Posts Categorised: Secret New York

A Miniature English Village on the Upper West Side

I live in England, by the sea. I’m also pretty close to countryside peppered with charming English villages. So, when I visit New York, it’s for a complete ‘slap-in-the-face’ change of scenery, swapping the ‘stuffy charms’ of England for some concrete-jungle action and culture! But, after finding out about a tiny English village sandwiched between ... Keep reading

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

A Secret Playground in Manhattan

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My list of hidden places in New York to discover away from the tourist crowds is a constant work in progress, and today I’m adding this secret playground in Manhattan to it. It’s called Teardrop Park and it looks fun to hunt out. “When you walk into Battery Park City, you see rows of tall apartment ... Keep reading

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

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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

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

The Tropical Garden Inside a New York Office Building

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You’ve probably heard of or even visited the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx which is home to one million different plant species and hosts a mesmerising annual orchid show. It’s an iconic botanical wonderland, but there’s a lesser-known lush escape closer to the centre of Manhattan to discover. Inside the Ford Foundation’s striking ... Keep reading

The Coolest East Village Home Design Shop

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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

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