I Saw Inside the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital Tour New York

Have you ever been to Ellis Island? It’s New York’s most popular attraction (two million people visit each year, yikes!) so chances are you have. But did you know it’s also home to an incredible sight most people don’t know is there? I’m talking about the abandoned Ellis Island hospital, a long-forgotten, 22-building complex, used to screen sick ... Keep reading

Time-lapse Travelling on the NYC Subway

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Riding on the subway would be so much more fun if you could sit up front in the driver’s seat, don’t you think? Although this amazing NYC subway time-lapse video of an entire trip on the 7 line from 34th Street in Manhattan to Flushing in Queens, all from the driver’s perspective at the front ... Keep reading

Manhattan Cocktails in a Bottle

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Here’s a great New York souvenir idea for cocktail lovers: Pourable Manhattan cocktails. A Utah-based distillery mixes rye whiskey, vermouth and bitters, then ages the mixture for 90 days, to make a fantastic Manhattan cocktail, which you just pour right out of the bottle. How cool is that? ... Keep reading

New York City’s Hidden Restaurant Row

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On Friday night, take a stroll along Bleecker Street to the fringes of Greenwich Village, then turn left along Cornelia Street. For this small traffic-free road tucked between 6th Avenue and West 4th Street is one of New York’s best-kept secrets, home to a clutch of the city’s cosiest and best independent restaurants. Coming across ... Keep reading

Little Syria, New York City

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Once upon a time in New York City, years before the World Trade Centre was built and the area known as TriBeCa came to exist, the lower west side of Manhattan was a different place. For this corner of the city was once home to a vibrant neighbourhood, the streets filled with the sound of ... Keep reading

Dreamy Photographs of a Brooklyn Night Owl

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If Edward Hopper was alive today and working as a photographer in New York City, these are the kinds of photographs I imagine he would take. Dreamy chromatic shots of Manhattan’s streets and store fronts in the poetic early hours, barely a soul around, filled with a sense of isolation, calm and stillness, except for ... Keep reading

The Time Capsule Alleyway in Greenwich Village

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I’ve been spending some time lately on each trip to New York getting to know the city’s historical treasures a little better. So the last time I was stateside, I set out to find a curious little mews I’d seen pictures of and heard a lot about. If you happen to find yourself in Greenwich ... Keep reading

Behind the Scenes at the Costume Institute

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Here’s a film suggestion for your next free night at home on the couch. A behind-the-scenes type documentary about the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute called The First Monday In May. I saw it last night in this cinema and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s so captivating, in fact, there were even a few moments ... Keep reading

My Star-Studded Chelsea B&B

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Or as I like to call it, The Littlest Vintage Hollywood Movie Poster Museum in New York. When the current owner of the Chelsea Pines Inn started running the place in the 80s, he brought with him a museum-worthy collection of vintage Hollywood movie posters. In need of a storage solution, he came up with ... Keep reading

The Speakeasy Bakery Selling Alcoholic Cupcakes

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If like me, you find yourself growing a little bored with all the usual cupcake bakeries these days (no more red velvet!), you might like to know I’ve stumbled on a sweet-smelling cure to cupcake fatigue and surviving an action-packed day in New York City… It’s called The Prohibition Bakery and you’ll find it tucked ... Keep reading