Posts Categorised: My Secret New York

A Forgotten Doorway to the Legendary Knickerbocker Hotel

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If you get a kick out of spotting old signs pointing to the past, next time you’re rushing through the Times’ Square subway, here’s something you might like. Head to the eastern end of the Track 1 platform on the Grand Central-Times Square-42nd Street shuttle. Hiding in plain sight at the end of the platform ... Keep reading

The Tropical Garden Inside a New York Office Building

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If had to hot desk in a New York office building, I’d choose the Ford Foundation building. Architecturally, it’s striking, but inside it’s home to the most unexpected, magical sight most people visiting New York probably don’t know is there – a magnificent lush tropical garden growing inside the lobby! Push open the heavy glass ... Keep reading

I Saw Inside the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

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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

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

The Curious Birdhouses of the West Village

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I was sitting down, checking my phone and wondering where to go next on my idle West Village wander when I looked up and 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 log cabins, ... Keep reading

A Stroll Through 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

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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

The Psycho House on the Met Museum’s Rooftop

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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

Manhattanhenge

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Here’s something that’s just made it to the top of my TO-DO-IMMEDIATELY-IN-NEW-YORK list: witnessing Manhattanhenge. This mysteriously-named event – also known as the Manhattan Solstice – is a beautiful phenomenon that occurs in the city twice a year when the sunset aligns perfectly with the east-west grid of New York City, and the sun’s golden ... Keep reading

Mysterious Miniature Front Doors & other Hidden Treasures of New York

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It goes without saying I’m always taking notes on all the places I plan to visit when I’m next in NYC, ones I think you’ll like too. Not just the obvious restaurants and coffee shops to try, art shows and curious shops to discover. Lately, I’m making a list and checking it twice of all those ... Keep reading