Posts Categorised: Nostalgia

Vintage Thanksgiving Menus from New York’s Legendary Hotels

I love reading menus and today I’ve lost myself in the New York Public Library’s mind-boggling collection of vintage Thanksgiving menus, some dating as far back as 1840! They’re a window into the food fashions of the time and what’s remarkable from a quick glance is that all of New York’s legendary hotels were serving ... Keep reading

New York City’s Suburbs in Beautiful Black and White

Why do suburbs get a raw deal? I’m not just talking New York. London, Paris, Rome, Sydney… even in my hometown of Brighton which is small enough to walk from one end to another just about, people overlook them; some shudder at the thought of them, even. This is why photographer William Meyers is special. ... Keep reading

A 1920s Hotel Lobby Hidden in an Upper West Side Apartment

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A film location scout in New York has discovered a beautiful 1920s hotel lobby hidden in an Upper West Side apartment – behind the beautiful Ansonia building – at 253 West 73rd Street. The entrance might look like a typical building lobby on first look, with a desk to one side, an alcove with mailboxes ... Keep reading

Fabulous Behind-The-Scenes Photos from Mad Men Season Four

When your favourite series ends, typically the denial kicks in first, followed by several other stages of grief and withdrawal. But I’ve come across something that might be able to help us victims suffering from television show withdrawal to deal with their nostalgia. Enter Rolling Stone magazine’s black-and-white behind-the-scenes photographs from the filming of Mad ... Keep reading

Lauren Bacall’s New York Fashion Show

With her wavy brown hair and unforgettable eyebrows, that unmistakable sultry gaze and husky smooth-talking voice, Lauren Bacall was the silver screen’s most distinctive starlet. If looks could kill… (or melt your heart). She became a film noir icon and married 47-year-old Humphrey Bogart when she was just 19. She starred with Betty Grable and ... Keep reading

A Nostalgic Guide to Finding Old New York

I love finding out about new restaurants, exhibitions and things to do in New York, but there’s something exciting about hunting out old New York, those lesser known gems only the locals know about – it might be a dusty old bookshop, a leafy hidden square, a time-worn diner, a deli institution, an ‘old-money’ hotel ... Keep reading

The New Yorker Book Of The 40s

I’ve just discovered this captivating and beautifully illustrated book. Have you heard of it? It’s a collection of essays from The New Yorker archives which represents a fascinating decade of change, and also a time many critics say the magazine came of age. Divided into seven sections – The War, American Scenes, Postwar, Character Studies: cinema, books, theatre, art ... Keep reading

Notes on Why I love New York

When you imagine a bygone New York, what do you see? The Mean Streets of the 1970s? Crowds flocking to jazz-filled Harlem dancehalls in the Roaring Twenties? Low-life 19th-century gangs of New York? I picture a giant 1940s Film Noir set; Gotham deep-shadowed in black and white, burly taxis prowling the streets, Bogart and Bacall ... Keep reading