Posts Categorised: Nostalgia

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

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

Beautiful Girls in New York, circa 1944

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Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, famous for taking the picture of the sailor kissing the girl in Times’ Square, the following photos are from a street style series he did for LIFE magazine taken in 1944 called ‘Beautiful Girls’. It is NY fashion week after all, plus I’ve a thing for 1940s New York… ... Keep reading

Ellis Island Street Style, Circa 1900

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It probably wasn’t hard for amateur photographer, Augustus Sherman, to persuade these Ellis Island immigrants to pose for him in their best clothes or national dress. Most people passed easily through the to the mainland within a few hours, while others were held for longer for one reason or another, waiting for an escort, money ... Keep reading

New York’s Disappearing Store Fronts

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I don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing that upsets me about visiting NYC – or any great city, for that matter – it’s finding out that yet another of those favourite time-worn unique, friendly places that make visiting worth it, has been chewed up and spat out by the Machine of Progress, ... Keep reading

I Saw Inside the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

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Have you ever been to Ellis Island? It’s New York’s most popular attraction (two million people visit each year, yikes!) so chances are you have. But did you know it’s also home to an incredible sight most people don’t know is there? I’m talking about the abandoned Ellis Island hospital, a long-forgotten, 22-building complex, used to screen sick ... Keep reading

Little Syria, New York City

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Once upon a time in New York City, years before the World Trade Centre was built and the area known as TriBeCa came to exist, the lower west side of Manhattan was a different place. For this corner of the city was once home to a vibrant neighbourhood, the streets filled with the sound of ... 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

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

The New York Pizza Project – Your Guide to Finding New York’s Authentic Pizza Parlours

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If I had to choose between dinner at a ‘reliable’ chain restaurant or a well-loved authentic New York pizza shop, I’d choose the pizza parlour every time – John’s of Bleecker to be precise. A trip to my favourite New York pizza shop means going out for a taste of real New York pizza. It means ... Keep reading