5 Cool Art Exhibitions for Autumn

1) Jacqueline de Ribes – The Art of Style, The Costume Institute Around 60 stunning haute couture, ready-to-wear, and famous fancy-dress creations from French aristocrat-turned-fashion-designer-and-icon, Jacqueline De Ribes’s wardrobe dating back to the 1950s are the subject of the Costume Institute’s autumn exhibition which celebrates her stylish life. From 19 November – 21 February 2016. ... Keep reading

New York’s Smallest Coffee Shop

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If you find yourself lost or stranded in the East Village in need of coffee and a friendly face, this miniscule standing-room-only/elbows-in storefront espresso bar, Abraço is where you need to go. It’s one of the most convivial coffee shops in New York; a neighbourhood institution people come to for coffee and a friendly dose ... Keep reading

Meet New York’s Fashion Grandpas

This is why instagram is amazing: here’s an account dedicated entirely to hunting out the fabulous ‘fashion grandpas’ of NYC, started by young Fashion PR exec, Christina Belchere, who says her own style of dressing has even been influenced by the grandpas she snaps. “@FashionGrandpas inspires my personal style, the style advice is real & ... 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

The Met Museum has a Seriously Impressive Shoe Collection

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Just in case you were worried you had an out-of-control shoe habit, here’s something to make you feel better. The Costume Institute at the Met Museum of Art owns 5000 pairs – that’s 2000 more pairs than the famous Philippino First Lady shoe hoarder, Imelda Marcos’s who owned 3000. Dating as far back as the ... Keep reading

New York City’s Best-Kept Secrets: 8 Locals Share their Favourite Spots

On the surface, New York is a big, brash, impersonal concrete jungle full of dirt, noise – and lots of people who walk really fast. But behind this harsh exterior, look closely, because there’s a quirkier side full of special places that reveal so much about its history, character and people. I’m always curious to ... Keep reading

Frida Kahlo’s Mexican Garden Party in the Bronx

Have you made it to the Frida Kahlo exhibition – Art, Garden, Life – at The New York Botanical Garden, yet? If you haven’t, you’re in for such a treat, because on selected days, the summer exhibition transforms into an evening of Mexican-themed festivities for the perfect night out – Frida style. In case you ... Keep reading

Empire State Building light show

For three hours last Saturday night, the Empire State Building was used a backdrop for a dramatic light show which saw the faces of 160 endangered animals, and Cecil the Lion, beamed onto its facade using 40 projectors. The spectacle was the result of a collaboration between the Oceanic Preservation Society and the filmmakers behind ... Keep reading

Art Installation in Brooklyn

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see a new art installation featuring sprinkler fountains, colourful quirky benches and a mirror maze. It’s called Please Touch the Art by Danish artist, Jeppe Hein, and is scattered around Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Mirror Labyrinth is designed to encourage people to loosen up and not feel ... Keep reading