Posts Categorised: My Secret New York

New York City’s Hidden Restaurant Row

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On Friday night, take a stroll along Bleecker Street to the fringes of Greenwich Village, then turn left along Cornelia Street. For this small traffic-free road tucked between 6th Avenue and West 4th Street is one of New York’s best-kept secrets, home to a clutch of the city’s cosiest and best independent restaurants. Coming across ... Keep reading

A 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 Patchin Place, a curious little alley I’d seen pictures of and heard a lot about. If you happen to find yourself ... Keep reading

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… an incredible Jazz-Age cocktail bar hidden in the once private office of a New York railroad millionaire. Here’s how to find it. Head towards those enormous gold light fixtures that hang from the ... Keep reading

The Psycho House on the Met Museum’s Rooftop

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

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

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

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