisco, she worked in Latin America Lending at Crocker Bank; Credit Policy Group at Wells Fargo.

ABN AMRO Netherlands, N.V.

Carol then embarked on a very long career trek with ABN AMRO, the Global Dutch Bank. First at ABN AMRO San Francisco as Vice President & Relationship Manager. On to becoming Senior Vice President & the Managing Director of ABN AMRO Boston. Finally in New York as a Regional Managing Director for ABN AMRO North America.


ABN AMRO private event at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum    – 1996






Carol published a book, wrote a featured travel column, created several opinion and food blogs, and a consulting side bizness.



Stories and Favorite Recipes of the People  
Who Created a Dining Paradise in the
Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts

Copyright 2005. Hard cover. Illustrated.  Amazon.

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



VALLEY LIVING   New England Magazine    2006 – 2010
Featured quarterly column Carol called The Side Trek.  The concept emanated from her aversion to driving on highways, steering readers to explore hidden gems along the byways.

THE SIDE TREK   Back Roads Thoughts   2010 – 2016
Carol’s quirky takes on politics & current culture.

TRAVEL TREKS    2010 – 2016
Byways of Western Massachusetts on The Side Trek Blog.


lawn signs 2016


SIDE TREK . NYC    Cross Town Thoughts    Since 2016
Same quirky take on politics & current culture from Central Park West.


another perspective


BOOK-TREKS     Carol’s Carrel   Since 2010
Her favorite books with reviews.

RECIPE DETOURS    Since 2012
Carol’s non-traditionally written recipes.

SIDE BIZNESS    Consulting Business Since 2012
Website content, branding and marketing.

Table’s Edge book reviews and excerpts. Dining out.



Carol’s Comments “New York Times Picks


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. Not a pick but …   Anthony Bourdain

2014 – 2017

Gail Collins.  Sexism. Deconstructing Donald
Maureen Dowd.  Hillary Hawk v. Trump Dove
Ross Douthat.  Goodbye Bushism= Rubio
Politics.  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

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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