‘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

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

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

New York’s best burger recipe

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Where to find the best burger in New York is obviously a hot, ongoing debate. My favourite burger, hands down, is at The Spotted Pig, a fun, buzzy British gastro-pub style restaurant on a tree-lined street in the West Village. You have to wait a while for a table, but it’s worth it. Honestly, it’s ... 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

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

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