Posts Categorised: Inspiration

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

How to Piss Off Every New Yorker in 36 Seconds

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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

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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

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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

Let’s Look Inside the New York Times Archives

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Coming across videos like this is such a treat for me! I would pay good money to spend the day sifting through the newspaper’s old print archives, a department that used to be the heart of most publications but today is jokingly referred to “the morgue”. What a vault of nostalgic treasures this place must ... Keep reading

Snowboarding Through the Empty Streets of Manhattan

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Have you seen the video of snowboarder Casy Neistat snowboarding through the empty streets of Manhattan behind a Jeep? It’s been making the rounds, going viral with over six million views, but in case you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth watching. Crowds cheer when he glides through Times’ Square flying an enormous American flag. ... Keep reading

Dreaming of Summer in Montauk

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Just three hours east of Manhattan along the Sunrise Highway on the very tip of Long Island is Montauk, the New York beach town once the domain of hardy fishermen, fearless surfers – and the summer hangout Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger escaped to in the 70s. New York photographer Ben Watts has owned a ... Keep reading

Someone has Drawn all the Buildings in New York

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If like me, you are obsessed with New York and love that childlike sketch book-style line drawing kind of art, I suspect you’ll enjoy the work of James Gulliver Hancock, an illustrator currently based in Brooklyn, originally from Australia. James is SO enthusiastic for the architectural beauty in his adopted home, he set himself the ... Keep reading

Meet the Ghosts of Ellis Island

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Ellis Island in New York was once the gateway to America for over 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954 – but only those healthy enough to pass checks at the island’s cavernous hospital complex which opened in 1902. French street artist, JR, and illustrator, Art Spiegelman have collaborated to create a photo book that ... Keep reading