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iPhoneography: Autumn in New York

It’s not just a classic Sinatra song. Autumn in New York is unquestionably one of the most enchanting experiences in the universe (I may be a little biased). The air is fresh, the sky is bright and pumpkins decorate the stoops of the brownstones. Those who read this blog know that — as a former New Yorker — I return to the city to reconnect with friends, with that NYC feeling and most of all with...

New York City: A girls’ day out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

No visit to New York City is complete without a visit to Williamsburg in Brooklyn — one of the coolest places in the city, at least for the next minute or two, if you listen to the buzz. (A lot of New Yorkers will tell you Williamsburg is past-it, and in my experience when the is-it-cool-or-is-it-over debate gets going in earnest, you know that the area has probably lost some of its edge and artsy cachet, but...

New York City: Touring street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn

When we visited New York City, we asked each of the kids what was the one thing that they really wanted to do. The teen boy knew right away: He  wanted was to see some street art. We’d taken a walking tour in East London a bit before that. It had obviously made an impression. An illuminating walking tour A friend recommended Levys’ Unique New York. Levys’ Unique New York is a true New York-style...

The best chocolate in New York City: Fine & Raw

I’ve never been one of those crazy chocolate-lovers — the kind of person who breaks through walls to gain access to a square of Dairy Milk or  sniffs out a Green & Black’s from 90 paces, like a cacao-sensitised truffle pig. Chocolate is yummy…sometimes, was my measured opinion. That was, until our recent trip to New York City during which our guide from Levys’ Unique New York led...

Our plan for visiting NYC with kids

One of the perils of visiting someplace you used to live is a certain cockiness. You think, “Yeah, I know this town. I used to own this town. I don’t need no stinking guidebook.” Of course, that attitude doesn’t take into account — at least in this case — that I last lived in New York as a young, single and ready-to-mingle gal back at the turn of the century. This time, I’m...

Wish You Were Here Wednesday: Times Square

Every place I go, I love to buy postcards (like most people) and inevitably I end up not sending them because I can’t get organised enough to buy foreign stamps. So I carry the cards home in my backpack and then wonder what I should do with them. After moving a stack of postcards around my desk for the 10th time, I decided to buy a proper organiser box (I got a stack of them from Paperchase) and at least keep...

Returning to New York City…as a mother

I spent 10 of my most formative years in New York City — those in my 20s and early 30s, drinking, dining, dating, working and generally becoming what passes for an adult. Then I left for London and a British life with my husband. I love London, but New York is still my spiritual home. That just makes it all the stranger that my kids have never been there. My daughter did make a brief appearance at 4 months...

A typical day in New York

It’s been almost 10 years since I lived in New York, but coming back here ignites a yearning for the city. I still find it compelling, from the old-style radiators, the sheer metal canyons around Radio City Music Hall, the no-nonsense New York attitude you find in everyone from middle-class parents walking their children and dogs to car-service drivers who argue that it does cost $50 to get to Brooklyn...

A very cool video of my spiritual home, New York City

I left New York City more than 8 years ago to live in London, and I still don’t think I’m over it. The city is like a lover I can never forget. Sometimes it drove me mad, or made me depressed. Sometimes I vowed to leave. I did do that once – relocating to Paris, which I had adored from afar since I was a teenager. About a year later I had to return to NYC for mundane reasons (sort out my sublet...

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