Posts Categorised: My Secret New York

The Brooklyn Gallery Filled with Thousands of Sketchbooks

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New York City is bursting with places to browse art, but there’s one Brooklyn gallery with a twist most New Yorkers – let alone tourists – don’t know about… The Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg has been open for 10 years and although its ordinary storefront has a lot of people fooled, it’s not a ... Keep reading

Magic After Hours in Midtown Manhattan

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So, one of the most mind-blowing evenings we had on our recent trip to New York City, was perhaps one of the most magical (pun intended…). We went to see Noah Levine’s Magic After Hours show, which takes place twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the city’s oldest magic shop – most ... Keep reading

Manhattan, This Time Around

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In May, the New York on My Mind team of two, hopped over the Atlantic for New York to conquer the city for the 15th or so time. All year I look forward to my annual trip to New York, to tucking into a good juicy burger, hunting out a new secret restaurant, stumbling on ... Keep reading

A Secret Door 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 I 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 ... Keep reading

Inside the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

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Ellis Island is New York’s most popular attraction (two million people visit each year, yikes!) but if you want to go off the beaten path, it’s also home to an incredible sight most people don’t know is there. The abandoned Ellis Island hospital is a long-forgotten, 22-building complex, used to screen sick immigrants before they were officially allowed into the ... 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