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

How to Piss Off Every New Yorker in 36 Seconds

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Call me pretentious, but I’m a tourist-phobe. I have an in-built fear of looking and acting like the stereotypical dithery, dumb visitor on holiday. The kind that stops dead in front of you and spins around in the middle of the street; or blocks the entrance to the underground station. You know the kind… Sometimes ... Keep reading

Mysterious Miniature Front Doors & other Hidden Treasures of New York

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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 – Your Guide to Finding New York’s Authentic Pizza Parlours

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If I had to choose between dinner at a ‘reliable’ chain restaurant or a well-loved authentic New York pizza shop, I’d choose the pizza parlour every time – John’s of Bleecker to be precise. A trip to my favourite New York pizza shop means going out for a taste of real New York pizza. It means ... Keep reading

New York’s Secret Restaurant

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Close to the hidden garden on Hudson Street, you’ll find what’s known as New York’s secret restaurant. It’s called Hudson Clearwater and you only really find out about it through word-of-mouth. You wouldn’t notice it if you walk past since the restaurant itself looks like a boarded-up shop front. But… here’s the exciting part. If ... Keep reading

A Secret Garden in Tribeca

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I’ve walked along Hudson Street back to my hotel countless times, but the last time I did it, I happened to come across an amazing hidden garden I didn’t know was there. Follow the street north from Tribeca until you reach Barrow Street, just past Golden Rule Wine and Spirits. Cross over Barrow Street and ... Keep reading

Off-Beat New York City Guides for the Curious Traveller

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If like me you shy away from mass tourism (with the obvious exception to the rule, of course, like that first-night-in-New-York trip up the Empire State Building I won’t give up…) and love hunting down quirky, hidden places in a city, I know you’re really going to like what I’m about to show you. Introducing ... Keep reading

Let’s Look Inside the New York Times Archives

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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!

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Mind the closing doors please… nostalgic souls and tired shoppers in NYC were in for a treat a few weeks ago, when the people who run the subway in New York City rolled out its vintage subway trains. Starting early December and running for the following three Sundays, New Yorkers could hitch a ride for ... Keep reading