Side Bizness NYC

Carol Colitti Levine Consulting.  Since 2012.

A former banking executive, author & publisher, Carol leveraged her experience to create a consulting business. She curates and edits websites with strategic marketing and branding advisory services. Increasing bottom line. Attracting new customers. Establishing a unique space that sets businesses apart in the crowded digital marketplace. A customized platform updated often and fast to keep it fresh and friendly to maximize growth.

Send a business profile to to set up an introductory meeting remote or at her Manhattan office.

Finance Management & Marketing

Carol was one of the first women Managing Directors at ABN AMRO, the Global Dutch Bank. Her ABN AMRO career began at 555 California Street in San Francisco as a Vice President & relationship manager for Fortune 1000 corporations in Northern California & Utah; she then moved to head up its New England office as Senior Vice President & Managing Director, at One Post Office Square in Boston; finally as East Coast Managing Director at ABN AMRO North America 500 Park Avenue, New York.

Prior to ABN AMRO, Carol worked in international lending at Crocker & Wells Fargo Banks in San Francisco; Republic National Bank (Safra) in New York.

Carol met with local and national bank regulators often and challenged Hillary’s policy platform on reining in Wall Street:  Carol v. Hillary


Writing & Publishing 

Table’s Edge

Published in 2005, Table’s Edge is a hardcover illustrated anecdotal history of Northampton, Massachusetts’ culinary heydey. Carol’s original half biographies / half cookbook concept. Kitchen stories, secrets & proprietary recipes. Over 5,000 copies sold.  A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Still available from third party sellers on Amazon.


The Side Trek

Originated in 2006 as Carol Colitti Levine’s quarterly column in Valley Living a New England magazine. Created as an extension of her aversion to driving on highways, it steered readers to explore hidden gems along the byways.

It became a blog in 2010, blazing new trails as a caravan of Carol’s quirky back roads thoughts. Economics, books, politics & current culture. Travel treks in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

Side Trek . NYC

2016. Blog now resides on Central Park West. Careening off the beaten treks in Manhattan. Still quirky. Still no highways. Cross town thoughts.

Recipe Detours

Carol’s spinoff blog from The Side Trek celebrates the art of cuisine rather than the science. Detours are not traditionally written recipes, but general methodologies and ingredients particular to her palate and cupboard.

Quests de Cuisine

Dining out. New York City, Pioneer Valley & beyond.


New York Times Picks

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