Posts Categorised: My Secret New York

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

New York’s Secret Restaurant

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Close to the hidden garden on Hudson Street, you’ll find what’s known as New York’s secret restaurant. It’s called Hudson Clearwater and you only really find out about it through word-of-mouth. You wouldn’t notice it if you walk past since the restaurant itself looks like a boarded-up shop front. But… here’s the exciting part. If ... Keep reading

A Secret Garden in Tribeca

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I’ve walked along Hudson Street back to my hotel countless times, but the last time I did it, I happened to come across an amazing hidden garden I didn’t know was there. Follow the street north from Tribeca until you reach Barrow Street, just past Golden Rule Wine and Spirits. Cross over Barrow Street and ... 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

A Secret of Grand Central Station

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Grand Central Station has a little secret. Inside, you’ll find what’s called a whispering gallery and here’s how it works. Walk along the corridor outside the famous Oyster Bar & Restaurant where you’ll see four low arches, built by a father and son back in 1913… If you and a friend stand at diagonal corners ... Keep reading

A 1920s Hotel Lobby Hidden in an Upper West Side Apartment

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A film location scout in New York has discovered a beautiful 1920s hotel lobby hidden in an Upper West Side apartment – behind the beautiful Ansonia building – at 253 West 73rd Street. The entrance might look like a typical building lobby on first look, with a desk to one side, an alcove with mailboxes ... Keep reading

The Met Museum has a Seriously Impressive Shoe Collection

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Just in case you were worried you had an out-of-control shoe habit, here’s something to make you feel better. The Costume Institute at the Met Museum of Art owns 5000 pairs – that’s 2000 more pairs than the famous Philippino First Lady shoe hoarder, Imelda Marcos’s who owned 3000. Dating as far back as the ... Keep reading

New York City’s Best-Kept Secrets: 8 Locals Share their Favourite Spots

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On the surface, New York is a big, brash, impersonal concrete jungle full of dirt, noise – and lots of people who walk really fast. But behind this harsh exterior, look closely, because there’s a quirkier side full of special places that reveal so much about its history, character and people. I’m always curious to ... Keep reading