Posts Categorised: Inspiration

One Man Has Spent 38 Years Sketching Art in the Subway, So Far…

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As a person that loves New York so much I write a blog on the place, I’m always intrigued to find out about other people and their NYC passion projects, like Philip Coppola from New Jersey, who started sketching the mosaics inside New York City’s subway stations in 1978 with a ball point pen. “The idea ... Keep reading

The Recipe for New York City’s Favourite Burger

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If you’re looking for me in the evening, there’s a good chance I’m waiting for a table at West Village restaurant, The Spotted Pig, so I can have one of chef April Bloomfield’s legendary burgers with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. In fact, her burgers are so renowned it is not uncommon for there to ... Keep reading

New York’s Disappearing Store Fronts

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I don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing that upsets me about visiting NYC – or any great city, for that matter – it’s finding out that yet another of those favourite time-worn unique, friendly places that make visiting worth it, has been chewed up and spat out by the Machine of Progress, ... 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

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

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

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

An Illustrated Guide to the Windows of New York

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It might be a little flower box on a grimy ledge, a flickering neon sign, or a pet cat that catches the eye of Mexican illustrator, José Guízar, who has become obsessed with documenting the windows of New York since moving to the city a year ago. He started The Windows of New York project ... Keep reading

From Cowboys to the Catwalk: a Celebration of Denim on Display at FIT

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With the exception of Coco Chanel who declared blue jeans as “horrible”, I think it’s safe to say that most people – one in two of us, apparently – put on a pair of jeans in the morning. Who would have thought that denim, the humble cloth originating from De Nimes in France in the ... Keep reading