Posts Categorised: Inspiration

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

Franck Bohbot Light On New York

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

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

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

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

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

How to Piss Off Every New Yorker in 36 Seconds

Call me pretentious, but I’m a tourist-phobe. I have an in-built fear of looking and acting like the stereotypical dithery, dumb visitor on holiday. The kind that stops dead in front of you and spins around in the middle of the street; or blocks the entrance to the underground station. You know the kind… Sometimes ... Keep reading

The New York Pizza Project – Your Guide to Finding New York’s Authentic Pizza Parlours

New York Pizza Project

If I had to choose between dinner at a ‘reliable’ chain restaurant or a well-loved authentic New York pizza shop, I’d choose the pizza parlour every time – John’s of Bleecker to be precise. A trip to my favourite New York pizza shop means going out for a taste of real New York pizza. It means ... Keep reading

Off-Beat New York City Guides for the Curious Traveller

If like me you shy away from mass tourism (with the obvious exception to the rule, of course, like that first-night-in-New-York trip up the Empire State Building I won’t give up…) and love hunting down quirky, hidden places in a city, I know you’re really going to like what I’m about to show you. Introducing ... Keep reading