Behind the Scenes at the Costume Institute


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


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

DATE NIGHT IN NEW YORK: 4 Cosy French Restaurants in the West Village

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It goes without saying New York’s West Village is packed with so many great neighbourhood food gems it can be hard to know where to begin. So here are four cosy French restaurants to choose from, that will help your indecisive mood. 1. Buvette You probably didn’t even know that a restaurant serving French tapas ... Keep reading

Fairytale Fireflies of New York

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Summer might bring sweltering conditions to Manhattan, but in Upstate New York, it brings a fairytale to life. Once a year, the winged beetle commonly known as a firefly or lightning bugs, put on a show to remember using chemical bioluminescence during twilight to attract sexual mates or prey. In firefly mating rituals, the males ... Keep reading

The Hidden Birdhouses of the West Village

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I’d just sat down to check my phone on an idle West Village ramble one sunny day, and was wondering what to do next when I spotted this curious series of little hidden birdhouses peeking out from inside a clump of bushes. Obviously I had to take a closer look… There’s a roman villa, two ... Keep reading

The Disappearing Flower District

I never thought I’d say this, but sometimes it pays to look like a tourist. Had I not spent one particular Subway journey staring blankly at my map, it’s likely I wouldn’t have got chatting to my neighbour who probably wouldn’t have suggested checking out one of the city’s best-kept secrets, the Flower District. This ... Keep reading

Step Inside the Jazz Age Cocktail Bar Hidden in Grand Central Station


Of the 1000s of people that pass through Grand Central Station each day, only a few know about its most magnificent secret… So, next time you’re there, here’s what you need to do if you want to find it. Head towards those enormous gold light fixtures that hang down from the high ceiling in the ... Keep reading

A Morning Adventure in Uptown Manhattan

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Last week, remember I told you I’m always taking notes on all those hidden gems and things to see when I’m next in New York? Well, once I’ve made my list, flights are booked, the holiday is creeping closer – and I’m drooling at the thought of a New York brunch session – I’ll start working ... Keep reading

The Psycho House on the Met Museum’s Rooftop


Here’s another gem for the TO DO IN NEW YORK IMMEDIATELY LIST: a snoop at the Met Museum’s summer installation in its rooftop garden. This year, British artist Cornelia Parker has built a replica of… the house in Hitchcock’s 60s cult movie, Psycho. Genius! What’s even more brilliant about it, is that it’s all made ... Keep reading