Posts Categorised: Nostalgia

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

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

Little Syria, New York City

little syria new york city

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

A Time Capsule Alleyway in Greenwich Village

patchin place New York On My Mind Blog

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

A Guide to New York’s 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 suggested checking out one of the city’s best-kept secrets, New York’s disappearing Flower District in Midtown ... 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

The New York Pizza Project Book

New York Pizza Project

Where to find the best pizza in New York is obviously an ongoing debate. My favourites are all those authentic, old-fashioned places, like John’s of Bleeker (for the booth seats as much as the pizza!), Patsy’s and Joe’s. The pizza is (usually) so delicious, not too expensive and slathered in traditional toppings, and I love ... Keep reading

Inside the New York Times Archives

Coming across videos like this is such a treat for me! I would pay good money to spend the day sifting through the newspaper’s old print archives, a department that used to be the heart of most publications but today is jokingly referred to “the morgue”. What a vault of nostalgic treasures this place must ... Keep reading

All Aboard the New York City Nostalgia Train

NYC nostalgia train

Mind the closing doors please… at the start of the holiday season in NYC, nostalgic souls and tired shoppers are in for a treat. At the end of every year for a few weeks, the people who run the subway roll out its vintage subway trains. Starting early December and running for the following three ... Keep reading