Cross Town Thoughts
Est. 2016

Carol Colitti Levine’s pithy posts. A bricolage of her quirky take on current culture, politics, sports, life in NYC & random side musings.


Descendent of original blog
Back Roads Thoughts
Est. 2010




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. Eventually migrated back to Western Massachusetts, Northampton. Now. Central Park West.


mAd Ben- WPP/Ogilvy, Executive Partner
Carol- Publisher, Author, Editor
Dr. Husband- Baystate Children’s Hospital, ret. Vice-Chair




Carol’s Long Career at a Global Dutch Bank


Vice President & Relationship Manager, San Francisco
Senior Vice President, Managing Director & Head of Boston Group
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 New York. Then in San Francisco at Crocker & Wells Fargo Banks in Latin America Lending & Credit Policy.

Always had the best views.




Book, Column, Blogs

After retiring from banking, Carol published a book, wrote a featured travel column, created several opinion and food blogs.



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
New England Magazine



The Side Trek     –  Back Roads Thoughts
Side Trek . NYC  –  Cross Town Thoughts
Book-Treks   –  Carol’s Carrel
Recipe Detours  –  Alternate Cooking Routes
Quests de Cuisine  –  Dining Scenes



Carol as Polemicist

New York Times & Readers Picks

2018 – 2020

Michelle Goldberg, Trump’s Misogyny
Emily Flitter, Money Stuff
Michael Sandel
, Non-College-Educated Disdain
Frank Bruni, Democrat Party Devouring Itself
Front Page, Who Won Iowa Fiasco
Retrospective, Native American Resistance Alcatraz 1969
Op-Ed Columnists, 10/19 Democrat Debate Winners & Losers
Front Page, El Paso and Dayton Mass Shootings
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
Politics, Moms & Daughters Debate Gender Issue
Hillary Clinton, 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



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4 Replies to “About”

  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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