Posts Categorised: New York Like a Local

An Ode to the Cup and Saucer Diner

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I love anything ‘old New York’ especially diners, luncheonettes and shopfronts, so the last time I was in NYC, I made a pilgrimage to the Lower East Side to discover the Cup and Saucer Diner – a classic NYC luncheonette with a cool shopfront and vintage Coca Cola sign. The fact I arrived an hour ... Keep reading

4 Big Art Exhibitions for Summer

New York City is packed with galleries and museums each with their own bumper art show calendar, it can be impossible to know what to see. To get started, here are 4 big summer art exhibitions that look good. 1. O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii at the New York Botanical Garden In 1939, Georgia O’Keeffe spent ... Keep reading

NYC Hotel Idea: the Freehand in Flatiron

Next up in my ‘NYC Hotel Idea’ series, I’m snooping around the Freehand, a cool new affordable hotel a few blocks north of Gramercy Park in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, which recently opened in the former George Washington Hotel — a popular hangout with writers, poets and musicians in the 1930s. Here’s the lowdown… Location: 23 ... Keep reading

Stanley Kubrick Photography Exhibition

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Did you know Stanley Kubrick was a photographer before a film director? Long before he made The Shining he worked on a magazine called, Look, (competitor to LIFE Magazine). It was his first job and he was just 17 years old – making him the youngest photographer on the staff. He went on 300 or so ... 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


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

This Ice Skating Exhibition In Manhattan Looks Magical

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New York winters are intensely grey, windy and cold, but there’s something special about wrapping up warm to watch or join the skaters at one of the city’s ice rinks. I’m also a huge fan of the Museum of the City of New York, so was intrigued to read about one of its current exhibitions, ... Keep reading

NYC Hotel Idea: LIFE in NoMad

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With the new year in full swing and holiday planning at the top of the to-do list, today I’m kicking off my ‘New York City Hotel Idea’ series. First up, I’m eyeing the LIFE Hotel which opened in April 2017 in the old LIFE Magazine building and looks really cool. Here’s the lowdown… Location: 19 ... Keep reading

Now You Can Eat Breakfast Inside Tiffany’s

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Would you go for breakfast at Tiffany’s? I don’t mean stand outside the flagship Tiffany & Co. shop on Fifth Avenue clutching the pastry-in-a-bag and stewed deli filter coffee a la Hepburn circa 1961. I mean, actually eat breakfast inside the shop. At a table, from a plate, with cutlery. Well, now you can, at ... Keep reading

Making Bergdorf Goodman’s Christmas Window Displays

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Nothing says ‘Happy Holidays!’ more than the Bergdorf Goodman department store’s spectacular Christmas window displays, which take a jaw dropping 11 months to make from start to finish. Curious how they do it, and not able to make it to NYC this Christmas for a peek, I was sooooo excited to discover this brilliant little ... Keep reading