A Miniature English Village on the Upper West Side

I live in England, by the sea. I’m also pretty close to countryside peppered with charming English villages. So, when I visit New York, it’s for a complete ‘slap-in-the-face’ change of scenery, swapping the ‘stuffy charms’ of England for some concrete-jungle action and culture! But, after finding out about a tiny English village sandwiched between ... Keep reading

A Jazz Age Lawn Party for Summer

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I usually build my trip to New York around places to see, the odd exhibition, new restaurants to try out–and eating at some of my favourite ones, too. This year I’m thinking of planning it around this fun outdoor party for some dancing! For two weekends over the summer months, Governors Island – a short ... Keep reading

A Secret Playground in Manhattan

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My list of hidden places in New York to discover away from the tourist crowds is a constant work in progress, and today I’m adding this secret playground in Manhattan to it. It’s called Teardrop Park and it looks fun to hunt out. “When you walk into Battery Park City, you see rows of tall apartment ... Keep reading

This Ice Skating Exhibition In Manhattan Looks Magical

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New York winters are intensely grey, windy and cold, but there’s something special about wrapping up warm to watch or join the skaters at one of the city’s ice rinks. I’m also a huge fan of the Museum of the City of New York, so was intrigued to read about one of its current exhibitions, ... Keep reading

Hotel Idea: LIFE Hotel

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With the new year in full swing and holiday planning at the top of the to-do list, today I’m kicking off my ‘New York City Hotel Idea’ series. First up, I’m eyeing the LIFE Hotel which opened in April 2017 in the old LIFE Magazine building and looks really cool. Here’s the lowdown… Location: 19 ... Keep reading

New Yorker Magazine Covers for the New Year

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For me, the start of a new year is an excuse to plan my next New York trip. So today, I set the ball rolling with some internet exploration, only to get immediately distracted by this cool collection of New Yorker magazine covers on The New Yorker website. Each one was published at the start ... Keep reading

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe

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Would you go for breakfast at Tiffany’s? I don’t mean stand outside the flagship Tiffany & Co. shop on Fifth Avenue clutching the pastry-in-a-bag and stewed deli filter coffee a la Hepburn circa 1961. I mean, actually eat breakfast inside the shop. At a table, from a plate, with cutlery. Well, now you can, at ... Keep reading

Making Bergdorf Goodman’s Christmas Window Displays

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Nothing says ‘Happy Holidays!’ more than the Bergdorf Goodman department store’s spectacular Christmas window displays, which take a jaw dropping 11 months to make from start to finish. Curious how they do it, and not able to make it to NYC this Christmas for a peek, I was sooooo excited to discover this brilliant little ... Keep reading

Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel – the Trailer!

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I can’t wait to see Woody Allen’s next – 50th?, 60th?, 70th maybe? – film Wonder Wheel, a nostalgic Mafia drama-type movie set in 1950s Coney Island which comes out soon, and looks exciting and beautiful… It stars Justin Timberlake as a wannabe writer living in Greenwich Village and working as a lifeguard who falls for a mobster’s ... Keep reading

‘Black Friday’ at Macy’s, 1948

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If I could time travel in New York it would be to the 1940s. Somehow all the black and white photos from the era manage to make even the most horrendous of situations look glamorous and romantic – like these ones of Black Friday at Macy’s, 1948, by Nina Leen for LIFE Magazine. Although it wasn’t technically ... Keep reading