Fairytale Fireflies of New York

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Summer might bring sweltering conditions to Manhattan, but in Upstate New York, it brings a fairytale to life. Once a year, the winged beetle commonly known as a firefly or lightning bugs, put on a show to remember using chemical bioluminescence during twilight to attract sexual mates or prey. In firefly mating rituals, the males ... Keep reading

The Curious Birdhouses of the West Village

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I was sitting down, checking my phone and wondering where to go next on my idle West Village wander when I looked up and spotted this curious series of little hidden birdhouses peeking out from inside a clump of bushes. Obviously I had to take a closer look… There’s a roman villa, two log cabins, ... Keep reading

A Stroll Through the 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 probably wouldn’t have suggested checking out one of the city’s best-kept secrets, the Flower District. This ... Keep reading

Step Inside the Jazz Age Cocktail Bar Hidden in Grand Central Station

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Of the 1000s of people that pass through Grand Central Station each day, only a few know about its most magnificent secret… So, next time you’re there, here’s what you need to do if you want to find it. Head towards those enormous gold light fixtures that hang down from the high ceiling in the ... Keep reading

A Morning Adventure in Uptown Manhattan

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Last week, remember I told you I’m always taking notes on all those hidden gems and things to see when I’m next in New York? Well, once I’ve made my list, flights are booked, the holiday is creeping closer – and I’m drooling at the thought of a New York brunch session – I’ll start working ... Keep reading

The Psycho House on the Met Museum’s Rooftop

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Here’s another gem for the TO DO IN NEW YORK IMMEDIATELY LIST: a snoop at the Met Museum’s summer installation in its rooftop garden. This year, British artist Cornelia Parker has built a replica of… the house in Hitchcock’s 60s cult movie, Psycho. Genius! What’s even more brilliant about it, is that it’s all made ... Keep reading

My New York: Grace Kang

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Ever wanted a New Yorker’s opinion on something? Where to go? How to avoid everyone? Where to find hidden places? This week in the New York on My Mind interview series, My New York, Pink Olive founder, Grace Kang, shows us to all her favourite West Village haunts and hidden gems, including a tapas restaurant ... Keep reading

An Illustrated Guide to the Windows of New York

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It might be a little flower box on a grimy ledge, a flickering neon sign, or a pet cat that catches the eye of Mexican illustrator, José Guízar, who has become obsessed with documenting the windows of New York since moving to the city a year ago. He started The Windows of New York project ... Keep reading

Manhattanhenge

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Here’s something that’s just made it to the top of my TO-DO-IMMEDIATELY-IN-NEW-YORK list: witnessing Manhattanhenge. This mysteriously-named event – also known as the Manhattan Solstice – is a beautiful phenomenon that occurs in the city twice a year when the sunset aligns perfectly with the east-west grid of New York City, and the sun’s golden ... Keep reading

From Cowboys to the Catwalk: a Celebration of Denim on Display at FIT

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With the exception of Coco Chanel who declared blue jeans as “horrible”, I think it’s safe to say that most people – one in two of us, apparently – put on a pair of jeans in the morning. Who would have thought that denim, the humble cloth originating from De Nimes in France in the ... Keep reading