Posts Categorised: Nostalgia

A Jazz Age Lawn Party for Summer

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I usually build my trip to New York around places to see, the odd exhibition, new restaurants to try out–and eating at some of my favourite ones, too. This year I’m thinking of planning it around this fun outdoor party for some dancing! For two weekends over the summer months, Governors Island – a short ... Keep reading

This Ice Skating Exhibition In Manhattan Looks Magical

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New York winters are intensely grey, windy and cold, but there’s something special about wrapping up warm to watch or join the skaters at one of the city’s ice rinks. I’m also a huge fan of the Museum of the City of New York, so was intrigued to read about one of its current exhibitions, ... Keep reading

New Yorker Magazine Covers for the New Year

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For me, the start of a new year is an excuse to plan my next New York trip. So today, I set the ball rolling with some internet exploration, only to get immediately distracted by this cool collection of New Yorker magazine covers on The New Yorker website. Each one was published at the start ... Keep reading

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe

Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn

Would you go for breakfast at Tiffany’s? I don’t mean stand outside the flagship Tiffany & Co. shop on Fifth Avenue clutching the pastry-in-a-bag and stewed deli filter coffee a la Hepburn circa 1961. I mean, actually eat breakfast inside the shop. At a table, from a plate, with cutlery. Well, now you can, at ... Keep reading

‘Black Friday’ at Macy’s, 1948

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If I could time travel in New York it would be to the 1940s. Somehow all the black and white photos from the era manage to make even the most horrendous of situations look glamorous and romantic – like these ones of Black Friday at Macy’s, 1948, by Nina Leen for LIFE Magazine. Although it wasn’t technically ... 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

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

Alfred Eisenstaedt Beautiful Girls

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

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

Katy's Candy Store NYC Store Front

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