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

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

New York West Village Ellie & Co blog

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

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

New York’s best burger recipe

spotted pig burger recipe

Where to find the best burger in New York is obviously a hot, ongoing debate. My favourite burger, hands down, is at The Spotted Pig, a fun, buzzy British gastro-pub style restaurant on a tree-lined street in the West Village. You have to wait a while for a table, but it’s worth it. Honestly, it’s ... Keep reading

The Coolest East Village Home Design Shop

John derian east village

New York is obviously packed with home design shops, and you can’t go wrong with the likes of Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, ABC Carpet & Home, to name a few classics, but if you’re looking for a shopping experience with a twist for your next New York trip, here’s an idea I’d like to ... Keep reading

My New York: Michelle Young

Michelle Young Untapped Cities

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

Inside the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital Tour New York

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

Manhattan Cocktails in a Bottle

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Here’s a great New York souvenir idea for cocktail lovers: Pourable Manhattan cocktails. A Utah-based distillery mixes rye whiskey, vermouth and bitters, then ages the mixture for 90 days, to make a fantastic Manhattan cocktail, which you just pour right out of the bottle. How cool is that? ... Keep reading

New York City’s Hidden Restaurant Row

Cornelia Street Restaurant Row New York

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