Posts Categorised: New York Like a Local

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

One Man Has Spent 38 Years Sketching Art in the Subway, So Far…

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As a person that loves New York so much I write a blog on the place, I’m always intrigued to find out about other people and their NYC passion projects, like Philip Coppola from New Jersey, who started sketching the mosaics inside New York City’s subway stations in 1978 with a ball point pen. “The idea ... Keep reading

The Recipe for New York City’s Favourite Burger

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If you’re looking for me in the evening, there’s a good chance I’m waiting for a table at West Village restaurant, The Spotted Pig, so I can have one of chef April Bloomfield’s legendary burgers with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. In fact, her burgers are so renowned it is not uncommon for there to ... 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

The East Village Home Design Shop You Could Live In

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You could browse the homewares at Crate and Barrel, but if you’re looking for a more memorable, off-the-beaten path shopping experience during your visit to New York, here’s something you might like… If I had to choose a shop to live in, it would probably be John Derian. It’s my favourite recent New York discovery ... Keep reading

My New York: Michelle Young

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Ever wanted a New Yorker’s opinion on something? Where to go? What to do? Where to eat? How to get away from everyone? This week, founder of the legendary NYC-based off-beat online magazine, Untapped Cities, Michelle Young, takes us on a tour of New York’s more unusual, hidden sights. Are you a native? If not, ... Keep reading

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

My Star-Studded Chelsea B&B

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Or as I like to call it, The Littlest Vintage Hollywood Movie Poster Museum in New York. When the current owner of the Chelsea Pines Inn started running the place in the 80s, he brought with him a museum-worthy collection of vintage Hollywood movie posters. In need of a storage solution, he came up with ... Keep reading

The Speakeasy Bakery Selling Alcoholic Cupcakes

If like me, you find yourself growing a little bored with all the usual cupcake bakeries these days (no more red velvet!), you might like to know I’ve stumbled on a sweet-smelling cure to cupcake fatigue and surviving an action-packed day in New York City… It’s called The Prohibition Bakery and you’ll find it tucked ... Keep reading

DATE NIGHT IN NEW YORK: 4 Cosy French Restaurants in the West Village

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It goes without saying New York’s West Village is packed with so many great neighbourhood food gems it can be hard to know where to begin. So here are four cosy French restaurants to choose from, that will help your indecisive mood. 1. Buvette You probably didn’t even know that a restaurant serving French tapas ... Keep reading