Everyone loves New York, right? To the point where even saying it sounds like an opportunity to roll your eyes at the obviousness of it all. Well, here’s my travel confession: I only recently fell in love with New York after visiting it for the first time a few years ago. Always the cynic, I expected it to be overrated and not to get it. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Now I read everything about NYC, I devour lifestyle blogs by uber-fashionable types about their glam lives downtown and I double-tap every single pic of New York on Instagram, even if it’s just a garbage can. You get it, I’m obsessed.
So, here’s my guide to things to do in New York that are guaranteed to make you LOVE it and dream of living there too:
Continue reading A Wannabe New Yorker’s Guide to Manhattan
Like an embarrassing Time Out-wielding tourist I asked the doorman of the Metro how much I should tip him for hailing me a cab. “You just need to smile”, he replied. Really cheesy I know but this encounter probably summed up my experience at this underrated West 35th Street hotel.
Continue reading Checking In: Hotel Metro, New York City
From the outside you’d be forgiven for not noticing The Jade. Unlike most new hotels which stick out like a slickly shiny soulless sore thumb, this newly opened Greenwich Village boutique hotel blends in effortlessly with the brownstones of tree-lined West 13th Street. But appearances can be deceiving and behind the darkened doorway lies a 113 room property with a fashionable Prohibition-era speakeasy feel. If you’re looking for somewhere cool and artsy to call home on your next NYC getaway, look no further.
Continue reading Checking In: The Jade, Greenwich Village
The release of Baz Luhrmann’s flashy take on The Great Gatsby has spawned endless travel pieces about the places that inspired Scott Fitzgerald’s book. One such location is the Gold Coast of Long Island.
And where did this Fitzgerald fanatic happen to spend 24 hours last week? You guessed it, Long Island. Except instead of wild parties with Ring Lardner at Great Neck, I got to prowl through part of the Hamptons.
Continue reading One night in the Hamptons